The Pokémon Company has announced Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield — Evolving Skies as the next Pokémon TCG expansion with a release date of Aug. 27, 2021. It will place the focus on Eevee evolutions and dragons. More specifically, Eevee evolutions will appear in Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX form, and Single Strike Flareon VMAX, Rapid Strike Vaporeon VMAX, Rapid Strike Sylveon VMAX and Single Strike Umbreon VMAX will all have Battle Styles. Rayquaza VMAX and Duraludon VMAX will also premiere in Pokémon TCG with Sword & Shield — Evolving Skies.
In total, the Sword & Shield — Evolving Skies expansion will offer the following:
- 15 Pokémon VMAX
- 18 Pokémon V and 33 full-art Pokémon V
- 24 Trainer cards and five full-art Supporter cards
- A new Special Energy card
The expansion will be offered in typical booster packs, special collections, and two versions of the Elite Trainer Box, pictured below. Additionally, if you want to at least try to get a head start on collecting, participating retailers will be selling the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield — Evolving Skies Build & Battle Box early on Aug. 14, 2021. The box contains four booster packs, as well as “a 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including one of four alternate-art promo cards; and a deckbuilding tip sheet.”
Prior to this announcement, the most recent expansion was Chilling Reign, which was plagued by scalping.