Shining Pokémon (TCG)

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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 of them are Basic Pokémon.

First introduced in Neo Revelation, the 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 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 holo with an additional glitter coating).

The 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.

The concept of Shining Pokémon was carried over to the e-Series in the form of Crystal Pokémon in the Aquapolis and Skyridge Expansions, although actual alternate color Pokémon would not be seen in the TCG again until EX Team Rocket Returns in the form of Pokémon Star.

List of Shining Pokémon

Shining 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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Shining Gyarados Water Neo Revelation SuperRare Holo 65/64 Awakening Legends SuperRare Holo  
Shining Magikarp Water Neo Revelation SuperRare Holo 66/64 Awakening Legends SuperRare Holo  
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Shining Celebi Grass Neo Destiny Shining Holo 106/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Charizard Fire Neo Destiny Shining Holo 107/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Kabutops Fighting Neo Destiny Shining Holo 108/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Mewtwo Psychic Neo Destiny Shining Holo 109/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Noctowl Colorless Neo Destiny Shining Holo 110/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Raichu Lightning Neo Destiny Shining Holo 111/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Steelix Metal Neo Destiny Shining Holo 112/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Tyranitar Darkness Neo Destiny Shining Holo 113/105 Darkness, and to Light... Shining Holo  
Shining Mew Psychic       Unnumbered Promotional cards    

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