Pokémon BREAK (TCG)

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Japanese promotional poster
An example of a Pokémon BREAK

Pokémon BREAK (Japanese: ポケモンBREAK Pokémon BREAK) are a variant of Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They were first introduced in the BREAKthrough expansion (the Blue Shock and Red Flash expansions in Japan). Pokémon BREAK have a stylized BREAK graphic on the card name.

Pokémon BREAK are a special kind of Evolution card and can be evolved from either Basic Pokémon, Stage 1 Pokémon or Stage 2 Pokémon but they are considered their own separate stage of evolution. As such, cards that affect or search for "Evolution cards", also affect or can be used to search for Pokémon BREAK, while cards that specifically state "Stage 1 Pokémon" or "Stage 2 Pokémon" do not.

Pokémon BREAK are played sideways over their previous stage, covering the illustration box of the Pokémon, providing them with an HP boost and an additional attack or Ability, while maintaining the attacks, Abilities, Weaknesses, Resistances and Retreat Cost of the previous stage, similar to the Pokémon LV.X mechanic featured in the Diamond & Pearl Series. Also, like Pokémon LV.X and Pokémon Prime before, there are no specific drawbacks when playing a Pokémon BREAK.

In terms of design, all Pokémon BREAK cards feature CGI artwork of the Pokémon completely covered in gold, with sparks surrounding it, and a unique squared holofoil pattern in the background. The illustration covers almost the entire card.

Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon BREAK

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
ChesnaughtBREAK Grass BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 12/162 Red Flash RR 006/059
      Premium Champion Pack   015/131
RaichuBREAK Lightning BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 50/162 Raichu BREAK Evolution Pack   003/010
MarowakBREAK Fighting BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 79/162 Red Flash RR 036/059
ZoroarkBREAK Darkness BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 92/162 Blue Shock RR 037/059
      The Best of XY   075/171
FlorgesBREAK Fairy BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 104/162 Blue Shock RR 043/059
NoivernBREAK Dragon BREAKthrough Rare BREAK 113/162 Noivern BREAK Evolution Pack   002/010
EmpoleonBREAK Water XY Black Star Promos   XY134 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
BeheeyemBREAK Psychic XY Black Star Promos   XY135 XY-P Promotional cards   189/XY-P
NoctowlBREAK Colorless XY Black Star Promos   XY136 XY-P Promotional cards   216/XY-P
GolduckBREAK Water BREAKpoint Rare BREAK 18/122 Golduck BREAK + Palkia-EX Combo Deck   003/016
GreninjaBREAK Water BREAKpoint Rare BREAK 41/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens RR 030/080
      The Best of XY   028/171
LuxrayBREAK Lightning BREAKpoint Rare BREAK 47/122 XY-P Promotional cards   181/XY-P
TrevenantBREAK Psychic BREAKpoint Rare BREAK 66/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens RR 047/080
      The Best of XY   055/171
RaticateBREAK Colorless BREAKpoint Rare BREAK 89/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens RR 066/080
DelphoxBREAK Fire Fates Collide Rare BREAK 14/124 Awakening Psychic King RR 012/078
OmastarBREAK Water Fates Collide Rare BREAK 19/124 Awakening Psychic King RR 017/078
CarbinkBREAK Fighting Fates Collide Rare BREAK 51/124 Zygarde-EX Perfect Battle Deck   008/019
      The Best of XY   067/171
BronzongBREAK Metal Fates Collide Rare BREAK 62/124 Awakening Psychic King RR 049/078
      The Best of XY   083/171
LugiaBREAK Colorless Fates Collide Rare BREAK 79/124 Awakening Psychic King RR 059/078
MandibuzzBREAK Darkness XY Black Star Promos   XY182 XY-P Promotional cards   217/XY-P
WobbuffetBREAK Psychic XY Black Star Promos   XY155 Premium Champion Pack   055/131
Ho-OhBREAK Fire XY Black Star Promos   XY154 XY-P Promotional cards   225/XY-P
CrobatBREAK Psychic XY Black Star Promos   XY181 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
YanmegaBREAK Grass Steam Siege Rare BREAK 8/114 Cruel Traitor RR 008/054
TalonflameBREAK Fire Steam Siege Rare BREAK 21/114 XY-P Promotional cards   238/XY-P
PyroarBREAK Fire Steam Siege Rare BREAK 24/114 Fever-Burst Fighter RR 010/054
ClawitzerBREAK Water Steam Siege Rare BREAK 35/114 Fever-Burst Fighter RR 020/054
YveltalBREAK Darkness Steam Siege Rare BREAK 66/114 Cruel Traitor RR 034/054
XerneasBREAK Fairy Steam Siege Rare BREAK 82/114 Fever-Burst Fighter RR 042/054
      The Best of XY   097/171
HydreigonBREAK Dragon Steam Siege Rare BREAK 87/114 Cruel Traitor RR 043/054
ArcanineBREAK Fire XY Black Star Promos   XY180 XY-P Promotional cards   267/XY-P
NinetalesBREAK Fire Evolutions Rare BREAK 16/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary RR 016/087
StarmieBREAK Water Evolutions Rare BREAK 32/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary RR 030/087
NidokingBREAK Psychic Evolutions Rare BREAK 46/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary RR 044/087
MachampBREAK Fighting Evolutions Rare BREAK 60/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary RR 058/087

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