Rising Rivals is the second expansion in the Platinum series and the second set based on
Pokémon Platinum and, more specifically, its redesigned Gym Leader and Elite Four lineups.
The Pokémon featured in the set, unlike in Platinum, are based on Pokémon owned by Sinnoh's Gym Leaders and Elite Four members. The set and its deck kit also introduce two new types of
Pokémon SP: Pokémon and Pokémon . Pokémon are classified as "Gym Leader's Pokémon" and Pokémon are classified as "Elite Four's Pokémon" and are all Pokémon that are seen as part of Gym Leader and Elite Four lineups in Pokémon Platinum.
Other expansions before this to feature Gym Leader's Pokémon are
Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge and Pokémon VS, but only Pokémon VS and EX Power Keepers previously featured Pokémon of the Elite Four.
Set lists Gallery
English Rotom Pack
English Houndoom Pack
English Scizor Pack
English Leafeon Pack
Japanese Bonds to the End of Time Pack
Pokémon LV.X, this set includes more than any other English set. While sets have included the
special Metal Energy and special Darkness Energy despite the introduction of their basic forms, the Japanese version of the set is the first expansion that includes both the basic and special variations. This set's prerelease sleeve is
Rotom and its 5 forms. As with Pokémon VS, one artist illustrated all of the cards for each Gym Leader's Pokémon, excepting LV.X cards: Suwama Chiaki (Roark), Kanako Eo (Gardenia), Kagemaru Himeno (Maylene and Bertha), Midori Harada (Crasher Wake), Naoyo Kimura (Fantina), Hajime Kusajima (Byron), Atsuko Nishida (Candice), Kouki Saitou (Volkner and Aaron), Masakazu Fukuda (Flint) and Mitsuhiro Arita (Lucian). In other languages
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