Arceus, the god of all Pokemon. Sinnoh’s saviour and the poster child for the latest Pokemon video game, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a favourite of many Pokemon fans. With the next Pokemon TCG expansion, Brilliant Stars releasing this week on February 25th, we’re going to take a look at some of the best Pokemon TCG Arceus artworks from throughout the years. Which is your favourite?
Arceus LV. X
LV. X cards are awesome. Originally appearing as chase cards back in 2007 as part of Diamond & Pearl base set, LV. X defined the Diamond & Pearl era and led to some incredible cards that we all know and love to this day. Arceus LV. X happened to be the chase cards for, yes you guessed it, Pokemon TCG: Platinum: Arceus. The 2009 English Pokemon TCG Expansion also included an Arceus focused subset of cards with 9 AR cards each showcasing the legendary Pokemon with a different typing.
Arceus AR 5
We could’ve picked any of the AR cards from Platinum: Arceus to showcase in this list. That being said it’s the king of Pokemon TCG artists, Mitsuhiro Arita’s normal type Arceus that stands out from the rest. AR5 shows Arceus in front of what appears to be a black hole with a holo pattern emerging from the darkness. This card captures everything we know and love about the god of all Pokemon.
Released in English as part of the Generations Mythical Collection pin boxes and in the amazing Japanese Mythical & Legendary Dream Shine Collection, this Arceus Pokemon TCG card is top tier. Shin Nagasawa creates a standout full art with a modern twist that radiates light and fits in perfectly with Arceus’s aura thanks to the holo shine of these Black Star promo cards.
Arceus & Dialga & Palkia GX (Alternate Art)
Cosmic Eclipse is one of the great, if not the greatest, modern Pokemon sets of all time. ADP Alternate Art just happens to be one of the main chase cards for the huge Sun & Moon expansion. We all know ADP as a dominant Pokemon TCG deck throughout the Sun & Moon era thanks to the sheer OP effects of Altered Creation GX. The Alternate Art of the card by Kouki Saitou captures the legendary Creation trio and the sheer awe of their power. If I could only pick one Arceus card it would have to be this.
Kouki Saitou seems to be an expert when it comes to making a god-worthy Arceus card. Here is no exception. Shining Arceus from Shining Legends uses hints of purple to create a cosmic background that matches up perfectly with other Shining cards from the set like Shining Mew. Who doesn’t love Shining Legends?
Special mention: Arceus V Alternate Art
If you’re like me then exploring the Hisui region in Pokemon Legends: Arceus has been an amazing journey. One card that captures the beautiful landscape of Hisui (the region that would go on to become Sinnoh) is none other than the Alternate Art V Arceus from Brilliant Stars. The card showcases Arceus above the clouds with the mountains and greenery below – A must for those that end up loving the new game!
Are you excited for Pokemon TCG: Brilliant Stars? Which Arceus is your favourite?
To read more about Brilliant Stars and the other rare cards from the set, check out our Top 10 price guide.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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