Special illustration rare card (TCG)

Special illustration rare is a type of rarity in the Pokémon Trading Card Game outside of Asia, introduced in the Scarlet & Violet expansion. They are Full Art Secret cards that showcase Pokémon in their natural environments and offer a closer look at their unique personalities.

Special illustration rare cards are like illustration rare cards but instead feature an additional layer of glitter foil and either feature alternative artwork of chase Pokémon cards such as Pokémon V, VSTAR, VMAX or Pokémon ex, or of Supporter cards. Starting with the Scarlet & Violet expansion, special illustration rare cards feature a double gold star (Special Illustration Rare) for their rarity symbol.

Special Art Rare cards (Japanese: スペシャルアートレア Special Art Rare) introduced in the VSTAR Universe expansion can be seen as the cognate to this rarity in Asian language expansions, however this rarity does not provide a full overlap, as Special Art Rare cards from the Sword & Shield Series are officially designated as "Galarian Gallery ultra rare" cards and can be identified with a white star or GGU as their rarity symbol.[1] The Special Art Rare rarity denoted by SAR (SAR) rarity symbol.

Special 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.


In the Scarlet & Violet Series

Examples of special illustration rare cards

A special illustration rare
Pokémon ex card
A special illustration rare
Tera Pokémon ex card
A special illustration rare
Supporter card

List of special illustration rare cards

Special illustration rare Pokémon  
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Spidops    Scarlet & Violet   243/198 Violet ex   101/078
Miraidon    Scarlet & Violet   244/198 Violet ex   102/078
Gardevoir    Scarlet & Violet   245/198 Scarlet ex   101/078
Great Tusk    Scarlet & Violet   246/198 Scarlet ex   102/078
Koraidon    Scarlet & Violet   247/198 Scarlet ex   103/078
Iron Treads    Scarlet & Violet   248/198 Violet ex   103/078
Meowscarada    Paldea Evolved   256/193 Triplet Beat   096/073
Wo-Chien    Paldea Evolved   257/193 Snow Hazard   092/071
Skeledirge    Paldea Evolved   258/193 Triplet Beat   097/073
Chi-Yu    Paldea Evolved   258/193 Clay Burst   092/071
Quaquaval    Paldea Evolved   260/193 Triplet Beat   098/073
Chien-Pao    Paldea Evolved   261/193 Snow Hazard   093/071
Tinkaton    Paldea Evolved   262/193 Clay Burst   093/071
Ting-Lu    Paldea Evolved   263/193 Clay Burst   094/071
Squawkabilly    Paldea Evolved   264/193 Snow Hazard   094/071
Revavroom    Obsidian Flames   224/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   135/108
Pidgeot    Obsidian Flames   225/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   136/108
Venusaur    151   198/165 Pokémon Card 151   200/165
Charizard    151   199/165 Pokémon Card 151   201/165
Blastoise    151   200/165 Pokémon Card 151   202/165
Alakazam    151   201/165 Pokémon Card 151   203/165
Zapdos    151   202/165 Pokémon Card 151   204/165
Golisopod    Paradox Rift   246/182 Ancient Roar   088/066
Tapu Koko    Paradox Rift   247/182 Raging Surf   086/062
Iron Hands    Paradox Rift   248/182 Future Flash   088/066
Iron Valiant    Paradox Rift   249/182 Future Flash   089/066
Roaring Moon    Paradox Rift   250/182 Ancient Roar   089/066
Roaring Moon    Paradox Rift   251/182 Ancient Roar   090/066
Gholdengo    Paradox Rift   252/182 Raging Surf   087/062
Altaria    Paradox Rift   253/182 Future Flash   090/066
Mew    Paldean Fates   232/091 Shiny Treasure ex   347/190
Gardevoir    Paldean Fates   232/091 Shiny Treasure ex   348/190
Iron Leaves          Cyber Judge   093/071
Gouging Fire    Temporal Forces   204/162 Wild Force   093/071
Walking Wake    Temporal Forces   205/162 Wild Force   094/071
Iron Crown    Temporal Forces   206/162 Cyber Judge   094/071
Iron Boulder    Temporal Forces   207/162 Cyber Judge   095/071
Raging Bolt    Temporal Forces   208/162 Wild Force   095/071
Special illustration rare Pokémon  
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Eiscue    Obsidian Flames   222/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   133/108
Charizard    Obsidian Flames   223/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   134/108
Garchomp    Paradox Rift   245/182 Raging Surf   085/062
Charizard    Paldean Fates   232/091 Shiny Treasure ex   349/190
Special illustration rare Supporter cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Arven Su Scarlet & Violet   249/198 Violet ex   104/078
Jacq Su Scarlet & Violet   250/198 Scarlet ex   104/078
Miriam Su Scarlet & Violet   251/198 Violet ex   105/078
Penny Su Scarlet & Violet   252/198 Scarlet ex   105/078
Boss's Orders [Ghetsis] Su Paldea Evolved   265/193 Triplet Beat   100/073
Dendra Su Paldea Evolved   266/193 Triplet Beat   099/073
Giacomo Su Paldea Evolved   267/193 Snow Hazard   096/071
Grusha Su Paldea Evolved   268/193 Snow Hazard   095/071
Iono Su Paldea Evolved   269/193 Clay Burst   096/071
Saguaro Su Paldea Evolved   270/193 Clay Burst   095/071
Geeta Su Obsidian Flames   226/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   137/108
Poppy Su Obsidian Flames   227/197 Ruler of the Black Flame   138/108
Erika's Invitation Su 151   203/165 Pokémon Card 151   206/165
Giovanni's Charisma Su 151   204/165 Pokémon Card 151   207/165
Mela Su Paradox Rift   254/182 Ancient Roar   092/066
Parasol Lady Su Paradox Rift   255/182 Raging Surf   089/062
Professor Sada's Vitality Su Paradox Rift   256/182 Ancient Roar   091/066
Professor Turo's Scenario Su Paradox Rift   257/182 Future Flash   091/066
Rika Su Paradox Rift   258/182 Raging Surf   088/062
Tulip Su Paradox Rift   259/182 Future Flash   092/066
Arven Su Paldean Fates   235/091 Shiny Treasure ex   353/190
Clive Su Paldean Fates   236/091 Shiny Treasure ex   352/190
Iono Su Paldean Fates   237/091 Shiny Treasure ex   350/190
Nemona Su Paldean Fates   238/091 Shiny Treasure ex   351/190
Penny Su Paldean Fates   239/091 Shiny Treasure ex   354/190
Bianca's Sincerity Su       Cyber Judge   097/071
Eri Su       Wild Force   096/071
Morty's Confidence Su       Wild Force   097/071
Salvatore Su       Cyber Judge   096/071
Associated promotional and other cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Mew    SVP Black Star Promos   053 Pokémon Card 151   205/165
Pikachu          2023 World Championships Yokohama Deck: Pikachu   001/030
Bloodmoon Ursaluna          Crimson Haze   091/066
 


In the Sword & Shield Series

Examples of Galarian Gallery ultra rare cards

A Galarian Gallery ultra rare
Pokémon V card
A Galarian Gallery ultra rare
Pokémon VMAX card
A Galarian Gallery ultra rare
Pokémon VSTAR card
A Galarian Gallery ultra rare
Supporter card

List of Galarian Gallery ultra rare cards

Galarian Gallery ultra rare Pokémon  
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Entei    Crown Zenith   GG36/GG70 VSTAR Universe   213/172
Suicune    Crown Zenith   GG38/GG70 VSTAR Universe   215/172
Lumineon    Crown Zenith   GG39/GG70 VSTAR Universe   216/172
Raikou    Crown Zenith   GG41/GG70 VSTAR Universe   218/172
Zacian    Crown Zenith   GG48/GG70 VSTAR Universe   225/172
Drapion    Crown Zenith   GG49/GG70 VSTAR Universe   227/172
Hisuian Samurott    Crown Zenith   GG51/GG70 VSTAR Universe   229/172
Hoopa    Crown Zenith   GG53/GG70 VSTAR Universe   231/172
Zamazenta    Crown Zenith   GG54/GG70 VSTAR Universe   232/172
Galarian Gallery ultra rare Pokémon  
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Zeraora    Crown Zenith   GG42/GG70 VSTAR Universe   219/172
Deoxys    Crown Zenith   GG45/GG70 VSTAR Universe   222/172
Hatterene    Crown Zenith   GG47/GG70 VSTAR Universe   224/172
Galarian Gallery ultra rare Pokémon  
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Leafeon    Crown Zenith   GG35/GG70 VSTAR Universe   210/172
Simisear    Crown Zenith   GG37/GG70 VSTAR Universe   214/172
Glaceon    Crown Zenith   GG40/GG70 VSTAR Universe   217/172
Zeraora    Crown Zenith   GG43/GG70 VSTAR Universe   220/172
Mewtwo    Crown Zenith   GG44/GG70 VSTAR Universe   221/172
Deoxys    Crown Zenith   GG46/GG70 VSTAR Universe   223/172
Darkrai    Crown Zenith   GG50/GG70 VSTAR Universe   228/172
Hisuian Samurott    Crown Zenith   GG52/GG70 VSTAR Universe   230/172
Regigigas    Crown Zenith   GG55/GG70 VSTAR Universe   233/172
Hisuian Zoroark    Crown Zenith   GG56/GG70 VSTAR Universe   234/172
Galarian Gallery ultra rare Supporter cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Adaman Su Crown Zenith   GG57/GG70 VSTAR Universe   240/172
Cheren's Care Su Crown Zenith   GG58/GG70 VSTAR Universe   241/172
Colress's Experiment Su Crown Zenith   GG59/GG70 VSTAR Universe   235/172
Cynthia's Ambition Su Crown Zenith   GG60/GG70 VSTAR Universe   239/172
Gardenia's Vigor Su Crown Zenith   GG61/GG70 VSTAR Universe   243/172
Grant Su Crown Zenith   GG62/GG70 VSTAR Universe   238/172
Irida Su Crown Zenith   GG63/GG70 VSTAR Universe   236/172
Melony Su Crown Zenith   GG64/GG70 VSTAR Universe   244/172
Raihan Su Crown Zenith   GG65/GG70 VSTAR Universe   237/172
Roxanne Su Crown Zenith   GG66/GG70 VSTAR Universe   242/172
Associated promotional and other cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Charizard    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH260 VSTAR Universe   211/172
Charizard    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH261      
Charizard    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH262 VSTAR Universe   212/172
Lucario    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH291 VSTAR Universe   226/172
 



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