Shadows (TCG)

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"Shadows" redirects here. If you were looking for the corrupted Pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum and XD, see Shadow Pokémon.

Shadows logo.png
BW5 Shadows Deck.jpg
Box art
Expansion Dark Explorers
Release date May 9, 2012
Types used DarknessWater
Coin BW5 Red Zoroark Coin.png

The Shadows Theme Deck from the Dark Explorers expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game predominantly focuses on Darkness-type and Water-type Pokémon. Each Theme Deck is packaged with a 60-card deck, damage counters, a custom coin, a rulesheet, a card list, a deckbox, a two-player mat, and a TCGO code card.


When Zoroark emerges from the shadows, there won't be a shadow of a doubt about who will win! Even if Zoroark takes a hit or two, its Dark Rush attack does more damage for each damage counter on it. And while Empoleon uses its Diving Draw Ability to give you greater access to your deck, your other Pokémon can use their fast and effective attacks to do damage, cause Confusion, and then put out your opponent's lights. Make your opponents afraid of their own shadows when you play the Shadows theme deck!

Deck list

Quantity Card Type Rarity
Zoroark Darkness Rare Holo
Zoroark Darkness Rare
Zorua Darkness Common
Empoleon Water Rare
Prinplup Water Uncommon
Piplup Water Common
Glaceon Water Rare
Eevee Colorless Common
Swanna Water Rare
Ducklett Water Common
Slowbro Water Uncommon
Slowpoke Water Common
Palpitoad Water Uncommon
Tympole Water Common
Lillipup Colorless Common
Vullaby Darkness Uncommon
Cheren Su Uncommon
Cilan Su Uncommon
Energy Retrieval I Uncommon
Energy Search I Common
Full Heal I Uncommon
Pokémon Communication I Uncommon
12× Water Energy Water E
Darkness Energy Darkness E


  • The Cracked Ice Holofoil version of Zoroark is exclusive to this deck.
  • The Non Holofoil version of Empoleon is exclusive to this deck.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Ombres
Germany Flag.png German Schatten
Italy Flag.png Italian Ombre
Russia Flag.png Russian Полумрак Polumrak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sombras

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Black & White Series
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McDonald's CollectionBlack & White Trainer Kit
Emerging Powers: Power PlayToxic Tricks
Noble Victories: Fast DazeFurious Knights
Next Destinies: Explosive EdgeVoltage Vortex
Dark Explorers: ShadowsRaiders
McDonald's Collection 2012
Dragons Exalted: DragonSpeedDragonSnarl
Dragon Vault
Boundaries Crossed: Ice ShockCold Fire
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Plasma Freeze: Frost RayPsy Crusher
Plasma Blast: Mind WipeSolar Strike
Red Genesect CollectionMcDonald's Collection 2013
Legendary Treasures
BW Era
BW-P Promotional cards
Journey PartnersBeginning Set
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Red Collection
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Dark Rush
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Shiny Collection
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EX Battle BoostMewtwo vs Genesect Deck Kit