Shining Pokémon (TCG)

If you were looking for shining Pokémon found in the Pokémon games, see Shiny Pokémon.

Shining Pokémon are a type of Pokémon found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game that depict the alternate color variation of a Pokémon. All Shining Pokémon are Basic Pokémon.

First introduced in the Neo Revelation expansion, Shining Pokémon created quite a stir in the TCG community, both for their rarity and use of multiple Energy-type attacks. They were also bound by a special rule that allowed only 1 Shining Pokémon by name in a deck.

Perhaps chosen because of their appearances in the Pokémon anime and Pokémon Gold and Silver, Magikarp and Gyarados were the first Shining Pokémon featured in the TCG, included in Neo Revelation as secret cards. When released in Japan, their prices skyrocketed overseas, with collectors paying $300+ for them each. The odds of finding them in a booster pack were stated as 300:1, reflecting the chances of encountering a Shining Pokémon in the games. Their prices came down with the release of the set in English, but the cards remained difficult to obtain.

Shining Pokémon appeared again in Neo Destiny and once again feature alternate-colored Pokémon. In addition, the character art was given a reflective foil treatment, making the Pokémon literally "shine" (the only exception to this is Shining Mew, which was released as a promotional card in Japan only and is holofoil with an additional glitter coating).

Shining Pokémon in Neo Destiny were once again secret cards and featured a unique rarity symbol of 3 stars reminiscent of the ShinyIIStars.png used for alternate-colored Pokémon in the games. This has never been used again in the TCG.

Shining Pokémon returned in the Shining Legends subset of the Sun & Moon series. No longer restricted to the 1 per deck rule, they featured a reflective foil layer applied to the depicted Pokémon, similar to the ones released in Neo Destiny, but did not require multiple Energy types for their attack costs. The subset also introduced a new rarity symbol for these Shining Pokémon, consisting of a foil, blue and yellow colored, eight-pointed star. All the Shining Pokémon included in this set were either Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.

Pokémon that have appeared as Shining Pokémon

Shining Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Shining Gyarados   Neo Revelation   65/64 Awakening Legends    
Shining Magikarp   Neo Revelation   66/64 Awakening Legends    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Promo Card Pack 25th Anniversary Edition   010/025
Shining Celebi   Neo Destiny   106/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Charizard   Neo Destiny   107/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Kabutops   Neo Destiny   108/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Mewtwo   Neo Destiny   109/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Noctowl   Neo Destiny   110/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Raichu   Neo Destiny   111/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Steelix   Neo Destiny   112/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Tyranitar   Neo Destiny   113/105 Darkness, and to Light...    
Shining Mew         Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Shining Genesect   Shining Legends   9/73 Shining Legends   010/072
Shining Volcanion   Shining Legends   27/73 Shining Legends   028/072
Shining Mew   Shining Legends   40/73 Shining Legends   041/072
Shining Jirachi   Shining Legends   42/73 Shining Legends   043/072
Shining Rayquaza   Shining Legends   56/73 Shining Legends   057/072
Shining Arceus   Shining Legends   57/73 Shining Legends   059/072
Shining Celebi   SM Black Star Promos   SM79 Shining Legends   004/072
Shining Lugia   SM Black Star Promos   SM82 Shining Legends   058/072
Shining Ho-Oh   SM Black Star Promos   SM70 SM-P Promotional cards   083/SM-P

In other languages

Language Title
  European French Pokémon Brillant
  German Schimmerndes Pokémon
  Italian Pokémon Iridescente
  Brazilian Portuguese Pokémon Luminoso (Celebrations)
Pokémon Luminescente (Shining Legends, SM Black Star Promos)
  European Spanish Pokémon Luminoso

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