Official early look at the upcoming Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion

See what new cards are ready to emerge from the shadows when you battle in Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion Prerelease tournaments! These exciting events give players the chance to build decks and battle with the latest cards before they launch. And Prerelease tournaments are casual fun for everyone, even if you’ve never battled in a live Pokémon competition.

The Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion launches August 4, and it’s packed with awesome new cards that could shape your strategies for a long time. Get ready for powerful Pokémon-GX such as Necrozma-GX, Marshadow-GX, and Tapu Fini-GX, plus many other great Pokémon and Trainer cards. The Prerelease tournaments for this expansion will take place at game stores near you over the two weekends before launch, July 22–23 and 29–30. With Prerelease tournaments, you’ll be among the first to experience some of the awesome cards that the new expansion has to offer.

When you register and pay the entry fee to a Prerelease tournament, not only do you get to participate in a fun and casual tournament with other Pokémon fans, but you also get to keep all the cards you receive! When you sit down to play, you’ll receive a Prerelease box containing a 22-card Evolution pack, an exclusive foil promo card, and four booster packs from the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion, and you’ll use those cards to build a 40-card deck. It’s an awesome way to get ahead on all the latest cards for your Pokémon TCG collection.

All the promo cards are very cool—they’re from the new expansion, with different illustrations and a special foil stamp that marks them as Prerelease promo cards. The one you get will also work well with your Evolution pack, so you can quickly add it to your deck. Check out the four promo cards available at Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows Prerelease tournaments!


Seviper is a Psychic-type Pokémon you can really sink your teeth into. This Basic Pokémon’s Venomous Fang attack does 30 damage and leaves its target Poisoned. The attack becomes even more toxic due to Seviper’s More Poison Ability, which adds an extra damage counter to all your opponent’s Poisoned Pokémon between turns. It can be especially tricky to retreat your Pokémon in Prerelease tournaments without a wide variety of Trainer cards such as Switch or Float Stone available, which makes Special Conditions (such as Poisoned) even more effective. Whether you add Seviper to a Psychic-type deck or have other ways to leave your opponent’s Pokémon Poisoned, Seviper can be a great card to build a whole deck around.


The Stage 1 Crabominable can wallop your opponent’s Active Pokémon in two hard-hitting ways. For only one Fighting Energy, you can deliver 80 damage with its Gutsy Hammer attack. But watch out, because if Crabominable has already taken damage, Gutsy Hammer makes it worse! Then, give your target the boot with Double Stomp, an attack that can do up to 160 damage! That’s enough to take out almost any Pokémon that’s not a Pokémon-GX.


Pokémon like Zygarde are always great in Prerelease decks. It’s a Basic Pokémon with plenty of HP, and its Land Crush attack uses only Colorless Energy, so it’s easy to slip into any deck. If you can build a deck that can provide the Energy requirements of Zygarde’s Core Enforcer attack, you’ll be able to hit for a massive 150 damage—enough to take out any other Zygarde in one shot!


The decks built for Prerelease tournaments include only 40 cards, so attacks that deplete your opponent’s deck (like Bewear’s Mix-Up) are all the more valuable. If your opponent can’t draw a card at the beginning of their turn, you win—and it’s easier to make that happen when the decks have 40 cards instead of 60! Bewear can also go on the offensive with its Tantrum attack, which does 120 damage but leaves Bewear Confused.

No matter which Evolution pack and promo card you get, you should have a solid foundation to start a fun deck. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be able to adapt this deck into a successful 60-card deck for play at future Pokémon TCG competitions!

Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows Prerelease tournaments take place July 22–23 and 29–30, prior to the launch of the expansion on August 4. You can find a Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournament near you using our event locator.

If you’re new to Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments, or you haven’t competed in one in a while, check out our article on how these fun tournaments work.

Have fun getting an early start on building and battling with new cards from the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows collection!



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