Parallel Worlds (TCG)

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Parallel Worlds
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The worlds as seen in the Parallel City card.

The Parallel Worlds (as named in booster pack descriptions) are a pair of worlds introduced and explored exclusively in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the XY Series.

Backstory

A crowd cheers Mega Alakazam.

From various pieces of information and artwork in TCG products, in addition to interviews with game director Atsushi Nagashima[1][2], it can be determined that these areas are similar due to being from separate timelines. At some point, several rifts in space revealed the existence of the opposing worlds to each other: the "nature" and "technology" sides as seen in the BREAKthrough, BREAKpoint and Fates Collide expansions. These worlds were at the brink of merging against each other, creating a struggle between Pokémon from both sides. This could be related to Giovanni, as the Giovanni's Scheme card has the two color schemes of the Parallel City card. In Fates Collide, however, the struggle is replaced with themes of unification through Mega Alakazam's future vision and the enforcement of order by Zygarde and other Pokémon.

Geography

While one world's lifestyle focused on ruralism and rustic architecture, the other focused in urbanism and the foundation of modern buildings, even expanding to previously arid lands. There is a similar city in these worlds on the shore of an ocean, both having an island portion connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. A giant tree exists in the "nature" world's island, while a group of skyscrapers is in its place on the "urban" counterpart. After the rifts, some areas of these worlds featured portals which could be crossed through, the regions artistically seen on the Stadium cards as being upside down from the opposing world's point of view. The Chaos Tower in Fates Collide appears to be the fallout of the merged areas: a single world/city where buildings and nature blended on eachother, creating a mix of the two worlds' styles.

Cards

This listing is of Stadium cards featuring the parallel worlds.

Parallel Worlds
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Parallel City St BREAKthrough Uncommon 145/162 Blue Shock U 058/059
      The Best of XY   159/171
Reverse Valley St BREAKpoint Uncommon 110/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens U 079/080
      The Best of XY   161/171
Chaos Tower St Fates Collide Uncommon 94/124 Awakening Psychic King U 078/078
 


These locations were also featured on the artwork of many Pokémon released along with these cards: Blue Shock focused on Pokémon from the "nature" world and Red Flash focused on Pokémon from the "technology world". Rage of the Broken Heavens focused on both worlds outside of the urban areas, and Awakening Psychic King featured Pokémon in the merged worlds. Two Mewtwo promo cards with artwork from each opposing world were also printed.

Gallery

TW Noctowl.jpg

TW Panpour.jpg

TW Staraptor.jpg

TW Marowak.jpg

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Aerial view of the "nature" world Close view at the "nature" world's buildings Aerial view of the "technology" world Marowak witnesses a clash between Mega Mewtwo A battle at the "technology" world between Pokémon BREAK and Mega Evolution Pokémon

Parallel Worlds Mega Mewtwo Clash.png

TW BREAKpoint.jpg

TW Aerodactyl.jpg

TW Omastar.jpg

TW Fates Collide.jpg

Closer view of the clash between Mega Metwto A portal between the twin worlds Aerial view of the merged worlds A river that has been merged with a roadway Artwork for Awakening Psychic King

Trivia

See also

References


Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova (Blueberry Academy)
KalosAlolaGalar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra)
PaldeaKitakami
Side series White CityOrre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Ryme CityPasioRanseiFerrumLental
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube IslandAeos Island
TCG Southern IslandsPuzzle ContinentHolonParallel Worlds
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Ranger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota



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