Now that the newest expansion of the Pokemon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Lost Origin, has arrived, it’s a good time to take a closer look at some of the incredible works of art to be found within. This time, we’re focusing on two artists who created art for this set, as well as several cards set in the Hisui region. Read on to see these cards along with some of our other favorites.
Cards with bright, bold colors are sure to stand out, and the artist known as Kurumitsu always delivers on that front. Your cards in this expansion also tend to use analogous colors (i.e. colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) to give the art a natural feel. Check out Pikachu here – the card’s vibrant yellows and greens create a tranquil scene, and Pikachu looks downright adorable as it prepares to munch on that pecha berry. The cool colors on the Mawile map reflect the cave environment, but the gems set into the cave walls add a touch of warmer color. The varying shades of blue in Porygon’s artwork give it a high-tech look that reflects the Pokémon’s technological origins. However, judging by Lampent’s card, Kurumitsu isn’t afraid to work with complementary colors as well. The Pokémon’s flaming yellow and orange flames against the blue and purple sky portend a fierce, high-energy attack!
We looked at a few cards (Magmar and Sawk) by Shinji Kanda back then Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars expansion was released, but we wanted to give full credit to that artist here. You only have two cards in this expansion, but they are both gems. Like Kurumitsu, Kanda also uses bold colors, but with a much more sketchy, almost harsh look that captivates. The contrast between the bright neon colors and the inky black on Ariados’ card is striking and makes the Pokémon look quite scary. This style works particularly well for Giratina V, which appears to be flying through the Distortion World. The rainbow of colors amidst the bold blacks combined with the insanely intricate details give this card an almost overwhelming look.
Some cards in this expansion hark back to the distant past of the world of Pokémon with illustrations depicting scenes from it Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Mr. Mime card features the mischievous Mr. Mime hanging around the back alleys of Jubilife Village making life miserable for the residents there. Machoke looks powerful as she strikes a pose on Castaway Shore in the Cobalt Coastlands. We can see the Firespit Island volcano in the background. Speaking of soaring mountains, Mount Coronet in the distance behind Goomy is hard to miss. Be careful when exploring the Hisui region: you never know when you might encounter the pesky Miss Fortune Sisters.
in the Pokemon Snap and New Pokemon Snap, you are tasked with photographing Pokémon in their natural environment. These photos are judged on factors such as pose, how big and centered the Pokemon is in the frame, and whether there are other Pokemon in the shot. While admiring the different cards inside Sword & Shield—Lost Originsome immediately led us to believe their images would score highly Pokemon Snap. Let’s take Shellos and Gastrodon here – two nicely centered Pokémon variants interacting in the same shot. They are great pictures! Clefairy is even better. They have the main theme in focus while other Clefairy frolic around it and give us some good close-ups as they play during their moon-watching party. This will definitely be a high score photo! Be careful when it comes to Falinks. You might think you caught half a dozen Pokemon in one shot, but no! According to their Pokédex entry, they are technically a Pokemon. No bonus points for you there, buddy.
When we saw that full moon on the Clefairy map, we also noticed how often it appeared on other maps in this expansion. The glowing full moon on Shuppet’s card combined with the dark clouds and ghostly fog swirling around the Pokémon create an eerie atmosphere. Shuppet might look a bit goofy unleashing his tongue slap attack, but we know it’s over for a night of negative emotions. The full moon returns to dramatically illuminate Hisuian Zoroark as the Pokémon perches in a tree with its luxurious fur billowing in the night wind. We only see the reflection of the moon as Politoed stares at it, but it makes for a relaxing mood. Enjoy your evening, Politoed!
Of course, this is just a selection of the many beautiful cards you can find in the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin Extension. There are over 190 maps in all, so you’re bound to discover some new favorites.