There have been a LOT of sets released in Japan recently, and there are more still coming in the very near future. The Japanese versions of these sets include:
- Forbidden Light SM6
- Dragon Storm SM6a
- Champion Road SM6b
- Charisma of the Cracked Sky SM7
- Thunderclap Spark SM7a
- Fairy Rise SM7b
- Explosive Impact SM8
- Dark Order SM8a
Forbidden Light, obviously, we know when that came out, but what about the rest of these sets? There are so many of them, I was having trouble keeping them straight, and I didn’t feel like I had clear line of sight to what exactly was coming out when. Fortunately, with the help of feature writer Juan Macedo, the wise Otaku, and MrBamHam (who was kind enough to share specifics on much of this and presented a very good detailed explanation here), I was mostly able to piece together what Japanese sets are coming out when and in which of our expansions they will be included… I think! Please leave a comment if you think I’ve got something wrong.
Celestial Storm: this will include both Champion Road SM6b and Charisma of the Cracked Sky SM7. Some of the most prominent cards coming out of this set are Acro Bike, Magcargo, Swampert, and Dunsparce. Many of the cards coming out of this set are exact or very similar reprints of cards from the Neo and EX eras several years ago.
Links to the cards contained in these sets:
Dragon Storm: I have also seen this labeled Dragon Majesty, this will include Dragon Storm SM6a, but it will be trainer sets, pins, and tins. This set features many Dragon and Fire Pokemon and offers a number of interesting Trainer cards as well.
I don’t think we’re getting anything major released in October. I think Dragon Storm in September is comparable to Shining Legends last October.
It’s not clear exactly what our main set in November will include. It will definitely include Explosive Impact because that is a main set in Japan. The question is what mini set (or sets) it will also include. It could pair Thunderclap Spark or Fairy Rise with Explosive Impact. It might also include both, but that seems unlikely as the set would then contain more than 200 cards and would be the largest set in the history of the game. However, delaying Thunderclap Spark or Fairy Rise would push one of them to next year AND Japan is getting another miniset (Dark Order) late in the year as well. So it’s not clear exactly what’s going to happen in November. There seems to be an extra mini set or two when compared to past years, and we’ll have to keep an eye out for when these sets will get migrated into our meta.
Alright so that’s your timeline for what’s being released over the second half of 2018. Thanks again to Juan, Otaku, and MrBamHam for straightening me out on this.