Shiny Pokémon have been a beloved fixture within the community since their introduction in the Generation II games (Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal). “Shining Pokémon” were introduced into the trading card game with the Neo Revelation expansion in with Shiny Magikarp and Shiny Gyrados, causing such a stir that import prices skyrocketed as collectors tried to ship cards from Japan.
With Shining Fates, The Pokémon Company has made this rarity the main focus of the cards, with more than 100 Shiny Pokémon available across booster packs, tins, pin collections, and a Trainer Box. But with this many possibilities, how will you know when you’ve scored a massive get? This guide will help you identify the best pulls for this latest release.
Pokemon TCG: Shining Fates is available now worldwide at participating retailers.
5. POKÉ KID (TRAINER)
Poké Kid is who we always have been, and in a way, who we always will be. Plus, this particular Trainer card lets you pull any Pokémon from your deck into your hand, helping you to stack your hand to dominate the match. Early market figures for this card are pushing it to the higher level of Shining Fates individual sales, so it should be a nice entry to your collection. Remember, value isn’t only found in how much a card costs, but in how it’s used, and in how much you value it!
4. CENTISKORCH (SHINY/VMAX)
The rad, bad, biting ribbon of fire comes in a beautiful shiny variant, and it’s a technical beast. Its only move, G-Max Centiferno, requires a relatively low amount of energy to use and will become a significant force as time goes on. Remember to pair it with plenty of Fire Energy, as each one you attach to Centiskorch will deal 40 more damage! Or, put it in a plastic sleeve to keep it crisp and mint.
3. SKYLA (TRAINER)
Skyla, a Gym Leader who debuted in the Pokémon Black and White games, has long been a fan favorite. Her first introduction to the card game in 2012, and allows players to search their deck for another Trainer card. She’s back in this latest card release and is currently being listed for some fairly high prices. It’s a bit early to say whether the value will bottom out as more stock gets replenished, but for now, it’s nice to have a Trainer card that’s valuable without being insanely flashy and rare. Skyla continues to impress with a Full Art print, for a more striking card appearance.
2. ALCREMIE (RAINBOW RARE/VMAX)
It’s the Secret Card! Rainbow Rare Alcremie VMAX isn’t listed as part of the official English-release of Shining Fates, which makes it an incredibly valuable find if you get lucky. It’s also beautifully done, with a nice rainbow finish, and a complementary moveset that can do some serious Psychic-type damage. Adornment requires one Energy card allows players to pull a Psychic Energy from their deck for each of their Benched Pokémon, and G-Max Whisk uses that stack to deal a devestating 60 damage points per attached Energy card. Truly, a beautiful, elusive beast.
Before we talk about the best card in Shining Fates, it’s important to acknowledge that you probably can’t get your hands on any of these cards right now. Retailers are experiencing a massive product shortage, which is nothing new or unfamiliar to Pokémon TCG collectors. It may be a while before you can snag any actual packs for yourselves, but don’t fret! A restock should be happening before the next expansion, Battle Styles, drops next month.
1. CHARIZARD (VMAX/SHINY)
To the surprise of nobody, Charizard once again takes the top spot. It’s pretty incredible that 25 years on, the inflation and rarity of the original Charizard card from the initial Base Set released in 1996. But it’s not too surprising when the artwork continues to be this killer. Tactically, the G-Max Wildfire move will allow you to absolutely devastate your opponent, albeit at the expense of a substantial amount of Energy cards.
Chances are, if you plan on including this Charizard VMAX in your deck, it’ll be a slow build to a triumphant final blow. More than likely, though, this card won’t see any actual play, and players will keep them all in pristine conditon.
Were you able to snag any of the newest Shining Fates expansion? Maybe the previous Vivid Voltage set? Let us know what you manage to pull!