Now that the new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder expansion has arrived, we've had a chance to sit down and take a nice, long look at the terrific artwork that adorns each card. These stunning pieces are by a variety of talented artists, giving the Pokémon TCG its personality and allowing fans a unique view into the world of Pokémon. Join us as we highlight some of the cards that stood out to us.
Art by 0313
Don't be surprised if your eye is immediately drawn to the cards illustrated by the artist known only as 0313. The seemingly simple line work of these drawings packs a surprising amount of tiny detail, and the vivid colors cause the cards to really stand out. Beautifly is a fine example of this. Although the Pokémon itself may not look terribly complex, notice how it stands out when contrasted with the elaborate flowers beneath it. And it's hard to ignore the wide range of bright colors that breathe life into the piece. Mareep gets a similar treatment with its brilliant colors and a field full of detailed dandelions that cause the relatively simplistic Pokémon pop all the more. Due to its snowy setting, the colors on the Cubchoo card are certainly more muted, but they are no less striking. The stark white against the pale blue of little Cubchoo adds to the Pokémon's friendly appearance.
Pokémon at Play
Pokémon love to relax just as much as people do, so it seems obvious that some of these Pokémon TCG cards would catch the Pokémon during some of their downtime. Certainly a Pokémon like Alolan Vulpix would feel right at home in the snow, and we can't get over how adorable the little Pokémon looks as it playfully bounds through the fluffy stuff. You can almost hear the muffled crunch of compacting powder that will occur moments after the scene depicted on the card. On the opposite end of the weather spectrum, we have Larvitar relaxing on the beach. It certainly looks proud of the Pupitar and Tyranitar sand sculptures nearby—we're not sure if Larvitar is the sculptor, but that would be pretty impressive for a Pokémon that appears to have no fingers! Alolan Meowth also enjoys hitting the beach, but it's clearly there to relax. This beach bum is content to lounge in the shade and watch the world go by. We couldn't help but point out Slowpoke, who seems to have a more unorthodox idea of playtime. Hey, if it wants to relax by hugging its own tail while lying around in an underground lake, who are we to object?
Living in Desolation
Of course, not all Pokémon have the luxury of living near picturesque winter wonderlands or tropical beaches. Some Pokémon are forced to live out their existence in decidedly more hostile environments. Take Shedinja, for example. Judging by the sparse and seemingly dead trees nearby, this peculiar Pokémon does not live in the most welcoming of locations. And pity poor Alolan Diglett who seems to have popped out of the ground in the middle of a barren wasteland. There are a couple of dead plants and then nothing as far as the eye can see. What will you eat, Alolan Diglett? The Legendary Pokémon Cobalion appears to be in a similar situation, and its surroundings appear all the more dire due to the fog rolling in among the dead trees. Perhaps greener pastures lie beyond those mountains in the distance. At least Kecleon has found a few living plants, though it still doesn't seem too happy about its environment. Cheer up, Kecleon!
Sometimes a Pokémon simply doesn't want to be seen. Thankfully, a bit of cleverness is all it takes to remain hidden from prying eyes. Snubbull, for example, knows that the blue spots on its body duplicate the look of the flowers that surround it. In fact, why not just put another flower right on top of its head? Yes, that's perfect. THE PERFECT DISGUISE. Chansey has opted for the “hide in plain sight” tactic. By snuggling in between a plush Clefairy and a Substitute doll, this plump Pokémon could easily pass for a stuffed toy. Your secret's safe with us, Chansey. At nearly 30 feet long, it might be hard for Onix to effectively hide itself, so we can't blame it for retreating underground. There, the Rock Snake Pokémon might appear to be simply a massive, buried boulder if anything happens upon it—such as the family of Diglett living in the tunnels just above Onix's hiding place. They have no idea what lurks just beneath them. It's not just Pokémon that like to blend in, though. The artistic Mina has inadvertently (?) created her own camouflage thanks to the ample paint splashes that adorn her clothing (and skin…and hair). Set her against an equally splattered backdrop, and she'll be free to paint all day with no interruption from curious passersby.
These are just a few of the fantastic pieces of artwork in the Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder expansion. As you're opening your booster packs and adding to your collection, take a moment to appreciate the intricate artwork on display here. You may even discover a new favorite artist!