“Scarlet ex / Violet ex” Secret Rares! Rainbow Rares Gone, Special Illustration Trainers!

The secret rares from Scarlet ex and Violet ex are now appearing on social media! The set officially releases in Japan this Friday. The cards from this set will become part of our Scarlet & Violet set on March 31st.

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“Scarlet ex” Secret Rares

“Violet ex” Secret Rares


Full arts for Terastallized Pokemon will feature a silver-colored background, a “shattered crystal” texture for this background, and a glittery overlay. Similar to shiny Pokemon, they’ll have sparkles as part of the background artwork. The color of the sparkles matches the Pokemon’s Tera type. For example, Gyarados ex’s sparkles are blue.

As expected, Rainbow Rares are gone. They were missing from last month’s VSTAR Universe, but now we know they won’t be returning to regular sets. They were first introduced in 2017’s Sun & Moon. They ran for six years across two generations. A noticeable amount of online fans voiced displeasure with them because they were seen as “gaudy” duplicates of full art cards. They also made it more expensive to complete sets.

Instead of Rainbow Rares, we’re now getting “Illustration Rares” and “Special Illustration Rares.” These feature unique artwork; according to TPCi, they “showcase Pokemon in their natural environments and offer a closer look at their unique personalities.” They were first introduced in VSTAR Universe (our special Crown Zenith set). They can feature any Pokemon, such as a common Sandile or an ultra rare Gardevoir ex. This way all Pokemon cards are eligible for a secret rare version, not just the big Pokemon of a set.

The “Special Illustration Rares” will feature a rainbow glitter effect over the cards like the old Rainbow Rares.

As the English set description implied, we’ll also be getting “Special Illustration Rares” for Trainers! This is also to replace the Rainbow Rare Trainers that were featured in recent sets.

It took Pokemon a long time to arrive at Illustration Rares. The first precursor was “Special Art” cards, which were first introduced in 2019’s Team Up set. These cards offered unique illustrations of a Pokemon-GX in addition to their standard full art and rainbow rare versions. “Character Rares” were the next version of them, introduced in 2019’s Cosmic Eclipse set. These featured special artwork of a Pokemon with their Trainer.

Nirvanna21

Mew.
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It's really cool to see a similar trend to the TG series. They really added value in terms of experience when opening a pack. You may not always get what you want, but you would get something at the very least that was cool. If the trend continues through this series, I will be happy on one hand, but a little cautious on the other as while the TG cards flatline quick price wise (great for my wallet), this is not to say it will be the same for this lot.
 

N's Rhyperior

Pokebeach's The Rhyperior = YouTube's N
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Expect these Illustration Rares Rev Holo slots, as every special cards should be. So imagining pulling 2 Gardevoir ex in the same pack, one for SIR, and one for FA
 

N's Rhyperior

Pokebeach's The Rhyperior = YouTube's N
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If I'm using the Cosmic Eclipse set arrangement, I assume FA comes first then the special art rares, then the Gold cards.

That's my guess. But since ENG starting to adapt anything from Japan, I might be wrong
 

ZestyGan

Aspiring Trainer
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Have you met Hau before? Ofc the FA will come out in a later set. Typical rivals that draws 3 cards
Although, it would be really fitting for Nemona if they did what they did with Kukui and just went "hey, let's change it up this one time". Maybe Nemona could just be the new Leon? That's what she would want.
 

TheRainmaker

I like Expanded
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Did you just never see a Rainbow Rare Supporter in your life or something?
More than I'm comfortable with. I guess I meant like actual ones that look good and have better value.

Also glad I held off on prematurely redeeming 4 of the old Nest Ball secret rare on PTCGL, because I had a hunch we'd likely get another one, and I prefer this one.
 

Gashnet

Aspiring Trainer
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I was alright with rainbow rares, but once they switched them to supporters it was over. Ruined the entire point of full art supporters. Alt art extending to supporters is much better.
 

N's Rhyperior

Pokebeach's The Rhyperior = YouTube's N
Member
Holo Rare obv
You're forgetting that there's an extra holo slot now.
Never know you might end up getting 2 Holo Rares at minimum. No regular rares anymore. So, 2 Holo Rares might be the new default + Rev Holo. Also, iirc, SV boosters still contains 10 packs. If TPC stated that there are 3 guaranteed holos. Meaning we might have 2 Uncommons, like we did in the E-card - ex sets? You know, 5 Commons, 2 Uncommon, a Rev Holo, and a Rare card. That makes 9 per pack.