‘Sword & Shield’ Reverse Holo Pattern Revealed, Other Cosmetic Changes!

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:

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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.

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VMAX Pokemon in the main set have a texture to them. Previously, textured cards were always reserved for secret rares within sets.

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Rainbow rares return to the Sword & Shield era, but they have a new glitter effect to them:

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Trainer cards can now come in rainbow rare versions! They also have the new glitter effect.

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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:

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  1. The-Kaiser Starfleet Captain and Pokemon Trainer
    The-Kaiser

    Member

    These are very good looking reverse foils :)

    Cant wait to see the English Rainbow rares for Sw/Sh era in person :)
     
  2. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

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    reverse foils looks really nice i prefere that tile pattern over what we have now
     
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  3. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

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    These look so good
     
  4. Merovingian Dead Game Enthusiast
    Merovingian

    Articles Head Member

    Not gonna lie. The Sword/Shield Reverse Holos are a massive upgrade from Sun/Moon.

    The Gold Secret Rare Holos were a massive upgrade. The glitter effect makes it even better

    I'm a bit mixed on the Rainbow Holo Supporters
     
  5. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

    Member

    Are there other youtubers doing this RIGHT NOW? I need it. I need it. I need to see the cards! (Behaving like a child)
     
  6. Hongo Aspiring Trainer
    Hongo

    Member

    Reverse foils look nice. Like the interlocking arrow pattern with the symbols of the card type.

    Would be nice if reverse foil Energy cards got a similar treatment this time around instead of basic foil.
     
  7. Wechselbalg "okey"
    Wechselbalg

    Member

    That glitter looks bad but the reverse holos are actually really nice.
     
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  8. Mykel Aspiring Trainer
    Mykel

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    Thank god for less rainbow rares. Only 4 Pokemon + some supporters. The rainbow inflation killed collecting for me.
     
  9. Silveraith Aspiring Trainer
    Silveraith

    Member

    These look nice, but I'm not buying cards for a set that has over 200 cards.
     
  10. CrownAxe Aspiring Trainer
    CrownAxe

    Member

    Just to be clear this is the 5th set since Lost Thunder to have had over 200 cards in them
     
  11. MeatBrick64 Aspiring Trainer
    MeatBrick64

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    it looks like the foil type on the reverses is more similar to the japanese tag all stars reverse holos. not really any foil shine, just a metallic glossy finish. kinda disappointing but the tile design at least looks nice
     
  12. Mudkip_Is_God Aspiring Trainer
    Mudkip_Is_God

    Member

    It seems like every Generation gets more and more complex. Everything is always changing in the Pokemon world! It makes me kind of excited and also a little bit sad as Sun and Moon comes to an end. But, Sword and Shield looks promising!
     
  13. zzzeraora Aspiring Trainer
    zzzeraora

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    Damn! Now Rainbow Rares will actually feel special when you get them. Good for us.