Pokémon TCG Japan: VSTAR Universe Preview: Connecting Bidoof


The highly memed Bidoof gets an Art Rare in Pokémon TCG Japan: VSTAR Universe, set to be adapted into the English set Crown Zenith.


After a few revealing leaks, Pokémon TCG Japan’s high-class set VSTAR Universe has finally been released. VSTAR Universe, which is available in Japan and locations that sell Japanese products, is the basis for the early 2023 English-language special set closing out the Sword & Shield era, Crown Zenith. Like previous special sets, VMAX Climax and Shiny Star VVSTAR Universe is primarily a reprint set with a large Secret Rare section of chase cards. Among these chase cards are what we initially thought were Alternate Art VSTARs, but which we can now reveal as a new card rarity entirely. Pokémon TCG Japan has revealed new Art Rares and Special Art Rares, which riff on Character Rares and Alternate (or Special) Arts. Art Rares are Full Art cards without texture that paint a beautiful, unique scene using Pokémon. They are essentially Character Rares without Trainers present. Then, Special Art Rares take the same concept and add the V or VSTAR mechanic. This set also includes Special Art Trainer Supporters and, for the first time ever, Gold Alternate Art VSTARs. It is expected that this will be the final set with Pokémon-V and VSTARs, as 2023 will see the launch of the Scarlet & Violet era, which returns to the Pokémon ex mechanic. Today, let’s take at another Art Rare from VSTAR Universe.

VSTAR Universe cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

This Bidoof is part of a nine-card connecting set that closes out the standard Art Rare section of the set. This connecting set is illustrated by Kouki Saitou, who has been contributing to the hobby since the early days of Aquapolis. Saitou is credited on over 600 cards, and this nine-card set is a celebration of a decades-long career of his Pokémon TCG art.

Bidoof, one of the most memed Pokémon of all time, kicks off the second row of this connecting set. It is placed under Riolu, above Paras, and to the left of Pikachu. Bidoof is drawn here on the ground as some beautiful, amber, autumn leaves kick up around it. Saitou uses elements of nature beautifully to accentuate each species’ color palette in this larger image, which makes the cards function individually well. It’s just like the Duskull up in the top right corner of the image, which uses purple fog to create ghostly vibes.

Japanese sets often give us early ideas of what the English-language sets may include, so be sure to keep an eye on our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of VSTAR Universe cards as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.

Posted in: Card Games, Games, Pokémon TCG, Tabletop | Tagged: Bidoof, Crown Zenith, pokemon, pokemon cards, Pokemon TCG, VSTAR Universe

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