Chilling Reign finally brings us the TCG debut of Calyrex, in both its Shadow Rider and Ice Rider forms! Shadow Rider Calyrex V is a fantastic new Psychic-type Pokémon that combines some of the best parts of Zoroark-GX and Malamar of the past into one card. The [Underworld Door] ability lets you attach a Psychic Energy from your hand to one of your Benched Psychic Pokémon and then draw 2 cards. This is brilliant for accessing the resources in your deck. This card can also increase the damage it deals with its [Max Geist] attack, which does 30 more damage for each Psychic Energy attached to your Pokémon. The new Cresselia can help you in ramping up that damage further with its [Crescent Glow] attack, which allows you to attach 3 Energy from your deck to one of your Pokémon - if you’re the player going second!
Ice Rider Calyrex V is equally as powerful, with two fantastic attacks: [Ride of the High King] deals more damage depending on your opponent’s bench size, and [Max Lance] can deal a huge 250 damage for just 2 Water Energy, provided you discard them first. However, this caveat should not be a problem with the new Melony Supporter card that lets you attack a Water Energy to one of your Pokémon V/VMAX, then draw 3 cards.
Whichever Calyrex form you prefer, you will definitely have a powerful ally on your side.
This set also introduces us to the Galarian Bird Trio for the first time in the TCG.
Galarian Moltres V has the [Direflame Wings] ability that lets you attach a Darkness Energy to it from your Discard Pile once per turn, and its [Aura Burn] attack does 190 damage, but 30 damange to itself. However, in return, you get to 1-hit KO the new Shadow Rider Calyrex for 3 Prizes!
Galarian Zapdos V's ability [Fighting Instinct] reduces the cost of its attacks by 1 Colourless Energy for each Pokémon V/VMAX on your opponent’s side of the board. Its other attack, [Thunderous Kick], would normally cost 4 Energy to use, but can cost as little as 1 Energy if the opponent has enough V/VMAX Pokémon out. The attack does 170 damage, which with its Weakness, can Knock Out an Eternatus VMAX in 1 hit.
Both of these Pokémon are fantastic attackers, but Galarian Articuno V is much better as a Support Pokémon. Its [Reconstitute] ability lets you discard 2 cards from your hand to draw a card. This may not seem much and in most decks this wouldn’t be too powerful, but in certain decks it can definitely work as a great card. Decks like Mad Party, that need specific Pokémon in the Discard Pile, or decks playing Melony that want to discard Water Energy in order to use Melony should consider this Support Pokémon!
Chilling Reign contains a lot of new cards, so there's definitely more to reign your deck with. Along with Calyrex and the Galarian Bird trio, there is the brand-new Inteleon that can place damage counters on any of your opponent’s Pokémon with its [Quick Shooting], the new Passimian that will help your Rapid Strike Pokémon deal more damage to the Bench with the [Throwing Coach] ability, and last but not at all the least, Single Strike Seviper which can deal more than 300 damage with its [Strong Tail] attack.
There are just some of the fantastic new cards in Chilling Reign releasing on 18 June 2021. Booster boxes contain 36 booster packs, each pack with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of 4,17 €.