New Raid Battle mode added to Pokémon Trading Card Game

Player will be able to battle together against a single boss Pokémon.

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Raid Battles are coming to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, The Pokémon Company International announced today. You can set up Raid Battles featuring various different cards with downloadable Boss Cards that each have different strengths.

Four players can battle against a Raid Boss with one active Pokémon and one in the benched zone. The Raid Boss Pokémon’s HP will be equivalent to the sum of the damage number of the most powerful attacks of the players’ set of Pokémon. 

There are three levels for Raid Bosses:

  • Level one: 250 to 390
  • Level two: 400 to 590
  • Level three: 600+

After the players have finished their combined attack, it’s the Raid Boss’ turn to attack, which is determined by the Boss’ Attack deck. Each player draws a card from the deck and places the appropriate damage counters.

After a Pokémon is knocked down, the player can draw from the Cheer deck, granting buffs for their team for a turn once that the Pokémon returns with full HP. If the Boss knocks out any Pokémon four times, the team loses.

This mode can also be played remotely. Raid Battles were first incorporated in Pokémon Go, where players gather in a gym to battle together against a single, stronger Pokémon. If it’s defeated, the team can capture it.