The reverse holo pattern for Sword & Shield has been revealed! They have a “tile” pattern to them.
The regular holo pattern was revealed a while ago. It’s a vertical “line” pattern like in Japan. However, our holo cards still retain their trademark yellow borders. In Japan, the holofoil is exposed on the borders.
The screenshots above are courtesy of Drackenrose on YouTube, who opened some of the Sword & Shield Build & Battle Boxes:
Here are other cosmetic changes coming to the Sword & Shield era, as posted last month. Our English cards will have the same changes.
Full arts have background art again. Compare the background of Sableye V to the plain purple backgrounds of Jirachi-GX and Espeon & Deoxys-GX from the Sun & Moon era:
Pokemon V have a special embossing on them, as you can see on Keldeo V below (credit to @KanagawaCards for the photo). Regular GX and EX cards had no special texture to them, they were just smooth like regular cards.
VMAX Pokemon in the main set have a texture to them. Previously, textured cards were always reserved for secret rares within sets.
Rainbow rares return to the Sword & Shield era, but they have a new glitter effect to them:
Trainer cards can now come in rainbow rare versions! They also have the new glitter effect.
There aren’t as many rainbow rare cards now. Previously, every GX card received one. Pokemon V do not — just VMAX Pokemon.
Gold ultra rares return, but also with the new glitter effect: