The tenth main expansion set in the Sun & Moon era, Unbroken Bonds is officially set to be released on May 3rd, however players will begin pre-release events over the next few weekends, kick starting a new and exciting Pokémon Trading Card Game season.
It is in the run up to these events in which players and collectors alike eagerly await the slow trickle of spoilers to be released, building the hype as we inch closer and closer to the big event.
However, the run up to this season took a very different turn…
Unbroken Bonds Spoiled Early
Starting from a source located in Spain and spreading like wildfire around the world, a leak has sprung and the entirety of the Unbroken Bonds set has been revealed, along with the official checklist that is typically issued by the Pokémon Company.
Initially, we already knew some of the spoiled Tag Team GX Pokémon cards that would be appearing in the set, as they have been heavily used in promoting the product.
Carrying on with last set, Sun & Moon: Team Up, Unbroken Bonds sees the Tag Team GX theme recurring once again with cards such as Pheromosa & Buzzwole GX, Lucario & Melmetal GX, Reshiram & Charizard GX and a number of other crazy powerful Pokémon.
Now however, the curtain has been fully pulled back due to this list and we can see the entirety of the 214 cards that will be in the Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds set, along with the plethora of new trainer cards that we will be receiving.
We know the images of many of these cards, even if we have yet to see their English copies due to the fact that many of these cards have already been released in the Japanese set “Double Blaze” on March 1st 2019.
However, as is typical, this set was much smaller than its later to be released English set, containing only 95 cards, plus 21 Secret Rares, rather the 214 seen in the English set.
Baby Pokémon Return in Unbroken Bonds
What we know about the Unbroken Bonds set is that it will be carrying on the Tag Team GX theme, which was wildly successful in the set prior from both a collector and a players perspective.
However, this is not new. What is new in the Unbroken Bonds set, or rather newish, is the fact that this is the first set since the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series nearly a decade prior that will feature baby Pokémon!
Pokémon such as Happiny, Togepi, Cleffa and others will be making their first appearances in a VERY long time.
This is great and exciting news for collectors who have been missing these cards and are sure to make this set even more popular than it is already expected to be.
As can be seen from both Happiny and Cleffa, they have some very useful abilities that are sure to guarantee that they make their way into some interesting deck brews.
Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds Products
As stated previously, Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds releases officially on May 3rd, however pre orders are being taken now at Zephyr Epic.
The products that are currently available are the standard releases, such as the Booster Box, which contains 36 packs of cards, as well as the Elite Trainer Box which contain ten booster packs, plus gameplay bonuses.
Additionally, the Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds set will once again contain two Theme Decks, one of which features Mewtwo, and the other which features Zeraora.
Finally, as seen above, we have the Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds 3-Booster Blister Packs, which contain an official Pokémon TCG coin, along with a Black Star Promo each, one being Sceptile and the other being Typhlosion.
The Sun & Moon: Unbroken Bonds set may of been spoiled earlier than expected, however we believe that this has done nothing to lessen the hype that many players and collectors are experiencing as they await the official release of this set.
This early leak has allowed many players who plan on attending their pre release events a few extra days to plan their brews, however, it is still anyone’s best guess as to which of these cards are going to break out and dominate the format.
The first major tournaments that will feature Unbroken Bonds are the Regional Championships, which take place on May 18th in both Santa Clara and Sydney.