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New Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike Expansion and Learn-to-Play Products Coming Soon

Nov. 11, 2021 — Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled new Pokémon Trading Card Game products that make it easy and fun for Trainers to learn how to play the Pokémon TCG, including an updated version of the award-winning Battle Academy and new V Battle Decks. Additionally, the latest expansion, Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike, will be released starting tomorrow. 

Updated Pokémon TCG Battle Academy Coming Soon 

The Pokémon Company International announced an updated version of Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, a board game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon TCG that makes it easy for the whole family to learn the classic tabletop game. 

Following the original Battle Academy that was awarded Game of the Year at The Toy Association’s 2021 Toy of the Year Awards, the latest iteration of the board game introduces the recently released Pokémon V gameplay mechanic and an updated lineup of fan-favorite Pokémon, including Pikachu, Eevee, and Cinderace. 

Launching in 2022, each Battle Academy box comes with everything a Trainer needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, including a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories.

New Pokémon TCG Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks Launching Soon

The Pokémon Company International also announced new Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks, which are ideal for Trainers who learned how to play the Pokémon TCG with Battle Academy and want to level up their gameplay skills. 

Each V Battle Deck provides everything a Trainer needs to play a game, including one 60-card deck and gameplay accessories. The V Battle Deck—Lycanroc vs. Corviknight bundle version comes with two ready-to-play decks that make it easy to jump into a Pokémon TCG battle, as well as eight additional Trainer cards to help enhance the decks.

Arriving in the first quarter of 2022, these decks also make great companions and extensions to Battle Academy, as Trainers can swap out the cards in the board game with those in the V Battle Decks.

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike Expansion Available Starting Tomorrow

Pokémon TCG fans can also look forward to the release of the Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike expansion starting on November 12, 2021. Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike introduces a new type of Battle Style gameplay mechanic called Fusion Strike, which often has attacks focusing on teamwork. 

Available in Pokémon TCG booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike includes 25 Fusion Strike cards such as Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V. It also includes 20 Pokémon V, 13 full-art Pokémon V, eight Pokémon VMAX, 20 Trainer cards, seven full-art Supporter cards, and one new Special Energy card.

Trainers can find Pokémon TCG products around the world at participating mass, online, and hobby retailers, including Pokémon Center, the premier destination for official, high-quality Pokémon merchandise in the US and Canada. For more information about the Pokémon TCG, please visit