Most Pokémon Trading Card Game cards focus on Pokémon, of course, with human characters showing up on Supporter cards. The new Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion, however, features some cards that depict Trainers and their Pokémon existing side by side—and each card featured here has an alternate-art version to collect as well. Whether the cards feature artwork of an intense battle scene or a charming slice-of-life moment, all of them are beautiful. We wanted to make sure you got a chance to see these amazing cards from the latest expansion.
We start off our collection with Vileplume and its Trainer, Celadon Gym Leader Erika. The two are in an open field where Erika is issuing commands to her Pokémon partner. The glowing spores emitted by Vileplume add a bit of radiance to an already colorful scene. There doesn't appear to be an opponent in sight, so this is probably just a bit of training. Still, it's nice to see how a skilled Trainer works together with her Pokémon outside of battle. The alternate-art card moves us to a quieter and more peaceful scene. Perhaps exhausted from all their training, Vileplume and Erika have curled up beneath a tree for a refreshing nap in the warm sun. The way Erika is leaning on Vileplume and the contented smile on the Pokémon's face are testament to the level of trust that these two share. It's a sweet moment that makes for a wonderful illustration.
Solgaleo & Lunala-GX
The Legendary pair of Solgaleo and Lunala are flying into action with a determined-looking Lillie riding on Solgaleo's back. The once meek Trainer now wears an expression of fierce determination that mirrors those of her TAG TEAM Pokémon partners. Whether they're heading toward a battle or embarking on a rescue mission is up to the viewer to decide, but from the look of things, there's no doubt that they'll be successful in their goal. This powerful trio looks especially proud on their alternate-art card. Together, they stand triumphant—bathed in the moonlight as Lillie looks onward to her future. Behind her, both Solgaleo and Lunala appear to be roaring their approval. Yeah, these three know they're awesome.
Reshiram & Zekrom-GX
The Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom take center stage on their primary card in Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse. They loom large on the card before a fiery background, wearing growling expressions that serve to make them look even more intimidating than they usually do. By contrast, their Trainer, N, sits calmly on Zekrom's shoulder, unfazed by the enormous power that surrounds him. N isn't always so passive, though. The alternate-art card features the enigmatic Trainer in the foreground, pointing directly at the viewer as if issuing a command to his TAG TEAM Pokémon partners. This time, it's Reshiram and Zekrom's turn to maintain their composure, waiting for the proper moment to unleash their might.
Silvally evolved from the Synthetic Pokémon known as Type: Null, which was originally designed as a weapon. Given its dark history, it makes sense that Silvally has formed such a close bond with the ever-brooding Gladion. The two work well together, with Gladion issuing commands to his Pokémon partner, who looks especially confident in its ability to conquer any opponent. And just check out the scene of their conflict: It appears to be the ruins of a building—filled with shattered concrete and twisted, rusty rebar. It just screams “Gladion,” doesn't it? It's not all angst for this tortured twosome, though. On the alternate-art card, the pair enjoy some quality time while relaxing in a grassy field. Why, it's enough to bring a rare smile to their faces. Cheer up, Gladion and Silvally! We just want you to be happy!
It's great to see Pokémon working together so well with their Trainers on these outstanding cards. But we've heard a rumor that these aren't the only examples of this trend in the Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse expansion. We're looking into it, so be sure to check back with us soon to see what other cool cards can be found here!