April 17, 2020

Have Quick, Fun Pokémon TCG Matches with Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash Build & Battle Boxes

Now it’s fun and easy to put together a Pokémon TCG game night.

Pokémon TCG: Build & Battle Boxes let you have a match anytime you want with cards from the new Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash expansion. Each Build & Battle Box contains a 23-card Evolution pack, which includes an exclusive foil promo card and is designed to give you a solid foundation for building a new deck. Get a Build & Battle Box for each participant and see who can put the best deck together to win quick and fun four-Prize card matches.

Each box also includes four 10-card booster packs from the Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash expansion. Try to include Pokémon of types that have a lot of cards in your pool, and finish up using your Trainer and Energy cards. If you're short on Energy cards, look for the Pokémon TCG: Basic Energy Box where Pokémon TCG products are sold—it contains 450 assorted basic Energy cards, which should be more than enough to energize all of your group's decks.

With a variety of Evolution packs and four booster packs, you'll get to come up with a creative new deck each time you open a Build & Battle Box. These boxes are designed to be played using the Prerelease tournament format, where each player builds a 40-card deck and sets aside four Prize cards at the start of the game. All the rest of the rules are the same. But you can use them to create standard 60-card decks, too.

Eligible retailers will be allowed to sell Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash Build & Battle Boxes to players starting April 18 without requiring Prerelease event attendance. Take a look at the four promo cards available in Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash Build & Battle Boxes, and get some tips to make the most of the one you receive.


Flapple (SWSH022)

If you find yourself with this Grass-type promo card, it may be Flapple's Ability and the added effect of its attack that make it the apple of your eye. Flapple's Apple Drop Ability is a little awkward—you can put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent's Pokémon, but if you do so, you have to shuffle Flapple and all its attached cards back into your deck. It's particularly strong in the Limited format of Build & Battle Boxes, because you normally won't have a lot of ways to stop your opponent from retreating their low-HP Pokémon, so Apple Drop might let you snipe a Knock Out that would otherwise be difficult. The Acid Spray attack does a solid 60 damage without the need for any specific type of Energy, and the potential to discard an Energy card from your opponent's Active Pokémon can really mess with their plans—with a limited card pool, they probably won't have many ways to attach multiple Energy cards in the same turn.


Luxray (SWSH023)

It'll take a few turns to build up to sending a Stage 2 Pokémon like Luxray into battle, but this Lightning type strikes so hard for so little Energy once it gets rolling that it's more than worth the wait. Luxray's first attack, Raid, requires only one Lightning Energy, so unlike most Stage 2 Pokémon, you won't need to commit any Energy to it while it's on your Bench. Once you evolve Luxio into Luxray and attach a Lightning Energy, you'll be set up to deliver an easy 160-damage Raid for just one Energy. Raid will be weaker on your next turn, but attaching one more Energy of any type will allow Luxray to use Head Bolt for 120 more damage. And with 160 HP of its own, Luxray won't be easy to defeat!


Coalossal (SWSH024)

Coalossal's Flaming Avalanche attack is a bit slow and cumbersome in just the way you might expect from such a big behemoth, but the Coal Pokémon's strength is generating Energy. The Tar Generator Ability is amazing if you can keep the fires of its engine stoked. Be a little reckless with how you attach your Fire and Fighting Energy cards early in the match, because you actually want them to wind up in the discard pile. Once you get your Coalossal in play, you can bring that Energy back to the field and attach it to any of your Pokémon—even to your Active Pokémon. While most Build & Battle decks will probably struggle to recover if a Pokémon gets Knocked Out with a lot of Energy attached, Coalossal can harness its speed-boosting power to ensure your deck will be faster than the opponent's late in the game.


Garbodor (SWSH025)

Garbodor seems to be turning over a new leaf in its first appearance as a Darkness-type card by coming to battle without even a single way to stop its opponent's Abilities from functioning. This time, it can instead antagonize your opponents by making their Active Pokémon Poisoned with its Poisonous Puddle Ability. This Ability has some serious advantages and disadvantages specific to Build & Battle Box matches compared to a normal match. Since your opponent can only pick from a small pool of cards to create their deck, they probably won't have many ways to easily recover from the Special Condition. However, since you also need a relatively rare Stadium card to be in play to use this Ability, Garbodor can be a little tricky to use. If you have any Stadium cards, get one on the field as quickly as you can, so Garbodor can contribute to the team with Poison damage throughout the game! Garbodor does have a decent 80-damage attack, but it, too, will be a little tricky to get rolling with three Energy needed.





Each Build & Battle Box is a little different, so you can add your own creative twist. Have some quick and fun battles using cards from the new Sword & Shield—Rebel Clash expansion today!

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