The Pokémon Company officially revealed the Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet
set on December 9th, 2022. The price of a booster pack will increase from $3.99 to $4.49 USD with this set but will now feature three guaranteed foil cards per booster with a rarity of “Rare” or higher. The Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet expansion will be launching worldwide beginning on March 31, 2023.
Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet Brings Changes to the Pokémon Trading Card Game
Learn about the changes being made to the Pokémon TCG in the upcoming Scarlet & Violet Series.
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet launched last month and ushered in a new generation of Pokémon as Trainers embarked on their Treasure Hunt through the Paldea region. The Pokémon Trading Card Game is following suit and taking its own next step in the upcoming Scarlet & Violet Series with adjustments to card aesthetic, pack contents, and more.
Changes in the Scarlet & Violet Series
Moving forward, the classic yellow borders framing Pokémon TCG cards will transition to the same silver border used in Japan. This change both frames Pokémon TCG artwork in its originally intended border and further unifies the game on a global level. The subcategory of Trainer cards (Supporter, Stadium, etc.) currently located on the top right of Trainer cards will be moved to the top left of the card—to be more visible in players’ hands.
Energy cards are also changing with the Scarlet & Violet series. The name of the Energy will now be featured on the top of the card alongside a new subtype tag for Energy. The Energy symbol currently featured on Energy cards will now appear on the bottom right of Energy cards. This change makes the amount and type of Energy attached to each Pokémon clearer for each player. Lastly, expansion symbols will now be replaced by expansion codes on the bottom left of each card.
Due to global inflation impacting the cost of materials and production, Pokémon Trading Card Game products will see varying MSRP increases in select markets with the launch of the Scarlet & Violet series. For example, the price of a booster pack will increase from $3.99 to $4.49 USD. In an effort to continue providing a positive Pokémon TCG experience and value, each pack of Pokémon cards will now feature three guaranteed foil cards per booster—all cards with a rarity of “Rare” or higher will now be foil. In addition, certain products will come with additional items. For example, the Elite Trainer Box will include an additional booster pack and full-art promo card.
An Update on Competitive Play
Competitive play will continue to be an important part of the Pokémon TCG during the Scarlet & Violet series—stay tuned for an upcoming update on Standard rotation!
Press Release - First Expansion of the Pokémon Trading Game: Scarlet & Violet Series Coming Soon Alongside Card Design Updates
Dec. 9, 2022 — Today, The Pokémon Company International announced the next expansion for the bestselling Pokémon Trading Card Game, Scarlet & Violet, inspired by the recently released Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games. The Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet expansion will be launching worldwide beginning on March 31, 2023.
As the first expansion in the Scarlet & Violet Series, initially unveiled during the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, Scarlet & Violet will see the return of the Pokémon ex gameplay mechanic, which will appear in each stage of Evolution and have high HP, as well as powerful attacks and Abilities. However, when a Pokémon ex is Knocked Out, it gives up two Prize cards instead of one.
The Pokémon Company International also introduced several card design improvements that will be implemented starting with the Scarlet & Violet expansion. Yellow borders on Pokémon TCG cards will become gray to match the cards released in Japan, providing a more seamless Pokémon TCG experience around the world while allowing the card artwork to shine even further. In addition, subcategories for Trainer cards — such as Supporter, Item and Stadium — will appear in the top left corner to be more visible in players’ hands, Basic Energy cards will display another Energy symbol on the bottom right corner to make it easier to track during gameplay, and expansion symbols will be replaced by expansion codes and language codes across all cards.
More Scarlet & Violet details, including key expansion features and product lineups, will be revealed in the future.
New Pokémon Trading Card Game: Scarlet & Violet Brings Back Pokémon ex Mechanic, Introduces Tera Pokémon
The new expansion will adopt an updated take on Pokémon ex, a gameplay mechanic featuring Pokémon with high HP as well as powerful attacks and Abilities. Unlike Pokémon-EX from the Black & White and XY Series, which were all Basic Pokémon, the Pokémon ex in the Scarlet & Violet Series can be Basic, Stage 1 or Stage 2. Though powerful, Pokémon ex give up two Prize cards when Knocked Out.
Inspired by the Terastal phenomenon from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, the expansion will introduce Tera Pokémon ex featuring unique etched artwork that spotlights their Tera Types. These new cards follow the same rules as Pokémon ex but will take no damage from attacks when on the Bench.
In addition to the recently announced design updates for Pokémon TCG cards, Scarlet & Violet will feature full-art etched cards showcasing Pokémon in simple poses and bright colors. The expansion will also include illustration rare and special illustration rare Pokémon, which may show an entire Evolution line growing together. These cards will showcase Pokémon in their natural environments and offer a closer look at their unique personalities.
Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:
- 12 double rare Pokémon ex, including two Tera Pokémon ex featuring Arcanine and Gyarados
- 12 ultra rare Pokémon ex and eight ultra rare Supporter cards
- 24 illustration rare Pokémon
- 10 special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
- Six hyper rare gold etched cards, which can include Pokémon ex, Trainer and Energy cards
Pokémon TCG Scarlet Violet Elite Trainer Boxes Koraidon and Miraidon
Pokémon TCG Scarlet Violet Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Boxes Koraidon and Miraidon
Scarlet & Violet will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada and UK, as well as other participating retailers around the world. In addition, certain products are now available for preorder at Pokémon Center, including the Scarlet & Violet Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box, which includes two additional booster packs and two copies of a full-art promo card; one of the cards features the Pokémon Center logo.