S12 Paradigm Trigger Featuring Lugia VSTAR Officially Revealed

Published on 18 September 2022 at 08:01

Time for Lugia!

The next Japanese set, S12 Paradigm Trigger, has been revealed during the Champions League 2023 Yokohama Livestream.

This is the fourth main expansion set of the 2022 Sword & Shield TCG, and the final main expansion pack set of the year and generation before the Scarlet & Violet TCG series arrives in 2023 (the last Japanese Sword & Shield set will be S12a High Class Pack VSTAR Universe). Paradigm Trigger will be part of our international Sword & Shield - Silver Tempest set.

This set will include Lugia V and VSTAR, as well as Regidraco V / VSTAR, Regieleki V / VMAX, and Unown V / VSTAR.


Paradigm Trigger also includes the first ever VSTAR Power Trainer cards, Grove Tablet and Earth Tablet.


Finally, regular evolution line cards for Archeops, Beheeyem, and Medicam, as well as Pikachu Family Pokemon cards Dedenne, Togedemaru, Morpeko, and Pikachu, have been revealed. Keep an eye out for future updates!


  • Lugia V SR & Unown V SR Revealed
  • Promo pack campaign 'Find the Legendary Pokemon! Lugia Get Challenge' announced, info added
  • All translations added

Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield Expansion Pack - Paradigm Trigger

ポケモンカードゲーム ソード&シールド 拡張パック「パラダイムトリガー」

  • This set will contain 98 cards + ??? (SR cards or better)
  • This set will release on October 21, 2022
  • Booster Box Price: 4950 yen

1 Booster Box includes:

  • 30 packs
    • 1 booster pack includes 5 cards

Set artwork

Find the Legendary Pokemon! Lugia Get Challenge Campaign

Pokemon will hold a “Find the Legendary Pokemon! Lugia Get Challenge” promo pack campaign in stores that sell the expansion pack "Paradigm Trigger." It includes a Lugia VSTAR (325/S-P) promo with alternative artwork. Also Archeops (327/S-P) has alternative artwork and Shaymin (326/S-P) is a newly revealed promo card too.


The campaign will provide 1 promo card pack for every 1 booster box (30 packs) of the same product purchased. The promo card pack contains one card chosen at random from five different cards.


Starts October 21, 2022 (Friday) and ends when it is gone.

There is the possibility of additional implementation depending on the status of the campaign.

Card translations comes again from ToineLay, thank you!


CCCC - Storm Dive 220
You may discard a Stadium in play.

Ability: Star Assembly
During your turn, you may put up to 2 Colorless Pokémon that don't have a Rule Box from your Discard onto your Bench.

Lugia V

C - Read the Winds
Discard a card from your hand. If you do, draw 3 cards.

CCCC - Aero Dive 130
You may discard a Stadium in play.


P - Tri Power 70x
Flip 3 coins. This attack does 70 damage for each heads.

CCC - Star Cypher
Until this Pokémon leaves play, it gains an Ability that has the effect "All of your opponent's Pokémon's Weakness is Psychic".

Unown V


P - Suspicious Glyph 30
You opponent's Active Pokémon is now Confused.

CCC - Victory Symbol
If you have exactly 1 Prize remaining when using this attack, you win this game.

Grove Tablet

(Pokemon Tool)

The Pokémon V this card is attached to can use this VSTAR Power.
Ability: Star Alchemy
During you turn, you may search your deck for any 1 card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your deck.

Earth Tablet

(Pokemon Tool)

The Pokémon V this card is attached to can use this VSTAR Power.
CCC - Star Gravity
Put damage counters on all of your opponent's Pokémon V until they each have 100 HP remaining.



Ability: Primal Turbo
Once during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 Special Energy and attach them to 1 of your Pokémon. Then shuffle your deck.

CCC - Speed Wing 120



C - Flap 30


CCC - Claw Slash 80

Unidentified Fossil

Play this card as if it were a 60-HP Basic Colorless Pokémon. At any time during your turn, you may discard this card from play.

This card can’t retreat.



P - Psychic Sphere 30

CC - Psy Arrow
This attack does 60 damage to 1 of your opponent's Pokémon. This attack's damage is affected by Weakness and Resistance even on Benched Pokémon.



P - Headbutt 20



Ability: Opened Chakra
If you have exactly 4 cards in hand, this Pokémon's attacks cost CCC less.

CCC - Eager Kick 80+
If your opponent has a Pokémon VMAX in play, this attack does 90 more damage.



Ability: Yoga Guard

As long as this Pokémon is on your Bench, prevent all damage done to this Pokémon by attacks (both yours and your opponent’s).


CC - Psyshot 20



L - Toge Dash 10
Flip a coin. If heads, during your opponent's next turn they take no prizes for Knocking Out this Pokémon.



C - Tail Smack 10

L - Dede Shot 60
You may use this attack only if your Togedemaru used Toge Dash during your last turn. Your opponent's Active Pokémon is now Paralyzed.



L - Pika Strike 20+
If your Dedenne used Dede Shot during your last turn, this attack does 180 more damage.



L - Peko Blast
You may use this attack only if your Dedenne used Dede Shot during your last turn. This attack does 60 damage to each of your opponent's Pokémon.



C - Flower Lift
Shuffle up to 2 Energy cards from your discard pile back into your deck.

CC - Rear Kick 30

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