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. 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. We have catalogued the Shiny Vault in a sprawling 34-part series and now, finally, we close the Vault and move to the Pokémon V and VMAX cards of the standard numbered set.
- Dhelmise V & VMAX: Personally, I believe that Shining Fates biggest flaw is that some of its Ultra Rare cards are reprints from recent sets. This isn't an uncommon feature of previous sets and is even more present in Shiny Star V, the Japanese-language set that Shining Fates adapts. The Dhelmise V card appeared initially in Sword & Shield base set, but the Dhelmise VMAX, which is quite fantastic, is brand new.
- Cinderace V & VMAX: Here, Cinderace V is the exact same artwork used for the Cinderace V in Rebel Clash. However, Shining Fates deserves credit for making the more coveted pulls, the VMAX cards rather than the V cards, unique. The Cinderace VMAX artwork is totally different, and significantly nicer, than the Cinderace VMAX in Rebel Clash. While I personally wish every Ultra Rare card was new, the fact is that when you take the Shiny Vault into account, Shining Fates is a huge, huge set so, in the grand scheme of things, a few reprints don't take away that much.
Next time, our spotlight on Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates continues with the V and VMAX cards of the standard set.