Pokémon TCG Japan: VSTAR Universe Preview: Lucario SAR


After some revealing leaks Pokémon trading card game Japan’s high-class set VSTAR universe was finally released. vSTAR Universe, available in Japan and at locations that sell Japanese products, is the basis for the concluding Early 2023 English Language Special Set Sword & Shield Epoch, crown zenith. Like previous special sets VMAX climax and Shining Star V, VSTAR universe is primarily a reprint set with a large Secret Rare section of Pursuit cards. Among these Chase cards are things that we originally thought were alternate art VSTARs, but which we can now reveal as an all-new card rarity. Pokémon trading card game Japan has unveiled new Art Rares and Special Art Rares inspired by Character Rares and Alternate (or Special) Arts. Art Rares are full-art cards with no texture that use Pokémon to paint a beautiful, unique scene. They are essentially rare characters with no trainers present. Then Special Art Rares take the same concept and add the V or VSTAR mechanics. This set also includes Special Art Trainer Supporters and, for the first time ever, Gold Alternate Art VSTARs. This is expected to be the last set to feature Pokémon-V and VSTARs as 2023 will be the launch of the Scarlet & Violet Era returning to Pokemon Ex mechanic. Today, let’s take a look at a Special Art Rare from the set.

Maps from the VSTAR universe.  Credit: Pokemon TCG
Maps from the VSTAR universe. Recognition: Pokémon trading card game

This Lucario VSTAR Special Art Rare features a striking Lucario that will show you why it’s an elite fighting era. The art credit goes on inclI can reveal is actually the popular artist and streamer hungry clicker who is known for beautiful and stylistically diverse illustrations. While this is hncl’s first Pokemon card, her work has been before officially introduced Pokemon Masters EX Art.

While this card is in the main VSTAR universe Set for Japanese collectors, English speaking collectors will have an easier time finding it. The Lucario VSTAR Special Art Rare will be included as SWSH Black Star Promo im crown zenith Elite Trainer Box instead of the numbered set.

Japanese sets often give us an early idea of ​​what the English language sets might contain, so keep an eye on our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of VSTAR universe maps as well as updates on everything Pokémon trading card game here at Bleeding Cool.

Posted in: Card Games, Games, Pokémon TCG, Tabletop | Tags: Crown Zenith, Lucario, Pokemon, Pokemon TCG, VSTAR Universe

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