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.