A new Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion is here and we've got a first look at all the cards in the new set. Guardians Rising features over 160 cards with an emphasis on the new Pokemon first seen in Pokemon Sun and Moon. In addition to the powerful Guardian Pokemon Tapu Koko and Tapu Lele, the new set also introduces Pokemon like Vikavolt, Lycanroc, and Toxapex.
There's a few must have cards in this new expansion, so we're going to point out some of the highlights:
Toxapex-GX: GX cards are the new powerhouse cards in Pokemon Sun and Moon and will eventually what most competitive decks will be built around. Toxapex-GX is a particularly nasty card thanks to its "Super Intense Poison" move. Usually, Poisoning an opponent's Pokemon will cause 10 HP of damage in between turns. However, Super Intense Poison does 100 HP of damage between turns, which will wipe out all but the most powerful of Pokemon within two turns. The crazy thing is, that's not even Toxapex's GX move, which can only be used once per turn!
Golisopod: We mentioned that GX cards are the new powerhouses, which means that Golisopod will be an effective counter at least for a few years. In addition to having an ability that automatically reduces damage by 30 HP, it also has an attack that deals out 150 HP of damage to any GX or EX Pokemon. Any GX- Pokemon with a weakness to Grass-Type Pokemon better watch out, because Golisopod will make short work of them in a single turn.
Tapu Koko-GX: Tapu Koko-GX is a quick strike card that can move straight from your hand into battle and dish out major damage. Basically, Tapu Koko's ability allows it to draw Energy from other Pokemon on your bench and then switch to become your active Pokemon in a single turn. So, as long as your other Pokemon has the energy, Tapu Koko can come out and instantly do 130 HP of damage as soon as you add it to your hand. Its GX move can also dish out a lot of damage, especially late in the game when your opponent has a lot of Energy attached to other Pokemon.
Tapu Lele-GX: The other Guardian Pokemon in this expansion is equally dangerous, thanks to its ridiculous Energy Drive move (which deals out 20 HP of damage for every Energy Card attached to both active Pokemon) and its Wonder Tag ability. Whenever you first play Tapu Lele, you can also search your deck for a Supporter card, which should let you implement your deck's strategy even faster.
Whimsicott: Whimsicott might not look like much at first glance, but its "Wages of Fluff" attack could be one of those moves that people hate for years to come. Wages of Fluff allows a player to take two extra Prize Cards if your opponent's Pokemon gets knocked out the next turn. When coupled with its free retreat cost (meaning that you don't lose energy for switching it out), you can send Whimsicott out on one turn, and then bring out your big guns the next turn to potentially take over half of your opponent's prizes in a single turn.
You can check out all the cards in the photo gallery. Be sure to leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter to let us know which of these cards is your favorite!