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First Pokemon Trading Card Game details revealed for Sword and Shield

by David Purcell

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The first details surrounding the Pokemon Sword and Shield Trading Card Game collection have been revealed, including release date, expansion set info, and more. 

The new games are set for a November 15 release and will mark the introduction of the eighth generation of Pokemon, some of which have already been revealed - including new starter species Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble. 

While there is still a considerable amount of time before the game, and full details of its Pokedex, is announced, retailer listing in Japan have confirmed a timeframe for which we will see the first collection of cards from the latest game.

serebii.net
serebii.net
Pokemon Sword and Shield's TCG collection will presumably feature this type of graphic on the packaging.

According to those listings, per a report from Serebii.net, fans can expect to see the first Pokemon Sword and Shield trading cards launch on November 29 - shortly after the release of the Nintendo Switch game.

The initial bundle of cards will be part of Pokemon Starter Set V, while a slightly later set labelled Sword and Shield will be two separate collections, set for a December 6 release. 

If you would like to take a look at some of the cards up close, check out the official Pokemon TCG trailer below for the new gen. 

Furthermore, the first 'V Rising' expansion set, the report states, will be coming on February 7, 2020, and will include up to 70 new cards. 

With a number of huge Pokemon shaped holes in the Galar Region's Pokedex so far, it will come as no surprise that designs for these upcoming trading cards are still yet to be revealed. 

Some cards to look out for, for Pokemon that have been confirmed for the game, would be the Galarian form of Weezing, which looks very different to its original form from when the franchise first launched in 1996. 

Nintendo
Nintendo
Weezing is just one of many Galarian forms expected to appear in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

If you would like to check out all of the other species confirmed for Pokemon Sword and Shield, check out our full list. 

There are a number of Pokemon from the original generation, right through to the Gen 7 included in the new game, but plenty of room for fresh faces which will all be included in the trading card game.