It’s time to take another look at the wonderful art that makes Pokémon TCG cards special and unique. Even on such a small canvas, card illustrators discover ways to portray Pokémon unlike we’ve ever seen before. Suffice it to say, it’s hard to imagine the Pokémon TCG without the incredible new artwork in every expansion.
We turn our attention toward the Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasionexpansion, which continues to put the Pokémon and people of the Alola region in the spotlight. Every day this week, we’ll highlight a different theme or aspect of the cards to encourage you to take a closer look at all of the art of the Pokémon TCG.
Come back tomorrow to see the next entry in our series on Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion artwork.
We like to think the life of a Pokémon is carefree and great, but sometimes its face tells a different story! The reactions that some of these Pokémon are showing only make us more curious what’s going on just out of frame. They could be staring out in delight or determination or deep thought—but the ones that really grab us are the surprised and shocked expressions. For example, Feebas in the Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion expansion is portrayed with its mouth agape, surrounded by what looks like debris from a shipwreck, and it’s just brilliant. We have so many questions! And Alolan Geodude warily peeks out from a rocky recess, obviously concerned about something happening nearby.
It’s a lot of fun to look closely…and then let your mind run wild about what remains unseen in these Pokémon TCG illustrations!
Each Pokémon card represents a single Pokémon, a logical idea and a necessity of the rules of the game. But that doesn’t stop other Pokémon from showing up once in a while on the featured Pokémon’s card. It makes sense that Pokémon interact in the wild, beyond the sight of human Trainers, and scenes like these offer us a snapshot of their lives.
Several Pokémon in the Sun & Moon—Crimson Invasion expansion feature guest Pokémon in their artwork, such as the Weedle who appears to be left in shock as a very grumpy Wigglytuff stomps off. We can only imagine what exchange led to these reactions! Take a closer look at your own cards to find more instances of Pokémon appearing on other Pokémon’s cards.