Illustration rare card (TCG)
Illustration rare (Japanese: アートレア Art Rare) is a type of rarity in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, introduced in the VSTAR Universe expansion in Asia and the Scarlet & Violet expansion internationally. They are Full Art Secret cards that showcase Pokémon in their natural environments and offer a closer look at their unique personalities.
Illustration rare cards are usually holographic reprints of Common, Uncommon, and Rare cards from the same set, with alternate artwork. Sometimes, entire evolution lines get reprinted as illustration rare cards. These are often drawn by one illustrator, telling the story of that Pokémon growing up. If the final evolution stage is a Pokémon ex, that card is classified as a special illustration rare instead. Starting with the Scarlet & Violet expansion, illustration rare cards feature a single gold star () for their rarity symbol, the Asian equivalent of which is the Art Rare rarity denoted by AR () rarity symbol.
Illustration rare cards are similar to the Trainer Gallery cards introduced in the Brilliant Stars expansion (the Japanese VMAX Climax subset), bar the fact that they generally do not feature characters.
Art Rare cards from the VSTAR Universe expansion were released as part of the Crown Zenith expansion globally, but were given different official rarity designations exclusive to this set. Art Rare cards from Crown Zenith are officially designated as "Galarian Gallery holo rare" cards and can be identified with a white star or as their rarity symbol.
List of illustration rare cards in the Scarlet & Violet Series
List of Galarian Gallery holo rare cards in the Sword & Shield Series
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