Pokémon TCG: What's In Store For The Rest Of 2022?


So far it’s been another exciting year for the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG). Over the last few months, we’ve seen Brilliant Stars and Astral Radiance booster packs, as well as a bunch of new bundles, elite trainer boxes, blister packs and tins.

The recent Pokémon GO expansion has also been a huge success. But what’s in store for the remainder of 2022?

Sword & Shield—Lost Origin

Lost Origin ETB

In June, the Pokémon Company officially revealed the eleventh expansion of the Sword & Shield series, and the fourth release of 2022: Lost Origin. The Lost Origin Elite Trainer Box is available to pre-order now on Pokémon Center for £49.99. This one will feature:

  • 10 x Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs (10 cards, 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker)
  • 65 x Giratina card sleeves
  • 45 x Energy cards
  • 6 x damage-counter dice
  • 1 x competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 1 x metallic Giratina coin
  • 2 x acrylic condition markers
  • 1 x acrylic VSTAR marker
  • 1 x special Giratina collector’s pin

As always, this box will include a code card for Pokémon TCG Live, and a player’s guide to the Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion. Delivery is expected by 9th September 2022.

We can’t wait to unbox this one over on Instagram and TikTok.

Lost Abyss Cards Revealed

Lost Abyss - Aerodactyl V #56
#56 - Aerodactyl V

The new Pokémon TCG set Lost Abyss was released in Japan on 15th July, and the cards look absolutely incredible.

If you follow @pokebeach on Twitter, chances are you got a sneak peek of the secret rares from this set before its official release. If you didn’t, check them out here!

We should see many of these cards in the English counterpart (Lost Origin) in just a few months. Which do you want to get your hands on?

Pokémon McDonalds 2022

McDonalds Pokemon Happy Meal 2022
A recent Happy Meal buyer spotted the teaser on their Happy Meal box.

On 29th June, Nintendo Life announced that an anonymous McDonald's reporter shared a new close-up image of a Pokémon Happy Meal. It’s said that the promotion will start on 3rd August 2022 – although there’s currently no word on what will be included in the box.

We can only hope that this promotion will include a new set of one-of-a-kind trading cards. If it does, we’ll be sure to add them to our collections database!

Our collections database includes Mcdonalds Pokémon cards from 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2021! Do you have any of these in your collection?

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Cards

McDonalds Pokemon Happy Meal 2022

It’s official! The highly anticipated Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games will launch for the Nintendo Switch on 18th November 2022. That’s right, generation 9 is almost here, which has us wondering when the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet TCG series will hit the shelves. Let’s take a trip back in time to the release of Generation 8 to determine when we’re likely to see these new cards.

Pokémon Sword and Shield launched for the Nintendo Switch on 5th November 2019. The expansion hit shelves in Japanese just one month later, on 6th December 2019. The English expansion eventually reached the rest of the world on 7th February 2020.

Based on Gen 8's launch cycle, the English Scarlet and Violet TCG set could be released in mid-February 2023. We’d love to know your thoughts.

Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly – who will you choose?

Japanese Pokémon TCG Sets

Japanese Flag

Japan will also get a number of exciting new trading card sets this year.

  • Incandescent Arcana | Release Date: 2nd September 2022
  • Paradigm Trigger | Release Date: 1st October 2022
  • Special Deck Set Charizard VSTAR vs Rayquaza VMAX | Release Date: 4th November 2022
  • VSTAR Universe (annual high-class set) | Release Date: Unknown

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