A new Pokemon Trading Card Game set is upon us and the 9th of June can’t come quick enough! So what can we expect from the upcoming set?

The final evolutions of the partner Pokemon of Paldea (Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly) will be taking centre stage in the form of all-new ex cards! Players will soon be able to take their favourite partner Pokemon into battle with Meowscarada ex, Skeledirge ex, and Quaquaval ex. These Pokemon are sporting higher hit points than their Scarlet and Violet base set edition counterparts.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! In the Scarlet and Violet base set, we were treated to Koraidon and Miraidon ex cards to mark the first legendary Pokemon of generation 9. However, they were not the only legendary Pokemon introduced in the Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet video games on Nintendo Switch. A quartet of “Ruinous” legendary Pokemon were introduced in the form of Wo-Chien, Chien-Pao, Ting-Lu, and Chi-Yu. Paldea Evolved marks their first appearance in the Pokemon Trading Card Game with each Pokemon receiving an ex card. Chein-Pao in particular is receiving a Battle Deck alongside Tinkaton in July!

In total, we have over 190 new Pokemon cards joining the active rotation, with more than 15 new ex Pokemon cards, new Tera Pokemon cards, and more than 30 Trainer cards, with lots of exciting alternative art cards to collect! So the question is: where do you start?

For first-time buyers of Pokemon cards, I’d recommend starting with either a Build & Battle Stadium, an Elite Trainer box, or a Paldea Evolved Booster Box. 

A Build & Battle Stadium is the perfect way to pick up and play the game straight away with a friend. The set provides you with everything you and a friend need to play against each other with pre-made decks, booster packs, damage-counters, a competition-legal coin-flip die, 2 coin condition markers, and a collector’s box to hold everything.

An Elite Trainer Box, on the other hand, is the perfect way to start your Pokemon TCG journey! The box features 9 booster packs, a full-art foil promo card featuring Pikachu, 65 card sleeves featuring Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards, a player’s guide to the Scarlet & Violet Paldea Evolved expansion, 6 damage-counter dice, 1 competition-legal coin-flip die, 2 plastic condition markers, a collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized, and a code card for Pokémon Trading Card Game Live.

Of course, you can also jump straight into the thick of it with a Paldea Evolved Booster Box. Featuring 36 packs of cards, you will be able to build up your collection extremely quickly as well as increase your odds of pulling ex Pokemon and alternative art cards!

No matter where you choose to start, we wish you the best on your Pokemon journey!

When the set drops, be sure to share your pulls with us on social media with #TheCardVault