Pokémon TCG Japan: Paradigm Trigger Preview: Omastar V

Pokémon TCG Japan has revealed the pack art and cards for Paradigm Trigger, the final main series set of the Sword & Shield era. Paradigm Trigger is set for release on October 21st, 2022, in Japan. So far, we can confirm that this set focuses primarily on Lugia and contains a Lugia VSTAR, with the Galarian Legendaries Regidrago and Regieleki also appearing on the pack art. Regidrago will receive a VSTAR, while Regieleki will appear on a VMAX. In addition to the main set, there will also be promo packs given out with booster boxes that contain more cards, including a Lugia VSTAR with different art. This set, along with the direct previous Japanese set Incandescent Arcana which focused on Alolan Vulpix, will be the basis of the fourth and final English-language Sword & Shield set of 2022, which is expected to close out the era for international audiences. Today, we continue our Paradigm Trigger previews by checking out a standard V and a Full Art V.

Paradigm Trigger cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG
Paradigm Trigger cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

Artist Saki Hayashiro is responsible for both iterations of the Omastar V in Paradigm Trigger. The standard Omastar V is a deeply rendered card with dark blues and royal purples, showing this powerful Pokémon pulling off an underwater attack. The Full Art, which will be a Secret Rare in this set as all Japanese Full Arts are, depicts Omastar over a bright background that looks almost like candy. The yellow in this swirling design works well with Omastar's eyes and mouth, creating a unique and interesting image.

Japanese sets often give us early ideas of what the English-language sets may include, so be sure to keep an eye on our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of Paradigm Trigger cards as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.

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