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Stormfront (TCG)

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The {{TCG|booster pack}} artwork for this expansion features {{p|Infernape}}, {{p|Torterra}}, {{p|Dusknoir}}, and {{p|Regigigas}}. Infernape and Torterra were featured in the expansion as Rare Holofoil cards, while Dusknoir and Regigigas were two of five Pokémon featured as {{TCG|Pokémon LV.X}}, the others being {{p|Machamp}}, {{p|Raichu}}, and {{p|Heatran}}. The {{TCG|Theme Deck}}s {{TCG|Raging Sea}} and {{TCG|Dark Rampage}} feature {{p|Gyarados}} and {{p|Tyranitar}} respectively, with Raging Sea containing {{ct|Water}} and {{ct|Grass}} Pokémon, and Dark Rampage including {{ct|Darkness}} and {{ct|Fighting}} Pokémon. The illustrations are done by [[Kouki Saitou]].
The expansion introduces several other features that will remain prominent inclusions throughout the subsequent Platinum Series. [[Shiny Pokémon]] return to the card game after last being featured at the end of the [[Generation III]] EX Series expansions. The three Shiny Pokémon cards are featured at the end of the expansion with their own numbering (starting at SH1) that continued throughout the {{TCG|Platinum}}, {{TCG|Supreme Victors}}, and {{TCG|Platinum: Arceus|Arceus}} expansions. The Japanese prints featured Starlight Holofoil, while the English prints came in Mirror Reverse Holofoil. Also included were the first releases of {{TCG|retro card}}s, a series of reprinted cards from the Original Series updated to the current standards of the [[Generation IV]]. In this expansion, re-releases of [[Mitsuhiro Arita]]'s {{TCG|Base Set}} {{TCG ID|Base Set|Charmander|46}}, {{TCG ID|Base Set|Charmeleon|24}}, and {{TCG ID|Base Set|Charizard|4}} were included with updated illustrations, card layout, and card text for the current standards. This feature continues through the Platinum Series, but ends with Supreme Victors. They are included in the English expansion as {{TCG|Secret card}}s. Stormfront marks the end of [[held item]]s appearing the the TCG, but introduces {{TCG|Trainer card}}s with a + at the end of their name, which each have a different effect depending on whether the player uses one or two of the same card at a time.
Pokémon LV.X in the Japanese release feature a new printing style not used on any of the Pokémon LV.X beforehand: each of the six Pokémon LV.X feature a Glossy overlay overtop their Cosmos Holofoil. Since it only started with Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky, this feature is exclusive to the in-set print of {{TCG ID|Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky|Heatran LV.X|15}}, not being included on the {{TCG|DP-P Promotional cards|DP-P Promotional print}} release four months prior. Additionally, because of the earlier promotional release, Heatran LV.X was not provided with a regular Heatran to Level Up from, causing Heatran LV.X to be useless in a {{TCG|limited format}} setting. This is a trend continuing from {{TCG|Secret of the Lakes}} {{TCG ID|DP-P Promo|Lucario LV.X|4}}, {{TCG|Moonlit Pursuit}} {{TCG ID|DP-P Promo|Garchomp LV.X|58}}, and {{TCG|Temple of Anger}} {{TCG ID|DP-P Promo|Porygon-Z LV.X|75}}. Each of these promotional Pokémon LV.X were made available as inserts in the previous sets' Official Visual Books.