We revealed the first information about Brilliant Stars over the past few weeks, and now Pokemon has officially revealed the set!
The set will feature Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR and Whimsicott VSTAR. As we found out last night, Pokemon VSTAR can have an attack or an Ability as their VSTAR Power. Only one VSTAR Power can be used per game since they’re extremely powerful.
The press release mentions Brilliant Stars will have “a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokemon.” This is almost certainly referring to the Character Rares from VMAX Climax. I speculated those cards might be saved for our holiday set, but it looks like TPCi is going to release them here very quickly!
Brilliant Stars will feature 20 Pokemon V, 15 full-art Pokemon V, four new Pokemon VSTAR, three new Pokemon VMAX, 22 Trainer cards, six full-art Supporter cards, and one new Special Energy card.
As posted before, it will release on February 25th and contain 172 cards before secret rares. (Presumably this number doesn’t include the subset.)
The Elite Trainer Box images show off the new basic Energy design. We should have more product images later today, so check back within the next few hours!
Pokemon revealed English versions of the cards that were revealed in Japan last night.
Nov. 3, 2021—Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled the new Pokémon VSTAR gameplay mechanic for the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game. Pokémon VSTAR will appear in the upcoming Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars expansion, arriving at participating retailers worldwide on February 25, 2022.
Pokémon VSTAR evolve from Pokémon V and will play a major role in the Pokémon TCG metagame. Each Pokémon VSTAR has a VSTAR Power — an Ability or attack — with an extremely powerful effect that can decide the outcome of a battle. Players can use only one VSTAR Power per game, and those who use a VSTAR Power must flip over a VSTAR marker during the battle.
In addition to their VSTAR Powers, Pokémon VSTAR have high HP and high-damage attacks, and they give up two Prize cards when Knocked Out.
Trainers can look forward to seeing Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR and Whimsicott VSTAR in Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars. The expansion will also include a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokémon.
Available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections, Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars will include the following:
- 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
- Four new Pokémon VSTAR
- Three new Pokémon VMAX
- 22 Trainer cards and six full-art Supporter cards
- One new Special Energy card