You may have seen more than one Pokémon in a card before but in the first set of 2019, trainers get to explore new gameplay mechanics and see what powers result when Pokémon join forces. Team Up is the ninth main expansion of the Sun & Moon Series and the first to introduce the brand-new TAG TEAM mechanic in which two Pokémon of the same type pair-up and attack as one mighty Pokémon-GX card.
This set was already released in Japan under the name Tag Bolt in early December 2018 and this is where the highly anticipated dynamic duos come from. Internationally, Team Up releases on 1 February 2019 as booster packs, theme decks and Elite Trainer Boxes. Start your search for this unique collection of iconic Pokémon combined.
Each newly assembled TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX brings with it a buffed-up HP and enhanced attacks. These cards require more Energy, but their higher demands are worth it. Perfectly fitting for established strategies as well as experimenting with new mechanics, each Pokémon duo lets you invest in their advanced GX attacks. This means the introduction of new variables as players now get to decide if they can afford an even stronger finisher.
Starting with the Colorless-types are Eevee & Snorlax-GX. The cute one and the lazy one couldn’t be more mismatched, making it easier for players to imagine what their relationship like, as stated by game director Atsushi Nagashima during teaser season. These two all-rounders help attach Energy, deal big damage to Evolution Pokémon, and let you draw up to 10 cards with [Megaton Friends GX] bolstered by just one Energy.
Also with just at least one extra Energy, Latias & Latios-GX can further support multi-typed Dragon decks by attaching your discarded Energy cards and attacking with their mighty [Buster Purge].
For Grass-types, Celebi & Venusaur-GX burns, confuses, and poisons the active Pokémon in one attack and, aside from healing itself, for one additional Energy, shuffles your discard pile into your deck with [Evergreen GX].
Water-types break records with the first ever 300 HP Pokémon card. Magikarp & Wailord-GX require five Energy for [Super Splash] or a minimum of eight for [Towering Splash GX] that can deal 100 damage to all your opponent's Benched Pokémon.
The Lightning-types combine as Pikachu & Zekrom-GX with [Full Blitz] helping rebuy Energy from your deck. Meanwhile, [Tag Bolt GX] can snipe a Benched Pokémon for 170 damage if three extra Energy are attached.
Last in line are Gengar & Mimikyu-GX for Psychic-types. This TAG TEAM Pokémon-GX deals damage when your opponent is holding Trainer cards. However, it acts as a control card when it lets you see your opponent’s hand and can block an opponent's whole turn with its [Horror House GX]. In the end, you and your opponent draw up to seven cards for one extra Energy.
With over 181 cards, Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon's Team Up carries four other new Pokémon-GX for the left-out Energy-types, including Incineroar-GX and Hoopa-GX for Darkness-types. Next to these, trainers can also expect old and new Supporter cards and items available in full-art, like Brock's Grit from Evolutions or Sabrina's Hint, which lets you steal effects from your opponent's hand.
Available at an MSRP of around 120,00 € per booster box, Team Up gives us a promising outlook for 2019 as the set makes a good example of balancing flavorful designs with functional reprints and exciting extraordinarily new cards.