Dynamic Power on the Horizon!
Feel the power of the shifting winds, and brace for an epic storm as mighty Dragon-type Pokémon make their triumphant return! Rayquaza VMAX leads the surge from on high, and Duraludon VMAX towers above the land in its Gigantamax form, joined by Dragonite V, Noivern V, and more. As the clouds part, Eevee's Evolutions appear in a full rainbow of Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX to signal a bright new day in Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Evolving Skies!
Evolving Skies is the seventh main Sword & Shield Series expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and was released on August 27, 2021. In Japan, it was released as the dual Skyscraping Perfection and Blue Sky Stream on July 9, 2021, which together form the seventh expansion of the Pokémon Card Game Sword & Shield Era. Evolving Skies consists of cards sourced from the Japanese Skyscraping Perfection and Blue Sky Stream expansions, plus some cards from the Eevee Heroes subset, and remaining cards from Peerless Fighters, Silver Lance, and Jet-Black Spirit that were not localized in Chilling Reign.
The expansion focuses on the Alloy Pokémon Duraludon and the Sky High Pokémon Rayquaza, both of which are included as Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX, the former featuring its Gigantamax form. The two are among numerous Pokémon represented by the Dragon type, which had not been featured in the TCG since the Cosmic Eclipse expansion of the Sun & Moon Series. Dragon-type Pokémon continue to feature attacks that can require two different types of Energy, although with the removal of the Fairy type, now have no Weakness. Dragon-type Pokémon also have additional aesthetics on cards, including claw marks in the top right corner, a gold-tinged graphic to the left of the Weakness box, and the Dragon-type symbol behind body text on non-variant cards.
The expansion also focuses on the Eeveelutions, all of which are included as Pokémon V and several of which are also featured on Special Full Art and Pokémon VMAX cards. Some Eeveelutions were not brought over from their source sets and were put into separate items of merchandise, appearing as SWSH Black Star Promos. Each Evolving Skies booster pack contains ten cards from the expansion, a basic Energy card, and a code card for use in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. Each Skyscraping Perfection and Blue Sky Stream pack contains five cards from their respective expansion.
The Skyscraping Perfection and Blue Sky Stream sets are released in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian only available in unlimited edition. Since the Sun & Moon era, Japanese 1st edition cards are no longer printed. The Evolving Skies set is released in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, with cards also available as Reverse Holos.