VMAX Climax was just officially revealed during the livestream of the Kyoto Champions League!
The set’s secret rares will feature “Character Rares,” which were originally introduced in 2019’s Dream League. These are full art cards that feature a Trainer in the Pokemon’s artwork.
The set will also introduce a new rarity called “Character Super Rare,” as you can see on Pikachu VMAX.
As we previously revealed, the main set will contain 184 cards. Most will be reprints. However, Duraludon VMAX and Rayquaza VMAX will have new artwork. Other Pokemon should too.
Each pack of VMAX Climax will contain a guaranteed chase card: a Pokemon V, VMAX, V-UNION, or secret rare. Each booster box will cost 5,500 yen and contain 10 booster packs, with 11 cards per pack.
Despite preliminary reports, it doesn’t appear the set will focus on shiny Pokemon. It seems that info was conflated with the shiny Zacian V and Zamazenta V decks (preliminary sell sheets often cram the details of multiple products together). However, some of the other info we posted in August has now been confirmed, so the rest may also be accurate:
The preliminary information we’ve received says the main set will feature 184 cards.
Some of the aforementioned Gym Leader will appear as their alternate designs from their League cards. Of the four, Nessa and Allister have different looks in the games:
Acerola will be printed with a new effect. (Either that or it’s a new card featuring Acerola, e.g. “Acerola’s Determination.”)
Ultra Ball will be reprinted in the set. The product sheet doesn’t say it will be a secret rare. (Note: This was likely conflated with Start Deck 100, where we now know Ultra Ball is being reprinted.)
Each booster pack of VMAX Climax will contain 11 cards instead of the usual five, including a holo Energy card (this might mean a reverse holo). Booster packs will retail for 550 yen each. For comparison, Shiny Star V featured 10 cards per pack, cost 550 yen, and included one guaranteed Pokemon V or VMAX. No word yet if VMAX Climax will guarantee one too.
The selling point of these High Class sets are always their secret rares. Last year’s Shiny Star V featured 140 secret rares, 2019’s TAG All Stars featured 50+, and 2018’s GX Ultra Shiny featured 100. The sell sheet is already hinting at ten of them, which doesn’t bode well for the volume of secret rares — especially in a time when product is hard to obtain.
There doesn’t seem to be room to release this set in America for the foreseeable future, so we might see it as fall 2022’s holiday set. For example, GX Ultra Shiny was originally released in November 2018 and came to America in August 2019 as Hidden Fates. TPCi could also pull a Shining Fates and release it around February or March, but that seems doubtful since Legends: Arceus is releasing at the end of January. The TCG will likely promote the game for several months as well as any new mechanics it introduces — like VSTAR and the expected sets Star Birth and Battle Legion.
Note that this information was sent to us by a source who read the set’s sell sheet. We didn’t get to examine it ourselves, so some of this info could be inaccurate. We’ll find out in the coming months. As usual this information is preliminary and subject to change.
Also releasing November 5th is a “Special Deck Set Zacian Zamazenta VS Eternatus.”
Releasing December 3rd is a “Rubber Playmat Set Victor & Gloria” featuring the two playable characters from Sword & Shield. It’s the same product that was released for Bea in October. It will come with a card storage box, deck box, card sleeves, and rubber playmat. It will cost 5,170 yen.
Releasing December 17th is a “Sword & Shield Starter Deck 100.”