Pokémon has seen its share of controversy over the past year. From slimming down the PokéDex library in the latest Switch games, to the introduction of VMax cards in the Pokémon trading card game.
However, one change that you might have missed was recently posted to the official website of the Pokémon TCG. Moving forward, fairy-type Pokémon will be no more.
Here is the official statement:
The Fairy type, which was introduced in the XY Series, will no longer be supported in the Sword & Shield Series. Pokémon that are Fairy types in the Pokémon video game series will now generally be represented as Psychic-type Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG. To maintain a balance among types, Pokémon that are Poison types in the video games will now be represented as Darkness types instead of Psychic types. For the time being, basic Fairy Energy can still be used in the Standard format, but that may change in the future.Official Pokémon Website
The good news here is that this doesn’t rule out the possibility of seeing your favorite fairy-type Pokémon represented in the Sword & Shield expansion, it just means they will no longer be categorized as fairy-types. So don’t say goodbye to Jigglypuff just yet.
The reasoning behind the update seems to be in the interest of balancing out the different types. Perhaps this minimalist approach will make the TCG more efficient. It could be argued the amount of different Energy was getting a little cumbersome, so this could be a change for the better.
We just hope it doesn’t result in some of our favorite Pokémon being cut from the TCG roster.
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