From the official Japanese Twitter account. This beetle Digimon first appeared in 1998 as one of three Ultimate-level Digimon in the Pendulum 1.0: Nature Spirits virtual pet, and for many years thereafter was treated as Tentomon’s natural Level 6 both in various trading cards and video games. Although named after the Hercules Beetle, Herakle Kabuterimon’s horns combine elements of the Stag and Hercules Beetles to create an imaginary “ultimate” beetle.

Card NumberBT1-081Level6
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost12
ColorGreenEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeInsectDP10000
AttributeVaccineRaritySuper Rare
StageUltimateArtistNakano Haito
Main Effect<<Piercing>> (During the battle this Digimon attacked, when it destroys an opponent’s Digimon, it checks Security.)
[At the end of its attack] [Twice per turn] By getting -3 Memory, you may make this Digimon Active.
Source Effect

Booster 1 launches in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

Following up from yesterday’s Agumon and Greymon reveal, today the official Twitter account published Booster ver 1.0: NEW EVOLUTION‘s prints of Gabumon and Garurumon. The new cards have been added to the card database.

Card NumberBT1-029Level3
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost3
ColorBlueEvolution Cost0
Digimon TypeReptileDP1000
AttributeDataRarityRare
StageChildArtistsasasi
Main Effect[When placed] <<Draw 1>> (Draw 1 card from your deck.)
Source Effect

Like the Booster 1 print of Agumon, Gabumon’s “When placed” effect will only resolve when the card is played directly to the Battle Area, not when evolving from a Level 2 Digimon.

Card NumberBT1-036Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost6
ColorBlueEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypeBeastDP5000
AttributeVaccineRarityUncommon
StageAdultArtistsasasi
Main Effect[When placed] Make 1 of your Digimon Active.
Source Effect

Garurumon’s effect is not color-restricted, and can allow a Digimon to attack another time in a turn—but with a hefty 6 Memory cost attached, it’s hard to find a chance to use it without instantly ending your turn. One way around this would be to get multiple copies of Ishida Yamato in play, though even with two out you’d need the opponent to voluntarily give you 4 Memory before you could even think of putting Garuru down.

NEW EVOLUTION will launch in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

The official Japanese Digimon TCG Twitter account published high-quality images of two cards from the game’s first booster set, Booster ver 1.0: NEW EVOLUTION. While Greymon was previously known from the same product page reveal that gave us Kabuterimon, the BT1 print of Agumon is new. These cards have been added to the database.

Card NumberBT1-010Level3
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost3
ColorRedEvolution Cost0
Digimon TypeReptileDP2000
AttributeVaccineRarityRare
StageChildArtistTANIMESO
Main Effect[When placed] Open 5 cards from the top of your deck, add 1 Tamer Card from among them to your hand, and return the rest to the bottom of your deck in any order.
Source Effect

Note that Agumon’s “when placed” effect will not activate when evolving from a Digitama in the Digitama Area; “when placed” only meets its timing when the card is placed into the Battle Area directly. This effect is not color-restricted, so Agumon can grab Ishida Yamato and Takaishi Takeru, in addition to Yagami Taichi.

Card NumberBT1-015Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost4
ColorRedEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypeDinosaurDP4000
AttributeVaccineRarityUncommon
StageAdultArtistTANIMESO
Main Effect
Source Effect [During your turn] It gets +2000 DP.

NEW EVOLUTION will launch in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

An alleged leaked marketing schedule posted by Japanese fan DigiCa Player outlines the Digimon TCG’s product lineup through November 2020. The schedule lists a fourth Starter Deck for June, the second main booster set for July, a “sub booster” for September, and the third main set for November.

DigiCa Player further stated there would be a free-to-play tutorial app using half-sized Starter Decks. Similar apps have been put out by Bandai’s competitors, like Takara Tomy’s WIXOSS ZUKAN, as gateways into their respective Trading Card Games.

The possibility of a fourth Starter Deck has been a hot topic on social media since the game’s announcement back in January, with the prevailing theory being that it would focus on a fourth color and the Digimon Palmon and Tentomon–who were conspicuously absent from the launch Starter Decks. Every other Starter Deck has featured a combination of two Digimon lines related to the eight Chosen Children from the 2020 Digimon Adventure: anime series, with Agumon and Piyomon in Gaia Red, Gomamon and Garurumon in Cocytus Blue, and Patamon and Tailmon in Heaven’s Yellow. Following the pattern, Tentomon and Palmon would star in a “Giga Green” or “Rose Green.”

Although it’s possible the schedule is accurate, Japan’s prolonged fight with the COVID-19 virus may ultimately delay some of these products. The virus is especially dangerous to Japan’s predominantly-elderly population, and its persistence already threatens to delay the 2020 Olympics. Launching new products during a time period when most players are isolating on the government’s recommendation, and the majority of hobby shops have suspended their local tournaments, could do more harm than good.