Sun & Moon Theme Decks: Starter Final Evolutions Pokemon GX!

//Sun & Moon Theme Decks: Starter Final Evolutions Pokemon GX!

Sun & Moon Theme Decks: Starter Final Evolutions Pokemon GX!

Sun & Moon Theme Decks

The Theme Deck art and some details have been revealed for the first Sun & Moon Theme Decks!

Remember that Sun & Moon will come with three Theme Decks instead of two: Forest Shadow, Roaring Heat, and Bright Tide.

Update: Apparently, these decks are part of the Sun & Moon: Alola Starter Set and will be in addition to the three Sun & Moon Theme Decks!

Welcome to the tropical Alola region!


Choose your first partner – Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio – and begin your journey with three 60-card theme decks, each ready to play right out of the box.


Take aim with the Forest Shadow theme deck, add fuel to the fire with the Roaring Heat theme deck, or overwhelm your foe with the Bright Tide theme deck!

Information about these Theme Decks was initially revealed about two weeks ago.

Sun and Moon Theme Decks

This image was leaked less than 24 hours before the starter final evolutions were officially revealed in English.

However, it’s worth noting that we’re not entirely sure if this image is showing the three Theme Decks or if they’ll instead be “special starter decks”, or even if they’ll be exclusive to Japan.

Sun & Moon Starter Final Evolutions

Again, the starter evolutions have been officially revealed with English names:

Decidueye (Grass/Ghost), Incineroar (Fire/Dark), and Primarina (Water/Fairy).

(Note how the Grass Theme Deck’s name is “Forest Shadow”–implying Grass and Ghost (Psychic in TCG), which should have been a clue that Rowlett’s final evolution Decidueye was not going to be Grass/Flying but Grass/Ghost in the video game. Guess we all missed that one!)

Watch the official video game final evolutions reveal trailer:

Pokemon GX in Theme Decks?!

For the Trading Card Game, this Theme Deck image reveal is very interesting. For one, the Theme Decks are including Pokemon GX cards! (Maybe: if these really are the 3 new Theme Decks.)

Pokemon GX seems to replace Pokemon-EX as the overpowered Pokemon cards. Keep in mind that these Pokemon GX cards are Stage 2, so they still have to be evolved from their non-GX lines. Does this mean the new Theme Decks will be much more powerful than other Theme Decks?

Read more about the Sun & Moon: Alola Starter Set.


Decidueye GX

Decidueye GX – Grass – HP 240decidueye-gx
Stage 2 – Evolves from Dartrix


Ability: Feather Arrow
You can use this power once during your turn. Choose one of your opponent’s Pokemon and place 2 damage counters on it.


GrassColorlessColorless Razor Leaf 90


Grass Hollow Hunt GX:

Put 3 cards from your discard pile into your hand. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)


When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.


Weakness: Fire (x2) | Resistance: none | Retreat: 2


Incineroar GX

Incineroar GX – Fire – HP 250incineroar-gx
Stage 2 – Evolves from Torracat


Fire Hustle Blow 10+

This attack does 20 more damage for each of your Benched Fire Pokemon.


FireFireColorless Tiger Swing 80+

Flip 2 coins. This attack does 50 more damage for each heads.


FireFireColorless Burn Slam GX: 200

The Defending Pokemon is now Burned. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.


Weakness: Water (x2) | Resistance: none | Retreat: 3


Primarina GX

Primarina GX – Water – HP 250primarina-gx
Stage 2 – Evolves from Brionne


ColorlessColorless Bubble Beat 10+

This attack does 10 damage plus 20 damage times the amount of Water Energy attached to all your Pokemon in play.


WaterWaterWaterColorless Roar of the Sea 120

Discard an Energy attached to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.


ColorlessColorless Grand Echo GX

Heal all damage from each of your Pokemon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)


When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.


Weakness: Grass (x2) | Resistance: none | Retreat: 2

The End of Dual Types?

Also, all of the starter final evolutions are dual-types in the video games (and the Theme Deck names seem to reference both types), but these Pokemon GX cards are clearly not dual-types.

Even though the recent Steam Siege expansion reintroduced dual-types, is the Pokemon TCG already done with ’em? What of the future of Xerneas Rainbow Road?!

What do you Think?

What do you think of the 3 new Theme Decks including Pokemon GX?

Do you like Decidueye, Inciniroar, and Primarina? Did Decidueye’s Grass/Ghost typing surprise you?

Drop a comment below!

By | 2016-10-29T21:17:26+00:00 October 28th, 2016|News|7 Comments

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  1. Diesel December 28, 2016 at 5:05 am - Reply

    They also have to other GX’s. I only remember Lunala though.

  2. PRIMPPRIMP December 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply


    So I’m confused!!! Will they translate this so people in America can get it?! Please say yes!

    Thanks for the help!

    • Lincoln December 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Yes, these cards from Collection Sun, Collection Moon, and the Starter Sets will be translated and released in the US on February 3, 2017 as the Sun and Moon Base Set (149+ cards).

      Japan gets them tomorrow, December 9, and many more cards have been recently leaked.

      Check them out and the translations:

      • PRIMPPRIMP December 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much! Also, will the starter decks with the GX’s be in American stores February 3?

        • Lincoln December 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm - Reply

          Not sure about the GX starter decks. I’d assume same day or shortly after, but there is also a slim chance those decks are Japan exclusive. Some cards weren’t in Japan’s Collection Sun & Collection Moon, but will be in the US’ Sun and Moon Base Set.

          The non-GX Theme Decks, Forest Shadow, Roaring Heat, and Bright Tide will be out Feb 3.

  3. William November 8, 2016 at 2:18 am - Reply


    Just wondering about if Pokemon ex cards Would still be included in sun and moon tcg, as I could not find anything on the internet about it. GX seems cool and everything but what about EX?

    • Lincoln November 8, 2016 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hi William!

      No one knows for sure, but it looks like Pokemon GX will completely replace Pokemon-EX and Mega Evolution. Maybe Pokemon-EX will stay with Sun & Moon, but it’s not likely.

      Pokemon GX are very similar (in that your opponent takes 2 Prize Cards for a KO), but they also have a GX Move that can only be used once per game. Also, not all Pokemon GX are Basic Pokemon like Pokemon-EX. Some are confirmed to be Stage 1 and Stage 2. Since there’s no Mega Evolution, you don’t need a Spirit Link or end your turn for evolving, either.

      A couple questions still remain: What of Pokemon BREAK and will Pokemon GX evolve into other Pokemon GX–like Mega Evolution?

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