V-UNION Mechanic Finally Revealed: Four Cards Form One Pokemon!

Time to summon Exodia — the first V-UNION cards have have finally been revealed! We first discovered the V-UNION trademark last December.

As we announced a while ago, Greninja V-UNION, Mewtwo V-UNION, and Zacian V-UNION would be featured in three 60-card decks releasing on August 20th for 1650 yen each. These will be the first products to feature V-UNION Pokemon. Each deck will come with one V-UNION Pokemon (four promo cards) and a Professor Burnett promo card. They will also come with six booster packs of Sky Stream and Towering Perfection.

Four cards form a V-UNION Pokemon. Each V-UNION Pokemon has multiple Abilities and/or attacks — for example, Greninja V-UNION has three Abilities and four attacks. You can use all its Abilities during your turn, but obviously only one attack per turn.

A V-UNION Pokemon can only be played to your Bench when all four cards are in your discard pile. You can only play a V-UNION Pokemon with the same name once per game. However, you can play multiple V-UNION Pokemon with different names during a game.

A V-UNION Pokemon gives up three Prize cards. They’re neither Basic Pokemon nor Evolution Pokemon.

Update: In case it wasn’t obvious — since each card for each V-Union has the same name, you can only have four of the cards in your deck. So you’ll only ever be able to form one of each V-UNION. If you want to psych out your opponent you can technically have four of Greninja’s leg cards in your deck, or even just its head, but you won’t be able to form Greninja V-UNION. It’s pretty risky to run V-UNION Pokemon since you might prize one of the four cards, so tread carefully!

Thanks goes to Bangiras and Arantxa T. for the translations!

Greninja V-UNION – Water – HP300
V-UNION Pokemon

During your turn, if you have the 4 different Greninja V-UNION cards in your discard pile, you may put them together onto your Bench. You can’t play more than 1 Greninja V-UNION in a game.

[C] Union Gain: Attach up to 2 [W] Energy cards from your discard pile to this Pokemon.

Ability: Probing Foot
Once during your turn, your may look at your opponent’s hand.

[W] Aqua Edge: 130 damage.

Ability: Antidote Jutsu
This Pokemon can’t be Poisoned.

[W][W][C] Twister Shuriken: This attack does 100 damage to each of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Ability: Shinobi Body
Whenever your opponent plays an Item card from their hand, prevent all effects of that card done to this Pokemon.

[W][W][C] Waterfall Bind: 180 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

When your Pokemon V-UNION is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

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

Zacian V-UNION – Metal – HP320
V-UNION Pokemon

During your turn, if you have the 4 different Zacian V-UNION cards in your discard pile, you may put them together onto your Bench. You can’t play more than 1 Zacian V-UNION in a game.

[C] Union Gain: Attach up to 2 [M] Energy from your discard pile to this Pokemon.

[M][M][C] Wise King’s Dance: 150 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, attacks from the Defending Pokemon do 150 less damage.

[M][M][C] Steel Slash: 200 damage.

[M][M][M][C] Master Blade: 340 damage. Discard 3 Energy from this Pokemon.

When your Pokemon V-UNION is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2

Mewtwo V-UNION – Psychic – HP310
V-UNION Pokemon

During your turn, if you have the 4 different Mewtwo V-UNION cards in your discard pile, you may put them together onto your Bench. You can’t play more than 1 Mewtwo V-UNION in a game.

[C] Union Gain: Attach up to 2 [P] Energy cards from your discard pile to this Pokemon.

[P][P][C] Super Recovery: Heal 200 damage from this Pokemon.

[P][P][C] Psysplosion: Put 16 damage counters on your opponent’s Pokemon in any way you like.

Ability: Photon Barrier
Prevent all effects of your opponent’s attacks (except damage) done to this Pokemon.

[P][P][P][C] Final Burn: 300 damage.

When your Pokemon V-UNION is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

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

Professor Burnet – Trainer

Search your deck for up to 2 cards and discard them. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

We also discovered a trademark for VSTAR last year. No word yet on what it’s for!

This isn’t the first time the Pokemon TCG has used multiple cards to form a Pokemon. During the HeartGold & SoulSilver era, LEGEND cards were created from two different cards. They started out as one Pokemon across two cards then eventually became two Pokemon across two cards (forming one joint Pokemon). But now we’re in four-card territory with the V-UNION mechanic, eye yi yi!

Here’s some 4Kids nostalgia for dessert:

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  1. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB



    I didn't even like this gimmick when it was Legend cards and there were only two pieces to complete the picture. We don't need more chase cards as it is. But we definitely do not need a four-piece chase card when entire pieces are things like a picture of Mewtwo's hand. Ew at all of this.
  2. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    Okay, we should be grateful they only give up three prizes. I wonder how the board management will work with such monstrosities.
    Bongooo likes this.
  3. Shinxed3 Get Shinxed bro


    oh my.. 4 smackeroons and 3 doubloons on Greninja V-Union.

    Creatures, I know that I said I wanted more attacks and abilities on Pokémon to make them more complex, but... you really shouldn't have...
    Ev1l and Coolpilot like this.
  4. JayMankey Optimistic Trainer/Collector


    Okay, THIS is a little much for me to comprehend, but basically, they've brought back LEGEND cards and given them a MAJOR buff-up! The amount of effort it'll take to pull all four components of any of these V-Unions is to be feared!
  5. LightYearLiam Aspiring Trainer


    All I care about is that they're not a revival of Tag Teams. I am seriously SO GLAD they are not a revival of Tag Teams. And it is an interesting mechanic. An incredibly weird interesting mechanic, even compared to their obvious predecessor Legends (seriously, I thought it was a joke at first), but at least it's interesting. The cards are seriously pretty and I'm sure they'll look impressive in real life. And having that many attacks and abilities on a single Pokemon will be pretty wild, in a hopefully good way. So overall, I guess these have me feeling more positive emotions than negative.
  6. ronangorski Aspiring Trainer


    Waiting now for the 13/13 card of this mini collection
  7. Nos Aspiring Trainer


    Is battle compressor going to get banned in expanded now :(
  8. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer


    These aren't going to extend the 3-prizer reign any longer than it would've already, and these look like they have the potential to have a lot more skill involved than the 3-prize 1-2 attack beat sticks that VMAXs are (these 3 first V-unions are very uninspired though).
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021 at 10:46 PM
  9. vexel Aspiring Trainer


    This HAS to be a joke....

    I realize it's real but I hate it.
    Malavok likes this.
  10. MagnaDrake Aspiring Trainer


    Making them specifically has to be played from the discard pile is a bit... scary. I like it though! They have about the same HP as a VMax so it should not be TOO much of trouble dealing with them if they do get to be played.

    I guess this is why they released Peony, too.
    JayMankey likes this.
  11. UrGardevoir_callsmeMaster Aspiring Trainer


    There ain't enough space on the board for all this.

    PTCGO developers have their work cut out for them!
  12. Rozureido Aspiring Trainer


    Nope. I'm out. Unless these things are only available in promo products where you get all 4 pieces or have a ridiculously high pull rates or they do something unprecedented like giving you all four pieces in the same pack, I will be retiring from the TCG until they have rotated. Packs are hard enough to get as it is and there are more chase cards than ever (Evolving Skies will have almost 100 Ultra Rare Cards). I don't want to have to pull 4 ultra rare pieces to play 1 card, and I'm sorry but getting an ultra rare "Mewtwo's Left Foot" card is not interesting or exciting for me as a collector or player and it certainly won't be exciting or interesting for a little kid who just wants a cool Pokemon card. Anyone who was a young collector in the base set days remembers the awful disappointment of pulling a rare trainer card, and these cards, no matter how sparkly, seem even more disappointing. At least you can use a rare trainer.

    If The Pokemon Company wanted to find a way to kill the hype of their game, I think they have succeeded.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021 at 10:53 PM
  13. imashbuttons Aspiring Trainer


    These are sick, I like em. They have clear synergy with obvious stuff like Quick Ball, Prof Research, etc. and won't replace VMax's. They can retreat too so I guess we'll just be having big stacks of cards on our benches.
  14. ronangorski Aspiring Trainer


    Only one V-Union per game or only one of each pokemon?
  15. JayMankey Optimistic Trainer/Collector


    I would HOPE that there's only one V-Union in every deck, because having 1/5 of your deck gone to these behemoths might be overkill!
  16. imashbuttons Aspiring Trainer


    One per game
  17. MagnaDrake Aspiring Trainer


    One of each Pokemon. V-U Greninja gets KO'd, you can't play it again for the rest of the game, but you can play the others if you run them.
    Diego Lima, FilpACoin and ronangorski like this.
  18. ELTRENDY BEAST Aspiring Trainer


    I can't be the only one that thinks that these are kinda bad. The Zacian one is the best one though. It might actually be really good.
    KellyGaffney3 and JayMankey like this.
  19. Rozureido Aspiring Trainer


    These are are essentially Japanese promo cards introducing a mechanic. They are always pretty bland. Think the V decks that launched at the same time as the Sword and Shield sets (Victini V, Celebi V, Tapu Koko V, Regirock V). If V-Union Pokemon end up in sets (and I'm sure they will) they will likely be much more interesting than these guys.
    Bongooo likes this.
  20. Ilexon Aspiring Trainer


    These are really cool, my favourite one is definitely mewtwo vunion bc of the beautiful art by Ekira Egawa. I’ve only seen the legend cards online but I wonder if they’ll print for union with multiple Pokemon on them like the Lugia and ho oh legend cards. As some people have said though I do hope these are much lower rarity per card, you pull the full set of them in a pack if you do get one or they only come in collections. Having ultra rares you can’t use would be a bit annoying especially if you had 3/4
    FilpACoin and JaxuTCG like this.