Amid all the discussion of epic battles and intricate strategies, it’s easy to overlook the fantastic artwork on display on Pokémon TCG cards. Artists add their own style to Pokémon portraits, recognizable locales, and depictions of memorable events to add beauty and flair to the fun of Pokémon TCG battles.
Even as each artist puts their own spin on the cards they illustrate, it’s fun to look for themes that run throughout an expansion. We’ve discovered some of these themes in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion that stood out, including beach scenes, depictions of Team Skull’s activity, and more. But really it’s just a chance to take a deeper look at all the amazing artwork that the talented artists contribute.
So every day this week, we’ll be examining a theme in the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion. Check back to take a closer look at some of our favorite new art. And when we’re done, be sure to take a closer look at your own card collection to see all the beautiful illustrations on display!
Pokémon Guest Stars!
Even as you gear up to battle your friends in the Pokémon TCG, some of the amazing artwork in the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion already portrays scenes of interesting Pokémon matchups. Note the epic clash taking place on Raichu’s card as it faces a menacing Croagunk. On its own card, Toxicroak, Croagunk’s evolved form, shows off in battle against a Gardevoir that can surely hold its own in any conflict. And on Passimian’s card, Lucario seems to be on the receiving end of one of Passimian’s powerful attacks. Or perhaps the two are just having a nice game of catch?
Other Pokémon appearances aren’t obviously confrontational. Kingdra is keeping a watchful eye on a distant Azumarill, as the water swirls around the two Pokémon. And the simple and amazing stylings of Eelektrik’s card shows the Pokémon swimming alongside schools of Finneon and Luvdisc.
With all the incredible artwork shown in the Sun & Moon—Burning Shadows expansion, you may notice even more Pokémon making cameos on other Pokémon’s cards. Stay on the lookout for these unexpected appearances.