Pokémon Sword & Shield – Astral Radiance to drop on 27 May

The Pokémon Company International has unveiled the next expansion for the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance, which will launch at participating retailers around the world starting May 27, 2022.

Inspired by the Pokémon Legends: Arceus video game, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance will feature various Hisuian Pokémon and card art that showcases the Hisui region.

The expansion will also introduce Radiant Pokémon, a new gameplay mechanic that features Shiny Pokémon illustrated in etched artwork. Radiant Pokémon tend to have a powerful Ability or attack with the potential to impact the Pokémon TCG metagame. Players will only be able to include one Radiant Pokémon in their deck.

In addition, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance will continue to highlight Pokémon VSTAR and includes a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favourite Trainers and Pokémon.

Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:

  • Three Radiant Pokémon
  • Eight Pokémon VSTAR
  • 21 Pokémon V and two Pokémon VMAX
  • More than 20 Trainer cards

Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance will be available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections, with the Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box now available for preorder exclusively at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada and UK.

To learn more about the Pokémon TCG, visit Pokemon.com/TCG.

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About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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