“Incandescent Arcana” Set Featuring Alolan Vulpix VSTAR Officially Revealed!

Pokemon Japan has officially revealed S11a Incandescent Arcana! We first discovered its trademark in November 2021 and posted the first information about the set last month.

The set releases in Japan on September 2nd. It will feature 68 cards before secret rares. As posted before, the mascot is Alolan Vulpix VSTAR. This will be the first time an unevolved Pokemon is a VSTAR.

The set will continue to feature Character Rares and Radiant Pokemon, including those that aren’t fully evolved.

The set’s reverse holos will again feature Poke Balls:

The set should become part of our unnamed SWSH12 set in November. Alolan Vulpix VSTAR would be the perfect mascot to celebrate the winter holidays.

Other upcoming Japanese releases include October’s Paradigm Trigger, a “Special Battle Set Charizard VSTAR vs. Rayquaza VMAX” in November, and VSTAR Universe in December. Along with Incandescent Arcana, these should be the remainder of releases for this year. We should then get Scarlet & Violet early next year.

Thanks goes to Franco T., JustInBasil, and Toine L. for the translations!

Zarude – Grass – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[G] Drag Off: Switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon with their Active Pokemon. This attack does 20 damage to the new Active Pokemon.

[G][G] Triple Whip: 70x damage. Flip 3 coins. This attack does 70 damage for each heads.

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


Fennekin – Fire – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Lead: Search your deck for a Supporter card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[R] Live Coal: 10 damage.

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


Braixen – Fire – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Fennekin

[R] Combustion: 30 damage.

[C][C] Flare Parade: 60x damage. This attack does 60 damage for each Serena in your discard pile.

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


Delphox – Fire – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Braixen

[C] Flare Parade: 60x damage. This attack does 60 damage for each Serena you have in your discard pile.

[C][C] Energy Crush: 50x damage. This attack does 50 damage for each Energy your opponent has in play.

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


Reshiram V – Fire – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[R] Gleaming Wings: Search your deck for up to 2 basic Energy and attach them to 1 of your Pokemon in play. Then, shuffle your deck.

[R][R][C] White Blaze: 200 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, this Pokemon can’t attack during your next turn.

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

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


Alolan Vulpix V – Water – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[.] Snow-White Drop: 10+ damage. If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is a Pokemon V, this attack does 50 more damage.

[W][C][C] Frost Smash: 110 damage.

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

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


Alolan Vulpix VSTAR – Water – HP240
VSTAR Pokemon – Evolves from Alolan Vulpix V

[W][C][C] Snow Mirage: 160 damage. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by effects on your opponent’s Active Pokemon. During your opponent’s next turn, prevent all damage done to this Pokemon from Pokemon with Abilities.

[.] Silver Snow Star (VSTAR Power): 70x damage. This attack does 70 damage times the number of your opponent’s Pokemon V. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance.) (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: Metal (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Ralts – Psychic – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[P] Memory Skip: 10 damage. Choose 1 of your opponent’s Active Pokemon’s attacks. That Pokemon can’t use that attack during your opponent’s next turn.

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


Kirlia – Psychic – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Ralts

Ability: Refine
Once during your turn you may discard 1 card from your hand, then draw 2 cards.

[P][C] Slap: 30 damage.

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


Gardevoir – Psychic – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Kirlia

Ability: Refine
Once during your turn you may discard 1 card from your hand, then draw 2 cards.

[P][C] Magical Shot: 120 damage.

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


Espurr – Psychic – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[P] Mumble: 10 damage.

[C][C] Gentle Slap: 20 damage.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1


Meowstic – Psychic – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Espurr

Ability: Beckoning Ears
When you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 Supporter cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[P][C][C] Super Psy: 80 damage.

Weakness: Darkness (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 1


Radiant Jirachi – Metal – HP90
Basic Pokemon

You can’t have more than 1 Radiant Pokemon in your deck.

Ability: Pass a Wish
If this Pokemon is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent’s attack, search your deck for up to 3 cards and put them into your hand.  Then, shuffle your deck.

[C][C] Stellar Doom: Flip 2 coins. If both are heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is Knocked Out.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 1


Klink – Metal – HP50
Basic Pokemon

[M] Call Sign: Search your deck for a 1 Pokemon, reveal it, then put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 1


Klang – Metal – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Klink

[M][C][C] Gear Saucer: 80x damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 80 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 3


Klinklang – Metal – HP160
Stage 2 – Evolves from Klang

Ability: Triple Gear
When you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

[M][C][C] Power Beam: 130 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 3


Serena – Trainer
Supporter

Choose 1:

– Discard up to 3 cards from your hand. (You must discard at least 1.) Then, draw cards until you have 5 cards in your hand.

– Switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon V with their Active Pokemon.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.


Switch and Judge have also been reprinted:

Nirvanna21

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You know how Pokemon GO set has the kickass Mewtwo and Dragonite V cards that were cheap as chips but just beautifully drawn? Looks like this set is double downing on that with my 3rd favourite Pokemon of all time, Vulpix!!!!!!! :D
 

PMJ

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I wonder if they gave Alolan Vulpix V such a powerful free attack because Fire isn't popular competitively. Just three Pokemon V in play and you're hitting VMAX damage on anything weak to Water for no Energy.
Wait, do the Kirlia and Gardevoir have the exact same ability? Why?
Yes, it's the same Ability, and it's not a bad thing. It means you can evolve and still retain that very good Ability, or use it, evolve, and then effectively use it again. The only downside is that Gardevoir's attack is complete garbage, so there isn't much of an incentive to evolve, even with a good Ability.
 

JayMankey

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I'll say it again: the Trainer Gallery is the best thing to happen to the TCG in a long while. They've been giving the exceptional team of artists so many opportunities to share their skill with the world, and I could not be more thrilled. That Gardevoir CHR is my current top pick from the set so far!
 

N's Rhyperior

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Zarude - meh. 2-3
Fennekin/Braixen/Delphox - I would take the Stage 1 than the Stage 2. Double Turbo, capable of KOing Vs is a pretty decent for a single-prized Pokemon tbh. I would really like it. 3/4/3-4
A. Vulpix V/VSTAR - Weird. But at least a potential tech card that are capable of KOing Pokemon V... we love those cards. VSTAR, eh... Don't like it. It rarely works. 4-5/4
Ralts/Kirlia/Gardevoir - First Cinccino, Second, Liepard. Now, this. At least Kirlia is searchable with Level Ball, unlike Liepard. Gardevoir, forget it. Stage 1 is better in this case. 3/4-5/4
Espurr/Meowstic - a nice pretty that will be shafted as times go by. 3/3
R. Jirachi - idk how that works but at least its workable. Like Spiritomb LOR. 3-4
Klink/Klang/Klinklang - pretty lovely ability.. it's on a Stage 2. I want turn 2 energy boom, smash! Now, we have to need Rare Candy for it. I wish it'll be good without RC. 3/3/3
Serena - Most of the time you need Gusting, Most of the time you need draw power. Pretty much an inclusion in meta decks like Arceus or Palkia. 5 Geodudes
Reshiram V - pretty standard stuff. OHKO Vs, move on, bois. 3-4
 
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with 6 CHR and 2 CSR being the template, I feel like we'll get 2 characters for each of the four regions rumored in this set (hoenn, unova, kalos, alola). Here's my guesses:

6 CHR
braixen w/serena (confirmed)
gardevoir w/diantha (confirmed)
serperior w/rosa (edit: just noticed braixen being 69/68, will probably be a V then)
alolan golem w/hiker
metagross w/steven
milotic w/wallace

2 CSR:
reshiram v w/N
alolan vulpix v w/lillie
 
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coolcorsola

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I'll say it again: the Trainer Gallery is the best thing to happen to the TCG in a long while. They've been giving the exceptional team of artists so many opportunities to share their skill with the world, and I could not be more thrilled. That Gardevoir CHR is my current top pick from the set so far!
My worry is that once the Scarlet and Violet era hit that they’ll move away from CHR only to bring them back later in the gen. But who knows, maybe they’ll keep them around