The Pokémon Company International has revealed a new way to play Pokémon TCG. With Raid Battle. You can use your existing cards to battle alongside 3 other players (making 4 total), similar to the Pokémon Sword & Shield videogame Raid Battles, to take down a very powerful and high HP Gigantamax or Dynamax Pokémon.
You can cut for example Pikachu VMAX or Drednaw VMAX out from a PDF file they have made available for download at https://tcg.pokemon.com/en-us/raid-battle/. These VMAX cards contain 3 different strength levels.
Please note, this is not being included as an actual new mechanic to the existing official main Pokémon TCG. This is an alternate way to play the Pokémon TCG. The Pikachu VMAX and Drednaw VMAX you see, are for obvious reasons, not legal for official Pokémon TCG events or matches and are not upcoming cards in sets.
The real playable Pikachu VMAX will get it's Gigantamax card soon in S4 Astonishing Volt Tackle, and this Drednaw VMAX is a different card from the actual released Drednaw VMAX from S3 Infinity Zone. Drednaw V / VMAX will come in our upcoming Sword & Shield 3.5 set.
We don't know if we will see a Jumbo version of these Raid Battle VMAX cards in future products. It would make sense if they would release a Raid Battle box including either this Pikachu VMAX or Drednaw VMAX in Jumbo size.
For more information and details, please watch this video explaning how this works.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Raid Battle is a fun and exciting game that lets you experience the Pokémon TCG in a new way. By using your Pokémon TCG collection and either the Digital Raid Battle Assistant or printable materials from this site, you and your friends can work together to take on a powerful Dynamax or Gigantamax Boss Pokémon!
DIGITAL RAID BATTLE ASSISTANT
The Digital Raid Battle Assistant will help track important information as you play. Gather 4 players, and make sure each player has 2 Pokémon cards. Choose 1 of those players to run the game. Then, use the Battle Assistant to track the Boss Pokémon and its attacks, your Cheer cards, and player turns. Playing the game will be much easier with the Digital Raid Battle Assistant!
WHAT YOU NEED
In order to play Pokémon TCG Raid Battles, you'll need 4 players, each with two Pokémon cards (Pokémon only; no Trainer or Energy cards).
You will also need the following materials:
1 Boss Pokémon card1 deck of 20 Boss Attack cards1 deck of 5 Cheer cards4 Knock Out counters1 playmatDamage counters1 coin
These materials can be downloaded and printed out, or you can use the Digital Raid Battle Assistant right here on this website.