The is the Pokemon that stole Alolan Vulpix from his VSTAR

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One of the most anticipated Pokémon TCG the sets arriving in Japan this year have now been revealed. Incandescent Arcana is slated for release on September 2, 2022 in Japan. Unlike the previous direct Japanese set, the Origin Forme Giratina theme Lost Abyss which brought back the Lost Zone mechanic, this set will include rare characters and Radiant Pokémon. Leading this set is the unusual yet exciting Alolan Vulpix VSTAR, which follows the fun trend of Pikachu and Eevee Ultra Rares, where it’s the cute, iconic shape that gets the functionality rather than the over the top evolution. This set, along with the subsequent main series Paradigm Trigger Japanese set, which will focus on Lugia, will be the basis for the fourth and final English-language Sword & Shield set of 2022, which is expected to close out the era. Today we continue our Incandescent Arcana seen with the Secret Rare Gold VSTAR single from this set.

Glowing arcane cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

Serperior!?

The most shocking twist of all Incandescent Arcana the card reveal is here. The set mascot Alolan Vulpix does not get the Gold VSTAR of the set. It’s more like Serperior. Why? Honestly, I can’t imagine. It’s a nice card, yes, but a break from the trend of giving the set’s main mascot the Gold VSTAR for this of all sets is an odd choice for me. Although I love Serperior, the Gold Alolan Vulpix VSTAR would have been my personal hunt card of the set. In star birth, Arceus got the gold. In combat region, it was Hisuian Samurott who shared the mascot title with the other three evolutions of Hisuian Starter. In Despiser of time and space juggler, he went to Origin Forme Dialga and Palkia respectively. In dark fantasy it was Hisuian Zoroark and in Lost Abyss it was Giratin. It would have followed that Alolan Vulpix should receive this treatment in Incandescent Arcanawho throws Paradigm Trigger in question. Box any VSTAR gone Gold? Is Lugia not guaranteed in Paradigm Trigger? All we can do is wait and see.

Japanese sets often give us a first taste of what English sets might include, so be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of Incandescent Arcana maps as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.

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