With over 185 cards, the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion,
Sword & Shield—Vivid Voltage,
is chock full of stunning new artwork featuring a wide variety of Pokémon. We’re
taking a look at some of the pieces that stood out to us among a collection of
beautiful illustrations that really enhance the game experience. And of course,
we’re also checking out the expansion’s new Amazing Pokémon. These special
cards feature a vibrant rainbow splash of color that extends beyond the normal
boundaries of the image.

Whether they’re gearing up for battle or simply enjoying
some exhilarating playtime, it’s always fun to see Pokémon TCG cards that
depict their subjects in the midst of action. Take, for example, Genesect here. The Mythical Pokémon is
barreling full steam ahead with such speed that the entire background has begun
to blur. We don’t know where it’s going, but with its claws bared and cannon at
the ready, we’re glad we’re not in its way. Likewise, we wouldn’t want to tangle
with Charmeleon. Sure, it has some fearsome-looking
flames emerging from both of its ends, but it also appears to have burst
through a large, metal structure to reach its intended target. Those panels
look heavy, and little Charmeleon is just casually shoving them aside. We’re
content to watch this action from afar, thanks. On the opposite end of the
spectrum is Wailord, who is certainly charging into
action, but judging by the Pokémon’s grin, it appears to be all for fun. Just a
big, happy breach on a sunny day (although, we do feel a little bad for the poor Wailmer caught up in Wailord’s

Typically, Pokémon tend to appear on their Pokémon TCG cards
by themselves or, occasionally, with other Pokémon. It’s somewhat rare for a
Trainer to join a Pokémon on their card art. Sword & Shield—Vivid Voltage, however, gives some Galar region Trainers
a chance to shine with their Pokémon partners. Charizard is looking fierce with Galar League Champion Leon boldly standing in
the wings, directing it in battle. Nessa and Drednaw appear to be having a more relaxed moment together. From the look of
things, Nessa has just released her Pokémon friend from its Poké Ball for a
quick break by the shoreline. There’s no time for Hitmontop to relax, though. The Handstand Pokémon is
determined to improve its battle prowess under the guidance of Bea. Pokémon and
Trainer both appear to be in perfect sync!

Every now and again, there’s a Pokémon TCG card featuring a
Pokémon that appears to have been caught unaware. Just look at adorable Wooper here. This diminutive Pokémon
appears positively shocked that we’re peeking in on its bath time. Which,
yeah…understandable. However, Wooper’s evolved form Quagsire
also seems a bit perplexed, and it’s just chilling out in the ocean. Come on,
you two—don’t you want to be on a
Pokémon TCG card? Poochyena looks quite standoffish on its card
art. Although, considering we find the Pokémon crouched in a searchlight while
backed up against a graffiti-filled wall, we’re wondering if we’ve caught the
Bite Pokémon amid some mischief. And we must feel sorry for Whismur here. Something has made this poor
Pokémon so sad that its tears seem to fill up a fountain. We wouldn’t want our
picture taken during such an emotional time, either. Don’t worry too much,
though, Whismur. You’re too darn cute to have an “ugly cry.”

We expect an illustration to capture a specific moment in
time, but with a bit of creativity, an artist can depict the flow of time. That
seems to be the case on some Pokémon TCG cards, such as Electrike. Just check out the color of the sky
as it shifts from sunny blue skies (complete with lens flare!) to a bright,
colorful sunset. It suggests to us that the Lightning Pokémon has been perched
on that rocky precipice for hours, staring defiantly into the distance.
Electrike’s evolved form, Manectric,
almost appears to show the opposite. Has Manectric been running from sunset
through the break of dawn, emitting bolts of electricity all the while? We hope
so, because that would be awesome. Likewise, Sandile
and Magearna are posed amidst skies that seem to
show time passing. Whether the Pokémon is posed for action like Magearna or
just hanging out like Sandile, this artistic trick is a clever way to tell a
lengthy story with a still image.

The Sword & Shield—Vivid Voltage expansion
introduces Amazing Pokémon cards. These colorful new cards highlight Legendary
Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon and feature Attacks that require two or more
Energy types to use. You can easily identify an Amazing Pokémon by the rainbow
“A” logo in the lower-left corner of the card or (and this is a more obvious
identifier) the rainbow burst emerging from behind the Pokémon and spreading
out past the usual art boundaries. There’s a lot of variety in these cards,
too—no two rainbow bursts are the same. Check out Zacian
and Zamazenta. Zacian features a smeared explosion
of color while Zamazenta’s card has a splatter design. Jirachi’s
card utilizes a tight swirl of color that complements its fierce facial
expression. Also, be on the lookout for Celebi, Raikou, and Rayquaza.
These splashy Amazing Pokémon will undoubtedly become highlights of your

Of course, all these cards look fabulous but remember that
there are plenty more works of art to be discovered in the Pokémon TCG: Sword
& Shield—Vivid Voltage
expansion. You’re bound to find a few that
connect with you!

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