Following November 2020’s Vivid Voltage expansion, Shining Fates is all set to be the first Pokemon TCG Online expansion of 2021, and it has some pretty amazing cards put together in one pack. Below are ten of the best Pokemon cards in Shining Fates, put together considering their competitive aspect as well as collector’s value.
Note that Shining Fates is a special, “in-between” expansion like Hidden Fates. Most of the cards in Shining Fates already have their base version in the game. Shining Fates is the English version of the Shiny Star V expansion and does have a few new cards.
Eevee VMAX is one of the new VMAX cards in Shining Fates.
G-Max Cuddle looks like a pretty powerful attack, and will pair well with Glimwood Tangle, a Stadium card that lets you flip coins multiple times for such attacks. Being a Normal type and an Evolution Pokemon, Eevee VMAX would pair well with Triple Acceleration Energy too.
Shiny Zamazenta V
Zamazenta V’s specialty is simple: complete VMAX immunity.
Deck guide: ADP/Z deck (Standard)
The card has been a staple in ADP/Z decks, and the Shiny version will see a lot of use as well. This card is a match-winner against Pokemon TCG decks like Centiskorch VMAX and Eternatus VMAX.
Shining Legends will also introduce a new Item card that will give Zamazenta V +20 HP.
Shiny Ditto VMAX
Ditto VMAX looks similar to the Foul Play Zoroark, and could make for some pretty interesting decks.
Max Transform is an attack that can give you some significant advantages in otherwise challenging matchups. For example, you can steal ADP’s Altered Creation GX. You can also use Zacian V’s 230-damage attack to one-shot it, or Coalossal VMAX’s 4-Energy attack with just three Energies.
Shiny Ditto VMAX and Shiny Ditto V will have a significant cost in in-game trades.
Shiny Eldegoss V
Eldegoss V featured in our list of must-have Standard cards, and is a great addition to most decks because of its ability. Happy Match can fetch you Supporter Cards from your discard pile, similar to VS Seeker from Expanded.
Shiny Eternatus VMAX
Eternatus VMAX is known for having the fastest and most powerful second turn. In just two turns, this deck can rack up 270+ damage with just two Energy attachments. Eternatus is hands down the best Dark deck in Standard right now.
Shiny Centiskorch VMAX
Deck guide: Centiskorch VMAX (Standard)
Centiskorch VMAX is one of the best Fire cards we’ve ever had in Pokemon TCG Online. When paired with Volcanion and Welder, it can dish out crazy damage numbers pretty fast.
It also helps that some of the most commonly played cards in the game are Steel type, and have Fire as their weakness.
Shiny Zacian V
Zacian V is one of the best Pokemon V cards in the game right now. It draws cards, accelerates Energy onto itself, and has a 230-damage attack. It’s hard to say how hard its trade price will go, considering one copy was recently given out for free in Pokemon TCG Online.
Regardless, it continues to be the main Pokemon of the Sword & Shield expansions and continues to get stronger with the upcoming Item card that will give it a +30 damage boost.
Shiny Charizard VMAX
Charizard cards are the Starbucks of Pokemon TCG Online; they’re not that special, but people pay for them anyway.
Charizard V and Charizard VMAX were some of the weaker cards in the Darkness Ablaze expansion and didn’t see any competitive play at all. Yet, the Shiny Charizard V has been pretty expensive to obtain via trade – and for no reason other than it being a Charizard card.
Shiny Pokemon being valuable for collectors, the Shiny Charizard VMAX will also be pretty overpriced for a long time after the expansion releases. This is the fourth consecutive expansion with Charizard in it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this continues for four more.
Shiny Boltund V
Deck guide: PikaRom (Standard and Expanded)
Boltund V has been a staple in every Electric deck that has seen play since it released. A single-Energy attack that accelerates Energy, and a double-Energy attack that does more damage for each Electric Energy in play makes for a perfect turn-one attacker for Electric decks.
The card has recently gone up in price after PikaRom decks have seen crazy win rates in tournaments, and Shiny Boltund V will see a high trade price as well.
Shiny Crobat V
Crobat V is the most expensive meta card in Pokemon TCG Online right now, and a Shiny version is just going to be incredibly overpriced. There is a Crobat VMAX in Shining Fates as well, but it looks pretty underwhelming and won’t see a lot of use. Crobat V, on the other hand, will continue to be a staple in every Standard deck due to its ability that lets you draw cards.
Crobat V will definitely be the best and one of the most expensive cards from the Shining Fates expansion of Pokemon TCG Online.