Welcome back PTCGO Store readers to another article! Today, we are going to be talking about all the newest Pokemon TCG cards to come out of the recently leaked, Sword & Shield Base Set. I have been looking at these cards for a while now and am really excited to bring you all this new information. The newest form of powerful Pokemon are Pokemon V cards. Pokemon V are similar to Pokemon EX from the XY series because they don’t have a GX attack. Instead, they have higher HP and can once again, evolve. Except like Pokemon GX, they don’t evolve from regular Basic Pokemon, they are the Basic Pokemon. Some Pokemon V cards can sometimes evolve into Pokemon VMAX, which is like the Gignatamax evolution in the Sword & Shield video games. Pokemon VMAX rulings still are not confirmed on how they work in game, but for right now, we know right now they evolve from Pokemon V, and give up three prizes when they are knocked out. The Pokemon VMAX in the set so far are Lapras VMAX, Stonjouner VMAX, Snorlax VMAX, and Morpeko VMAX. All of the VMAX Pokemon have over 300 HP so it is very difficult for a lot of decks to keep up with them, especially with all the new healing cards. The set also has quite a lot of good Trainer Cards, as well as regular new Pokemon that have very interesting attacks and abilities. Be sure to check back here on The PTCGO Store after Sword & Shield releases sometime in 2020 to get some Sword & Shield Pokemon TCG codes to get started with the new series! With that being said, I compiled a list of the top 15 new cards from the set that I think have a lot of potential in the new format.

Top 15 New Cards from Sword & Shield Base

(special shoutout to PokeBeach for the translations)

15. Marnie

Both players shuffle their hands without looking and put them at the bottom of their decks.
Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.

Marine - Sword & Shield

This new supporter card is similar to the effect of Judge, but it gives you a better advantage in cards. It is definitely more interesting than Judge, as the cards go on the bottom of the deck.

14. Zacian V

Ability: Intrepid Sword
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 cards of your deck and attach any number of Metal energy cards you find there to this Pokemon.
Put the other cards into your hand. If you use this ability, your turn ends.

Brave Blade (230)
During your next turn, this Pokemon can not attack.

Weakness: Fire (x2); Resistance: -30; Retreat: 3

Zacian V - Sword & Shield

This legendary Pokemon V is a great card that is being introduced into the Standard and Expanded card pool because of it is fantastic ability. It allows you to not only potentially accelerate energy, but also draw some extra cards before your turn ends. The new Metal acceleration item card also makes this card great since it can now attack faster.

13. Giant Charm

The Pokemon this card is attached to gets +30 HP.

Giant Charm - Sword & Shield

This new tool card when paired with VMAX Pokemon can make it really hard for your opponent to ever get a one hit knockout. This card will be played in pretty much all VMAX decks, since it makes them much harder to deal with than they already are.

12. Sableye V

Ore Search
Put a Trainer card from your discard pile into your hand.

Wicked Claws (10+)
This attack does 60 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent’s active Pokemon.

Weakness: Grass (x2); Resistance: none; Retreat: 2

Sableye V - Sword & Shield

Similar to the infamous “Junk Hunt” Sableye. Sableye V’s first attack can bring back any trainer from your discard pile, making it not as strong, but still pretty good. This card may have potential in some control decks, more so in standard than expanded, because there are better options available in expanded.

11. Lapras VMAX

G-Max Pump (90+)
This attack does 30 more damage for each Water energy attached to this Pokemon

Weakness: Lightning (x2); Resistance: none; Retreat: 3

Lapras VMAX - Sword & Shield

This card in combination with "Frosmoth" can not only hit big numbers, but also survive huge hits with it’s massive 320 HP. This card with other cards like "Frosmoth" and all the new powerful search options will be hands down a strong archetype going into the new standard format.

10. Fine Band

The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 10 more damage to your opponent’s active Pokemon (before applying weakness and resistance).
 
Fine Band - Sword & Shield

This card is the only way to add damage in the standard format, and 10 damage can be relevant in a lot of ways. I expect this card to see some play, but we’ll have to wait and see how good 10 extra damage can be.

9. Aurora Energy

When you attach this card from your hand to a Pokemon, discard a card from your hand.
While in play, this card provides every type of Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time.

Aurora Energy - Sword & Shield

This card is very similar to Rainbow energy, but this is just strictly better as you don’t have to take 10 damage, and you also get the opportunity to discard a card from your hand. In decks like Mewtwo & Mew GX and other decks that already abuse Rainbow energy, this card will replace it. Lots of decks also benefit from the option to discard a card. I really like this new Special energy card and will definitely be picking up a playset.

8. Stonjouner VMAX

Stone Gift
Attach 1 Fire energy from your hand to 1 of your Pokemon. Then, heal 120 damage from that Pokemon.

Max Rockfall (200)

Weakness: Grass (x2); Resistance: none; Retreat: 3

Stonjouner VMAX - Sword & Shield
 
This fighting type VMAX Pokemon is going to be very effective in the Pokemon TCG as it has 330 HP, and it’s "Stone Gift" attack is great. Being able to not only heal 120 damage, but also accelerate energy is very good. And because Stonjouner VMAX has such high HP, it can be a large tank to deal with.

7. Metal Saucer

Attach a Metal energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your benched Metal Pokemon.

Metal Saucer - Sword & Shield

The newest variation of specific energy acceleration went into the favor of metal Pokemon in this new Pokemon TCG series. The set is definitely very supportive of metal Pokemon as they are not the best in the current meta.

6. Fishing Rod

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.

Fishing Rod - Sword & Shield

Recovery cards are finally back in the standard format, and this is looking like the best one yet. Similar to the popular Super Rod item card, Fishing Rod allows you to put back 2 of each, instead of a mixture between the 2. This will make deck building change as it isn’t as bad to discard more energies now.

5. Frosmoth

Ability: Ice Dance
As often as you like during your turn, you may attach a Water energy card from your hand to 1 of your benched Water Pokemon.

Aurora Beam (30)

Weakness: Metal (x2); Resistance: none; Retreat: 2

Frosmoth - Sword & Shield

This Pokemon has an ability similar to Blastoise’s Deluge ability that allows you to attach as much water energy as you’d like per turn. This is exactly what Water Pokemon needed in the Pokemon TCG as it makes a lot of unforeseen Water type Pokemon good. This is another card I think is going to be played and has a lot of potential.

4. Cinccino

Ability: Thrifty
Once during your turn, you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, draw 2 cards.

Energy Assist (40)
Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Fighting (x2); Resistance: none; Retreat: 1
 
Cinccino - Sword & Shield

Cinccino has an amazing ability that has been seen before on a Pokemon that is considered to be one of the best P style="text-align:justify;"okemon cards ever printed in Zoroark GX. Cinccino has brought back "Trade" in the form of "Thrifty" to give the format a new way of fantastic draw power. This card will most likely replace Pidgeotto in standard, as it is inherently better since it draws two cards instead of having to put one on the bottom. In expanded, it also pairs well with Winona since it can easily be searched.

3. Evolution Incense

Search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Evolution Incense - Sword & Shield

Another amazing search card in the new set allows you to search for an evolution Pokemon, similar to the Evosoda card from previous formats. This card will be played a lot in standard in evolution decks as it is the best way to search for them. Right now there are not many good search cards in the standard format, so this will definitely help in consistency issues in decks.

2. Quick Ball

You must discard 1 card from your hand in order to play this card. Search your deck for a Basic Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Quick Ball - Sword & Shield

The newest way to search Pokemon in Quick Ball replaces Ultra Ball in a different fashion as you can only search basics, but it is still very effective. Having other search options besides Pokemon Communication and Mysterious Treasure that can search for non GX Pokemon is a great move in the right direction for the Pokemon TCG. This card will for sure be included in several decks as an effective consistency card and code.

1. Professor’s Research

Discard your hand. Then, draw 7 cards.

Proffessor's Research - Sword & Shield

This is reminiscent of the Professor Sycamore and Professor Juniper supporter cards which have dominated as the top supporters in all formats. Being able to discard and draw 7 fresh cards is one of the best ways in the game to go through your deck at a fast pace. This card is going to have the largest influence on the standard format from this set by far, and will most certainly be played in every single deck in standard.

Early Sword & Shield List

Here is an early standard format list including Sword & Shield that I believe will have a lot of potential. It includes the new Frosmoth and Lapras VMAX Pokemon as the main ways to dish out knockouts, while also abusing the powerful new search cards and the Professor’s Research draw supporter. ( the "*" symbol next to the cards in the list mean they are apart of the Sword & Shield set):


Frosmoth/Lapras VMAX

Pokemon - 18
  • 4 Jirachi TEU
  • *4 Snom
  • *3 Frosmoth
  • *3 Lapras V
  • *2 Lapras VMAX
  • *1 Keldeo V
  • 1 Volcanion Prism FLI
Trainers - 30
  • *4 Professor’s Research
  • 4 Cynthia
  • 2 Mallow & Lana
  • *4 Evolution Incense
  • *4 Quick Ball
  • *3 Energy Retrieval
  • 2 Switch
  • 2 Escape Board
  • *1 Fishing Rod
  • 4 Viridian Forest
Energy - 12
  • 12 Basic Water Energy

Conclusion

The Sword & Shield base Pokemon TCG set is looking like one of the best sets in a long time, that is going to change the meta a lot with its very consistent trainer cards in Professor’s Research, Quick Ball, and Evolution Incense. These will make decks set up a lot more often and eliminate some early inconsistencies the first two formats we’ve played this year. Also, the inclusion of VMAX Pokemon may seem like another step into power creep, but they aren’t too overly powerful, so they should make the meta more balanced. I think this is a good step in the direction of improving the format as it lacks a lot of consistency right now. I for one am very excited for this new set and I cannot wait to play the new cards. I am also very excited to play these cards on the Pokemon TCG Online as the new set looks like a lot of fun.

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