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New Pokémon Trading Card Game Expansion, Evolving Skies, Releases This August

by Brian Shea on Jun 10, 2021 at 12:27 PM

The Pokémon Trading Card Game has seen renewed enthusiasm over the last year to the point where some stores have stopped carrying them due to safety concerns. However, the collectible card game continues to grow at a rapid rate. Later this month, the game releases the Sword & Shield – Chilling Reign expansion (you can see our best pulls from that release here), and now we know when the next expansion arrives.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies brings dragons and Eevee's many evolutions into the spotlight when it launches on August 27. Each Eeveelution appears as a Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX card, with some even having unique Battle Styles cards, like Single Strike Flareon VMAX, Rapid Strike Vaporeon VMAX, Rapid Strike Sylveon VMAX, and Single Strike Umbreon VMAX. On top of the Eevee family, dragon-type enthusiasts such as myself can look forward to monsters like Rayquaza and Duraludon getting new VMAX cards, marking their first appearances in the Sword & Shield TCG series. 


Evolving Skies includes 15 Pokémon VMAX cards, 18 Pokémon V cards, 33 full-art Pokémon V cards, 24 trainer cards, and 5 full-art supporter cards, as well as a new special energy card. The expansion will be available through booster packs, special collections, and two different versions of the standard Elite Trainer Box; one Elite Trainer Box features Umbreon, Flareon, Jolteon, and Leafeon, while the other features Sylveon, Vaporeon, Glaceon, and Espeon. 


The Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies expansion launches on August 27. However, players can get in early with a Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies Build & Battle Box, which will be available through select retailers on August 14. That box contains four Evolving Skies booster packs, a 23-card Evolution park comprised of key cards from current and prior sets, and a deckbuilding tip sheet.

For more on the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game, be sure to visit our hub by clicking on the image below. There, you'll find galleries of the best cards we've pulled from all of the recent expansions, a story about how a Pokémon card is created, and plenty more!