The might of dragons is yours to control in a way that can change your game forever—as a brand-new Energy type! Rayquaza. Giratina. Hydreigon. Few Pokémon inspire awe and wonder like Dragon-type Pokémon, and in the Dragons Exalted expansion, they come ready to rule the game! And with a grand mix of all-new Pokémon-EX and a horde of Dragon-type Pokémon to take to the skies and take the battlefield by storm, plus new Trainer cards and new Special Energy cards, you'll be ready for the roar of dragons and the glory of battle!
Dragons Exalted is the first set to feature the Dragon-type in English, including 2 Dragon-type Pokémon-EX cards, Rayquaza-EX and Giratina-EX. In addition to these two Pokémon-EX, four others were released: Ho-Oh-EX, Mew-EX, Terrakion-EX, and Registeel-EX. The set includes all the cards from the Japanese Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade expansions, and their two accompanying half decks, the Garchomp Half Deck and the Hydreigon Half Deck, whose featured cards Garchomp and Hydreigon were later the focus of the English Theme Decks DragonSpeed and DragonSnarl.
Dragons Exalted includes 128 different cards: 4 of which are Secret cards. The Secret cards are Shiny Pokémon: a reprint of Serperior and Reuniclus from Black & White (White Collection in Japan), a reprint of Krookodile from Dark Explorers (Dark Rush in Japan), and a card without an English release of the normal print before it, Rayquaza. Rayquaza's normal print was included in the Japanese Dragon Selection sub-set, which had not been released in English by the time the Shiny print was released in Dragons Exalted.
This set features many Pokémon whose Abilities activate when they come into play to evolve a player's Pokémon, such as Roserade, Ninetales, and Aggron. To further enhance these Abilities, Devolution Spray from Base Set was reprinted with the same effect of Neo Discovery's Hyper Devolution Spray's effect. Related to this, Golurk has an attack that can devolve the Defending Pokémon.
Like every set since Next Destinies, the expansion features locations around Unova, focusing on N's Castle and the Unova Pokémon League. This is most evident through the set's artwork; for example, Houndour can be found in N's Castle and Gyarados is depicted outside the Pokémon League. These aren't the only locations featured throughout the set as Hoppip is outside Dragonspiral Tower and Aipom is in N's Playroom.
The Prerelease promo is Altaria from the BW Black Star Promos. This card erroneously credits the illustrator as HiRON when the actual illustrator for this print is 5ban Graphics. Magmortar is printed with an alternate artwork than the one released in the Japanese Dragon Blade. Additionally, Hoppip was erroneously printed with Skiploom's Pokémon Black and White Pokédex entry. The Hoppip error was corrected by the time the Keldeo Box was released in October 2012.
Officially, the English release of the set contains 124 cards. Between alternate holofoils, promotional stamps, reverse holofoils, and Secret cards, the set contains 255 cards (not including error cards). A list of the non standard cards can be seen below.