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BREAKthrough (TCG)

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'''BREAKthrough''' and the Japanese equivalent '''Blue Shock ・Red Flash''' are the eighth expansions of the English XY Series and the Japanese XY Era, respectively, and are the first of XY BREAK. The set continues to feature [[Mega Evolution]] as powerful {{TCG|Pokémon-EX}} and centers around the Genetic Pokémon [[Mewtwo]]. It was released in Japan on September 26, 2015, and on November 4, 2015 in English. BREAKthrough contains 164 cards, while Blue Shock・Red Flash have 65 cards per set. The [[Pokémon in South Korea|Korean]] release is formatted similar to the Japanese set, with the same name (albeit with [[#In other languages|Korean-translated titles]]), set size, and set icon, and was released on September 28, 2015<ref>[ XY 확장팩 제8탄 「푸른 충격」「붉은 섬광」]</ref>.
The expansion is the first expansion to feature a new variant of cards: {{TCG|Pokémon BREAK}}. Pokémon BREAK is an additional type of evolution. When in play, the Pokémon BREAK card are placed sideways over the artwork of the existing Pokémon (of the same type of Pokémon) to give them an HP boost and new Abilities or attacks while still retaining the Abilities, attacks, Weaknesses, Resistances, and Retreat Costs of the original Pokémon.