The first bunch of scans from Hidden Fates have been revealed, and we can confirm that the autumn "mini" set will contain a staggering 162 cards (plus secret rares), including the Shiny Charizard-GX and alternate full art Cynthia trainer cards!
First released in the Hidden Fates Mewtwo & Mew pin badge collection boxes on August 23rd, this set will contain at least 68 brand new main set cards, plus the additional 94 “SV” marked cards which are set aside for shiny Pokémon, full art trainers and other cards they don't want to affect the standard format rotation for the competitive game on August 15th.
So far the details are vague for what the majority of the 68 main set cards will be, but thankfully four of them have been announced already. The regular art version of Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX, as well as Weezing, Arbok and the Jessie & James trainer card. We also expect Ekans and Koffing to be included as they are the basic versions of the aforementioned Pokémon.
What many of us are here for though is the 94 “SV” shiny/reprint cards. “SV”, which likely stands for something like “Shiny/Shining Varient”, will be on all the Shiny Pokémon and full art trainer cards which are reprints of the ones we have had from previous sets. Alongside using their original set symbols, this ensures that they won't affect legality in competitive standard tournaments, and keep them as their own mini set that could even be collected separately from the main Hidden Fates set.
We already pretty much know which all these cards will be as they were all first printed in Japan's GX Ultra Shiny set last year, although its still good to see these first few English scans. So far it's been confirmed that only the shiny versions Metagross-GX, Rayquaza-GX and Zoroark-GX will be in separate collection boxes.
Players of the Pokémon TCG will be happy to see the Malamar, Buzzwole, Lucario-GX cards, as well as the Cynthia full art trainer card. Due to only sets from Ultra Prism-on rotating on August 15th, these will be in some demand from collectors and players alike as they can still be used in standard tournaments.
Although not playable, Charizard-GX really never saw much play when it was released in 2017's Burning Shadows set, and the rainbow rare (hyper) version regularly still goes for $150+ each. It will all depend on the pull rates of the set and how hard it is to find this card, but don't expect the shiny Charizard-GX to be cheap out of the gate, especially due to the limited amount of ways you can acquire Hidden Fates booster packs, until the Elite Trainer Box is released on September 20th.
Speaking of the Elite Trainer Box, it was also revealed today that the English-language version of the stunning Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX stained glass card, will be the promo included in the box. Initially expected to be in the Hidden Fates booster packs, all fans can breathe a sigh of relief that this highly sought-after card will be more readily available.
I still can't believe the size of this “mini” set which will be sandwiched between August's Unified Minds and the November main sets. 162 cards is going to be a lot to collect, especially with the majority being shiny cards which are likely only be one per pack at best. Make sure to get your preorders in early for Hidden Fates products!
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Pro Player