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Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates Expansions Review

Pokémon TCG Shining Fates Expansions Review

Hello Pokéfans. I'm back to look at another special expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG): Shining Fates. Shining Fates focuses on those elusive Shiny Pokémon, there are over 100 of them to collect from this set:

Reveal a Shining Destiny!

Shiny Pokémon are so extraordinary that they're almost never seen, and Trainers who catch them are considered quite lucky... and yet they can be yours in the Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates Expansion!

For those unfamiliar with the game, Pokémon TCG is a collectable card game for two players. It's based on the Pokémon anime (and video game) franchise. Players can collect cards representing their favourite Pokémon from throughout the franchise's history, build a team, and battle it out. Originally published by Wizards of the Coast in 1996, it is (since 2003) now published by The Pokémon Company. Over 30 billion cards have been sold worldwide since the games initial release.

The game continues to grow and expand. Each year, new expansions add to the pool of available cards.

The Set

Shining Fates is the fourth "special" expansion, released alongside the Sword & Shield Series. This series (like the Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield video games) focuses on Generation VIII Pokémon and the Galar Region.  Like the Champions Path expansion before it, Shining Fates boosters are only available in specially marked products.

First released in February 2021 (UK), the set contains 195 cards. Shining Fates contains 73 cards. The 122 other cards are Shiny Pokémon and form a separate subset (Shiny Vault). One card from the Shiny Vault can appear in a booster pack, in place of the Reverse Holofoil card. The Set includes nine Pokémon V, and seven Pokémon VMAX.

The product range for Shining Fates includes the hugely popular Elite Trainer Box and:

- Pikachu V Collection.

- Three tins (Eldegoss V, Boltund V, and Cramorant V).

- Four mad party pin collections (Bunnelby, Dedenne, Galarian Mr. Rime, and Polteageist).

- Two VMAX Collections (Shiny Crobat and Shiny Dragapult).

Shining Fate products contains cards from the Japanese Shiny Star V subset, the VMAX Special Set, and the Venusaur & Blastoise VMAX Starter Sets. The Shiny Star V set alone contains a huge 330 cards (140 of which are secret cards) for players to collect.

Thoughts

Shining Fates is undoubtedly a set with high appeal for collectors. The amount of desirable (and valuable) cards is impressive. The full art shiny cards are currently on sale for £20-£30+ each. The possibility of plucking those makes cracking Shining Fates packs particularly fun!

It's also a great set to check out if you want some powerful Pokémon V and VMAX for your decks. In addition to the nine V and seven VMAX from Shining Fates, you'll have a chance to pull 17 V, 10 VMAX from the Shiny V set.

Notable cards that stand out to me are Eldegoss V, Crobat V, Ditto V, and Ditto VMAX. Eldegoss and Crobat have great abilities and make great additions to a deck. Ditto looks interesting, I think players will have fun building around it and will come up with some successful standard decks.

Shining Fates is definitely a set to check out if you're a Pokémon TCG fan.

Shining Fates Card List

No. Card name Type Rarity
001/072 Yanma Grass Common
002/072 Yanmega Grass Rare
003/072 Celebi Grass Rare
004/072 Cacnea Grass Common
005/072 Tropius Grass Uncommon
006/072 Rowlet Grass Common
007/072 Dartrix Grass Uncommon
008/072 Decidueye Grass Rare Holo
009/072 DhelmiseV Grass Ultra-Rare Rare
010/072 DhelmiseVMAX Grass Rare VMAX
011/072 Grookey Grass Common
012/072 Thwackey Grass Uncommon
013/072 Rillaboom Grass Rare Holo
014/072 Gossifleur Grass Common
015/072 Eldegoss Grass Uncommon
016/072 Zarude Grass Rare
017/072 Reshiram Fire A
018/072 CinderaceV Fire Ultra-Rare Rare
019/072 CinderaceVMAX Fire Rare VMAX
020/072 Horsea Water Common
021/072 Kyogre Water A
022/072 Buizel Water Common
023/072 Floatzel Water Uncommon
024/072 Manaphy Water Rare
025/072 Volcanion Water Rare
026/072 Chewtle Water Common
027/072 Drednaw Water Rare
028/072 Cramorant Water Uncommon
029/072 Snom Water Common
030/072 Frosmoth Water Rare Holo
031/072 Shinx Lightning Common
032/072 Luxio Lightning Uncommon
033/072 Luxray Lightning Rare Holo
034/072 Rotom Lightning Uncommon
035/072 Morpeko Lightning Common
036/072 Morpeko Lightning Common
037/072 MorpekoV Lightning Ultra-Rare Rare

 

No. Card name Type Rarity
038/072 MorpekoVMAX Lightning Rare VMAX
039/072 IndeedeeV Psychic Ultra-Rare Rare
040/072 Trapinch Fighting Common
041/072 Koffing Darkness Common
042/072 Galarian Weezing Darkness Rare Holo
043/072 Spinarak Darkness Common
044/072 CrobatV Darkness Ultra-Rare Rare
045/072 CrobatVMAX Darkness Rare VMAX
046/072 Yveltal Darkness A
047/072 Nickit Darkness Common
048/072 Thievul Darkness Rare Holo
049/072 Cufant Metal Common
050/072 DittoV Colorless Ultra-Rare Rare
051/072 DittoVMAX Colorless Rare VMAX
052/072 Eevee Colorless Common
053/072 GreedentV Colorless Ultra-Rare Rare
054/072 CramorantV Colorless Ultra-Rare Rare
055/072 CramorantVMAX Colorless Rare VMAX
056/072 Indeedee Colorless Rare Holo
057/072 Ball Guy Su Uncommon
058/072 Boss's Orders Su Rare
059/072 Gym Trainer Su Uncommon
060/072 Professor's Research Su Rare
061/072 Rusted Shield I Uncommon
062/072 Rusted Sword I Uncommon
063/072 Team Yell Towel I Uncommon
064/072 AlcremieV Psychic Rare Ultra

Editors note: This blog was originally published on March 17th, 2021. Updated on September 21st, 2021 to improve the information available.

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Rating

  • Artwork
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  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Easy to learn
  • Fast Paced Gameplay
  • High percentage of Shiny/Foil cards

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  • The ongoing cost of collecting a TCG

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