Charizard VSTAR, Moltres, and More from ‘Star Birth’ Revealed!

Several cards from S9 Star Birth are currently being revealed in a live stream of Japan’s Champions League 2022 tournament!

As we can see on Charizard, Pokemon VSTAR can also have attacks as their “once per game” VSTAR Power. It’s GX attacks all over again! Arceus VSTAR featured an Ability as its VSTAR Power, so the mechanic isn’t limited to just attacks — it’s broader than the GX mechanic.

Charizard V – Fire – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[R][R][C] Burn to Nothing: 90 damage. Before doing damage, discard any Pokemon Tools attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[R][R][R][C] Heat Blast: 180 damage.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Charizard VSTAR – Fire – HP280
VSTAR – Evolves from Charizard V

[R][R][C] Exploding Fire: 130+ damage. If this Pokemon has any damage counters on it, this attack does 100 more damage.

[R][R][R][C] Star Blaze (VSTAR Power): 320 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon. (You can’t use more than 1 VSTAR Power in a game.)

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Arceus V – Colorless – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Trinity Charge: Search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon V in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C][C] Power Edge: 130 damage.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Arceus VSTAR – Colorless – HP280
VSTAR – Evolves from Arceus V

[C][C][C] Trinity Nova: 200 damage. Search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon V in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

Ability (VSTAR Power): Starbirth
During your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. (You can’t use more than 1 VSTAR Power in a game.)

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Moltres – Fire – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[R] Detonating Wings: 20+ damage. If this Pokemon has any damage counters on it, this attack does 70 more damage. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by Weakness.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Cheren’s Care – Trainer
Supporter

Choose 1 of your [C] Pokemon with any damage counters on it. Put that Pokemon and all the attached cards to it into your hand.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.


Kindler – Trainer
Supporter

You must discard 1 [R] Energy from your hand in order to play this card.

Look at the top 7 cards of your deck, choose up to 2 of them, and put them into your hand. Shuffle the other cards into your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.


Magma Basin – Trainer
Stadium

Once during each player’s turn, that player may attach 1 [R] Energy from their discard pile to 1 of their Benched [R] Pokemon. If they do, they put 2 damage counters on that Pokemon.

This Stadium stays in play when you play it. Discard it if another Stadium comes into play. If a Stadium with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.


Double Turbo Energy – Special Energy

As long as this card is attached to a Pokemon, it provides [C][C] Energy.

The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 20 less damage to your opponent’s Pokemon.

As posted before, Star Birth will release on January 14th and introduce the new VSTAR mechanic. It will feature 100 cards before secret rares. The set will become part of our February set, Brilliant Stars.

Arceus V and Arceus VSTAR were the first cards revealed from the set a few weeks ago. Arceus VSTAR is the set’s mascot.

Also releasing on January 14th is a “Premium Trainer Box VSTAR.” It’ll feature popular staple cards like Mew, Quick Ball, Ultra Ball, Level Ball, Air Balloon, and Path to the Peak. It will also come with a VSTAR marker, coin, and damage counter tin, as we previously reported. It’ll cost 6,050 yen.

N's Rhyperior

Pokebeach's The Rhyperior = YouTube's N
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Been a long time, Charizard. Whether this Charizard is playable or not, a FA VStar would be the most expensive one.
 

beatbox2000

Aspiring Trainer
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The V-Star cards are going to look pretty bad if they are going from the VMAX Full Art to 2/3rd art and a 1/3rd random generic star below.

I didn't notice it on Arceus, but Charizard looks ugly. What a dumb design decision with clashing colours.
 

Mimikyu

Aspiring Trainer
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So now we have 2x types of Double Colorless energy, lol
cheren works only for colorless pokes :(
Yes, because that's a VERY VERY POWERFUL effect. At least it helps make colorless pokemon playable now. XD
 

PellOfTheTundra

Aspire to show up.
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TPCI is really scared of just reprinting Double Colorless, huh?
I'd be scared of reprinting DCE too, that card's pretty regularly a problem, and the last time it was a problem it was really a problem. Joke's on them, though, I'll pay 20 damage to get DCE any day of my life.
 

N's Rhyperior

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Charizard V/VSTAR - Too bad that the energy cost is yet too expensive, even the stadium won't help it. But still, it's a Charizard and a super rare card might be the most expensive. 3/3-4
Cheren's Care - the sign that Acerola will never reprinted because it's too good to be a card of its own, but any C Pokemon will take advantage of this card. If you make a 59-card deck and 1 extra card, this might be it (for C decks of course). 4
Double Turbo Energy - Another sign that DCE will never be reprinted. At least this DCE hybrid is applicable to any Pokemon, even VMax. Yeah that sucks that you'll take 20 less smg on your attacks. I believe Double Rainbow does the same thing in the past yet still see play back then so why not? 5 Geoeudes. P. S. You have Inteleon, and the missing 20 dmg won't be a problem.
Kindler - it's a fine search card. 4
Moltres - another Zapdos hybrid. Doing 90, Weakness can't be applied, single energy. 4
Magma Falls - slow yet accels energy. Better Fire energy accel we got so far. 4
 

Yaginku

Aspiring Trainer
Member
The downside of this DCE is almost negligible, thanks to the out-of-control power creep. They could have at least let us use the old DCEs we still have in our folders.
 

srsrox

Aspiring Trainer
Member
Wow, you can get 12 "DCE" in Expanded now haha... that's fully wild.

And rainbow energy + muscle band + Moltres sounds really fun in expanded too.

Also, Togekiss VMAX just got the ultimate buffs after these reveals haha
 

Zeeman

Pachirisu is the cutest
Member
Omg I think TPCI might actually be trying to slow down the game with these cards. You can't damage Moltres without putting it in range of a mirror KO, there are drawbacks to the energy acceleration. Maybe I'm reading this as just what I want to see, but I'm hopeful we're at a turning point.
 

Nyora

A Cat
Member
Omg I think TPCI might actually be trying to slow down the game with these cards. You can't damage Moltres without putting it in range of a mirror KO, there are drawbacks to the energy acceleration. Maybe I'm reading this as just what I want to see, but I'm hopeful we're at a turning point.
Thats no drawback me boy, that's an enabling effect.
 

FireLizard

A man who knows nothing about proportions.
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Damn these Charizard cards look so good.
And yes,I'm a Charizard fan,you can expect me joy when I see Charizard cards.

My username is literally FIRE LIZARD.