Pokemon TCG Product Lineup Through May — Shifting Set Releases, New Products!

We can now reveal the preliminary list of Pokemon’s product lineup through next May!

We’ve been sitting on this (changing) list for several weeks because we wanted to wait for solidified release dates. However, the products are now being posted online, so there’s no point in waiting now! As usual, this is preliminary information and subject to change.

New products include a new “V Battle Deck,” “V Battle Style Box,” and a “VMAX Battle Box.”

One of the reasons we wanted to wait to post this was because it appears our fifth Sword & Shield set will not be releasing in February. If true, this would mean this is the first time we’re skipping a regular set release. It seems Pokemon is dedicating February to our special 4.5 set.

This was already hinted by the “4.5” placeholder name of the special set. SWSH 4 is Vivid Voltage in November, so a SWSH 5 set would have released on February 5th. But 4.5’s release date is February 19th. So if it were following a SWSH 5 set, it would have been named “5.5.”

So far we’ve seen SWSH 5 shifting between March and May, so we’re not sure when it’s coming out. We’ve also been told SWSH 6 may release earlier in the summer than usual. However, the set calendar will apparently resume its normal release schedule later in the year.

The V Box currently listed for May will feature Alakazam V.

There are no other GX Boxes releasing through the end of 2020, so we’re still not sure how that full art Jirachi-GX will release.

Again, this list is still changing, so stay tuned!

SWSH 4.5 Elite Trainer Box
SWSH 4.5 Pin Collection
SWSH 4.5 V Box
Spring V Tins
V Tins
February V Battle Deck
February V Battle Deck Bundle

V Battle Style Box
March Collector’s Chest
VMAX Battle Box

Between March and May
SWSH 5 Booster
SWSH 5 1-Pack Blister
SWSH 5 Kiosk Blister Display
SWSH 5 3-Pack Blister
SWSH 5 Checklane Blister
SWSH 5 Mini Binder with Booster
SWSH 5 Elite Trainer Box

By Summer
Q1 PokeBall Tin
Mini Tins
VMAX Premium Box
League Battle Deck
May V Battle Deck
May V Box
Trainer’s Toolkit
Summer V Tins

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  1. Aces Aspiring Trainer


    Ooh toolkit 2.0!
  2. Autumnwolf324i Aspiring Trainer


    ooh this looks cool
  3. JustInBasil Aspiring Trainer

    News Staff Member

    Ooh. I wonder if they'll include the Shiny Crobat V in the Trainer's Toolkit 2.0 or if there will be an alternate art for it in Shiny Star V they might use instead.
  4. Kumaquat Collecting Birbs


    I wonder what pokeball it's gonna be. It's about time they had the masterball.
  5. Dream Ball tin or bust

    JayMankey likes this.
  6. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    I'm confused, this is for Japan only right?
  7. Ilexon Aspiring Trainer


    Is the second trainers toolkit confirmed or speculation? If it’s confirmed that’s going to be awesome. Also Vmax battle box!? That sounds really cool
  8. AshCo Ouchies!


    Nope, this is the TPCI release schedule. Japan doesn’t have much of any of the products resembling what we get over here and the release schedule over there is more like a set a month.
  9. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
    Snowy Lilacs


    Makes sense there will be a special set in February since that the birthday for Pokemon
  10. signofzeta Aspiring Trainer


    In a normal situation, SWSH5 would be released in February, SWSH6 in May, SWSH7 in August, and SWSH8 in November.

    If SWSH5 is released between March and May, shouldn't SWSH6 be released later in the Spring, into the Summer, and not earlier in the Summer? If a set was released earlier in the Summer than usual, shouldn't that be SWSH7?

    Are we still getting 4 main sets in 2021? Is SWSH4.5 replacing a main set, or is it in addition to a main set? If it is the former, then it would suck, unless SWSH4.5 is treated like a main set, with Prereleases, Theme Decks, and Booster Boxes.

    Could we see something like SWSH5 releasing in early March 2021, SWSH6 releasing in early June 2021, SWSH7 in mid August, and SWSH8 in early November?

    What happened to the Theme Decks? I don't see them listed in the product lineup.
  11. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Ah, thanks. The "V Battle Deck" confused me because Japan already has those / products similar to that. Good to see they're coming to the rest of the world. About time Theme Decks got an overhaul...
    Shinxed3 likes this.
  12. AshCo Ouchies!


    I think with the right cards, they're a really good idea for making meta cards accessible to people who want to get into the game. It drives down prices of singles for the cards used in them, and gives you a cool product with a bunch of stuff if you're just getting into things. I remember Rayquaza/Keldeo's Battle Arena Deck was sort of the first kind of thing that was like that, it was super useful for both Standard and Expanded. Octillery and VS Seeker I remember being the big parts of it.

    I'd like if they did some products like this for Expanded though. Make a deck or a trainer's toolkit with Computer Search and other BW-era staples accessible, why not? They already put Prisms in some of those decks so it isn't like ACE SPECs would be any different.

    I will admit, half the reason I want this to be real is just so I can complete Boundaries Crossed. One of the last cards I need is Comp. Search, but I'm not paying that much for some Trainer card that has barely any value to me as a collector. It'd benefit me on top of all the people around wanting to get into that format.
    OVERGRO likes this.
  13. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Couldn't agree more. I wish the Battle Arena Decks or whatever we are calling them nowadays were the theme decks (imagine every set released with Battle Arena Decks featuring V cards from the previous set), or at the very least if we started to get V Battle Decks like Japan.
  14. Ilexon Aspiring Trainer


    The Vmax battle box could contain the new special vmaxes :eek:
  15. cardgjammer Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder if SWSH 4.5 in English/International will be "Legendary Treasures: Sword & Shield Edition" in the form of LTR's Concept Pack set classification, meaning prereleases can still go on, but no "theme decks" will be connected to the set...

    I wonder if we'll be getting "25th Anniversary Starter Sets" in the form of the Kanto starters in lieu of Theme Decks, ala "Kalos Starter Set" back in Legendary Treasures?