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MEDIA ALERT: New Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze Expansion Arrives Today


August 14, 2020—The Pokémon Company International has today launched the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze expansion, now available at participating retailers around the world. Trainers in the US can also pick up the latest set at, the premier destination for official, high-quality Pokémon merchandise.
Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze brings the fan-favorite Pokémon Charizard in its Gigantamax form—as originally seen in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games—to the Pokémon TCG as Charizard VMAX. The expansion also debuts the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus VMAX in its special Eternamax form alongside other popular and collectible cards, such as Grimmsnarl VMAX, Butterfree VMAX, Centiskorch VMAX, and more.
The full Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze expansion includes:

  • Seven Pokémon VMAX
  • 14 powerful Pokémon V—plus nine full-art Pokémon V
  • 17 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

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