Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars adds VSTAR cards in 2022

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield - Brilliant Stars adds VSTAR cards in 2022

The Pokémon Company has announced a new expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game called Sword & Shield — Brilliant Stars, which will arrive on February 25, 2022. This expansion will introduce another brand new gameplay mechanic, VSTAR, an extra ability or attack with an “extremely powerful effect.” However, you will only be able to activate one VSTAR Power per game, presenting players with more opportunities to think strategically. Just like with Pokémon VMax, the VSTAR cards evolve from the standard Pokémon V, so you will have to build your decks carefully. Not only will these new cards exhibit VSTAR Powers, but they will also have high HP, high-damage attacks, and give up two Prize cards when defeated.

Brilliant Stars VSTAR card

There are a number of new cards included in the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Brilliant Stars expansion, including the likes of Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR. Arceus is this expansion’s poster child, being featured on the Elite Trainer Box and key art. Sword & Shield — Brilliant Stars cards will be available through standard booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections. Here is what you can expect from the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Brilliant Stars expansion:

  • 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
  • Four new Pokémon VSTAR
  • Three new Pokémon VMAX
  • 22 Trainer cards and six full-art Supporter cards
  • One new Special Energy card

Pokémon TCG Brilliant Stars Elite Trainer Box

The Pokémon Company has also revealed the first two Brilliant Stars special collections, the Pokémon TCG: Leafeon VSTAR Special Collection and Pokémon TCG: Glaceon VSTAR Special Collection, which will be available in the first quarter of 2022. These collections will feature a promo card for either Leafeon V or Glaceon V, as well as an etched promo card and etched overside card featuring Leafeon VSTAR and Glaceon VSTAR. More information is available on the Pokémon website.

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield — Brilliant Stars will be available on February 25, 2022. This will be the first expansion to release after Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as well as Pokémon Legends: Arceus, so I can see why they chose this legendary Pokémon as the main creature. Are you excited to get your hands on the Brilliant Stars Pokémon TCG expansion?

[Source: PR]

Jaimie Ditchfield
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