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
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.
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.
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
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 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!