With the release of Pokémon Sword & Shield on Switch last year, the Pokémon Trading Card Game finally moved on from its Sun & Moon series. The first two expansions for the eighth-generation games, Sword & Shield and Sword & Shield – Rebel Clash, introduced the world of the Pokémon TCG to a new generation of monsters, while giving us more cards of our favorite creatures from generations past.
We were sent several booster packs, as well as both theme decks starring Darmanitan and Sirfetch’d. While Sword & Shield – Darkness Ablaze features the name of the most recent titles in its name of the expansion, it’s far from solely focused on Pokémon from Sword & Shield. In fact, in the packs I opened, the pulls were relatively even as far as generational distribution. The only outlier seems to be Gen 4, which yielded fewer cards in the booster packs I opened. While I was hoping for more Galar natives, I was thrilled to add a new Charizard and the first Eternatus card to my collection.
You can check out my favorite cards I pulled from the packs below.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Sword & Shield – Darkness Ablaze expansion is available now. For more on the Pokémon Trading Card Game, check out our big galleries for many of the most recent expansions.
For our review of Pokémon Sword & Shield, head here. To read our full cover story of Pokémon Sword & Shield, which chronicles the making of the game, head here.
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