Pokémon TCG Japan's Shiny Treasure Ex: Shiny Mimikyu
We knew that Shiny Mimikyu gets an Illustration Rare promo card, and now Pokémon TCG has revealed its Shiny Treasure ex Baby Shiny card.
- Pokémon TCG Japan unveils Shiny Treasure ex set, featuring Shiny Pokémon cards.
- High-class sets offer reprints and new Secret Rares, fueling fan anticipation.
- Shiny Mimikyu gets a "Baby Shiny" card by artist Nelnal in the upcoming expansion.
- English adaptations of these sets lead to special expansions like Scarlet & Violet.
At the end of every calendar year, the Pokémon TCG Japan releases what is called a "high class" set. These sets are characterized by featuring mostly reprinted cards in the main numbered section of the set, allowing those who may have missed important cards from previous sets that year to catch up. These sets are also known for featuring a large number of Secret Rares, which are generally all-new cards. These high-class sets are usually the most anticipated sets of the year for fans of the Japanese Pokémon TCG. English fans often key in as well because these are sometimes the source material for our "special" expansions. In other cases, they are integrated into main expansions or sometimes never released in English. Examples in the past are GX Ultra Shiny, which was adapted into Hidden Fates, Tag Team GX All-Stars, which was never adapted, Shiny Star V, which was adapted into Shining Fates, VMAX Climax, which was adapted into the Trainer Gallery subsets in main-line Sword & Shield-era sets, and VSTAR Universe which was adapted into Crown Zenith. Now, the Pokémon TCG Japan has revealed its next high-class set: Shiny Treasure ex. This expansion will be like GX Ultra Shiny and Shiny Star V, in that its expansive Secret Rare section will focus on Shiny Pokémon. Like those previous sets, it will feature "Baby" Shinies (a popular fan phrase for non-Full Art Shiny cards) and Full Art ex Shinies. It has already been confirmed that the English-language Pokémon TCG will adapt this high-class Japanese set into an early 2024 special expansion titled Scarlet & Violet – Paldean Fates. Today, let's take a look at one of the newly revealed Shiny Pokémon ex from Shiny Treasure ex.
We previously showed off the Mitsuhiro Arita-illustrated Shiny Mimikyu Illustration Rare, which actually debuted in English first. It will be included in the Scarlet & Violet – Paldean Fates Elite Trainer Box as an SV Black Star Promo. It will likely also be included as a Secret Rare in Shiny Treasure ex. What we do know for sure, though, is that Shiny Treasure ex will feature the above "Baby Shiny" of Mimikyu. Artist Nelnal contributed this card. It's great to see Shiny Mimikyu finally appear in the TCG, especially after an unusually prominent role in the anime for a Shiny, considering Acerola had a Shiny Mimikyu named Mimikins as her partner Pokémon.
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 Scarlet & Violet cards as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.