There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Pokémon TCG right now, with much of it surrounding the special set (or, "holiday set" as some call it) Shining Fates. Shining Fates is modeled after the landmark 2019 set Hidden Fates, featuring both a main set and a subset called the Shiny Vault. Shiny Vault cards depict Shiny Pokémon and can be pulled, if you're lucky, in the reverse holo slot. Shining Fates includes a whopping 122 cards in the Shiny Vault on top of the 73 regular cards in the set. The set is a collector's dream and is currently selling out nationwide due to both the quality of the cards and the current historic hype surrounding the Pokémon TCG. Forget the hype, though. For many collectors, it's all about the artwork, and that artwork deserves to be spotlighted. In this series, we'll analyze every single card from the Shiny Vault of Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates, starting with the card coded SV1 and ending with SV122. It's going to be a long journey, and you can follow it the whole way by clicking the Shining Fates tag below. This time, we continue with the coveted Full Arts.
- Shiny Ditto V and VMAX: All right, listen. Listen, listen, listen. Shiny Charizard VMAX is every bit the ultimate chase card that people think of it as. The build-up with the VMAX of the same artwork debuting in Darkness Ablaze and the Rainbow in Champion's Path only to culminate with the Shiny version in Shining Fates? Perfect. However… let's level with each other here. Giant. Blue. Ditto. Shiny Ditto VMAX is, to me, at least tied with Charizard as the most stunning card in the set. Not only is it beautifully drawn, but it's also unique, weird, and hilarious. In any set that didn't have the Shiny Charizard VMAX, this would've been the chase card of the set. Now, it'll play second to the iconic fire-breathing beast, but we all know that Ditto is number one in our hearts.
Next time, our spotlight on Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates continues as we conclude our spotlight on the Full Arts!