New Mechanics, New Expansion in Pokémon Trading Card Game Sword & Shield Lost Origin

The Pokémon Company International today revealed the next expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Lost Origin available starting September 9th, 2022, at participating retailers around the world. The expansion is based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus and will showcase more Pokémon unique to the Hisui region, including Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR, Hisuian Goodra VSTAR, and more.

Sword & Shield—Lost Origin also marks the return of the Lost Zone gameplay mechanic, where players will be unable to retrieve cards placed in this special discard pile.

In Sword & Shield—Lost Origin, the Lost Zone gameplay mechanic will make its Sword & Shield Series debut and is expected to shake up the Pokémon TCG metagame. The Lost Zone is similar to the discard pile, but players will not be able to recover these cards during gameplay. Lost Zone cards such as Giratina VSTAR will feature a shadowy aura emanating from the artwork.

Furthermore, Sword & Shield—Lost Origin will be based on the popular Pokémon Legends: Arceus video game and feature more Hisuian Pokémon, including Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR and Hisuian Goodra VSTAR, as well as Radiant Pokémon such as Radiant Gardevoir. Radiant Pokémon feature Shiny Pokémon illustrated in etched artwork and tend to have a powerful Ability or attack.

  • Three new Radiant Pokémon
  • Six Pokémon VSTAR
  • 14 Pokémon V and one Pokémon VMAX
  • 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokémon in the Trainer Gallery subset

Sword & Shield—Lost Origin will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, with the Sword & Shield—Lost Origin Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box now available for preorder exclusively at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada, and UK.

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