‘GX Ultra Shiny’ Pack With Shiny Pokemon, Worldwide Card Legality After All?!

A blurry booster pack photo for November’s GX Ultra Shiny has appeared on anonymous Japanese image boards, as you can see to the right. It’s been taken from a computer screen.

The booster pack art shows shiny Charizard, shiny Ho-Oh, shiny Espeon, shiny Lycanroc, shiny Buzzwole, shiny Rayquaza, Yveltal, Giratina, and a few other Pokemon that I can’t quite make out. These will likely be Pokemon-GX in the set. We already know the set will feature reprints of Tapu Lele-GX, Zoroark-GX, Buzzwole-GX, and Zygarde-GX.

The big question for this set has been how Japan will handle the Pokemon reprints, especially for the Pokemon that are shiny versions of existing cards. If it were like sets in the past, the legality of the cards would reset upon their release in this set.

Back when SM1 Collection Sun & Collection Moon cards were first revealed, fans noticed that there was an “A” in the bottom right corner of cards. We didn’t know what it meant at the time — “Alola?” But then why did every card have it? What was the point?

When SM5 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon premiered, suddenly the new cards featured a “B.” This seemed to indicate that the cards were part of a “B” block. Furthermore, reprinted cards from the “A” block still featured the “A,” like Choice Band, Switch, or a Tapu Koko promo with new artwork.

 

And the upcoming Pikachu & Zekrom-GX from December’s SM9 Tag Bolt are labeled as part of a new “C” block.

Our friend @immewnity just noticed the official Japanese rulebooks are calling the A’s and B’s “regulation marks.” They are listed as “a mark used in official events.” However, they have yet to be used for anything. They seem to be lying in wait for something…

Some Japanese fans are currently speculating that official events will soon use these letters to indicate card legality! For example, for next year’s season, tournaments could only allow cards from the “B” block and on. If true, why hasn’t this been made clear by Pokemon yet? Well, all Sun & Moon sets in Japan are currently legal, so there’s been no reason to reveal this (potential) purpose yet.

If it’s the case that these letters will soon indicate legality, it’s likely Tapu Lele-GX from GX Ultra Shiny will be marked as an “A” to match its original “A” legality from SM2. Whereas before a reprinted card would reset the card’s legality, this potential new way would mean Tapu Lele-GX from GX Ultra Shiny will only be legal in Japan for as long as the original SM2 print from the “A” block.

This may also be why the Tapu Lele-GX in our Island Guardians GX Premium Collection is an “A” alternate art promo instead of a new Sun & Moon promo! Its legality won’t reset in America because in Japan it won’t reset either! (Assuming all of this is true, of course.)

So if anything, it seems TPCi and Creatures will actually be trying to keep our cards in sync! Especially since these “A” and “B” marks have been planned since the beginning of this generation. And especially since the legality of America’s Tapu Lele-GX is (apparently) going to match this hidden legality system in Japan.

Quite the turnaround from what we thought the other day!

As posted before, GX Ultra Shiny will release in Japan on November 2nd and will feature a whopping 150 cards (whopping for a Japanese set, anyway). Each booster box will include one shiny Pokemon-GX. Each booster pack of 10 cards will include four holo cards, including one Pokemon-GX (yes, you read that right).

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  1. j2y8n2x Aspiring Trainer
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    Cool. Shiny Charizard will probably cost a lot due to collectors.
     
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  2. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    The twist in this story is that Pokemon is simply spelling Abomasnow, so the next "block of cards we'll see will be "O" ;)

    But yeah, this would be awesome if it happens, as we'd see world wide meta synchronisation for the first time in TCG history. I'd definitely make sense since they've already sync'd the VGC.
     
  3. Timmony_tcg Aspiring Trainer
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    It's a minor thing, but that Lycanroc on the pack art is definitely Shiny as well. It'll be really interesting to see if and how we'll be getting these Shiny cards (maybe Best of Sun & Moon Collection box sometime in the future?)
     
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  4. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
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    It looks like the Buzzwole is shiny as well! And if I'm not mistaken, it looks like there's a shiny Rayquaza on the pack too! :D
     
  5. Lord Charizard Aspiring Trainer
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    All I needed to hear was Shiny Charizard, I must know what this is.
     
  6. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer
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    Oh Yeah! This was exactly what I thought. Maybe we will get a lot of Alt Art cards from this set...
     
  7. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
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    So, how will we get the shines? And it looks like this set William have a shiny complete form Zygarde the promo one we have.
     
  8. Gameguard Aspiring Trainer
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    Been saying it for a year now by 2020 they wanted sane release world wide with std being same for all areas
     
  9. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
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    One shiny per box? That will put the price of the Zard sky high and unobtainable
     
  10. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    Ahhh...
    Hope is never lost.
    This is good to hear. Really good to hear.
     
  11. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    Well, I guess it isn't shiny rayquaza...
     
  12. on the pack art I can see Zygrade, top middle, Lunala, top right, and Heracross, bottom left. and a purple figure in the top left looks too big for smash., I think I see kyogre too
    Edit: I see Decidueye next to Buzzwole, and That Heracross turned out to be charizard
    *facepalms*
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
  13. MasterGallade ThePokemonRhombus @ YouTube
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    I JUST NOTICED SHINY STAKATAKA IN TOP RIGHT OMG
     
  14. starg09 Aspiring Trainer
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    One thing I wonder: How will promos integrated into our main sets (Lunala and Solgaleo, Hiker and Masked Royale from Celestial Storm) work in this scenario? Since in Japan they're from the "A block", yet we got them on a set that has mostly "B block" cards... Guess time will tell, would definitely be interesting for all formats to be finally synced!
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
  15. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer
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    "Our friend immewnity". lol
     
  16. Alex Sableye Official Pokemon Connoisseur of the Unova Region
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    Hey, it could be "S" for Absol.
     
  17. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
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    Hmm... If this speculation turns out to be true, I suppose that makes more sense that the Tapu Lele reprint is an alternate art rather than a Black Star Promo. I suppose I'm more okay with this now. But we'll see.

    It's a bit ironic that this came out a day after the news of Tapu Lele. But at this point, it's so easy for a lot of us--myself included--to be bitter and assume everywhere outside of Japan will get the shaft, in terms of products and card availability. And quite frankly, it's true the majority of the time. Just as a quick, recent example: the Premium Trainer Box that Japan will be getting soon. Compared to our Elite Trainer boxes, you get a lot more for about $5 more. (Though, keep in mind that 20 booster packs is like 10 packs in the US. But that's still 2 more for $5 more, plus more stuff on top of that.)
     
  18. Belljacob48 Pack Gambler
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    WOAH
     
  19. Kyle Asplund Life is like a boomerang, it all just comes back.
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    There's a shiny Stakataka.
     
  20. Pokefam 294/400
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    who else is hype for shiny rayquaza and buzzwole;)