The latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved, arrives June 9, 2023, but you can visit your local game store to start playing with it early! Starting May 27, 2023, select retailers will begin selling the Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved Build & Battle Box, giving fans a chance to have a Prerelease battle and experience the latest expansion before its official release date.

The Prerelease format allows players to compete with a 40-card deck, with four Prize cards set aside at the start of play, as opposed to a 60-card deck with six Prize cards. This format is perfect for introducing new players to the exciting world of the Pokémon TCG with quick, fun games, and it also gives seasoned players a window into all that Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved has to offer. Due to a limited card pool and the variance of cards that can be acquired in a Build & Battle Box, Prerelease events are also a great opportunity to flex your creative deck-building skills.

Each Build & Battle Box includes four Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved booster packs and a 40-card ready-to-play deck featuring key cards from current and prior sets, as well as one of four unique foil promo cards to boost your Prerelease deck. Depending on which promo card you get, you could add the stone-cold Baxcalibur, terrifyingly cute Tinkaton, mighty Murkrow, or helpful Pelipper. Whichever promo you do end up with, it will certainly shape your Prerelease strategy!

There are variations among Build & Battle Boxes, so you can add your own creative twist when building your deck. Whether you’re heading to a local game store or just playing with a friend, have some quick and fun battles using cards from the new Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved expansion!

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