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Next Destinies (TCG)

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'''Next Destinies''' is the firstfourth expansion of the Black & White Series of the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]], and is the first to include {{TCG|Pokémon-EX}}. Pokémon-EX is a variant of Pokémon similar to a different variant introduced during the EX Series: {{TCG|Pokémon-ex}}. They share similar gameplay effects, but are different in both name and style. Pokémon-EX are more powerful versions of Pokémon, giving Trainers great rewards when used effectively, however, Trainers also suffer heavier losses when they are defeated.
Next Destinies includes six Pokémon-EX: {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Shaymin-EX|5}}, {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Reshiram-EX|22}}, {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Kyurem-EX|38}}, {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Zekrom-EX|51}}, {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Mewtwo-EX|54}}, and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Regigigas-EX|82}}. All six were given two different prints, one regular version, and one {{TCG|Full Art card|Full Art}} version each. Shaymin-EX and Mewtwo-EX come from the Japanese '''Psycho Drive''' expansion, while Kyurem-EX and Regigigas-EX come from the Japanese '''Hail Blizzard''' expansion. Reshiam-EX and Zekrom-EX come from the {{TCG|Reshiram EX Battle Strength Deck}} and the {{TCG|Zekrom EX Battle Strength Deck}}, respectively. Psycho Drive's {{TCG ID|Psycho Drive|Kyogre-EX|15}} and Hail Blizzard's {{TCG ID|Hail Blizzard|Groudon-EX|32}} were not included in the English release for the set, and were instead saved for the subsequent set, {{TCG|Dark Explorers}}.
Included in this set are Pokémon from outside the [[Unova]] [[region]]. Almost 40 Pokémon from before [[Generation V]] are included in the expansion. Because of the mainstream inclusion of Pokémon not native to the Unova region, the {{TCG|Secret card}}s changed. Previously, Secret cards in the {{TCG|Black & White}} and {{TCG|Noble Victories}} expansions were of popular Pokémon that were extremely rare to Unova, specifically, {{p|Pikachu}} and {{p|Meowth}}. Starting with this expansion, the Secret cards depicted [[Shiny Pokémon]]. These Shiny Pokémon were reprints of popular cards released previously during the Black & White Series. The included cards were {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Emboar|100}} from {{TCG|Black & White}} ({{TCG|Black Collection}} in Japan), {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Chandelure|101}} from {{TCG|Noble Victories}} ({{TCG|Red Collection}} in Japan), {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Zoroark|102}} from {{TCG|Black & White}} ({{TCG|White Collection}} in Japan), and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Hydreigon|103}} from {{TCG|Noble Victories}} ({{TCG|Red Collection}} in Japan).
Because Pokémon-EX are all {{TCG|Basic Pokémon|Basic}} Legendary Pokémon, some of the {{TCG|Trainer card}}s are designed to benefit only Basics. {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Skyarrow Bridge|91}} lessens each Basic Pokémon's Retreat by {{e}}, and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Prism Energy|93}} provides every type of Energy when attached to a Basic. Also included was a reprint of {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Double Colorless Energy|92}}, which many of the Pokémon in Next Destinies can utilize. A significant amount of Pokémon, such as {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Pinsir|1}}, {{TCG|Noble Victories}} {{TCG ID|Noble Victories|Reuniclus|52}} (which originated from Psycho Drive), and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Cinccino|85}}, have 90 HP or less in order to utilize {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Level Ball|89}}. The same can be said for {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Heavy Ball|88}}, which can be utilized by {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Cubchoo|36}}, {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Darmanitan|60}}, and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Hippowdon|66}}. {{TCG|Emerging Powers}} {{TCG ID|Emerging Powers|Ferrothorn|73}}, which originated from {{TCG|Psycho Drive}}, is one of a few Pokémon that can utilize both.
The expansion focuses on [[Castelia City]] and the surrounding area. As such, much of the artwork features places around the city, such as {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Vanillite|31}} depicted at the {{DL|Castelia City|Casteliacone}} ice cream stand, and {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Meowth|80}} on the docks. Some, such as {{TCG ID|Next Destinies|Grimer|52}} in [[Castelia Sewers]], foreshadowed locations that would later become accessible in {{game|Black and White|s|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2|2}}. This set also features the work of four illustrators new to the TCG: [[James Turner]], [[Maiko Fujiwara]], [[Tomohiro Kitakaze]], and [[Megumi Mizutani]]. These four illustrators are all listed under "Pokémon design" on the [[Staff of Pokémon Black and White|credits of Pokémon Black and White]].