‘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. jgpokemonmaster Aspiring Trainer


    This is so cool
  2. jgpokemonmaster Aspiring Trainer


    I’m excited for shiny ho oh
  3. jgpokemonmaster Aspiring Trainer


    It’s bad that we don’t get this set in America
  4. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  5. lukas2aces Aspiring Trainer


    I'm interested to see if, and if so how they will release in Europe / America.

    I'm excited to see those cards, especially shiny Rayquaza GX! Won't be that long, since they will release in like 4 weeks, leaking probably earlier...!
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
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  6. TheRealBro.. Venusaur used FlowerPower; his chillness rose 300%


    Aahh, the Green Espeon :-D. Pure awesomeness. Always has been my favourite shiny sprite! If they don't release in Europe I will have to get me a Japanese box.
  7. Vivek M Aspiring Trainer
    Vivek M


    I can't see why this won't be released outside Japan.

    This, of course, will bring a large amount of money to Pokemon, and by now, we all know how much the company loves those papers.

    Remember, they did the same to the Best of XY. We thought it won't release worldwide, but eventually, it did.
  8. lukas2aces Aspiring Trainer


    Well it's not that I have an official source or something stating that it would not, it's just that someone above me said so. But that message is either removed or not displayed anymore here.

    Would be great if they do. I don't think they'll bring booster boxes (just thoughts), but they might do special boxes like the Best of XY indeed.
  9. Jake_Silberman Competitive PTCG Player - 558/550


    Oh man, do I love me some Shiny Pokemon. Really hoping these get released in English.
  10. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*


    I'd love to have a shiny Pidgeot, Vaporeon, Zapdos and Zangoose card. Too bad I'll never get them since Charizard seems to be the only gen one Pokemon allowed to have one.
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  11. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    Only the most overrated GX Pokémon get shinys?
    Makes sense, I guess.
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  12. Lostlorn Forest Sinnoh is the best region
    Lostlorn Forest


    As a Lycanroc fan I'm excited... But wow, the rest are featured in like, every other set.
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  13. CYL All hail Eevee!


    Ohh I always loved Shiny Espeon and Umbreon. Can't wait!
  14. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art


    Interesting to note that Shiny Zygarde COMPLETE forme is in the set. I wonder if they will save this for will be our special set next year? Either way this is super exciting and I hope they get full arts.
  15. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
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    If we ever get those cards over here, then I'm soooo getting shinies of Lycanroc-GX and Zoroark-GX, and then make a ZoroRoc deck out of those. That sounds pretty fun.
  16. Nyora The End of the World~


    Golden Brick House-GX <3 <3 <3
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  17. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon


    I assume that these will be the same artwork but as shinies.
  18. AshCo I gotta spruce this place up for the GAAAEEEEMS


    I'm expecting one of two situations: eiher we get a special set with these, or, like the way this is similar to BoXY, we get a Sun and Moon premium trainer collection (Possibly with Cynthia and Guzmas full arts from the set?). I'm sort of hoping for the latter just because of how much I loved the XY one, but that's just me. I know some people weren't fans of it.

    A third less likely to me possibility is that they go into our last set, i.e. a Legendary Treasures situation which would be really cool too.
  19. Ashblaze Full Art Supporter Hunter


    i really want Ingo and Emmet plus battle chatelaine to get there own full arts cause im so curious what those could look like, i sadly don't expect them to get full art but i REALLY want them to get one since there going to be new cards for that japan set AND its said that the set will also have a brand new cynthia and guzma full art so together that could four full arts which would be a bit big for a small special thats not even coming to america as it is, i would love to finally see what cynthia and guzma are going to look like witha brand new art, i just hope that when they come out it wont be super expensive in english since it will be a reprint cause the first cynthia is currently over 75 or so dollars so hopefully the reprint will allow it to go down a bit, in the end i just really want more fullarts for my supporter full art collection.
  20. Pyukumuku BARF (Buzzwole Actually Reeks Fatally)


    cool i can get shiny zoroarks :)