We’re just over a week away from the next big Pokémon TCG release: Shining Fates. The successor to Hidden Fates has its own Shiny Vault of Pokémon and an overwhelming amount of generation 8 fan favourites. The set itself may prove a little tricky to find for launch, we reported the constraints in stock allocations, added with the newfound hype from Logan Paul’s big announcement finding Pokémon cards has become a shiny Pokémon in itself. Instead of dwelling on the current state of Pokémon stock and hype, we thought we’d take a look into what makes Shining Fates so compelling,
New Amazing Rares.
The majority of the info in this article will ring true for Japan’s Shiny Star V, that being said whilst these artworks have been seen before, Shining Fates’ Amazing Rares are an awesome continuation of what made Vivid Voltage so fun to open. Reshiram, Kyogre, and Yveltal have been added to the mix allowing for your multicolour legendary Pokémon collection to grow- even if you’re not a fan it gets the heart racing at the prospect of an Amazing Rare Mew down the line.
Shiny Pokémon for days.
There is no surprise here. Shining Fates has 122 Shiny Vault cards spanning from newer fan favourites like Dragapult to some of the franchise’s most beloved characters like Ditto. Any set with loads of cool cards to pull in a booster pack makes collecting fun and this “mini” set seems no different. There is no guarantee for V or VMAX success in each pack like in Japan’s Shiny Star V but that makes the hunt more fun, albeit if you can find the packs in the first place.
Shiny Charizard VMAX.
Every set needs some kind of chase card and starting Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary with a Shiny Charizard VMAX is the kind of hunt to get anyone excited. Yes, we’ve seen this artwork multiple times before but there’s something about those orange flames mixed with the black Charizard that just works. Hopefully, there’s more chance of packing this card than say Vivid Voltage’s Rainbow Pikachu but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the set to know.
It’s a new Pokémon TCG set.
Anything new at the moment gives a feeling of excitement, I’d even be excited if Steam Siege was to launch for the first time in 2021. The lack of fresh experiences over the last 12 months means that anything remotely different is something worth being excited about. The thought of opening a new Elite Trainer Box and having a fun experience is something that we all crave just now – I just hope we can find the products to be able to do this in the current market.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor