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Get An Early Look At Pokemon TCG Astral Radiance, The Arceus-Inspired Expansion

Pokemon Sword & Shield's latest TCG expansion releases May 27.


We're just weeks away from the release of the next Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion set. Astral Radiance arrives in stores on May 27, and we had the chance to take an early look at the new cards joining the game. Though technically a Sword & Shield expansion, Astral Radiance is inspired by Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It features Hisuian versions of select Pokemon as well as background art that Arceus players will surely recognize.

Astral Radiance follows the formula of other recent Pokemon TCG expansions by containing VMAX, VSTAR, and V Pokemon. I pulled one of the two VMAX cards in Astral Radiance, a fierce and hypnotic-looking Machamp that is an absolute unit. Machamp's G Max Chi Strike ability deals a whopping 240 damage. The two VMAX cards are joined by eight VSTAR and 21 V cards.

Machamp VMAX
Machamp VMAX

Just like the Brilliant Stars expansion that released earlier this year, there's a subset of Trainer's Gallery cards with unique artwork. The Trainer's Gallery features 30 unique cards that are numbered outside of main 189-card expansion. I pulled a Rapid Strike Falinks that features multiple of the adorable little caterpillar dudes.

Falinks Trainer's Gallery
Falinks Trainer's Gallery

Astral Radiance also introduces a new Pokemon card type into the fold: Radiant Pokemon. There are only three Radiant Pokemon in the expansion. Unfortunately, I didn't pull one to show here, but they sound quite cool. The trio are Shiny Pokemon with "etched artwork."

If you've spent time roaming Pokemon Legends: Arceus' world, you will undoubtedly recognize the geography surrounding the Pokemon in Astral Radiance. The volcano that looms over Hisui on Firespit Island can be found in the backdrop of a bunch of the Pokemon. All of the regions in Hisui are represented here, from the vast plains of Obsidian Fieldlands to the frigid tundra of Alabaster Icelands. Regular Trainer cards call back to Arceus, too. I pulled Jublife Village as well as a holographic Adaman.

Check out the slideshow below to get a peek at dozens of new cards in the Astral Radiance expansion. It's worth noting that Astral Radiance includes Togepi sitting on a fence, which made me think of Humpty Dumpty--which in turn made me worry that Togepi would have a big fall and crack its shell into even more jagged pieces.

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