Pokémon GO has arrived in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the latest special edition set in 2022. While this isn’t a full-sized release, this set of cards is not one to ignore as it is wonderful for both competitive players and all levels of collectors alike!
The star of the show is Mewtwo VSTAR, a brand new VSTAR Pokémon showing off this year’s gameplay mechanic. Mewtwo VSTAR has 270 HP and a brilliant first attack [Psy Purge] that let you discard up to three Psychic Energy from your Pokémon, dealing 90 damage per Energy you discard to your opponent’s Active Pokémon. This means you hit the magic 270 very easily, which is a number a lot of decks look to try and hit right now to take out many of the other popular VSTAR Pokémon in the metagame. Mewtwo also has the [Star Raid] VSTAR Power Attack that it may use once during a game that will help set up other V/VMAX/VSTAR Pokémon as it deals 120 damage to all of them on your opponent’s side of the field. This can help throughout the game as it may mean you have to discard one less Energy here and there to get a Knockout.
There are three brand new Radiant Pokémon in the Pokémon GO set that are all definitely worth picking up. The Kanto starters all get the Radiant treatment, with one drawing cards, one targeting the opponent’s Benched Pokémon and one dealing huge damage to the opponent’s Active Pokémon.
Radiant Venusaur’s [Sunny Bloom] Ability is one that is used after you have attacked for the turn. It allows you to draw until you have four cards in your hand, which may seem minimal but helps keep your hand topped up with options for following turns. Try Venusaur out in decks that like to sit behind Pokémon that wall such as Miltank from Astral Radiance, or the new Pokémon GO Snorlax, or with Pokémon that need to discard cards from hand to use their attacks.
Radiant Blastoise has the [Pump Shot] Ability that lets you discard a Water Energy from your hand to place two damage counters on one of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon. This damage can rack up quite quickly when paired with cards like Scoop Up Net and Training Court to reuse the Ability multiple times in a turn. Blastoise makes a great partner for Pokémon like Inteleon from Chilling Reign or Inteleon VMAX from Fusion Strike to help take additional prizes, or even Medicham V from Evolving Skies to try and take one turns with Medicham’s [Yoga Loop] attack.
Finally, Radiant Charizard has the [Combustion Blast] attack that deals a huge 250 damage – with a Choice Belt, this is taking out the majority of two Prize Pokémon in the game. However, the attack does cost one Fire and four Colorless Energy to use. However, the [Excited Heart] Ability reduces the cost of Charizard’s attack by one Colorless for every Prize card your opponent has taken. This means you can realistically attack with Charizard for as low as one Fire Energy in many of your games. Keeping this in mind, Charizard can realistically be splashed into any deck in the metagame as long as you can find space for a couple of Fire Energy too, for a huge late-game threat.