The Pokemon Sword & Shield: Lost Origin Review – History, Release Formats, Value And What Makes This TCG So Popular

As the Pokémon TCG has steadily released expansion after expansion of its Sword & Shield series, the quality of these expansions has gradually improved.

Of course, there have been expansions that didn’t quite hit the mark, like Rebel Crash and Darkness Ablaze. However, the recent expansions such as Celebrations, Brilliant Stars, and Astral Radiance have been outstanding.

We could say that Pokémon TCG has found a formula of success as the Sword & Shield Series winds down. This article shall review the latest expansion to the Sword and Shield series – Lost Origin.

If you’re new to collecting Pokémon cards, you might want to first check out our extensive guide to collecting Pokémon cards — that’s a great place to start. However, if you are ready to dive into the latest of what Pokemon is offering, keep reading.

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History of Pokemon Sword and Shield TCG

The Pokémon Sword and Shield TCG series kicked off in 2020, with the era taking fans of TCG on a visit to the Galar region with which fans of the animation were already familiar. The Pokémon Sword and Shield TCG series now has 11 main expansions under it.

Sword and Shield introduced several powerful Pokémon V, including the Legendary Zacian and Zamazenta. There are also Pokémon V, like Stonjourner and Snorlax, who can evolve into enormous Pokémon VMAX for even more power!

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After three years, the Sword and Shield expansion is winding down. Most fans expected Lost Origin to round up the Sword & Shield expansion. However, Pokémon TCG recently announced its final standard set for 2022 – Sword & Shield – Silver Tempest, and is expected to be released on November 18th, 2022.

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When did Lost Origin Pokemon Sword and Shield release?

The Pokemon Lost Origin expansion booster boxes were released on September 9th, 2022. Boxes are available for sale at the Pokémon Center’s official store. TCG players can purchase boxes at online card stores or local retailers.

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What is popular with Pokemon: Sword and Shield

Pokémon TCG further increases its popular Sword & Shield expansion lineup with Lost Origin Pokemon. This release features several fantastic cards from the Dark Phantasma and Lost Abyss sets released in Japan in May and July, respectively.

While several cards from the Japanese releases make the checklist for Lost Origin, it’s a set focused on Legends: Arceus favorites Giratina and Zoroark.

Recent Sword & Shield expansions have heralded several changes, such as Trainer Gallery exclusive and Shiny variant Radiant Pokémon. Like Fusion Strike, Lost Origin would include several exciting Pokémon TCG additions such as Giratina VSTAR, Hisuian Zoroark VSTAR, and a Trainer Gallery edition of Charizard with Galar Champion Leon.

There’ll be new Radiant Pokémon, more Pokémon VSTAR, and enormous Pokémon VMAX. The Lost Origin expansion will surely be a hit with TCG players and collectors alike.

According to the official Pokémon website, there are 240 new cards, 30 Trainer Gallery cards, 14 V cards, 1 VMAX card, and 6 new VSTAR cards.

For TCG players, the Lost Origin new mechanics re-introduces the Lost Zone. It acts as a double secret discard pile that cards hardly escape from. This is great as you can use it to extract your opponent’s key card permanently.

However, the significant benefit is the ability it triggers when a certain number of cards have entered the “Lost Zone.”

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Why collectors love Lost Origin

While these are great reasons TCG players love Lost Origin, Lost Origin doesn’t overlook collectors. The recent release continues Pokémon TCG’s push to create more collector-focused cards in every expansion. Collectors can find gems such as Pikachu VMAX cards, a Charizard, and an Eternatus VMAX card.

There’s also a Trainer Gallery subset highlighting 30 cards with special full-art reprints of Pokémon and their trainers. These rare pulls are sure to attract and leave collectors in awe.

Pokemon Lost Origins release formats

The Pokémon Sword & Shield – Lost Origin expansion is extensive. It adds over 240 cards to the Pokémon TCG. There are several release formats to cater to all kinds of collectors and TCG players. There are ten cards per booster pack.

Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection: Charizard – SWSH11: Lost Origin

The Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection—Charizard will release on October 28th and contain:

  • 3 etched foil promo cards: Charizard V, Charizard VMAX, and Charizard VSTAR
  • 1 playmat featuring Gigantamax Charizard
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Gigantamax Charizard
  • 1 metal coin featuring Gigantamax Charizard
  • 6 metal damage-counter dice
  • 2 metal condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • 16 Pokémon TCG booster packs from the Sword & Shield Series
  • A player’s guide to the entire Sword & Shield Series
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Live
  • $119.99

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Sword & Shield Ultra-Premium Collection: Charizard – SWSH11: Lost Origin

Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box

  • 10 Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • A special collector’s pin featuring Giratina
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Giratina
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player’s guide to the Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 1 metallic Pokémon coin featuring Giratina
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • A collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card for Pokémon Trading Card Game Live
  • $49.95

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Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Elite Trainer Box

  • 8 Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Giratina
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player’s guide to the Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • A collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card for Pokémon Trading Card Game Live
  • $39.99

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Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origins Elite Trainer Box

Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Booster display box

  • Includes 36 Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Lost Origin booster packs
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • $143.64

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Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Build & Battle box

  • 40-card ready-to-play decks
  • 1 of 4 promo cards
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs
  • 1 deck-building tip sheet
  • $18.59

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Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Build & Battle Stadium

The Build & Battle Stadium includes everything two players need to prepare and battle.

  • 2 individual Build & Battle Boxes, each containing a 40-card ready-to-play deck
  • Each deck includes 1 of 4 unique foil promo cards
  • 4 additional Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs, so you get 12 in all
  • 121 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • A collector’s box to hold everything
  • $59.99

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Pokémon TCG Sword & Shield – Lost Origins Build & Battle Stadium

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield-Lost Origin Mini Portfolio

  • The mini portfolio measures about 3 ½ inches tall and 2 ½ inches wide, and it holds up to 60 cards
  • Booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • Mini portfolio artwork features Origin Forme Giratina and Hisuian Zoroark
  • $4.99

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Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield-Lost Origin Booster Bundle (6 Packs)

  • Includes six booster packs from the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin expansion
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • $23.94

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Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Lost Origin Sleeved Booster Pack (10 Cards)

  • Includes 1 Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster pack
  • Booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • $3.99

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Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield-Lost Origin 3 Booster Packs, Coin & Weavile Promo Card

  • 3 Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • A foil promo card featuring Weavile
  • A metallic Pokémon coin
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Live
  • $12.99

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Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield-Lost Origin 3 Booster Packs, Coin & Regigigas Promo Card

  • 3 Sword & Shield—Lost Origin booster packs
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker. Cards vary by pack.
  • A foil promo card featuring Regigigas
  • A metallic Pokémon coin
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Live
  • $12.99

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Lost Origin Pokemon value

Pokémon TCG cards’ investment potential stopped being questioned several years back. However, how does the Sword & Shield: Lost Origin hold up compared to other Sword & Shield expansions?

Pre-release speculation of Lost Origins’ value put it behind just two Sword & Shield expansions (Evolving Skies and Brilliant Stars). Indeed, early sales have proven this to be true. Its impressive variety of artwork, the trainer gallery, and Giratina’s alt art are great chase cards for collectors.

Additionally, this set is anchored by the Giratina alt art, which TCG fans love. Already, there’s been several Giratina sales above $220, with the average price being $200. This is an excellent indication of value as the Charizard alt art hasn’t hit $200 yet, with Rayquaza alt art valued at around $200. Both Pokémon are much more popular than Giratina.

Aside from the Giratina Alt Art, the Trainer Gallery is another set of chase cards that would ensure this expansion provides excellent value. This is an all-around great set whose value should take off a few years from now, creating impressive ROI for investors.

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Pokemon Lost Origins conclusion

Lost Origin is an excellent addition to the Sword & Shield era. With the era coming to an end, these last few sets would hold some sentimental value down the line for collectors. History has shown that “special” sets like these offer impressive ROI over time.

A pack or two is a superb addition to any collectors’ hoard or TCG deck. Collectors looking for quicker ROI can opt for rare and short-printed cards from the premium boxes such as the Ultra-Premium Collection.

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John Bassey


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