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δ Delta Species (TCG)

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δ Delta Species (Japanese: δ-デルタ δ-Delta Species) are a special kind of Pokémon found in the TCG. The term is often shortened to δ, DS, or Delta. They first appeared in the EX Delta Species expansion, and were last released in the EX Dragon Frontiers expansion.

According to the backstory offered in EX Delta Species, Pokémon become δ Delta Species upon exposure to electromagnetic waves, which were produced by scientists in Holon attempting to locate Mew. Why the scientists chose to use Greek letter δ is debated. While it appears to come from the scientific use to denote a change, the uppercase Δ would have been more appropriate, as it determines a major change. Another common theory is that Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, and δ Delta Species are the fourth sort of Pokémon after normal Pokémon, Pokémon-ex, Pokémon Star, and Dark Pokémon in the EX series. Another possibility is that Delta Species has the same initials as the Nintendo DS, which was recently released at the time.

δ Delta Species are different than normal Pokémon, as their type is not what they would be expected to be. For example, Rayquaza δ becomes a dual-type Lightning/Metal Pokémon, as opposed to a Colorless-type. Dual type Pokémon δ always have Metal as their secondary type, and it is nearly always fully evolved Pokémon or legendary Pokémon that display this. However, with the release of EX Dragon Frontiers, no Pokémon δ displayed this Metal dual type, leading some to believe that these Pokémon became δ Delta Species naturally or the trait was outbred on the island habitats in which they live.

In EX Delta Species, if a Delta Species Pokémon had one of its types changed to something other than Metal, it was always either to Fire or Lightning. This is likely due to the fact that, since these two types are based upon one of the game types each, whereas others are based on more, all cards of those two types shared a single weakness among them: Water and Fighting, respectively. Thus, Fire Pokémon and Lightning Pokémon became more playable by diversifying their weaknesses. Later sets did not do this, however, and Delta Species Pokémon could be of any type.

In terms of card design, δ Delta Species have a coil design going around their image border, and the evobox circle becomes a large letter δ; Basic Pokémon have an empty letter δ.

The designation of δ Delta Species does not affect the name of a Pokémon, e.g. a normal Dragonite can evolve from a Dragonair δ and vice versa. If a card wishes to reference δ Delta Species, it uses the text "Pokémon that has δ on its card."

List of expansions that contain δ Delta Species

Pokémon found as δ Delta Species

Pokémon Type Delta type Card Expansion
Charmander Fire Lightning Charmander δ EX Crystal Guardians
Charmander Fire Lightning Charmander δ POP Series 5
Charmeleon Fire Lightning Charmeleon δ EX Crystal Guardians
Charmeleon Fire Lightning Charmeleon δ POP Series 5
Charizard Fire LightningMetal Charizard δ EX Crystal Guardians
Charizard Fire Darkness Charizard ☆ δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Blastoise Water FightingMetal Blastoise δ EX Crystal Guardians
Beedrill Grass GrassMetal Beedrill δ EX Delta Species
Pidgey Colorless Lightning Pidgey δ EX Holon Phantoms
Pidgeotto Colorless Lightning Pidgeotto δ EX Holon Phantoms
Pidgeot Colorless LightningMetal Pidgeot δ EX Holon Phantoms
Fearow Colorless Lightning Fearow δ EX Crystal Guardians
Ekans Grass Fire Ekans δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Arbok Grass Fire Arbok δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Pichu Lightning Metal Pichu δ EX Holon Phantoms
Pikachu Lightning Metal Pikachu δ EX Legend Maker
Pikachu Lightning Metal Pikachu δ EX Holon Phantoms
Pikachu Lightning Metal Pikachu δ POP Series 5
Raichu Lightning Metal Raichu δ EX Holon Phantoms
Sandslash Fighting FightingMetal Sandslash δ EX Delta Species
Nidoran♀ Grass Metal Nidoran♀ δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Nidorina Grass Metal Nidorina δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Nidoqueen Grass/Fighting Metal Nidoqueen δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Nidoran♂ Grass Darkness Nidoran♂ δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Nidorino Grass Darkness Nidorino δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Nidoking Grass/Fighting Darkness Nidoking δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Vulpix Fire Psychic Vulpix δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Ninetales Fire Psychic Ninetales δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Oddish Grass Water Oddish δ EX Holon Phantoms
Gloom Grass Psychic Gloom δ EX Holon Phantoms
Vileplume Grass PsychicMetal Vileplume δ EX Holon Phantoms
Bellossom Grass Water Bellossom δ EX Holon Phantoms
Crobat Grass GrassMetal Crobat δ EX Delta Species
Meowth Colorless DarknessMetal Meowth δ EX Holon Phantoms
Meowth Colorless Darkness Meowth δ POP Series 5
Persian Colorless DarknessMetal Persian δ EX Holon Phantoms
Psyduck Water Lightning Psyduck δ EX Holon Phantoms
Golduck Water Lightning Golduck δ EX Holon Phantoms
Mankey Fighting Fire Mankey δ EX Holon Phantoms
Primeape Fighting Fire Primeape δ EX Holon Phantoms
Seel Water Colorless Seel δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Dewgong Water Colorless Dewgong δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Shellder Water Fighting Shellder δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Cloyster Water Fighting Cloyster δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Kingler Water FireMetal Kingler δ EX Crystal Guardians
Exeggcute Grass/Psychic Fighting Exeggcute δ EX Holon Phantoms
Exeggutor Grass/Psychic Fighting Exeggutor δ EX Holon Phantoms
Marowak Fighting FightingMetal Marowak δ EX Delta Species
Lickitung Colorless Psychic Lickitung δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Horsea Water Fire Horsea δ EX Holon Phantoms
Horsea Water Fighting Horsea δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Horsea Water Fighting Horsea δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Seadra Water Fire Seadra δ EX Holon Phantoms
Seadra Water Fighting Seadra δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Seadra Water Fighting Seadra δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Kingdra Water FireMetal Kingdra δ EX Holon Phantoms
Kingdra Water Fighting Kingdra ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Starmie Water/Psychic WaterMetal Starmie δ EX Delta Species
Starmie Water/Psychic WaterMetal Starmie δ EX Delta Species
Smoochum Psychic/Water Fire Smoochum δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Jynx Psychic/Water Fire Jynx δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Elekid Lightning Fighting Elekid δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Electabuzz Lightning Fighting Electabuzz δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Pinsir Grass Fighting Pinsir δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Magikarp Water Metal Magikarp δ EX Holon Phantoms
Gyarados Water LightningMetal Gyarados δ EX Holon Phantoms
Gyarados Water Fire Gyarados ☆ δ EX Holon Phantoms
Eevee Colorless Metal Eevee δ EX Delta Species
Vaporeon Water WaterMetal Vaporeon δ EX Delta Species
Jolteon Lightning LightningMetal Jolteon δ EX Delta Species
Flareon Fire FireMetal Flareon δ EX Delta Species
Espeon Psychic PsychicMetal Espeon δ EX Delta Species
Umbreon Darkness DarknessMetal Umbreon δ EX Delta Species
Omanyte Water/Fighting Psychic Omanyte δ EX Holon Phantoms
Omastar Water/Fighting Psychic Omastar δ EX Holon Phantoms
Kabuto Fighting/Water Lightning Kabuto δ EX Holon Phantoms
Kabutops Fighting/Water Lightning Kabutops δ EX Holon Phantoms
Aerodactyl Fighting/  Fire Aerodactyl δ EX Holon Phantoms
Snorlax Colorless Grass Snorlax δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Dratini Colorless Lightning Dratini δ EX Delta Species
Dratini Colorless Lightning Dratini δ EX Delta Species
Dratini Colorless Grass Dratini δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Dragonair Colorless Lightning Dragonair δ EX Delta Species
Dragonair Colorless Lightning Dragonair δ EX Delta Species
Dragonair Colorless Grass Dragonair δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Dragonite Colorless LightningMetal Dragonite δ EX Delta Species
Dragonite Colorless Grass Dragonite ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Mewtwo Psychic FireMetal Mewtwo δ EX Delta Species
Mewtwo Psychic Lightning Mewtwo δ EX Holon Phantoms
Mew Psychic Fire Mew δ POP Series 5
Mew Psychic Water Mew ☆ δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Chikorita Grass Fighting Chikorita δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Bayleef Grass Fighting Bayleef δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Meganium Grass Fighting Meganium δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Cyndaquil Fire Psychic Cyndaquil δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Quilava Fire Psychic Quilava δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Typhlosion Fire Psychic Typhlosion δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Totodile Water Lightning Totodile δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Croconaw Water Lightning Croconaw δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Feraligatr Water Lightning Feraligatr δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Ledyba Grass Metal Ledyba δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Ledian Grass Metal Ledian δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Togepi Colorless Water Togepi δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Togetic Colorless Water Togetic δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Natu Psychic Darkness Natu δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Xatu Psychic Darkness Xatu δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Mareep Lightning Colorless Mareep δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Flaaffy Lightning Colorless Flaaffy δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Ampharos Lightning Colorless Ampharos δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Azumarill Water WaterMetal Azumarill δ EX Delta Species
Wooper Water Grass Wooper δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Quagsire Water Grass Quagsire δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Gligar Fighting Lightning Gligar δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Heracross Grass Fire Heracross δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Mantine Water Lightning Mantine δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Smeargle Colorless Psychic Smeargle δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Larvitar Fighting Fire Larvitar δ EX Delta Species
Larvitar Fighting Lightning Larvitar δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Pupitar Fighting Fire Pupitar δ EX Delta Species
Pupitar Fighting Lightning Pupitar δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Tyranitar Fighting/Darkness FireMetal Tyranitar δ EX Delta Species
Tyranitar Fighting/Darkness Lightning Tyranitar ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Treecko Grass Psychic Treecko δ EX Crystal Guardians
Treecko Grass Psychic Treecko δ POP Series 4
Grovyle Grass Psychic Grovyle δ EX Crystal Guardians
Mightyena Darkness DarknessMetal Mightyena δ EX Delta Species
Ludicolo Water/Grass Fire Ludicolo δ EX Crystal Guardians
Taillow Colorless Fire Taillow δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Swellow Colorless Fire Swellow δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Pelipper Water Lightning Pelipper δ EX Crystal Guardians
Pelipper Water Lightning Pelipper δ POP Series 5
Ralts Psychic Fire Ralts δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Kirlia Psychic Fire Kirlia δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Gardevoir Psychic PsychicMetal Gardevoir δ EX Delta Species
Gardevoir Psychic Fire Gardevoir ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Carvanha Water/Darkness Fighting Carvanha δ EX Holon Phantoms
Sharpedo Water/Darkness Fighting Sharpedo δ EX Holon Phantoms
Trapinch Fighting Grass Trapinch δ EX Holon Phantoms
Trapinch Fighting Psychic Trapinch δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Trapinch Fighting Psychic Trapinch δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Vibrava Fighting/Colorless Grass Vibrava δ EX Holon Phantoms
Vibrava Fighting/Colorless Psychic Vibrava δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Flygon Fighting/Colorless GrassMetal Flygon δ EX Holon Phantoms
Flygon Fighting/Colorless Psychic Flygon ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Swablu Colorless Water Swablu δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Altaria Colorless Water Altaria ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Zangoose Colorless Metal Zangoose δ POP Series 5
Cacturne Grass/Darkness Fighting Cacturne δ EX Crystal Guardians
Lileep Fighting/Grass Darkness Lileep δ EX Holon Phantoms
Cradily Fighting/Grass DarknessMetal Cradily δ EX Holon Phantoms
Anorith Fighting/Grass Metal Anorith δ EX Holon Phantoms
Armaldo Fighting/Grass FightingMetal Armaldo δ EX Holon Phantoms
Feebas Water Fire Feebas δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Milotic Water Fire Milotic δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Tropius Grass Metal Tropius δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Chimecho Psychic Metal Chimecho δ EX Holon Phantoms
Chimecho Psychic Metal Chimecho δ POP Series 4
Bagon Colorless Fire Bagon δ EX Delta Species
Bagon Colorless Fire Bagon δ EX Delta Species
Bagon Colorless Water Bagon δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Shelgon Colorless Fire Shelgon δ EX Delta Species
Shelgon Colorless Fire Shelgon δ EX Delta Species
Shelgon Colorless Water Shelgon δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Salamence Colorless FireMetal Salamence δ EX Delta Species
Salamence Colorless Water Salamence ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Beldum Metal/Psychic Lightning Beldum δ EX Delta Species
Metang Metal/Psychic Lightning Metang δ EX Delta Species
Metagross Metal/Psychic LightningMetal Metagross δ EX Delta Species
Latias Colorless/Psychic LightningMetal Latias δ EX Delta Species
Latias Colorless/Psychic Fire Latias δ EX Holon Phantoms
Latias Colorless/Psychic Fire Latias δ EX Holon Phantoms
Latias Colorless/Psychic Fire Latias ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Latios Colorless/Psychic LightningMetal Latios δ EX Delta Species
Latios Colorless/Psychic Water Latios δ EX Holon Phantoms
Latios Colorless/Psychic Water Latios δ EX Holon Phantoms
Latios Colorless/Psychic Water Latios ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Rayquaza Colorless LightningMetal Rayquaza δ EX Delta Species
Rayquaza Colorless WaterMetal Rayquaza δ EX Holon Phantoms
Rayquaza Colorless Fire Rayquaza δ EX Holon Phantoms
Rayquaza Colorless Lightning Rayquaza ex δ EX Dragon Frontiers
Deoxys Psychic Darkness Deoxys δ EX Holon Phantoms
Deoxys Psychic Metal Deoxys δ EX Holon Phantoms
Deoxys Psychic Colorless Deoxys δ EX Holon Phantoms
Deoxys Psychic Lightning Deoxys δ EX Holon Phantoms