Special illustration rare card (TCG)
Special illustration rare (Japanese: スペシャルアートレア Special 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.
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 () for their rarity symbol, the Asian equivalent of which is the Special Art Rare rarity denoted by 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.
Special 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. Special Art Rare cards from Crown Zenith are officially designated as "Galarian Gallery ultra rare" cards and can be identified with a white star or as their rarity symbol.
List of special illustration rare cards in the Scarlet & Violet Series
List of Galarian Gallery ultra rare cards in the Sword & Shield Series
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