Yellow borders are gone!
The Pokemon Company International has officially unveiled the next generation of the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG), which will launch with Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet introducing the Paldea region and several major card and product changes after the Japanese version unveiled Scarlet ex & Violet ex also earlier today.
The most significant change in the Scarlet & Violet Series is that the familiar yellow borders have been replaced with silver borders to match the Japanese edition and every pack of Pokémon cards will now contain three guaranteed foil cards, along with an increased MSRP for products.
The Pokémon ex gameplay mechanic, which was previously mentioned, will be back in Scarlet & Violet. It will appear in each stage of Evolution and have a high HP as well as strong attacks and Abilities. A Pokémon ex, on the other hand, offers out two Prize cards as opposed to one when it is knocked out.
Koraidon ex, Miraidon ex and Arcanine ex (Fire Tera Type) are confirmed to be in this set looking at the Japanese version. Also the artwork showcases Gyarados with Water Tera Type Form. This suggests Gyarados ex as a Terastal card might come similar to Arcanine ex being revealed earlier in the Japanese version.
Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet releases on March 31, 2023.
Scarlet & Violet Series card design changes
A number of card design updates were also announced by The Pokémon Company International, and they will be adopted starting with the Scarlet & Violet expansion.
To match the cards published in Japan, the yellow borders on Pokémon Trading Card Game cards will change to silver. This will create a more consistent Pokémon TCG experience worldwide while enhancing the card artwork.
Additionally, subcategories for Trainer cards, like Supporter, Item, and Stadium, will show up in the top left corner to be more visible in players' hands, Basic Energy cards will show another Energy symbol in the bottom right corner to make it simpler to track energy during gameplay, also the top of the card will now display the name of the Energy. Expansion symbols will be swapped out for expansion codes and language codes across all cards. Also the revealed ex cards show a double star rarity.
Lastly, with the introduction of the Scarlet & Violet series, Pokémon Trading Card Game products will experience various MSRP hikes in some areas due to global inflation's impact on the cost of materials and production. For instance, a booster pack's price will rise from $3.99 to $4.49 USD. Every pack of Pokémon cards will now contain three guaranteed foil cards every booster—all cards with a rarity of "Rare" or higher will now be foil—in an effort to maintain the quality and value of the Pokémon TCG experience.
Additionally, certain products will include extra accessories. A full-art promo card and an additional booster pack, for instance, will be included in the Elite Trainer Box.
In the future, more information about Scarlet & Violet, including significant expansion features and product lines, will be made available.