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Sun & Moon: First “Pokémon-GX” Cards Revealed!

New class of Pokémon cards debuting in Sun & Moon TCG next year!

With the launch of the 2016 Pokémon World Championships, a new kind of Pokémon card was announced today, teasing of a brand new game mechanic coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game.  Known as “Pokémon-GX” cards, these powerful new cards will be making their debut in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon set early next year!

Watch the teaser trailer down below here:

With this announcement, we now have confirmation that Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon will officially be the next series in the TCG after the XY era which, in all likelihood, makes XY – Evolutions the final expansion of the Pokémon TCG: XY series.  Solgaleo and Lunala, the marquee legendary Pokémon of Pokémon Sun & Moon, also make their TCG debut as the first-ever Pokémon-GX cards to be showcased.

Pokémon-GX cards appear similar to their Pokémon-EX predecessors but feature a brand new mechanic: the GX attack!  GX attacks are powerful moves that offer a variety of game-changing effects, but you can only use a single GX move once per battle!

Here’s the basic guidelines around these new cards, courtesy of the official site:

  • A player can use only one GX attack per game. (That’s one total, not one per Pokémon-GX!)
  • Each Pokémon-GX has a maximum of two attacks in addition to its GXattack.
  • Pokémon-GX have strong attacks and high HP, so they can overwhelm the opponent’s Pokémon without needing to rely on the GX attack.
  • All of this power comes at a price. When your Pokémon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes two Prize cards. Think carefully about how and when to use your Pokémon-GX in battle.

All in all, it appears as though the GX cards of Sun & Moon are replacing EX cards from previous sets, though there’s nothing official to confirm this statement at this time.

Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon releases in early 2017.

The art for both Solgaleo GX and Lunala GX is fantastic! I can’t wait to see what other GX cards will make their debut in Sun & Moon.