Unexpected Pokemon V in ‘Darkness Ablaze,’ Final Product Images Revealed!

Pokemon has officially revealed Darkness Ablaze and some of its product images! We previously posted most of them.

Update #2: Added better images!

As posted before, Darkness Ablaze will release on August 14th. It will be based on Japan’s Eruption Walker set featuring Centiskorch VMAX and its Infinity Zone set featuring Eternatus VMAX. We will also see the cards from the Charizard VMAX and Grimmsnarl VMAX decks.

Pokemon.com has confirmed Mew V and Galarian Slowbro V will appear in the set (they’re not mentioned in the English press release). At this time, we’re not sure how Japan will get them (maybe in Legendary Heartbeat?). Butterfree VMAX isn’t mentioned below but is also confirmed.

Update #1: Crobat V and Salamence V are also confirmed.

Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze introduces highly collectible cards including Charizard VMAX, as the fan favorite Charizard makes its Gigantamax form debut in the Pokémon TCG—just like in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games. In addition, Trainers will be able to pull more Pokémon from the Galar region as Pokémon VMAX, such as Centiskorch VMAX and Grimmsnarl VMAX in their Gigantamax forms, and the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus VMAX in its unique Eternamax form.

The full expansion includes the following:

  • Over 185 cards (this isn’t mentioned in the English press release)
  • New Pokemon just discovered on Isle of Armor (this isn’t mentioned in the English press release)
  • Seven Pokémon VMAX
  • 14 powerful Pokémon V—plus nine full-art Pokémon V
  • 17 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

Fans interested in playing with cards from the expansion before launch can do so by picking up the Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze Build & Battle Box, available through their local participating Pokémon TCG retailer starting August 1. Each box contains four Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze booster packs; a 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including one of four alternate-art promo cards; and a deck-building tip sheet.

The English press release mentions 14 Pokemon V and 7 Pokemon VMAX. The aforementioned Japanese sets have 16 Pokemon V and 9 Pokemon VMAX. This means some Pokemon V and VMAX will be cut from our English set, likely so TPCi can promote the release of Isle of Armor.

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  1. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    Now time to guess the typing of G. Slowbro then
     
  2. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    There's Mew V in the set, but not on the packs? And Galarian Slowbro V? We're sure they won't be in a separate product, during the "Darkness Ablaze" window?
     
  3. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    The Set Logo is seen on the dice. What is this mean?


    Well, time to change my setlist again
     
  4. Flygon 7 Aspiring Trainer
    Flygon 7

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    So we are getting 4 Pokémon V and 2 VMAX cards cut. Any guesses?
     
  5. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    Since 2 Vs are evolved from VMAXs, they would count as 2/4.

    For me are:
    • VMax
    1. Scizor
    2. Salamence
    • Vs
    1. Scizor
    2. Salamence
    3. Houndoom
    4. Crobat?
    Since these cards are the non-Galar Dex Pokémon that got the Ultra Rare treatment. As you observed, With the exception of SWSH Decks in Japan (Tapu Koko, Victini, Regirock, etc.), SWSH V/VMax cards in the first 2 sets are Pokemon from the Galar dex and they'll want to keep it on the next set. These four Vs and 2 VMAXs might be reserved to the first SWSH Subset
     
  6. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    I hope they cut that dumb scizor vmax.
     
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  7. The Fish 0.o
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    That ETB looks sooooooo nice. The linework on Eternatus' spine is absolutely gorgeous and the colours go really well. It's definitely more detailed than the usual ETB.
     
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  8. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer
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    17 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards

    So likely Bird Keeper won't get a FA, can't see them skipping Rose and Piers.

    Not sure why they're doing any of this tbh, we've had set swith 10 FA trainers, what's 5? Why cut 4 v's/2 VMAX ...
     
  9. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
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    It's the same case as with Dan. The important characters are getting FA cards. If anything I'd expected the Hop FA promo or the Pokemon Center Nurse FA promo to be in the set, but I could see them released in the special September or in our November set.

    Of note, the Theme Deck Galarian Darmanitan and Sirfetch'd could be from the same set as Mew and Galarian Slowbro!
     
  10. FireLizard Dragon shipper
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    I don't see any reference of Galarian Slowbro and Mew everywhere
     
  11. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer
    MilesEX

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    We know Kabu and Pokemon Breeder (not exactly important) have FA's and we'll get those. The Japanese FA's haven't been anounced for Infinity Zone, so those will be Piers and Rose likely, which means we'll get them.

    Any promos will be in another set I think.

    That said they're ommiting V's and VMAX's in favour of random unreleased V's and promos .... so who knows anymore!!
     
  12. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
    steffenka

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    That's what I meant too haha :p

    @FireLizard It's mentioned here!
     
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  13. FireLizard Dragon shipper
    FireLizard

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    Ah I see.Thks
     
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  14. NicoNoo Meta/budget player
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    I can see the non-Galar V pokemon getting cut, but Crobat being added to a special set would be nothing short of scummy. Here expecting they don't do that and leave it so people that want to play Dark Box may do so immediately after rotation...
     
  15. MilesEX Aspiring Trainer
    MilesEX

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    Did you read OP? Crobat is confirmed.
     
  16. AshCo Ouchies!
    AshCo

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    I like the colors of this ETB. Kinda like the old Dragon Majesty one from 2018, except with red. Still a shame that the dice are so bland now, I'd still be buying ETBs if they kept the old style with the pips and the set symbols and the cool marbling and whatnot (Yes, I'm that petty about these dice).
     
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  17. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    the only products i really buy these days are etbs

    i have a funny dice addiction, and the boxes look nice. i have a whole stack of the boxes in a room. also yeah i miss the old dice, but its necessary to keep up with the big damage in this current format
     
  18. AshCo Ouchies!
    AshCo

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    I don't really buy any products anymore besides a fringe impulse buy I think. I mainly go singles but even then that's kinda slowed down lately.

    And same, I've got like 20something stacked all on my shelf, ranging all the way from Plasma Blast to Cosmic Eclipse, actually. I only missed a handful of them in my time. I liked that the old dice were actually useful in more than just Pokemon, because that's why I liked them, both for aesthetics and for the fact that I could actually use them. The numbers have no real appeal to me and I get why they did it to keep up with damage, but they could have maybe just added more dice or something? Not sure how they could really compromise here.
     
  19. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    yeah

    i have all swsh ones (not saying much lol) and all the sun and moon ones, i think. oh yeah i dont have the unm one or the zacian one or the dusk mane one
     
  20. AshCo Ouchies!
    AshCo

    Member

    I'm missing uhh..

    Plasma Storm, Phantom Forces, Mega Mewtwo X BKT, Steam Siege, both EVO, both Sun and Moon, CRI, Dawn Wings, and all the Sword and Shield ones. Plus Generations and Hidden Fates but I sure did try with the HF ones, lol. I'm probably not going to get any more until I find some of the newer ones on sale, which is what I used to do when I was more actively buying them. $30 is a much better deal than 40 imo.