August 17, 2023 — Today, The Pokémon Company International revealed that the next expansion in the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), Scarlet & Violet—Paradox Rift, will launch at participating retailers around the world beginning Nov. 3, 2023.
Inspired by the Paradox Pokémon from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, Scarlet & Violet—Paradox Rift will introduce Ancient and Future Pokémon and Trainer cards, as recently unveiled during the 2023 Pokémon World Championships. Embodying toughness and power, Ancient Pokémon tend to have direct attacks that do a lot of damage, and they’re more difficult to Knock Out. Harnessing speed and technique, Future Pokémon tend to have Abilities and attacks with extra effects that allow for clever maneuvers and crafty strategy. In addition, Ancient Trainer cards tend to assist Ancient Pokémon, while Future Trainer cards tend to assist Future Pokémon.
Technical Machines will also return to the Pokémon TCG in the upcoming expansion, where they’ll appear as new Pokémon Tool cards that allow access to a new attack while attached.
Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:
- 13 Pokémon ex and seven Tera Pokémon ex
- 34 illustration rare Pokémon
- 15 special illustration rare Pokémon and Supporter cards
- 28 ultra rare full-art etched Pokémon ex and Supporter cards
- Seven hyper rare gold etched cards
Trainers can look forward to finding Scarlet & Violet—Paradox Rift in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections at Pokémon Center online and participating retailers worldwide. Select products from the expansion are now available for preorder at Pokémon Center in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including the Scarlet & Violet—Paradox Rift Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box, which comes with two additional booster packs and one additional illustration rare promo card featuring the Pokémon Center logo.
In addition, ahead of the release of the tabletop version, Trainers will be able to play with Scarlet & Violet—Paradox Rift digitally via the Pokémon TCG Live app for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices on Nov. 2, 2023. Trainers can collect and battle with new Ancient and Future Pokémon and receive in-game bonuses when logging in to the app.
To learn more about the Pokémon TCG, please visit Pokemon.com/TCG.