The secrets of the Unova region are now yours to command! In the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Emerging Powers expansion, astonishing new Pokémon are available for the very first time, including the rare and powerful Legendary Pokémon Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion, Thundurus, and Tornadus! With brand-new Item cards to revitalize your deck, the Black & White—Emerging Powers expansion offers Trainers all of the amazing new strategies of Unova!
Emerging Powers is the second expansion of the Black & White Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It introduces 26 new Pokémon from the Unova region, and 70 different Pokémon overall. The expansion continues featuring Legendary Pokémon with both regular prints and Full Art prints, and it also features both of the rival characters, Cheren and Bianca, in Pokémon Black and White.
Emerging Powers was created to bridge the gap caused by the Japanese Black & White Collections and Red Collection. These sets were released almost seven months apart from each other in Japan, and as English sets are normally released every three months, cards were withheld from the Beginning Set, Black Collection, and White Collection, and were brought together with the Battle Strength Decks and various BW-P Promotional cards in order to make a set of suitable size for an English release. However, this still wasn't enough cards, so 1 card from Psycho Drive, 4 cards from Hail Blizzard, and 2 cards from Dark Rush were pulled forward from their respective sets and released in this one, bringing this set's total to 98. Despite this, it is still the smallest set in the Black & White Series. Also included are 2 reprints originating from the BW-P Promotional cards. Patrat is a reprint from Black & White and Pidove is a reprint from the BW Black Star Promos, originally handed out in the Black & White booster two-packs.
Because of the variety of Japanese origins for these card, 22 cards were released in English before they were released in Japanese. There were 6 cards released in the September 2011 Gym Challenge pack, 9 cards released as part of Bandai's Pokémon Kids Special toy promotion, 1 card from Psycho Drive, 4 from Hail Blizzard, and 2 from Dark Rush. With the exception of Hail Blizzard's Deerling and Sawsbuck, the 5 remaining cards from expansions were pulled from their evolutionary families, leaving a lone Ferroseed and Pidove in Next Destinies and a lone Woobat and Vullaby in Dark Explorers. On a related note, this is the only Black & White Series expansion to have all complete Pokémon evolutionary lines.
This expansion features two Theme Decks, which are named Toxic Tricks and Power Play. These two Theme Decks feature the Pokémon Scolipede and Krookodile, respectively, whose cards were 2 of the 6 from the aforementioned September 2011 Gym Challenge pack. Much like with Black & White, the theme decks were released earlier than the main expansion: being released on August 17th, 2011.
Included in all of the Theme Decks and booster packs were code cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, a new online TCG simulator on the official site. Starting with the Emerging Powers expansion, these code cards became a staple included in just about every piece of Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise.
Also included in this expansion was a brand new type of Reverse Holofoil, replacing the Mirror Holofoil cards included from the Diamond & Pearl expansion through the Black & White expansion. This new Reverse Holofoil features the Energy symbols throughout the entire card.
The Prerelease promo for this set is Gigalith.
Emerging Powers is the only Black & White Series expansion not to include a Secret card. Officially, the English release of the set contains 98 cards. Between alternate holofoils, promotional stamps, and Reverse Holofoils, the set contains 206 cards. A list of the non standard cards can be seen below.