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Pokémon TCG: XY – Ancient Origins has been announced as the latest expansion to the Pokémon Trading Card Game franchise, packing new Special Energy cards, Ancient Traits, new Pokémon-EX and Shiny Pokémon.

First introduced in Pokémon TCG: XY – Primal Clash, Ancient Traits lend Pokémon Trainers advantages by providing powerful new effects that can sway a battle in your favour. Those being introduced in Ancient Origins are Stop, Max and Double.

Mythical Pokémon Hoopa will also debut as Hoopa-EX, and can use its Scounrel Ring Ability to search your deck for three other Pokémon-EX when Hoopa-EX comes into play.

Mega Rayquaza-EX, Primal Groudon-EX, and Primal Kyogre-EX return as Shiny Legendary Pokémon with brand-new Ancient Traits, their more menacing artwork to easily become a highlight for players and collectors.

The Pokémon Company International break down the Pokémon TCG: XY – Ancient Origins expansion as follows:

* 11 New Pokémon-EX (including 3 New Mega Evolution Pokémon), and 14 New Full-Art Pokémon-EX Cards (including Mega Tyranitar-EX, Mega Ampharos-EX, and Mega Sceptile-EX, plus full-art Shiny versions of Primal Kyogre-EX, Primal Groudon-EX, and Mega Rayquaza-EX)
* Half Art Cards: Many Pokémon with Ancient Traits have half art cards, where the art extends into and behind the text box.
* 14 Trainer Cards: Many brand-new Trainer cards, a full-art Trainer card, and two new Special Energy cards add new depth and tactics to the Pokémon TCG.
* Booster Packs: Packs of 10 additional cards selected from the expansion.
* Two New Theme Decks: These 60-card preconstructed decks are designed to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by enabling them to play right away.

Pokémon TCG: XY – Ancient Origins will launch at retail on August 12th worldwide, with Booster Packs and two Theme Decks (Stone Heart and Iron Tide) available.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.