‘Shining Legends’ Releasing in America in October!

Japan’s SM3+ set, Shining Legends, will be released in America this October!

Surprisingly, our English set will keep the same name as the Japanese set. If my brain isn’t too dead from this Californian heat, I think this is the first set in 20 years to retain the same name in international markets.

We can confirm Mewtwo-GX, Entei-GX, Latios, Shining Jirachi, Zekrom, Keldeo, and Shining Volcanion will be in our set!

So far in Japan, we’ve seen Shining Mew, Shining Ho-Oh, Shining Celebi, Shining Arceus, Pikachu, Mewtwo, Palkia, Litten, and Marshadow. The Japanese set will feature 72 cards (excluding the 2,000 secret rares).

As some of us expected, Shining Legends will be given the Generations treatment in America — the set’s booster packs will only be available within certain boxed products. I wouldn’t be surprised if TPCi does this every year from now on considering how well the Mythical Collection Boxes sold last year.

The first product will be the “Shining Legends: Pikachu Pin Collection.” It will come with a foil promo card of Pikachu, a Pikachu collector’s pin, three Shining Legends booster packs, and a PTCGO code card.

A “Shining Legends: Mewtwo Pin Collection” will also be released with the same configuration as the Pikachu Pin Collection, but with Mewtwo instead.

It’s odd that Mewtwo-GX will be in the set but we’re getting a regular Mewtwo in a boxed product… well actually, I guess Pokemon Card Laboratory loves to pump out Mewtwo cards, so it’s probably a set-associated promo that will be released in Japan soon.

Like Generations, a special Shining Legends Elite Trainer Box will be released featuring Ho-Oh. The box will have a different configuration than the ETBs of regular sets, as was the case with the Generations ETB: it’ll come with 10 Shining Legends booster packs, a Shining Ho-Oh foil promo, 65 card sleeves featuring Ho-Oh, and then everything else you usually get in an Elite Trainer Box. The box’s color scheme will be dark brown:

Shining Legends is going to be packed with Mythical and Legendary Pokemon — is it possible we’ll get all of them, or at least most?

Off the top of my head, I believe there’s currently 62 Legendary / Mythical Pokemon. The Japanese set features 72 cards, so it’s definitely possible to fit them all in. I would normally think this is a ridiculous idea considering they just released all of the Mythical Pokemon last year and it feels like such a move would “devalue” the status of these Pokemon, but some of those Mythical Pokemon are already confirmed for our set and we all know Pokemon loves money.

Gen I: Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Mew

Gen II: Entei, Suicune, Raikou, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi

Gen III: Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Latios, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys

Gen IV: Uxie, Azelf, Mesprit, Heatran, Cresselia, Regigigas, Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus

Gen V: Victini, Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect

Gen VI: Yveltal, Xerneas, Zygarde, Diancie, Volcanion, Hoopa

Gen VII: Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Fini, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow

Shining Legends will be released in Japan on July 15th, the same day as the 20th movie. This could mean that since the English set is releasing in October, the 20th movie may premiere in America around then.