Sword and Shield – Astral Radiance

The new expansion for The Pokémon Trading Card Game, titled Lost Origin, was released on September 9. This new expansion sees the return of the Lost Zone, an area much more dangerous than the discard pile, and plenty of cards to support it. Many epic maps appear, including Giratina and Radiant Gardevoir, as well as more Hisuian region maps.


One of the previously released 2022 expansions was Astral Radiance, which debuted in May. This expansion includes the beginning of the Hisuian region maps and more Radiant Pokémon such as Heatran and Greninja.

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Miltank

Miltank may not seem as intimidating as a card at first due to the base damage it deals of 10. Though it does take 20 extra damage for every benched Pokémon the opponent has.

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The danger, however, lies in Miltank’s ability, not in his attack. Its ability undoes any damage done to it by Pokémon V. Having multiple Miltank cards in a player’s deck can be a good strategy against players who rely too much on V cards. And while Miltank doesn’t deal too much damage, equipping cards that increase its attack can make it a force to be reckoned with.

Roxanne

Roxanne can be an important card to use mid-game. This card can only be used if the opponent has three or fewer prize cards left. Both players then shuffle their cards into their piles, the player who played the card draws six and the opponent draws two.

Whether the players are level with price cards, against or in favor, this card alone can turn the tide. Getting a brand new hand and giving the opponent fewer options makes this card one of the best in the Astral Radiance expansion.

Radiant Greninja

Radiant Greninja showcases the beautiful art of glossy Greninja. This card isn’t overly rare, but it’s still one of the most sought-after cards in the game due to Greninja’s status as one of the most popular Pokémon.

Many Pokémon often have powerful attacks that require the player to discard energy to use it and Greninja is no different. Greninja’s techniques have more pros than cons, however, as the attack can deal 90 damage to not just one, but two Pokémon. It also has an additional ability to draw two additional cards, but it requires the player to discard one energy card from their hand.

Origin Forme Palkia V (Alternative Art)

This version of Palkia is one of the more expensive cards in Astral Radiance and features the beautiful full art of Palkia. This card can be useful for players using stadium cards, as Palkia’s first attack allows the player to take one stadium card from their deck into their hand.

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It also possesses a second attack that deals a total of 200 damage. In addition, the opponent’s Pokémon cannot attack the next turn. This attack can be used as many times as the player wants, making it a dangerous card to play against.

Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR

While a Pokémon’s VSTAR ability can only be used once per game, it’s generally overwhelmingly beneficial. Palkia’s is one of the best abilities in the Pokémon TCG and allows the player to attach up to three Water Energy cards to one of their Pokémon. Whether they are on the bench or on the field.

This can be given directly to Palkia herself, making the card ready to deal a lot of damage with his attack immediately. His attack allows him to deal 20 damage for each Pokémon on both players’ banks and another 60. So if each player has their banks full, Palkia can deal a total of 260 damage.

Machamp V (Alternative Art)

Machamp V is the most expensive card in the Astral Radiance expansion (per TCG Player). This card will be used much less gameplay wise and will be kept more for those looking to collect or sell rare cards for their collections.

However, Machamp V can be useful in battle by dealing a guaranteed 140 damage with his second attack. His first attack has a base damage of 50, but can do 100 if one of the players on the bench has a damage counter.

Garchomp V (Cynthia)

Cynthia has been one of the most popular Pokémon characters since her debut in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, so it’s no surprise that her card would be both powerful and highly sought after by fans. This card features Cynthia and her Ace Pokemon, Garchomp, one of Generation IV’s most iconic Pokémon.

The first attack deals a total of 120 damage with its Dragon Claw. The second attack deals 220 damage, but the player must discard three of the Pokémon’s energy cards. While this may seem worth it in some cases thanks to its high attack power, it has an added advantage that the attack can even damage one of the Pokémon on the opponent’s couch.

Hisuian Typhlosion VSTAR

Typhlosion, one of the best Hisuian forms in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, possesses a dangerous VSTAR ability that allows the player to plan which opponent’s Pokémon to go. The enemy Pokémon must have exactly four damage counters, no more, no less.

Fortunately, Typhlosion’s attack makes this a little easier. First, the card has already dealt a total of 180 damage, but the effect that follows allows the player to place three damage counters in any way the player wishes. This means that a player can place two damage counters on one Pokémon and the other on the other. Then, on their next turn, they can place two more on that first Pokémon to prepare them to eliminate Typhlosion’s VSTAR ability.

Temple of Sinnoho

The Temple of Sinnoh is a card best used in conjunction with special energy cards. The type of special energy doesn’t really matter as the Temple of Sinnoh removes the ability and makes all special energy cards colorless energy.

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Thanks to colorless energy that provides any kind of energy for an attack, players with various special energy cards will find this stadium card incredibly useful. This card can also be picked up faster with Palkia V’s first attack, which allows players to take one stadium deck from their deck to their hand.

Origin Forme Dialga VSTAR

Dialga’s Metal Blast starts out relatively weak with a base damage of 40. However, it quickly gains more and more power with the more steel energy cards attached to it. Players will also want to do this for a second reason, which is to use Dialga’s VSTAR ability.

Due to his ability, Dialga can deal 220 damage first and then the player takes a whole extra turn. At this point, the player’s Dialga can deal at least 200 damage thanks to all the steel energy on it. With Dialga’s strength and skill, it seems unlikely that a player would lose with this strategy.

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