Pokemon TCG has been running at full speed for the past few years. The card design seems to be finally catching up to the hype surrounding the game, and the game itself is excitingly evolving.
Between Pokemon TCG Live and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, excitement for the franchise is at an all-time high. The Silver Tempest set is one of the greatest sets of all time and contains some amazing cards. Here are some of the most valuable items you can find in Silver Tempest right now:
Updated by Doruk Kaptan on 15 April 2023: The Pokemon cards, far more than many other TCGs, are always in flux as each new set introduces tons of rare and cool cards. However, one set that seems to be standing the test of time in terms of popularity is Silver Tempest.
Not only is this set home to many strong meta staples, it’s also a set that includes several great cards, whether in alternate art or full art foils. Here are the most valuable cards from this iconic set.
15 Skuntank V (alternative full artwork)
Skuntank is a card worth more for its artistry and novelty than how useful it actually is. It’s an alternate full art card that tends to increase its price, but what really makes Skuntank V special is the art itself.
See the Skuntank family in the hole with their cute stunky kids. They peek out of holes to potentially find food and see Paras on the surface. Some cards are necessary because they look pretty, and Skuntank V is proof of that.
14 Friends of Galar
On a similar note, we have friends in Galar. These Trainer Gallery cards aren’t useful because they only draw three cards. This effect has already been used on several Rival-like characters, from Cheren to Hop.
This effect doesn’t cut it at higher levels of play, but this card is still quite valuable anyway. It’s probably because of the incredibly drawn and lovely art depicting the Galar squad, including the protagonists Bede, Hop, and Marnie.
13 Aloran Bullfix VSTAR (Rainbow Foil Secret Rare)
Alolan Vulpix is a rare card because it is a non-fully evolved Pokemon with a VSTAR card in its name. That’s probably because little foxes are incredibly adorable and popular. We’re not complaining.
The card itself isn’t bad either. Silvery Snow Star is a great equalizing move for many meta decks, and Snow Mirage charges easily and can be used both offensively and as a great defensive tool. Rainbow foiling adds cute art and has a nice cardboard look.
12 Lugia V (Full Art)
The Lugia VSTAR strategy is common to the current state of the game and there should be a way to reach the big VSTAR form. As such, Lugia V, and more specifically the full art version, is very valuable.
The card looks fine with the yellow/green background, and Lugia pops right off the card. However, this card is valuable because Lugia VSTAR’s evolution form is strong.
11 Serena (Rainbow Foil Secret Rare)
Who doesn’t love the iconic Poke-girl on the full art card? Well, Serena’s version of Rainbow Rare is surprisingly less valuable than the regular full artwork. Evidence that increased rarity does not directly correspond to value.
The card itself is semi-useful. It can serve as an extra copy of the boss’s orders in certain scenarios, and the draw effect isn’t too shabby either. It’s not inferior to the flashy full art version, but it’s a great rainbow rare in every way.
10 Regielec VMAX
The Regieleki VMAX didn’t have much value when the set first came out, but it has grown in both popularity and price, which is rare for a modern set. This is mainly due to its usefulness in games besides its cool design.
Regieleki VMAX became popular due to Miraidon ex from the Scarlet & Violet set. The two became an electrifying duo and immediately the price of the Regieleki VMAX skyrocketed. This is proof of finding useful cards at the end of the game.
9 Regieleki VMAX (Rainbow Foil Secret Rare)
While meta-relevance and usefulness are important, looks are meaningless in the Pokemon TCG environment. The rainbow rare version of Regieleki VMAX surges with the regular version after an increase in decks to use with Miraidon ex.
The rainbow rare look is a perfect match for the regieleki, and the color doesn’t bleed too much compared to the regular version. VMAX cards are pretty busy with effects and patterns anyway, and the sparkly rainbow effect makes them that much more palatable.
8 Jury (all art)
Judge is a simple support card. Have each player shuffle their hand into their deck and draw 4 cards. This card has been used a lot in Lugia & Archeops decks, as it is already consistent enough and I don’t mind cutting it down to 4 cards in general.
Notably, this card has seen a rather modest increase in price over time, rather than a spike in price. As the cards became more and more used over the months, players were attracted to them and thus the price increased. The cards also look impeccable. Clear linework and bright colors of proven Pokémon.
7 Lugia VSTAR (Gold Foil Secret Rare)
Speaking of rare versions of Lugia VSTAR, this gold secret rare is currently the best dog (bird?) in terms of price. The art style is also a bit of a middle ground, with the addition of gold leaf to make it stand out while maintaining Lugia’s iconic white and blue colors.
Gold rare cards have been the most sought after cards in recent years, and the Silver Tempest is no different. If a card as good as the Lugia VSTAR looks so good, it’s immediately priced exceptionally well.
6 Regidrago V (alternative full art)
The Regidrago V goes beyond what you would normally expect from a high-value card. Its alternate overall art is absolutely stunning depicting Regidrago resting next to Luing with Lugia seen far in the sky. The cards look adorable, and I tend to always give legendary Pokémon a slightly higher value than regular Pokémon.
Regidrago V alone is never good, but Regidrago VSTAR’s larger form isn’t bad at all in terms of usability. It’s not the best deck in Pokemon TCG, but with the right support it can work. So, Regidrago is as cool as it is useful.
5 Unown V (alternative full artwork)
At first glance, Unown V almost feels like a joke or a custom card. Its Shady Stamp attack has no value, but the Victory Symbol simply wins the game if one Prize card remains.
Its larger form, Unown VSTAR, is also situationally good, but not great. Fantastic art is what makes Unown V so valuable. It depicts several Unowns flying over what appears to be the ruins of the Alph. The novelty of alternate full arts cards with game-winning moves against normally weak Pokémon is also very appealing.
4 Reykza VMAX
Rayquaza is another card on this list because of its striking looks instead of powerful effects. To be fair, the Azure Pulse ability can come in handy in a crisis situation, and the Max Burst move can hit an absurd damage threshold. Unfortunately, despite being a Rapid Strike Pokemon that can usually help the card, it’s not enough to make Rayquaza a top pick in its current format.
Nonetheless, the Rayquaza VMAX captured the hearts of many fans thanks to its stunning appearance, which included Zynnia as a trainer in the Trainer Gallery version. The color and vibe of this cardboard is definitely amazing.
three Lugia VSTAR (Rainbow Foil Secret Rare)
The impact of Lugia VSTAR on the current format has already been mentioned. This card is expected to outperform the tyrannical Arceus VSTAR decks for some time. As with any card, rarer versions tend to be more valuable.
These rainbow Secret Rare cards look really cool. We see Lugia striking some very dynamic poses, and the rainbow foiling has been mastered over the last few sets by The Pokemon Company. Color loss may be an issue for some, but it’s definitely worth more than the base Lugia VSTAR.
2 Serena (full artwork)
The value of Full art Serena is an interesting case. Despite its worth, people expect it to be much higher. Full Art Supporters is one of the most expensive cards you can find in the game, aside from the occasional 20-year-old Charizard. Serena is also a very useful card in a format that works either as a desperate draw supporter or as an extra copy of the boss’s orders if needed.
The cards are stunning with rich, bright colors depicting iconic characters in cute poses. It’s also really useful in terms of game mechanics. The only thing stopping this card from becoming significantly more expensive is how long it’s been since it’s been out, which means it’s a major investment.
One Lugia V (Alternative Full Art)
Lugia V Alternate Full Art is probably one of the few cards worth selling. First of all, these are the cards you need for the giant Lugia VSTAR deck in its current format. That said, it’s not just for showing off in binders.
What makes this even more expensive than the VSTAR form is the amazing art they put on. We see the awe-inspiring and terrifying-looking Lugia aboard the ship as the storm rolls in. Few cards capture the vibe of Pokemon well, and Lugia V does it with spades.
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