Pokémon Sword TCG Review

Hello everybody and welcome back to another Pokémon post. Today we will be looking at some of the new cards from the Pokémon Sword half-set. With that said, let’s jump right into it.

The Sword and Shield base set is the start of a new era. We are getting new Pokémon, new trainers, and a new card type—Pokémon-V. These seem to be the alternative to Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokémon. As per usual, I am overly excited to see my favorite new Pokémon in card form.

Dhelmise-V

Dhelmise-V 220HP [G]

[G] Wrath of Wraths 30+
If any of your [G] Pokémon were Knocked Out by damage from an opponent’s attack during their last turn, this attack does 90 more damage.

[G][G][C] Giga Hammer 200
This Pokemon can’t use Giga Hammer during your next turn.

Weakness – [R] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost – [C][C]

This is power creep to the absolute maximum. 220HP and a 200 base power attack on a basic Pokémon? Seems alright to me, next card.

Rillaboom

And to think I was just worrying about Dhelmise’s energy cost! This card seems completely and utterly busted. Not one, but 2 extra energy every turn, from your deck no less! Even though it’s a stage 2, I think this card will be meta-defining.

Lapras-V and Lapras-Vmax

Lapras-V 210HP [W]

[C] Waveback
Attach 1 [W] Energy from your hand to this Pokémon. Then, switch this Pokémon with 1 of your Benched Pokémon.

[W][W][W][C] Ocean Loop 210
Return 2 Water Energy from this Pokémon to your hand.

Weakness – [L] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost – [C][C]

Hold up. Why would anyone in their right minds give a Pokémon 320HP, as well as an attack powerful enough to OHKO anything? Gamefreak! What are you doing? In all seriousness though, this card does look ridiculous. I genuinely hope that there is no water support whatsoever in this set, or we might be facing a crisis.

Inteleon

Finally, a balanced Pokémon. I actually really like Inteleon, and I kind of wish he was as overpowered as Rillaboom. Still, this is definitely a cool card.

Boltund

Boltund 130HP [L]

[C][C] Big Bite 50
Your opponent’s Active Pokémon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[L][C][C] Fighting Bite 90+
If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is a Pokémon-V or Pokémon-GX, this attack does 90 more damage.

Weakness – [F] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost – [C]

There is one reason I’m mentioning this card, and one reason only. This almost hard-counters Lapras-Vmax. It’s second attack OHKO’s it unboosted, and that’s a 3 for 1 prize trade.

Wobbuffet-V

Wobbuffet-V 220HP [P]

[C][C] Step Back
Switch all damage counters on this Pokémon with those on your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

[P][P] Shadow Bind 70
The Defending Pokémon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

Weakness – [D] x2
Resistance – [F] -30
Retreat Cost – [C][C][C]

This card seems . . . obnoxious. It essentially allows you to tank a hit, then completely ruin someone’s day by giving them back said damage. Disgusting.

Stonjourner-V

Stonjourner-Vmax 330HP [F]

[F] Stone Gift 40
Attach 1 [F] Energy from your hand to 1 of your Pokémon. Then, heal 120 damage from that Pokémon.

[F][F][F] Max Rockfall 200

Weakness – [G] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost – [C][C][C]

Honestly this is the first mediocre, almost bad looking Pokémon-V out there, and that makes me sad, because Stonjourner is one of my favorite new Pokémon.

Oddly enough, this card seems almost balanced. Its ability could be abused to great effect, but its attack, while damaging, is quite lacking. Combine this with a weakness to Reshizard, and you have a mediocre ‘mon.

Cinccino

Cinccino 90HP [C]

[ABILITY] Thrifty
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, draw 2 cards.

[C] Energy Assist 40
Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched Pokémon.

Weakness – [F] x2
Resistance – [NONE]
Retreat Cost [C]

This may well be the first truly staple card on this list. It has the same ability as Zoroark-GX, and we all know how good that was. This is probably the best card from the Pokémon Sword half-set, if not the Shield one as well!

Cramorant-V

Cramorant-V 200HP [C]

[C] Beak Catch
Search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Spit Shot
Discard all Energy from this Pokémon. This attack does 160 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

Weakness – [L] x2
Resistance – [F] -30
Retreat Cost – [C]

I don’t really have much to say about this. It could work well with Triple Acceleration Energy, or maybe as draw support, but other cards do everything it does, but better.

Trainers

This post is already long enough, and I want to take a more in-depth look at the trainers, so I’m going to save them for next time. With that said, thanks for reading, and I’m off to play some Animal Crossing – New Leaf on my Nintendo 3ds.

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