‘Darkness Ablaze’ Booster Packs, Promos, and Theme Decks!

We now have the first Darkness Ablaze product images! We are still waiting for images of the booster box and Elite Trainer Box.

Hattena is a reprint from Rebel Clash, but the artwork above hasn’t officially been released in Japan yet. It would have been part of the current Gym tournaments, which were cancelled due to coronavirus. The Pikachu is an older Gym promo.

Hattena – Psychic – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Find a Friend: Search your deck for a Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C] Psychic Shot: 20 damage.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1

Pikachu – Lightning – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Tail Whip: Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokemon can’t attack during your opponent’s next turn.

[L][C][C] Pika Volt: 50 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

As posted before, Darkness Ablaze will release on August 14th. It will be based on Eruption Walker featuring Centiskorch VMAX and Japan’s upcoming set World Down featuring Eternatus VMAX. (The set was recently renamed to Infinity Zone due to coronavirus.) We will also see the cards from Japan’s Charizard VMAX and Grimmsnarl VMAX decks.

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  1. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    This looks like nothing to complain about, so: "yawn, another Pikachu promo over something from Sword & Shield"
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  2. FireLizard Dragon shipper


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  3. Clam Almost decent


    I do love me some theme decks also that coin is very cute
  4. AshCo The Proverbial Grumpy Old Man


    Ooh nice Galarian Darmanitan! I'm huge on Darmanitan so I'll have to pick up a single of the foil at some point. That's the first foil Darmanitan since the BW Prerelease promo, right? Can't believe it's been nine years.
  5. (The set was recently renamed to Infinity Zone due to coronavirus.)

    That was never ever confirmed, it was merely speculation on Pokebeach's part.
    TheAquaPiplup, MilesEX and Clam like this.
  6. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    Well why else would they reveal a set to be named "World Down" and then change the name to something else in the middle of a global pandemic? I mean yes technically it's "speculation" but sometimes the simplest solution really is the solution.
  7. Luplayz The Master of bad Pokemon


    with the darmanitan deck, you can notice Zen Mode on it, and also noticing that the Galarian Darmanitan has new art, there might be a Galarian Zen Mode Darmanitan upcoming? but if it would be in the Theme Deck it wouldnt have its Fire Typing.

    So either its that Zen Mode will be in the set without the fire typing, in the set with the fire typing, or just there to be on the deck art, but I'm really hoping for it to be in the set/deck.
    I guess we'll see soon!

  8. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
    Grass-Type Farm Owner


    Yay, a card for snowman mode Darmanitan.
  9. Clam Almost decent


    Just what we needed!
  10. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    I'm looking forward to seeing this set. I'm also looking forward to getting the Sirfetch'd Deck. I wonder if the Dracozolt, Arctozolt, Dracovish and Arctovish will be the same as Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, Shieldon, Tirtouga, Archen, Tyrunt and Amaura, as in they will evolve from Unidentified Fossil. Would make sense here. I also wonder if we will be getting a Goomy or a Jongmo-o card. Either one of those will determine the fate of Dragon-type cards, wherther they will be retained with Psychic Weakness, or reverted back to Colorless, but with Psychic Weakness instead of Colorless (with Dragons being weak to Fairy).
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  11. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Calling it now: Galarian Darmanitan will finally be the deck that ends Charizard's dominance in the Theme Deck format.

    If Zen mode Gal-Darma is as powerful as it is in-game, then Gal-Darma decks will also counter themselves (since looking at the deck box it'll probably be a Fire type card... but I guess only using Water Energy because the deck is pure Water? Weird :/).

    On the other hand if the (speculated) Fire half of the deck is unusable, then the deck could be soft-countered by Zacian/Zamazenta, which in turn gets destroyed by Charizard, meaning the movement towards an RPS theme deck meta has now begun...

    Probably better than just using Charizard to steamroll everyone, though, which I completely admit to doing.

    Also, side note: I really hope they're not just going to re-use the Rebel Clash GD/Sirfetch'd. That is really lazy and does absolutely nothing to highlight star cards in that set. I've been pretty disappointed with that overall -- I'm sure any one of us could come up with decent theme deck ideas "starring" only Pokemon from within these massive sets and not needing to resort to other sets.
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  12. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer


    The pack design is giving me a flashfire vibe
  13. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer


    In my opinion Dragonite reign supreme right now, it have a good matchup agaisnt everything in the theme deck, Charizard is good but it relies a lot on Rapidash coin flips of course is annoying when flip heads 5 time in a row... but when they dont Charizard deck isnt that dangerous also Kyogre can easily destroy Charizard while Dragonite really doesnt have a counter, Groundon can deal with the electrict types but then you switch to use your fighthing resistance pokemon, Dragonite has better covering than Charizad

    I doubt it, just for the art it looks they are new, also the zen mode in the box is intriguing, could the deck include a total of 4 GD? That will be interesting
  14. scattered mind Competitive VG Forums Mod
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    Made me miss buying decks. Always thought the booster boxes are what you want to buy so you can collect as much but the theme deck has always had their own charm I guess. Really nice artwork.
  15. Kaizaac Aspiring Trainer


    Huh, I think the theme deck cards is from Rebel Clash. Bit odd, but they’re cools cards.
  16. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


    The only indication that the cards are the same as the ones from Rebel Clash is the HP, and I think it's a bit of a stretch to assume that the cards will be the same just because of this. Mr. Rime, Polteageist and Toxtricity have all gotten cards in back-to-back sets, and each were a different card (albeit Toxtricity do have multiple forms to showcase).
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  17. Emerfirek Aspiring Trainer


    I'm not sure how to feel about the theme decks being based around Sword-exclusive mons. Will the next pair of theme decks be based around the Shield-exclusive Cursola and Galarian Rapidash to compensate then? I mean, they did just give us double [M] decks in Rebel Clash, so I wouldn't be too surprised if we got double [P] decks in the future as well (I might still be a little surprised, though). And those two [P] could have completely different weaknesses from each other too. They don't sound that bad, actually.
  18. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  19. CharizaedXbest Aspiring Trainer


    are they ever gonna print good promos ever again?
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  20. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer


    Yikes, doesn't compare to the 'other' eevee, it's an attack and doesn't evolve that turn, it should at least do the latter.