The first sets of the Scarlet & Violet era will be named Scarlet ex and Violet ex. They will release on January 20th in Japan. They will be “Expansion Pack” sets, which is Japan’s typical term for a base set. These dual sets will re-introduce the Pokemon ex mechanic.
The sets will be accompanied by the release of three 60-card “Starter Set ex” decks. Each deck will feature either Sprigatito and Lucario ex, Fuecoco and Ampharos ex, or Quaxly and Mimikyu ex (Mimikyu ex is previewed above). These types of decks have kicked off recent eras:
Like every year, a new “Premium Trainer Box ex” will be released. In the past these have always contained Trainer cards, Energy cards, premium damage counters, premium status markers, a damage counter case, a coin, and ten booster packs.
January 20th will also see the release of a typical lineup of TCG accessories. Koraidon and Miraidon will be featured on a deck box, card sleeves, damage counter case, card binder, and carrying case. Also releasing will be acrylic damage counters and yet another card frame called “Black Ver.2.” There will also be a new “Energy Card Set,” which may be a bulk pack of Energy cards; however, this is speculation.
On March 10th, Japan will see the release of its first Scarlet & Violet subset named Triplet Beat. This will be yet another “Strengthening Expansion Pack” set, which means it’s a smaller set like Battle Region, Dark Phantasma, or Pokemon GO.
A fourth “Starter Set ex” featuring Pikachu ex and an unnamed Lightning Pokemon — presumably a new Pokemon — will also release on March 10th. Accompanying its release include a “Pikachu Special Set” and Pikachu deck box. The Pikachu Special Set will presumably be a blister pack that includes booster packs and Pikachu promo card(s).
A curious fact to point out: the Scarlet ex and Violet ex sets release on the same day as our special SWSH set for the international TCG. January 20th will be a big day for Pokemon TCG fans around the world!