Pokemon fans were wowed in February when years of hope and speculation were finally rewarded: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be remade. Additionally, Pokemon Legends: Arceus was revealed, a brand-new, open-world Pokemon game that promises to take the franchise in a new direction. As the Pokemon TCG closely parallels main-series video game content, we can likely expect exciting new TCG sets focused on the Sinnoh region and the Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl era. Based on past remake games and their parallel TCG content, here’s what Pokemon TCG fans can expect from new sets.
Early 2022 will feature the release of Brilliant Stars, an Arceus focused set introducing a new VSTAR mechanic. We can expect to see a Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl focus within that set. In the past, Japanese sets celebrating the release of a new game have been split into two “sister sets.” For example, Tidal Storm and Gaia Volcano were sister sets based on the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, which were combined into the English Primal Clash set. These sets will likely be split in Japanese, with one focused on Brilliant Diamond and the other on Shining Pearl.
More sets will likely follow, as the two most recent remakes (HeartGold/SoulSilver and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire) each had several sets dedicated to their respective games. Following from the past, one would assume there would not be an extended number of sets focused on the Sinnoh region. The HGSS era of the TCG only featured four sets before the Black & White era began, while the ORAS era featured only three sets before a return to XY-focused sets. However, Pokemon Legends represents a brand new type of video game expansion that the TCG may or may not parallel. Showcasing and promoting this new game with multiple TCG sets could be a direction Pokemon pursues.
We now know, thanks to Brilliant Stars, that the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl TCG sets will continue with the same mechanics (e.g. V cards) that we see in the Sword & Shield TCG era. The original remake TCG set, EX Fire Red Leaf Green, maintained the ex mechanic present in the rest of the era. This also happened with ORAS TCG sets, they continued with both the EX and Mega mechanics in the XY era. However, HeartGold and SoulSilver-based sets introduced two new mechanics, Pokemon LEGEND and Pokemon Prime. Sword and Shield is a unique era as the V/VMAX mechanic highlights Dynamax and Gigantamax, which are unlikely to be in the remakes or Pokemon Legends. Given this, I believe we will see a new TCG mechanic by the end of this year.
The time in the lead-up to a new Pokemon game is always incredibly exciting as everyone waits for news and speculation to drop. Here’s looking forward to another fun year of Pokemon!
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release worldwide November, 19 2021
Pokemon Legends Arceus releases worldwide January, 28 2022
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