Pokemon TCG XY Roaring Skies Release Date: Latest Expansion Adds 100 Cards And New Mega EX Abilities

By Steve Buja , Updated Apr 07, 2015 03:11 PM EDT

The Pokemon company has announced the new expansion for its tremendously successful Pokemon Trading Card Game.

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Titled Roaring Skies, the set will be available on May 6 and will feature 100 new cards to add to the some 21 BILLION cards currently in circulation. Roaring Skies will mark the 61st set to the game which launched in 1999.

So, what can you expect to find in the new expansion?

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7 New Pokémon-EX Cards, 4 New Mega Pokémon-EX Cards, and 9 New Full-art Pokémon-EX Cards-New Pokémon-EX cards include Mega Rayquaza-EX, Thundurus-EX, Mega Latios-EX, Hydreigon-EX, and more.

Mega EX Cards Bring New TCG Strategy-The new Mega Evolution rule requires Trainers to end their turn once they evolve a Pokémon-EX into a Mega Pokémon-EX unless a specific Spirit Link card is used.
Ancient Traits Granted to Certain Pokémon-Ancient Traits, which give various advantages in battle, appear in XY-Roaring Skies. Their functions are similar to Abilities, but Ancient Traits come from a pre-set pool.
Half Art Cards- Some Pokémon with Ancient Traits will have half art cards, where the art extends into and behind the text box.
18 New Trainer Cards- New Trainer cards, including two full-art Trainers and one Special Energy, add new depth and tactics to Pokémon TCG.
Booster packs-Packs of 10 additional cards selected from the expansion.
Two New Theme Decks-These 60-card pre-constructed decks are designed to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by enabling them to play right away.

Additionally, the theme decks and booster packs contain codes that unlock certain Roaring Skies cards for Pokemon TCG Online.

Catch em all, next month.

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