10 Best Cards in Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates

The best Pokémon cards from the Shining Fates expansion.

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) adds another expansion for fans who can’t get enough shiny Pokémon in their collection. A shiny Pokémon is a rare appearance coloring of a traditional Pokémon, making it different from the standard look. Typically, in the Pokémon games, they have a distinct shine to them, giving the Pokémon a bit more added flair. Shiny Pokémon can also be discovered in the TCG collections, but the Shining Fates has a much higher rate of players acquiring a shiny Pokémon. These are some of the best Pokémon cards you can acquire from this collection.

Lapras VMax

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The VMax version of Lapras in this collection is a worthwhile catch and addition to your collection. It has a powerful attack that you can enhance by giving it more Water-type energy, and it has a sizeable amount of health. Like all VMax cards, it’ll be tough to defeat, but when an opponent does defeat it, they earn several prize cards for their trouble. This version is also a shiny version of Lapras, increasing its value.

Toxtricity VMax

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For those looking to make a Poison-type Pokémon deck, Toxtricity VMax is a priority pick for you. Its attack, G-Max Riot, does 80 more damage against any opponent that is currently poisoned. If you can figure out a reliable series of cards to benefit from this choice, you can do some heavy damage with this Pokémon. Because of how much health it has, your opponent needs to consider what to focus on, Toxtricity, or the Pokémon doing all of the poison damage. This is also a shiny version.

Ditto VMax

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If you really like to use your opponent’s strengths against them, the VMax version of Ditto is a worthwhile Pokémon card. You can pick from any active Pokémon on your opponent’s side to make their attack and use it on Ditto. It gives you a chance to turn your opponent’s strengths against them, making them think twice before they place down a card against your Ditto. This is also the shiny version of Pokémon.

Eternatus VMax

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When you’re building a Dark-type deck, Eternatus VMax is an excellent card to layer into it. It feeds off of having other Dark-type Pokémon in your active field and having them ready to go in your hand while this Pokémon is active. It does even more damage while they’re on the field, so the more you have, the more your opponent has to worry about.

Grimmsnarl VMax

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Another Dark-type Pokémon to consider adding to your deck is Grimmsnarl VMax. Unlike Eternatus, it doesn’t become stronger by having more Dark-type Pokémon on the field, but the more Dark-type energy cards you add to it, you can increase its power to a certain degree. It can easily become the flagship card of your deck, and you devastate your opponent’s Pokémon with only a single strike. This is the shiny version of the Pokémon.

Rillaboom VMax

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If you’re a fan of the three starter Pokémon from the Sword and Shield games, the Rillaboom VMax card is an outstanding choice. You’ll need to stack plenty of energy onto this Pokémon to maximize the benefits of its Max Beating attack, though, so make sure to have those at the ready. This is the shiny version of the Pokémon.

Charizard VMax

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If you’re a player who can’t let go of the classics, the Charizard VMax version is here. It’s the signature shiny version of Charizard, and it’s capable of becoming a powerful opponent. Unfortunately, it’s energy-hungry, so you need to have plenty of cards in your hand or on it when you want to attack with it during your turn.

Centiskorch VMax

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For those who want to use a Fire-type attack and expect to discard a lot of Fire-type energy cards, Centiskorch can bring those back from your discard pile. Its G-Max attack, Centiferno, allows you to place any Fire-type energy cards you’ve discarded onto this Pokémon, so long as you’ve done damage to your opponent using the attack. It’s a good Pokémon to use later in the game after you’ve already used a handful of Fire-type Pokémon. This is the shiny version of Centiskorch, too.

Suicune

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You can always add the reliable Water-type Suicune to your collection for trainers who don’t want to use the VMax Pokémon. This Pokémon is a standard legendary that can do a decent amount of damage. It’s not going to be a huge Pokémon on the field, but in the correct situations, you can do well, especially if you can fire off Aurora Loop several times, adding more Water-type energy into your hand. This is the shiny version of the Pokémon.

Galarian Rapidash

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The final Pokémon we want to discuss is Galarian Rapidash, another Pokémon from the Sword and Shield games. The attack, Psychic, is a good move on it that punishes your opponent for using Pokémon that rely on having multiple energy cards on their active Pokémon. The ability, Pastel Veil, is also using if you’re facing off against an opponent using a special conditions deck that’s causing a lot of problems for your Pokémon. This is the shiny version of Galarian Rapidash.

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