Pokémon V (TCG)
Pokémon V (Japanese: ポケモンV Pokémon V) are a variant of Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They were first introduced in the Sword & Shield expansion (the Sword and Shield expansions in Japan). Pokémon V have a stylized graphic on the card name.
In terms of gameplay, Pokémon V are similar to both Pokémon-ex from the EX Series and Pokémon-EX from the Black & White and XY Series; they typically have more Hit Points and stronger attacks than regular Pokémon. However, when a Pokémon V is Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards instead of one. All Pokémon V are Basic Pokémon.
Aesthetically, the artwork on Pokémon V covers most of the card, with the background illustration fading into the bottom-most area, while still having the Pokémon break the card's borders (following on previous Pokémon variant cards). As such, the card text presented across the artwork is outlined, resembling Full Art cards. Pokémon V cards feature a black border, black sections that highlight its HP and type, its Weakness, Resistance, and Retreat cost, its Rule Box, as well a symbol in the top left corner. Pokémon V included in main expansions and subsets are usually accompanied by embossed Full Art prints. While they typically feature 3D illustrations like the preceding Pokémon-GX, they feature less generic background patterns. Starting with the Battle Styles expansion, select Pokémon V also began to receive a Special Full Art print and, as with the comparable Tag Team Pokémon-GX introduced in Team Up, feature traditionally-drawn illustrations.
Also debuting in the Sword & Shield expansion were Pokémon VMAX, which represent the Dynamax, Gigantamax, and Eternamax mechanics of Pokémon Sword and Shield in the TCG. These cards are identified by a graphic on the card name. Pokémon VMAX evolve from its respective Pokémon V and feature increased Hit Points and more powerful attacks. When a VMAX Pokémon is Knocked Out, the opponent takes three Prize cards instead of one. Pokémon VMAX are still considered Pokémon V when interacting with certain card effects.
While keeping the same layout of Pokémon V, Pokémon VMAX cards often have a multi-colored background and multi-colored tinges to the graphics around it. All versions of Pokémon VMAX are printed in the Full Art card style, in that they have artwork that occupies the entire card and is printed completely in etched holofoil. Pokémon VMAX included in main expansions and subsets are typically accompanied by Secret Rainbow Rare (Hyper Rare in Japan) prints that utilize the same artwork and add the metallic Pokémon outline and embossed Energy symbols typical of Full Art cards. Select Pokémon VMAX also began to receive Special Full Art prints from the Battle Styles expansion.
Introduced in the Sword & Shield era as promotional cards, Pokémon V-UNION are a new kind of Pokémon V. These cards are identified by a graphic on the card name, and consist of four cards with the same name. Pokémon V-UNION can be only played once per game, by assembling the four different cards from the discard pile into the bench as a single Pokémon with all attacks and other attributes of each part, as well counting as a separate evolutionary stage. When a V-UNION Pokémon is Knocked Out, the opponent takes three Prize cards instead of one. Pokémon V-UNION are still considered Pokémon V when interacting with certain card effects, and all also feature the Union Gain attack.
While keeping the same layout of Pokémon V, Pokémon V-UNION cards split their artwork and some attributes across each part; because of this, all attributes except card type, name, Pokémon type and stage (which are included in each part) do not exist while the Pokémon isn't in play for effects such as card search. While not officially labeled as Full Art cards, the artwork covers the entire card in the same fashion as Pokémon VMAX cards, although only the collective border of the card is embossed to look like shattered stone.
Introduced in the Sword & Shield era via Brilliant Stars, Pokémon VSTAR are a new kind of Pokémon V. These cards are identified by a graphic on the card name. Pokémon VSTAR evolve from its respective Pokémon V and feature increased Hit Points and more powerful attacks. When a VMAX Pokémon is Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards instead of one. Pokémon VSTAR are still considered Pokémon V when interacting with certain card effects.
Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon V
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