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Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins Expansion Announced

Just as I begin to try and collect all of the Primal Clash Pokémon Cards, The Pokémon Company goes and announces a brand new expansion to the trading card game. The Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins is set to launch both boosters and starter decks on August 12 introducing more than 90 new cards to collect.

The Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins expansion is set to bring new Special Energy cards, Ancient Traits, more Pokémon-EX, and special Shiny Pokémon. New booster packs as well as two new theme decks, Stone Heart and Iron Tide, will be winging their way into stores next month.

The Ancient Traits mechanic was introduced in the Primal Clash expansion and gives players and cards advantages in battle completely separate from attacks and abilities. These Ancient Traits bring effects that can change the course of the game, and in Ancient Origins they’re only going to get better, or worse depending on which side of the table you are, including Θ Stop, Θ Max, and Θ Double.

With the new expansion comes a brand new Pokemon debut in the TGC, the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa, but this isn’t just any old card, it’ll be coming as Hoopa-EX an insanely powerful Pokémon with the Scoundrel Ring Ability that allows the player to search their decks for three other Pokémon-EX cards, when Hoopa-EX comes into play.

Finally, Mega Rayquaza-EX, Primal Groudon-EX, and Primal Kyogre-EX will return in XY—Ancient Origins as Shiny Legendary Pokémon with brand-new Ancient Traits, complete with artkwork that has never been seen before.

So, grab your calendar and mark down the date, Pokémon TCG XY—Ancient Origins launches in stores on August 12.

Check out the new cards below, though if you want to wait for a surprise, don’t look! I haven’t, which is very, very difficult considering.