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Pokémon TCG Japan's Cyber Judge Preview: Iron Thorns

Iron Thorns, thought to be a Future Paradox Pokémon descending from Tyranitar, makes its Pokémon TCG debut in Japan's Cyber Judge set.

Article Summary

  • Explore Iron Thorns' debut in Japan's Pokémon TCG Cyber Judge set, a descendant of Tyranitar.
  • Discover new Paradox Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet-era sets Wild Force and Cyber Judge.
  • January 26, 2024, release for Wild Force & Cyber Judge; the English set arrives in March.
  • Iron Thorns previewed via Dex entries, hinting at gameplay for Pokémon TCG enthusiasts.

Pokémon TCG Japan has begun teasing the next Scarlet & Violet-era sister sets, Wild Force and Cyber Judge. These two sets are themed to the new Legendary Paradox Pokémon released in the recent DLC's expanding on the Paldea region. Wild Force features the ancient ancestors of the Beasts of Johto, the Paradox Pokémon Raging Bolt (an ancestor of Raikou), Gouging Fire (an ancestor of Entei), and Walking Wake (an ancestor of Suicune). Cyber Judge features the future descendants of the Swords of Justice, the Paradox Pokémon Iron Leaves (a descendant of Virizion), Iron Boulder (a descendant of Terrakion), and Iron Crown (a descendant of Cobalion). Both sets hit shelves on January 26th, 2024. These expansions will also reintroduce Ace Spec cards with a new holo pattern. It has already been confirmed that these sets will combine to make up our English-language Pokémon TCG set for March 2024, Scarlet & Violet – Temporal Forces. Today, let's take a look at one of the holographic cards from this set.

Wild Force / Cyber Judge cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG
Wild Force / Cyber Judge cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

This is the first official Iron Thorns card. This Future Paradox Pokémon was depicted in the background of Iron Valiant ex Special Illustration Rare in Scarlet & Violet – Paradox Rift, but this is the first time it gets its own card. Iron Thorns is obviously inspired by Tyranitar's design, and, like the other Paradox Pokémon is thought to be a Future descendent of that species. Let's take a look at its Dex entries to get to know it better ahead of its Pokémon TCG debut:

It has some similarities to a Pokémon introduced in a dubious magazine as a Tyranitar from one billion years into the future.

Some of its notable features match those of an object named within a certain expedition journal as Iron Thorns.

Japanese sets often give us early ideas of what the English-language sets may include, so be sure to keep an eye on our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of Scarlet & Violet cards as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.

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