On May 25th, 2023, The Pokémon Company International unveiled the next expansion in the bestselling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), Scarlet & Violet Obsidian Flames
, which will launch at participating retailers worldwide beginning August 11th, 2023.
New Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet Obsidian Flames Debuts Type-Shifted Tera Pokémon ex
The upcoming Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames expansion will introduce type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex to the Pokémon TCG, where certain Tera Pokémon ex cards will feature a different Energy type. For example, Trainers will see Charizard ex as a Darkness type versus its usual Fire type, as well as Tyranitar ex as a Lightning type versus its usual Fighting type or Darkness type. When attacking, type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex will use the same Energy as their usual type; however, they will have a different Weakness that corresponds with their shifted type. These cards will also follow the same rules as normal Pokémon ex — when Knocked Out, the type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex gives up two Prize cards instead of one.
Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:
- 15 Pokémon ex and six Tera Pokémon ex
- 12 illustration rare Pokémon
- Six special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
- 12 ultra rare full-art etched Pokémon ex and Supporter cards
- Three hyper rare gold etched cards
Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections at Pokémon Center online and participating retailers worldwide. Equipped with two additional booster packs and one additional illustration rare style promo card featuring the Pokémon Center logo, the Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box is available for preorder now for Trainers in the US, Canada and UK alongside other products from the expansion.
In addition, ahead of the release of the tabletop version, Trainers will be able to play with Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames digitally via the Pokémon TCG Live app for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices on Aug. 10, 2023. When logging in, the Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Battle Pass will reward players with a new deck, featuring Darkness-type Charizard ex. Players can also unlock an additional premium deck featuring Toedscruel ex by redeeming Crystals, earned by completing daily quests.