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Pokémon TCG Announces Lost Origin Expansion, Teases Return of a Popular Mechanic

The publishers behind the classic Pokémon collectible card game have announced the Lost Origin expansion, as well as the return of a popular mechanic.

The Pokémon trading card game has revealed its newest upcoming expansion, Sword & Shield—Lost Origin, and the comeback of a popular feature.

The Pokémon Company, publisher behind the popular tabletop game, announced the expansion in a June 23 press release on its official website. “The Pokémon Company International today announced the latest expansion for the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Lost Origin,” reads the announcement. Following the introduction was a general overview of the expansion and what players can expect to see once it releases.

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The Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion will be based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the 2022 open-world Pokémon RPG. Like the card game’s previous set, Pokémon Sword and Shield: Astral Radiance, this one will also see the addition of more Hisuian Pokémon, including Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR and Hisuian Goodra VSTAR. Three new Radiant Pokémon will also be introduced, one of which is Radiant Gardevoir.

The announcement also marked the return of the Lost Zone, a much-loved feature by fans of the card game, which was introduced in the Pokémon Platinum era in 2008. The Lost Zone is essentially a second discard pile, except that cards can not be retrieved from it. Certain cards will have different features that can be fueled by the number of cards in a pile and used to the player’s advantage. While the Pokémon Trading Card Game may have fewer Pokémon types to battle with, it makes up for it by having unique mechanics, allowing fans to spice up their gameplay in a setting that some over the years have referred to as stale.

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The Pokémon trading card game is a collectible card game based on the Pokémon universe. It was first published in Japan in 1996 and would eventually make its way to the United States in 2003. In the game, players take the role of a Pokémon trainer and use their Pokémon to battle other trainers. Players can collect these Pokémon in many ways, whether trading for them or purchasing them. As with many hobbies involving collecting, some cards can get expensive, with a great example being the 5 million dollar Pickachu card that Logan Paul wore to a WrestleMania match. Over its 25-year history, the card game has shown its popularity and immortality, selling 43.2 billion cards worldwide.

Sword & Shield—Lost Origin will be available starting September 9 at participating stores.

Source: The Pokémon Company

Race Maddock hails from Indiana and is a Gaming News Writer at CBR. He is a 2022 graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and telecommunications. When he’s not at his desk writing, you can usually find him producing dance music and obsessing over his record collection to anyone who’ll listen. You can follow Race on Twitter at @RLMJournalist

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