The Pokémon Company has announced that Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield — Fusion Strike, the next Pokémon TCG expansion, will launch with a release date of November 12, 2021, and it will also be available earlier on October 30, 2021 at participating retailers through purchase of the Sword & Shield — Fusion Strike Build & Battle Box. The titular Fusion Strike Style will become a new mechanic in the game, and here is how it works:
Decorated with a hint of purple and pink, Pokémon with the Fusion Strike Style often have attacks that focus on teamwork and reinforce the idea of strength in numbers, as Fusion Strike Pokémon generally benefit when other Pokémon with this Battle Style are in play. In addition, Fusion Strike Style appears on Trainer and Special Energy cards, which tend to assist Pokémon of that particular Battle Style and allow players to build a Fusion Strike Style deck.
Here is what to expect in the broader Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Fusion Strike expansion, which includes 25 Fusion Strike cards in total like Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V:
- 20 Pokémon V and 13 full-art Pokémon V
- Eight Pokémon VMAX
- 20 Trainer cards and seven full-art Supporter cards
- One Special Energy card
The aforementioned Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Fusion Strike Build & Battle Box will contain four booster packs, a ” 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets” that includes one of four alternate-art promo cards, and a deck-building tip sheet. So with a release date (or dates) set and a new mechanic in store, tell us what you think of Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Fusion Strike. And don’t forget that Sword & Shield — Evolving Skies launches tomorrow or that Celebrations is coming in October.