‘Matchless Fighters’ Officially Revealed, 15+ Card Reveals!

The Japanese Pokemon TCG website has officially revealed S5a Matchless Fighters! The set will release in Japan on March 19th. The site revealed some new cards we haven’t seen yet, but most of them were revealed last night.

Weedle – Grass – HP40
Basic Pokemon (Single Strike)

[G] Pierce: 20 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Kakuna – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 (Single Strike) – Evolves from Weedle

[G] Stiffen: During your opponent’s next turn, this Pokemon takes 40 less damage from attacks (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 3


Beedrill – Grass – HP130
Stage 2 (Single Strike) – Evolves from Kakuna

[G] Persistent Sting: If your opponent’s Active Pokemon has any Special Energy attached to it, it is now Knocked Out.

[G] Jet Spear: 110 damage. Discard an Energy from this Pokemon.

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


Blaziken V – Fire – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C][C] High Jump Kick: 50 damage.

[R][R][C][C] Fire Spin: 210 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Blaziken VMAX – Fire – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Blaziken V

[R] Clutch: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[C][C] Max Blaze: 130 damage. Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to up to 2 of your Benched Rapid Strike Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Sobble – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[C] Continuous Call: Search your deck for up to 3 Rapid Strike Basic Pokemon and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C] Double Spin: Flip 2 coins, this attack does 20 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Drizzile – Water – HP90
Stage 1 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Sobble

[C][C]  Bounce: 40 damage. Switch this Pokémon with 1 of your Benched Pokémon.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Inteleon – Water – HP150
Stage 2 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Drizzile

Ability: Quick Shooter
Once during your turn, you may place 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[C][C] Waterfall: 70 damage.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Rapid Strike Urshifu – Water – HP140
Stage 1 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Kubfu

[C] Slashing Claw: 40 damage.

[W][C] Slash Rapid Bullet: Does 30 damage for each of your Rapid Strike Pokemon in play.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2


Kubfu – Fighting – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[C] Discipline: Search your deck for a basic Energy card and attach it to this Pokémon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Elbow Strike: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Galarian Slowking V – Darkness – HP220
Basic Pokemon (Single Strike)

[C] Mixing: Discard a card from your hand. Then, draw 3 cards from your deck.

[D][C] Doom Word: The Defending Pokemon is Knocked Out at the end of your opponent’s next turn.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Galarian Slowking VMAX – Darkness – HP320
Pokemon VMAX (Single Strike) – Evolves from Galarian Slowking V

[D][C] Max Toxin: 10 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned. During Pokemon Checkup, put 12 damage counters on that Pokemon instead of 1.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Single Strike Urshifu – Darkness – HP140
Stage 1 (Single Strike) – Evolves from Kubfu

[D][C] Field Crush: 50 damage. If your opponent has any Stadium in play, discard it.

[D][D][C] Carnage Knuckle 100+ damage. If this Pokémon has any damage counters on it, this attack does 100 more damage.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2


Echoing Horn – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Put a Basic Pokemon from your opponent’s discard pile onto their Bench.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.


Karen’s Conviction  – Trainer
Supporter (Single Strike)

During this turn, your Single Strike Pokemon’s attacks do 20 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon for each Prize Card your opponent has already taken.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.


Brawly – Trainer
Supporter (Rapid Strike)

Search your deck for up to 3 Rapid Strike Basic Pokemon and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.


Welcoming Lantern – Trainer
Item (Single Strike)

Choose a Single Strike Supporter card from your discard pile and put it into your hand.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

The ‘Matchless Fighters — Klara & Avery Set’ have also been revealed! It comes with two booster boxes of Matchless Fighters, two sets of 64 card sleeves, a deck box, and the card box itself. It will retail for 11,550 yen and release on March 19th alongside the set.

Also starting March 19th, fans who purchase 990 yen or more of Pokemon TCG products from participating hobby shops will receive a Galarian Slowpoke promo.

Galarian Slowpoke – Psychic – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[C] Let’s Play Together: Heal 10 damage from each of your Pokemon.

[C][C][C] Tail Whap: 30 damage.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 2

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  1. ForeverRanger91 Aspiring Trainer
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    Rapid Strike Urushifu could be a fun single prize deck. 180 for a single energy attachment is great.
     
  2. ronangorski Aspiring Trainer
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    Loved the Kakuna art!
     
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  3. JayMankey Optimistic Trainer/Collector
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    The Japan branch KILLS it with the box set once again! That’s some STUNNING art of everyone’s favorite Galarian a-holes! Too bad most people won’t get to enjoy that beautiful art, though... just like COVID, we have to accept that this is the new normal for the collecting scene!
     
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  4. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
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    67 and 68 will almost definitely be Klara and Avery respectively

    Was it confirmed gow many V/VMAXes are in the set
     
  5. Constantine Palaiologos Last Roman Emperor
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    The brawly card shows how out of touch the Japanese card designers are. They have multiple times during the swsh-era thought “Bridget was good so other call for family supporters will be to”. Problem is we can’t play supporters t1 going first anymore and there isn’t even tapu lele. The PROFFESIONAL DESIGNERS that work full time are so bad that i, A 14-YEAR OLD, would design cards and formats far better than them...

    Well, at least this year seems better designed than the last and tag teams are rotating soon. What swsh-on as a format currently desperately lacks is the old t1-rule, a tapu lele ability, and something like a buffed silver bangle (+40), pushing 130 damage on 1-prizers into 2-shot range on vmaxes.
     
  6. SceptileSquad Leaf Blade!
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    I love the Inteleon, thinking about Sableye V with Rapid Strike Mustard and Inteleon
     
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  7. gema5 Aspiring Trainer
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    !Echoing horn!
    Now, adp can ensure the 3turn win if you bench dedenne/crobat.
     
  8. Mistwalker Master of Martial Arts
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    Anyone know the set number for this set? (how many cards will be in it)
     
  9. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    The set number is S5a and it will contain 70 cards according to Pokébeach (exl. SR and HR cards).
     
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  10. Mistwalker Master of Martial Arts
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    I am really liking the single prize RS Urshifu. 1 energy (RS) for a possible total of 180 damage seems legit. Cards like Brawly, Sobble, and Octillery can fetch out RS pokemon so you can flood your bench as fast as possible. The only flaw I see is that its a water-type. Pikarom will wreck you hard. Would be more potent as a fighting type but at least you will hit weakness against Centiskorch, Charizard, and Blacephalon decks
     
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  11. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    I would argue that Water typing is a benefit here since you hit several decks such as Victini VMAX and Centiscorch VMAX for weakness. Given the prevalence of Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX in the current format Victini VMAX is a tier 1 deck able to knock out Pokémon V before they are able to evolve. Without that Urshifu would need to resort entirely to hunting down Crobat V with the assistance of Echoing Horn. Leave Sobble and Brawly out and resort to a stable Pokémon search engine consisting of Level Ball, Quick Ball and Pokémon Communication instead. It is much faster than either Sobble or Brawly.
     
  12. Matthew the Fairy Lover The Lover of everything Fairy
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    I don't know if Blaziken V MAX is going to be any good but since Blaziken is my favourite Pokemon of all time (with Emerald being my first game, let's go Torchic) but I wanna build around him anyway.
     
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  13. jamashawalker Ikouze!
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    I proxied it and played 2 games with it last night. If people want to go the stand alone route, memory capsule is really good for Blaziken VMAX

    In terms of the card itself, I see it being a great tech pokemon in Urshifu VMAX and create this somewhat Rapid Strike Box hitting for multiple weaknesses.
     
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  14. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    The last part was exactly what I have been thinking about too. You can effectively hit for fire, water, and fighting weakness which covers a ton of the current meta. Octillery kind of stabilizes the deck.
     
  15. Platinum Espresso Falinks Fanatic
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    Beedrill seems situational, but could get some hilarious KOs, especially with Mustard to get it into play. Coating metal Zacian V or Corviknight Vmax, rainbow ADP, rapid/single strike Urshifu Vmax, stone fighting Coalossal Vmax, heat fire Centiskorch Vmax... All OHKO'd somewhat consistently for a single grass energy. Of course the counterplay is obvious, just don't use the special energy. But it's still funny. Not "build a deck around it" funny, but funny nonetheless.
     
  16. JustInBasil Grass-Type Gym Leader
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  17. JaxuTCG Aspiring Trainer
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    I think the one which places damage counters is definitely a Spiritomb card! I mean just look at that photo and tell me that doesn't look like a Spiritomb
     
  18. The Fish 0.o
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    Imagine they reprint Malamar's Psychic Recharge but for darkness pokemon on Spiritomb
     
  19. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
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    So we're getting Galarian Pokemon support now, this’ll be interesting
     
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  20. Constantine Palaiologos Last Roman Emperor
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    Energy acceleration on a basic would be unbalanced compared to other cards, but i guess the text could be mistranslated and refer to the energy needing to be attached to a basic pokemon