Solgaleo Prism Star, the First Prism Star Pokemon, from SM5!

The first “Prism Star” card has been revealed from Japan’s SM5 set, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon! The set will release in Japan on December 8th.

The new Prism Star mechanic was first mentioned in the set description for Ultra Prism, our English equivalent of SM5 which will be released in February. The set description mentioned there would be six Prism Star cards in the set, so the same should hold true of Japan’s SM5.

Solgaleo ◇ – Metal – HP160
Basic Pokemon

◇ (Prism Star) Rule: You can’t have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card is discarded, put it in the Lost Zone.

[M] Rising Star: For each of your opponent’s Pokemon in play, attach a [M] Energy from your discard pile to your Pokemon in any way you like.

[M][M][M][M] Corona Impact: 160 damage. This Pokemon can’t attack during your next turn.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 3

The Lost Zone returns! Once a card is in the Lost Zone, there’s no way to get it back — it’s a special discard pile. The mechanic was first introduced in Platinum back in 2009 and was inspired by the Distortion World from Pokemon Platinum. It’s usually associated with Giratina. Because of this set’s Sinnoh theme and the reintroduction of the Lost Zone, I bet we’ll get a Giratina ◇ too.

So what is a Prism Star Pokemon?

Aesthetically, they feature a black border (a first for our TCG), a colorful prism in the background of the card template, a smaller artwork window in order to fit the Prism Star rule, and their own unique rarity (“PR” for “Prism”). It’s possible they’ll also get multiple prints within a set like Pokemon-GX with their full art and rainbow rare versions. I wonder what fresh hell awaits you, collectors.

In terms of the game, it seems Prism Star Pokemon are Big Basic Pokemon (powerful Basic Pokemon). If it weren’t for the Prism Star rule, Solgaleo ◇ would be broken since it’s a single Prize 160 HP Basic that can easily power up multiple attackers at the same time. Its attack would also pressure your opponent into limiting the number of Pokemon they put into play. So to limit a Prism Star’s power, the game makers designed them so only one of each could be played in a deck and they’re banished to the Lost Zone so you can’t keep abusing them.

A deck can run four Solgaleo, four Solgaleo-EX, a Solgaleo ◇, and a Lunala ◇. You can have multiple Prism Star Pokemon, but only one of each.

Thanks goes to Jake C., Vincent, Bangiras, and Hannes S. for the translation!

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  1. Interesting card. Clearly designed to pair well with Sunsteel Strike and can easily power up two different Solgaleo-GX if your opponent's packin' Benched Pokémon. I don't care for the design of the card, but the mechanic is cool.

    I wonder if these will be as rare as Gold Star Pokémon were back in the day? These would be sure to find a niche in a collector's album. I just hope they have new and cool foil haha
     
  2. The Golden Mewtwo Aspiring Trainer
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    I havent been around pokemon tcg that much back in the day so what is the lost zone?
     
  3. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle
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    A special type of discard pile where nothing can be recovered from it (e.g. no Super Rod, Rescue Stretcher etc.)
     
  4. Baconcrisp3 Aspiring Trainer
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    I'm pretty exited about this new mechanic. This new mechanic is certainly interesting, and I do like the return of Pokemon being basics all the time (at least this time it's a little moderated.) This way some evolution Pokemon... like... Charazard... might be able to see a little bit of play, even if theit gx is awful. Unless all the Prism Star Cards are Legendary Pokemon, but I'm still hopefull for an acctually playable Charizard card.

    I have to say though, this card is only ok. It's first attack is great, but it's second attack is completely awful. It might see a little play due to its first attack, but since you can only have one of it in your deck, I'd say this card will only see an average amount of play, if any at all.
     
  5. RealSlim Dragons Breeder
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    Wow, this card is very very bad.
     
  6. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    Nice card. A HP 160 Basic Pokémon that only gives up one prize card and accelerates from the discard. I can see this particular card as a decent tech in Solgaleo decks and Metal Silvally decks. I provides som eadditional acceleration in both decks and adds another potent attacker to Metal Silvally. The fact that the card is placed in the Lost Zone balances this card since we do not have a means to retrieve cards from the Lost Zone thus far.
     
  7. Hexogen Merc W140
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    BAD???? ITS A BASIC FFS
     
  8. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle
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    I'm not sure it's too great at all. I think it's terrible, actually. You can only have 1 per deck. And it cannot be recovered. The first attack is situational and the second attack is so bad it practically makes me weep xD
     
  9. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    Solgaleo Prism Star is a Basic Pokémon with HP 160 and a decent attack that can ohko Basic Pokémon GX with Choice Band attached. I would not call it a bad card by any means.
     
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  10. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    I believe this is a great addition to Solgaleo decks and Metal Silvally. The first attack is nice given that bench sizes tend to be larger now with Bridgette as a stable in most decks and the second attack can be used to ohko Basic Pokémon GX is Metal Silvally decks with a Choice Band attached.
     
  11. Lord o da rings Diabolical
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    I guess that ties back in to the Sinnoh marketing, since the mechanic was also of that era.
     
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  12. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle
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    4 Metal Energy is way too much even in Energy acceleration decks. It can't even take advantage of the Double Colorless Energy that Metal Silvie already plays. And why would you use this instead of Turbo Drive from Silvally itself, or maybe Registered?
     
  13. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
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    The idea is to use it with Registeel and Silvally GX as an additional attacker to lnock out Basic Pokémon GX and only give up one prize card.
     
  14. CaptZero Aspiring Trainer
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    Why do people keep saying this is bad? Up to six energy accelerated in exchange for one energy and one prize. It's also a basic. This is a very good Pokemon for Solgaleo GX. You can put the energy ANYWHERE on the board too, not just onto one Pokemon.

    I'm actually slightly annoyed they made it so good... I really don't like the design of these prism cards.
     
  15. GekkisaiDaiNi #GekkiLogic/#GekkiFails
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    OH MY GOD WAAAAT
     
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  16. xTITAN Memelord
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    This will definitely be solid with Solgaleo-GX, but as strong as it is, it's a bit boring. Even so, looking forward to new Prism Star Pokémon.
     
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  17. Shining Goodra 2017-2018 Competitive Season 0/400
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    This and Solgaleo GX will be Godly, the late game potential is insane, with a counter energy and 2 easily attachments in a deck that already has a crazy amount of energy acceleration, it will wreck everything 190HP or lower with CBand, early game/mid game it' first attack can really shine through and change the game. Either way this will definitely see play in Solgaleo GX, it being more utilized in the mid to later part of the game, especially if you fall behind.
     
  18. xTITAN Memelord
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    Counter Energy is too clunky in a deck like Solgaleo. Prism Star Solgaleo is something you are rarely, if ever, going to attack wtih,
     
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  19. Ilovepokemom Aspiring Trainer
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    I find this card okay, If the rule to put it in the lost zone didn't exist, it would be perfect.
     
  20. SharKing I won't bite... much.
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    So Prism Stars are auto-Basic, but you can only have one of each in your deck. Does anyone remember Shining Pokémon from Neo Revelation and Neo Destiny? It's like that, but with the Lost Zone thing added on.

    As for this Solgaleo, the first attack is interesting in Metal Decks (namely, the upcoming dual-Solgaleo) as a mid- to late-game burst of Energy, but with the second Solgaleo-GX already filling that role, I dunno if this is even necessary. The second attack is, as stated by damn near everyone here, just bad.