Battle Styles is the name of the fifth major expansion of the Sword & Shield series of the Pokémon TCG. In Japan, it was released as the Single Strike Master Rapid Strike Master double sets, which are the fifth expansion block in the Pokémon card game Sword & Shield Era.
The Pokémon Company introduced a new game mechanic called Battle Styles. Inspired by Urshifu, the new Legendary Pokémon from Pokémon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor Expansion, Battle Styles allows Pokémon cards to carry either Single Strike Style or Rapid Strike Style.
Each Trial Captain you defeat in their respective homes unlocks a new Pokeball Toss/Fighting Style that you can learn from the Pokeball Toss Trainer NPC.
This is the “Fighting Style” that you can find in the options menu and access directly once you take control of the game. This has two options: “Switch” and “Set”. Switch is the default and has been for all Pokémon games.
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Battle Styles Overview
Even though Charizard Pursuit card isn’t in the set, it’s still very exciting – it introduces new mechanics and has many popular Pokémon. It might not be a Charizard, but the set has a Chase card that will be around for a while, even after prices eventually stabilize.
Stance Change is a Pokemon ability that changes the user’s form depending on the moves the Pokemon chooses. The only Pokemon that can currently use this ability is Aegislash.
Final rating. 8.5/10. Battle Styles has emerged as the second best Sword & Shield mainline expansion so far, ranked just below Vivid Voltage. It’s got some really stunning maps, and the return of the alternative arts is a big part of that.
You can interact with the Sun and Moon via Quick Link, Festival Plaza, etc. just as if they were Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. But all Pokémon, forms, moves, and items new to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon cannot be traded or fought.
Note: Allowed Legendary Pokemon
Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Suicune, Raikou, Entei, Latios, Latias, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Cobalion, Virizion Terrakion Head Lele Blue White.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus has two battle styles to choose from. You can either use a stronger attack less frequently or a weaker attack more frequently.
In the Battle Tree challengers compete to see how many trainers they can defeat in a row. If you lose a fight, the challenger’s win streak will be reset to zero. Each time a challenger defeats a trainer, battle points or BP are awarded. The longer the winning streak, the more BP is gained.
The Pokemon Battle Styles contains 183 cards; 163 in the base set and 20 secret rares… some of them are extremely valuable! The Battle Styles set was released on March 19, 2021.