S9 Star Birth Officially Revealed

Published on 3 November 2021 at 09:15

Charizard VSTAR Also Joins The Party!

The next Japanese set named S9 Star Birth after much anticipation, has been finally revealed during the Champions League 2022 Fukuoka Livestream. This is the first set of year 3 (which starts in 2022) in the Sword & Shield TCG, and will be a tie in set with the upcoming videogame Pokemon Legends: Arceus.


This set will introduce the new VSTAR mechanic.

Sword & Shield Expansion Pack - Star Birth

  • This set will contain 100 cards + ??? (SR cards or better)
  • This set will release on January 14, 2022
  • Booster box Price: 4950 yen

1 Booster box includes:

  • 30 packs
  • 1 booster pack includes 5 cards

Set Artwork

Charizard V & Charizard VSTAR have been revealed, along with Moltres and new Trainer cards named Cheren's Care (which has the effect of Burning Shadows Acerola, but for Colorless Pokemon), Kindler, Magma Basin and Double Turbo Energy. Arceus VSTAR was revealed 2 weeks ago and we have covered that card along with the VSTAR mechanic here.

Like we mentioned before, VSTAR cards are likely to replace VMAX cards. These cards have the same RRR (Triple Rare) rarity and are textured. VSTAR cards evolve from Pokemon V cards. VSTAR Power is a once per game mechanic like the GX Moves we know. Worth noting: Nothing says VSTAR Power has to be an Ability. It also gives up 2 Prize cards when Knocked Out.

S9 Star Birth Officially Revealed

The English SWSH9 set (which is as of now, yet not revealed, but teased with Arceus VSTAR) will have 172 cards in it's main set.


Also the Premium Trainer Box VSTAR has been revealed, this product costs 6050 yen and releases on the day the set releases.

Also comes with a VSTAR Marker and includes many trainer and staple cards such as 2 copies each of Mew, Ultra Ball, Quick Ball, Level Ball, Path to the Peak and  Air Balloon.


Stay tuned for more news about this set in the future!

Update 07-01-2022: Set list added of the Premium Trainer Box VSTAR.

Pokemon Card Game Sword & Shield Premium Trainer Box VSTAR

Suggested retail price: 6050 yen (tax included)
Release date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Product contents:

  • 20 Packs of Expansion pack Star Birth
  • Cards:
    • 191 cards (38 types in total)
    • Pokemon cards 19x (10 types)
    • Trainer cards 40x (18 types)
    • Special energy cards 4x (2 types)
    • Basic Energy cards 128x (8 types x 16 each)
  • 1 Card Storage box
  • 1 Pokemon coin 
  • 1 VSTAR marker 
  • 1 Acrylic damage counter set (100 damage: 6 pieces / 50 damage: 8 pieces / 10 damage: 20 pieces)
  • 1 Premium Condition Marker (Poison / Burn)
  • 1 Damage counter case

Card translations comes again from ToineLay, thank you!

Arceus VSTAR


CCC - Trinity Nova 200
Search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon V in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.


Ability: Starbirth
During your turn, you may search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. (You can't use more than 1 VSTAR Power in a game.)


VSTAR rule

When your VSTAR is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Arceus V


CC - Trinity Charge
Search your deck for up to 3 basic Energy cards and attach them to your Pokémon V in any way you like. Then, shuffle your deck.

CCC - Power Edge 130

Charizard VSTAR


FFC - Detonating Fire 130+
If this Pokémon has any danage counters on it, this attack does 100 more damage.



FFFC - Star Blaze 320
Discard 2 Energy from this Pokémon.


VSTAR rule

When your VSTAR is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Charizard V


FFC - Burn Down 90
Before dealing damage, discard any Pokémon Tools attached to your opponent's Active Pokémon.


FFFC - Heat Blast 180



F - Wing Inferno 20+
If this Pokemon is already damaged, increase damage of this move by 70. Don't apply weakness for this attack.

Double Turbo Energy

(Special Energy)


While attached to a Pokémon, this card provides 2 Colorless Energy.
Attacks from the Pokémon this card is attached to deal 20 less damage to your opponent's Pokémon.




Discard a Fire Energy from your hand in order to use this card.
Look at the top 7 cards of your deck. Choose any 2 cards you find there and put them into your hand. Shuffle the other cards back into your deck.

Cheren's Care



Put 1 of your Colorless Type Pokémon that has any damage counters on it and all cards attached to it into your hand.

Magma Basin



Once during each player's turn, that player may attach 1 Fire Energy from their discard pile to 1 of their Benched Fire Pokémon. If they do, they put 2 damage counters on that Pokémon.

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Stanley Wijaya
3 years ago

oh no another set with charizard, this one gonna be expensive especially if it has special arts charizard in it.