Pokemon TCG: Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars to Feature Pokemon VSTAR Gameplay Mechanic


The Pokemon Company has announced that Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars will include the new Pokemon VSTAR gameplay mechanic. The Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars is the brand-new expansion for the Pokemon Trading Card Game and it is slated to arrive in the first quarter of 2022 where players will be able to experience the all-new Pokemon VSTAR gameplay mechanic as well.

Pokemon VSTAR evolves from Pokemon V and will play a vital role in the Pokemon TCG metagame. Each Pokemon VSTAR has a VSTAR Power which could be an Ability or attack and it comes with an extremely powerful effect that can decide the outcome of a battle. Players can only use one VSTAR Power per game and those who use the VSTAR Power must flip over a VSTAR marker during the battle.

Along with the VSTAR Powers, Pokemon VSTAR also comes with high HP and high-damage attacks. When knocked out, they will also give two Prize Cards. You can look forward to seeing Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR in Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars. Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars will be available in the form of booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections. It will include the following items:

  • 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
  • Four new Pokémon VSTAR
  • Three new Pokémon VMAX
  • 22 Trainer cards and six full-art Supporter cards
  • One new Special Energy card
  • Special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokémon (in-game)


Apart from this, you will be able to find Pokemon VSTAR in the Pokemon TCG: Leafeon VSTAR Special Collection and Pokemon TCG: Glaceon VSTAR Special Collection as well. Both of them will release in the first quarter of 2022. Apart from this, each of these VSTAR Special Collections also includes a promo card featuring Leafeon V or Glaceon V

Related: Pokemon TCG: Scarlet & Violet – 151 Expansion Announced Alongside the ‘151 to 151’ Campaign

Let us know in the comments section below what you think of the new Pokemon VSTAR feature coming to the Pokemon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars. Would you be interested in trying it out and which pack are you most looking forward to?

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