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Pokémon TCG Japan's Cyber Judge & Wild Force Preview: ACE SPECs

ACE SPEC cards return to the Pokémon TCG Japan’s Cyber Judge & Wild Force, to be adapted into English with Scarlet & Violet - Temporal Forces.

Article Summary

  • Japan's Pokémon TCG sets Wild Force and Cyber Judge premier on Jan 26, 2024.
  • Ancient and future Paradox Pokémon star in the new TCG era.
  • ACE SPEC cards make a comeback with a new holographic design.
  • English set Scarlet & Violet - Temporal Forces to release in March 2024.

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 a card type from the past making its modern return.

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

ACE SPEC cards are a type of Pokémon TCG Trainer card introduced way back in the Black & White – Boundaries Crossed. Back then, these cards had a darker silver body with a few pink lines on the borders to add to the unique filing. Now, after a long absence, ACE SPECs return with Cyber Judge and Wild Force. This time, they will have a unique holo pattern that looks to me, from the photos, like the Radiant Pokémon cards that came out during the last leg of the Sword & Shield era. Aldo, this time around, they are coated in a special magenta foiling throughout.

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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