Pokémon BREAK (TCG)

Japanese promotional poster
An example of a Pokémon BREAK

Pokémon BREAK (Japanese: ポケモンBREAK Pokémon BREAK) are a variant of Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They were first introduced in the BREAKthrough expansion (the Blue Shock and Red Flash expansions in Japan). Pokémon BREAK have a stylized BREAK graphic on the card name.

Pokémon BREAK are a special kind of Evolution card and can be evolved from either Basic Pokémon, Stage 1 Pokémon or Stage 2 Pokémon but they are considered their own separate stage of evolution. As such, cards that affect or search for "Evolution cards", also affect or can be used to search for Pokémon BREAK, while cards that specifically state "Stage 1 Pokémon" or "Stage 2 Pokémon" do not.

Pokémon BREAK are played sideways over their previous stage, covering the illustration box of the Pokémon, providing them with an HP boost and an additional attack or Ability, while maintaining the attacks, Abilities, Weaknesses, Resistances and Retreat Cost of the previous stage, similar to the Pokémon LV.X mechanic featured in the Diamond & Pearl Series. Also, like Pokémon LV.X and Pokémon Prime before, there are no specific drawbacks when playing a Pokémon BREAK.

In terms of design, all Pokémon BREAK cards feature CGI artwork of the Pokémon completely covered in gold, with sparks surrounding it, and a unique squared holofoil pattern in the background. The illustration covers almost the entire card.

Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon BREAK

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Chesnaught    BREAKthrough   12/162 Red Flash   006/059
      Premium Champion Pack   015/131
Raichu    BREAKthrough   50/162 Raichu BREAK Evolution Pack   003/010
Marowak    BREAKthrough   79/162 Red Flash   036/059
Zoroark    BREAKthrough   92/162 Blue Shock   037/059
      The Best of XY   075/171
Florges    BREAKthrough   104/162 Blue Shock   043/059
Noivern    BREAKthrough   113/162 Noivern BREAK Evolution Pack   002/010
Empoleon    XY Black Star Promos   XY134 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
Beheeyem    XY Black Star Promos   XY135 XY-P Promotional cards   189/XY-P
Noctowl    XY Black Star Promos   XY136 XY-P Promotional cards   216/XY-P
Golduck    BREAKpoint   18/122 Golduck BREAK + Palkia-EX Combo Deck   003/016
Greninja    BREAKpoint   41/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   030/080
      The Best of XY   028/171
Luxray    BREAKpoint   47/122 XY-P Promotional cards   181/XY-P
Trevenant    BREAKpoint   66/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   047/080
      The Best of XY   055/171
Raticate    BREAKpoint   89/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens   066/080
Delphox    Fates Collide   14/124 Awakening Psychic King   012/078
Omastar    Fates Collide   19/124 Awakening Psychic King   017/078
Carbink    Fates Collide   51/124 Zygarde-EX Perfect Battle Deck   008/019
      The Best of XY   067/171
Bronzong    Fates Collide   62/124 Awakening Psychic King   049/078
      The Best of XY   083/171
Lugia    Fates Collide   79/124 Awakening Psychic King   059/078
Mandibuzz    XY Black Star Promos   XY182 XY-P Promotional cards   217/XY-P
Wobbuffet    XY Black Star Promos   XY155 Premium Champion Pack   055/131
Ho-Oh    XY Black Star Promos   XY154 XY-P Promotional cards   225/XY-P
Crobat    XY Black Star Promos   XY181 XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
Yanmega    Steam Siege   8/114 Cruel Traitor   008/054
Talonflame    Steam Siege   21/114 XY-P Promotional cards   238/XY-P
Pyroar    Steam Siege   24/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   010/054
Clawitzer    Steam Siege   35/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   020/054
Yveltal    Steam Siege   66/114 Cruel Traitor   034/054
Xerneas    Steam Siege   82/114 Fever-Burst Fighter   042/054
      The Best of XY   097/171
Hydreigon    Steam Siege   87/114 Cruel Traitor   043/054
Arcanine    XY Black Star Promos   XY180 XY-P Promotional cards   267/XY-P
Ninetales    Evolutions   16/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   016/087
Starmie    Evolutions   32/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   030/087
Nidoking    Evolutions   46/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   044/087
Machamp    Evolutions   60/108 Expansion Pack 20th Anniversary   058/087

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