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If you were looking for the "shiny" Pokémon found in the Pokémon games, see Shiny Pokémon.
An example of a Pokémon Star

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

First introduced in the EX Team Rocket Returns expansion, Pokémon Star saw the return of Shining/Alternate Color Pokémon after their brief appearance in the Neo Revelation and Neo Destiny expansions. While they were still bound by the 1-per deck rule, they no longer featured multiple energy-type attacks (with the exception of Latias, Latios and Rayquaza from EX Deoxys) and often had very beneficial attacks, making them much more playable.

Their card design, like that of Pokémon-ex is also unique. The character art depicts the Pokémon with portions of their body protruding outside of the character window, almost as if they are "jumping out" of the card. Various areas of the card design have golden tinges added to it, such as the corners of the attack text box and character window; the shadows of these graphics are also holographic.

Like their predecessors, these cards were still difficult to obtain, the odds of finding one roughly 1 in 2 booster boxes, sending their prices soaring. By far the most valuable Pokémon Star are the Japanese versions of the Eeveelutions, which were awarded as tiered prize cards to members of the Pokémon Players Club. Complete sets and the higher tier cards still command high prices. Their subsequent English release in the EX Power Keepers expansion and POP Series 5 promotional set saw their initial demand decrease, though the Japanese World Champions Pack reprints of Vaporeon Star, Jolteon Star, and Flareon Star proved more popular than their original prints due to the distribution method of the set.

δ Delta Species Pokémon Star are always the type that their alternate-colored form takes on the color of. For example, Gyarados Star δ is a Fire-type because Shiny Gyarados are red.

All Pokémon Star are Basic Pokémon, and all Pokémon Star cards are illustrated by Masakazu Fukuda.

In the Diamond & Pearl expansion, Pokémon Star and Pokémon-ex were essentially jointly replaced by Pokémon LV.X, though Shiny Pokémon were again featured in the TCG in the Stormfront expansion. However, they received no special rules, multi-Energy attacks or visual enhancements. Their only difference from regular cards this time around was a special "starry" foil reminiscent of early English foil treatments (in Japan), or a unique collection number with the prefix "SH" (outside Japan). This change perhaps reflects that in the Pokémon games, Shiny Pokémon are no different to normal Pokémon, other than that they are a different color.

Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon Star

Pokémon Star
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 #
Mudkip Star Water EX Team Rocket Returns ShinyRare Holo 107/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back ShinyRare Holo 033/084
Torchic Star Fire EX Team Rocket Returns ShinyRare Holo 108/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back ShinyRare Holo 020/084
Treecko Star Grass EX Team Rocket Returns ShinyRare Holo 109/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back ShinyRare Holo 011/084
Latias Star Colorless EX Deoxys ShinyRare Holo 105/107 Clash of the Blue Sky ShinyRare Holo 065/082
Latios Star Colorless EX Deoxys ShinyRare Holo 106/107 Clash of the Blue Sky ShinyRare Holo 066/082
Rayquaza Star Colorless EX Deoxys ShinyRare Holo 107/107 Clash of the Blue Sky ShinyRare Holo 067/082
Entei Star Fire EX Unseen Forces ShinyRare Holo 113/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean ShinyRare Holo 019/106
Raikou Star Lightning EX Unseen Forces ShinyRare Holo 114/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean ShinyRare Holo 039/106
Suicune Star Water EX Unseen Forces ShinyRare Holo 115/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean ShinyRare Holo 032/106
Groudon Star Fighting EX Delta Species ShinyRare Holo 111/113 Holon Research Tower ShinyRare Holo 056/086
Kyogre Star Water EX Delta Species ShinyRare Holo 112/113 Holon Research Tower ShinyRare Holo 028/086
Metagross Star Metal EX Delta Species ShinyRare Holo 113/113 Holon Research Tower ShinyRare Holo 075/086
Regice Star Water EX Legend Maker ShinyRare Holo 90/92 Mirage Forest ShinyRare Holo 033/086
Regirock Star Fighting EX Legend Maker ShinyRare Holo 91/92 Mirage Forest ShinyRare Holo 059/086
Registeel Star Metal EX Legend Maker ShinyRare Holo 92/92 Mirage Forest ShinyRare Holo 076/086
Celebi Star Grass EX Crystal Guardians ShinyRare Holo 100/100 Miracle Crystal ShinyRare Holo 004/075
Alakazam Star Psychic EX Crystal Guardians ShinyRare Holo 99/100 Miracle Crystal ShinyRare Holo 033/075
Gyarados Star δ Fire EX Holon Phantoms ShinyRare Holo 102/110 Holon Phantom ShinyRare Holo 008/052
Mewtwo Star Psychic EX Holon Phantoms ShinyRare Holo 103/110 Pokémon Star   002/002
Pikachu Star Lightning EX Holon Phantoms ShinyRare Holo 104/110 Pokémon Star   001/002
Charizard Star δ Darkness EX Dragon Frontiers ShinyRare Holo 100/101 Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends ShinyRare Holo 052/068
Mew Star δ Water EX Dragon Frontiers ShinyRare Holo 101/101 Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends ShinyRare Holo 015/068
Flareon Star Fire EX Power Keepers ShinyRare Holo 100/108 PLAY Promotional cards   024/PLAY
      World Champions Pack ShinyRare Holo 011/108
Jolteon Star Lightning EX Power Keepers ShinyRare Holo 101/108 PLAY Promotional cards   023/PLAY
      World Champions Pack ShinyRare Holo 027/108
Vaporeon Star Water EX Power Keepers ShinyRare Holo 102/108 PLAY Promotional cards   022/PLAY
      World Champions Pack ShinyRare Holo 015/108
Espeon Star Psychic POP Series 5 ShinyRare Holo 16/17 PLAY Promotional cards   025/PLAY
Umbreon Star Darkness POP Series 5 ShinyRare Holo 17/17 PLAY Promotional cards   026/PLAY
 


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