Can you believe it? We’re just under a week away from the latest Pokemon TCG pre-release! This time, it’s the first English Pokemon TCG set of the year, Brilliant Stars. If your bank balances didn’t take too much of a hit over Christmas and you’re ready to get stuck into another stacked Pokemon TCG expansion then this is the article for you. Here are our top picks from Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars.
Disclaimer: There are still 3 Ultra Rares still to be revealed. The rest of the complete set list with images can be found here. All cards are confirmed to be part of Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars, Japanese images have been used for cards that are yet to release online.
Arceus V Alternate Art
Most of us have barely found time to eat after dropping hours if not days into Pokemon Legends Arceus. For fans of the newest Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch, Brilliant Stars delves into the world of Arceus with this illustration by Kawayoo that shows Arceus reigning supreme above the clouds. This card is arguably the best looking card of the whole set which is great for Arceus fans as I doubt it’ll be the most expensive.
Charizard V Alternate Art
Originally leaked at the end of last year, this Alternate Art Charizard V is one of the best we’ve seen in years. Charizard V 154/172 by Ryota Murayama looks like something plucked straight from the anime as Charizard avoids a vine whip from Venusaur. This card is sure to be an expensive pull as it not only taps into the Charizard hype but is also visually appealing for the rest of us.
Charizard VSTAR Rainbow
Not another one… Charizard VSTAR Rainbow Rare is the first rainbow Charizard since Champion’s Path which was released in September 2020, add that to the new VSTAR mechanic and this card is sure to be high in demand. The VSTAR Rainbow cards are far more appealing than previous Rainbow rare chase cards thanks to some beautiful gold detailing that helps to make the card stand out. Based on what we’ve seen in Japan with Star Birth, Charizard VSTAR Rainbow Rare is likely to be the most expensive chase card from Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars.
Arceus VSTAR Gold
What more does the god of all Pokemon need other than a blinged-out gold card? We’re yet to see the final three gold cards from Brilliant Stars although rumours point to the Galarian bird trio from Starter Deck 100. Even if the Galarian bird trio makes the cut, Arceus VSTAR Gold is more than likely going to be the card you want to pull.
Pikachu V Full Art
Pikachu V, originally released as an alternate art in Japan’s Starter Deck 100, is my personal chase card from Brilliant Stars. There’s something about the way the colours pop together and Pikachu’s stance that makes this card feel like something plucked straight out of Ash’s pocket. Full Arts can be very hit and miss but this card looks set to continue the trend of homerun Pikachu V Full Arts.
When Starter Deck 100 was released and Marnie’s Pride Full Art appeared online, Marnie fans everywhere lost their minds. The card was selling for a pretty penny and still is with recent sales on eBay close to £200. Now, thanks to Brilliant Stars, you can own your copy to continue your Marnie collection at what is likely to be a fraction of the price – this card is a great addition to the set.
Acerola is a beloved trainer often depicted alongside Mimikyu like Mimikyu V CSR which is one of the best cards from this expansion. Her Full Art Trainer Supporter shows Acerola front and centre sitting with a library in the background alongside Mimikyu’s ghost costume. This card will be part of Brilliant Star’s Trainer Gallery subset alongside other fantastic cards originally released in VMAX Climax.
Hot off the heels of drawing Mew’s Alternate Art VMAX in Fusion Strike, Akira Egawa is back with an amazing rendition of N riding on Zekrom’s back. This card screams epic as the legendary Pokemon breaks through the clouds with the sun shining in the background. There are similarities between this card and Pikachu & Zekrom GX Alternate Art from Tag Bolt and continues the trend of stellar Zekrom cards in Pokemon TCG.
Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon
2021 was the year of the Eeveelutions with stand-out Alternate Art cards like Umbreon VMAX from Evolving Skies. Now, in Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars, the original trio get some much-deserved love as they’re shown alongside Gary in different natural habitats. Flareon can be seen seeking affection, Vaporeon looks docile in a pond, and Jolteon is in the midst of an attack. There are so many cool cards in the Trainer Gallery but these three together stand out above the rest.
Are you excited for Brilliant Stars? What is your chase card?
Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars releases worldwide on February 25th 2022. Pre-release starts this weekend on February 12th!
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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