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Pokemon TCG: Sword & Shield is available now

Today marks a new era for the Pokémon Trading Card Game with the release of the first expansion in the Sword & Shield Series. Taking its inspiration from the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, this expansion introduces a brand-new mechanic to the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon VMAX. Pokémon VMAX evolve from Pokémon V and feature Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon, with players able to collect cards like Snorlax VMAX and Lapras VMAX—both in their Gigantamax forms.

The Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield expansion features:

  • Over 50 Pokémon from the Galar region
  • 17 Pokémon V and 12 full-art Pokémon V, including Zacian V and Zamazenta V
  • Four Pokémon VMAX, including Snorlax VMAX and Lapras VMAX 
  • More than 30 Trainer cards, including three full-art Supporter cards
  • A new Special Energy card

In addition, Trainers in the UK have the opportunity to obtain two promo cards: Galarian Obstagoon and oversize Snorlax V. From February 7 and while stocks last, spend £10 or more on Pokémon TCG products in WHSmith high street stores to receive Galarian Obstagoon; or purchase any Pokémon TCG product in GAME stores to receive oversize Snorlax V.

In Eire, Trainers can receive a Galarian Obstagoon promo card when they spend 10€ on Pokémon TCG products in Eason stores from February 7 and while stocks last. 

For more information on the Sword & Shield Series, please visit

The Pokemon Company

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