The Pokémon Company International has confirmed that the Pokémon TCG: Sword and Shield – Astral Radiance expansion will release at retailers around the world next month.
This expansion takes inspiration from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and will feature “various Hisuian Pokémon and card art that showcases the Hisui region.”
It also introduces Radiant Pokémon as a new gameplay mechanic, which showcases Shiny Pokémon illustrated in etched artwork. You can expect a Radiant Pokémon to have a powerful Ability or attack “with the potential to impact the Pokémon TCG metagame,” although you can only include one Radiant Pokémon in your deck.
Pokémon VSTAR will also continue to be highlighted, and the expansion will include “a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favourite Trainers and Pokémon.”
The expansion will include three Radiant Pokémon, eight Pokémon VSTAR, 21 Pokémon V, two Pokémon VMAX, and more than 20 Trainer cards.
The Pokémon TCG: Sword and Shield – Astral Radiance expansion will release at retailers worldwide on 27th May 2022.