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Error Cards are cards in the TCG that have certain elements on the card that are incorrect. The errors on these cards vary from minor to major errors. Often there are only a very small amount of these cards available which make these cards sought after by collectors.

Base Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Base Set:

  • 1st Edition Kakuna - This card has the word "length" repeated twice.
  • 1st Edition Bulbasaur - This card has the word "length" repeated twice.
  • 1st Edition Pikachu - A number of Pikachu cards had a number of minor errors in their flavor text and image.
  • 1st Edition Voltorb - This card refers to Poké Balls as it's Japanese counterparts the Monster Balls.
  • Diglett - A number of Diglett have their attack energy cost symbols rotated 90 degrees.
  • 1st Edition Metapod - A number Metapod cards have their HP's listed as "HP ##" instead of "## HP".
  • 1st Edition Vulpix - A number of these cards cards have their HP's listed as "HP ##" instead of "## HP".
  • 1st Edition Caterpie - A number of these cards cards have their HP's listed as "HP ##" instead of "## HP".
  • Base Set Ninetales - A few of Base Set Ninetales lack the damage done for their attacks.
  • 1st Edition Sandshrew - Sandshrew's attack says "this attack does nothing" while it's supposed to say "that attack does nothing".
  • Wartortle - A number of Wartortle have pictures of Wartortle in its evolution box.
  • Base Set Blastoise - A few Base Set Blastoise were printed without the word "stage" in the "put Blastoise on the stage 1 Pokémon" text.

Jungle Set

  • Seaking & Rapidash - Seaking and Rapidash are Stage 1 Pokémon but the text tell you to "Put XXX on the Stage 1 card".
  • 1st Edition Butterfree - Due to a bubble in the printing ink, a number of Butterfree Cards were written as "Edition d" instead of "Edition 1".
  • 1st Edition Electrode - A number of Jungle Electrode have the image of Base Set Electrode.
  • Jungle Set Cards - A number of Jungle cards during the last few Jungle print runs were printed without a Jungle Symbol.

Fossil Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Fossil Set:

  • 1st Edition Holo Zapdos - A number of Fossil Holo Zapdos cards have their Evolution Symbols punched out of the holo graphic card, even though Zapdos is a Basic Pokémon.

Team Rocket Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Team Rocket Set

  • Dark Arbok - Dark Arbok was first printed with extra zeros and the number three was misplaced so it was written as "©1999-23000 Wizards".
  • Dark Golbat - The English Pokémon Power mentions "Apply Weakness and Resistance". While in the Master Rules Document, the Japanese Dark Golbat's Pokémon Power says "Don't apply Weakness and Resistance." ... and there is a lacking space between the words "Pokémon" and "Apply". (Reads "Pokémon.Apply")
  • Holo Dark Dragonite - The attack cost symbols for Holo Dark Dragonite are not centered.
  • Grimer - English Team Rockets Grimer's Poison Gas attack puts Pokémon to sleep, although the Japanese version Poisons them.
  • Dark Rapidash - Dark Rapidash's stats lacks the word "Length".
  • Non-Holo Dark Vileplume - Non-holo Dark Vileplume have a weaknesses of Fighting instead of Fire.
  • Dark Dragonite - A number (around 5000 cards) of Holo Dark Dragonite were accidentally printed as nonholographic.
  • Dark Raichu - Dark Raichu's Evolution Box is colored light grey instead of dark grey.

Gym Heroes Set

No errors were found in this set.

Gym Challenge Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Gym Challenge Set:

  • Blaine's Charizard - A number of these cards have a Fighting-type symbol instead of the Fire-type symbol.
  • Rocket's Minefield Gym - This card does not mention how many damage counters needed to put on a Pokémon for an unsucessful coin toss(flip).
  • Giovanni's Pinsir - Pinsir's "Snapping Pincers" attack is supposed to do 20+ damage and not 10+ damage.

Neo Genesis Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Neo Genesis Set:

  • Slowking & Typhlosion - These card's damages are off the center.
  • Horsea - The attack cost energy symbol for Horsea is oddly off.
  • Meganium - The Pokémon Power title text is black instead of red.
  • Focus Band - The picture on the Focus Band has a white bar beneath it, as if the picture wasn't properly positioned while they were doing the layout on the computers.

Neo Discovery Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Neo Discovery Set:

  • Kakuna - The copyright text of all Neo Discovery cards is "©1999-2001". But for an unknown reason, this card's copyright is "©1999-2000".
  • Scizor - The attack's damage done is "20+" while it's supposed to be "20x".
  • Umbreon - The Psychic symbol in Umbreon's resistance is bigger than normal.

Neo Revelation Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Neo Revelation Set:

  • Delibird - The energy cost for Delibird's attack is off the center.
  • Raichu - For an unexplained reason the "Put Raichu on the Basic Pokémon" text on the card is unnecessarily bold and italic.
  • Zubat - Zubat's resistance lacks the "-30".

Neo Destiny Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Neo Destiny Set:

  • Dark Croconaw - Croconaw only have 48 teeth while in the card it says it has 49.
  • Dark Exeggutor - There is an unnecesary letter C in Exeggutor's name.
  • Dark Haunter - Dark Haunter's "Call Back" attack's clause leaves out the word "opponent's".
  • Light Flareon - The "b" in "benched" is not capitalized.
  • Togepi - The "before applying Weakness and Resistance" text should be in italics.
  • Gligar - The energy symbols on Gligar is not in the correct position.
  • Shining Tyranitar - The word "just" is spelled wrong. It was spelled "hust".
  • Unown C - Unown C's "Chase" Pokémon Power adds an unnecessary "Apply Weakness and Resistance" even though the attack does not inflict damage.
  • Unown P - There is an extra space in the Basic Pokémon title on Unown P.

Legendary Collection Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Legendary Collection Set:

  • Reverse Holo Exeggcute - Normally on Reverse Holos, the Energy costs for attacks aren't reflective. On Exeggcute, they are.

Expedition Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Expedition Set:

  • Darkness Energy - The card text implies that you can do extra damage to Benched Pokémon while normally all attacks cannot do extra damage to benched Pokémon.
  • Alakazam - The "This power stops working if..." text is italicized while it is not supposed to be.
  • Charizard (#39) - This card tells you to "Put Charizard on the Basic Pokémon".
  • Gengar - Gengar's Chaos Move Pokémon Power game text has a few spots where the text could go up a line.
  • Dugtrio - Its Attack Energy Costs Symbols are larger than the standard size.
  • Totodile (#134) - When you scan in Cyndaquil's card into the E-Reader for GBA, you can use a "Cynda!" sound for your Melody Box. However when you scan in the Totodile card, you get "Wani!" instead of "Toto!". "Wani" maybe reference to Totodile's Japanese name "Waninoko". Since both Chikorita and Pikachu's name is the same in English and Japanese, either Totodile's sound effect is the error, or Cyndaquil's is.
  • Multi Technical Machine 01 & Energy Removal 2 - As you scan these two cards in your E-Reader for Game Boy Advance, the TM01 card tells you that you can use the "Paralyzing Stare" attack (while the card attack name is actually "Paralyzing Gaze"), and the reader refers to "Energy Removal 2" as just "Energy Removal".

Aquapolis Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Aquapolis Set:

  • Rare Holo Cards - For some reason, the bottommost cut out on the left side of the card is not holographic.
  • Crystal Nidoking - The Crystal Type Pokémon mentions Grass/Lightning/Fire energy, but the Crystal NIdoking's attacks only use Grass/Lightning/Fighting energy.
  • Reverse Holo Lanturn (#20) - There's a PokéBody icon on it for no specific reason at all.
  • Magenemite (#52) - The text on this card is quite, quite faded. As opposed to other Metal Pokémon in the set.
  • Weakness Guard - The "Attach this card..." text is in its own separate paragraph, unlike other cards in the past.
  • Ariados - In its Spider Force attack, the holographic version says "defending Pokémon" while the nonholographic version says "Defending Pokémon".

Skyridge Set

  • Nidoqueen - The period is misplaced at the left of the end of Nidoqueen's last attack.

EX Ruby & Sapphire Set

Here is the list of error cards from the Ruby & Sapphire Set:

  • Slakoth (#45) - For some reason, the last "f" in the attack "Slack Off" isn't bolded.

EX Sandstorm Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Sandstorm Set:

  • Vigoroth (#52) -there is a Grammatical error under its "Focus Energy" attack where it says "Vigoroth's Slash is attack".
  • Marril (#68) - This card is supposed to have a Retreat Cost of 1 but a third to a half of these cards were printed with a Retreat Cost of 0. Alternate Holo version of this card don't have this error.

EX Dragon Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Dragon Set:

  • Combusken (#25) - The card was printed as Stage 2 while it is supposed to be Stage 1. Only cards that were printed from Ex Battle Stadium set have this error.
  • Latios ex (#94) - In its holographic-foil, there's a circular space as if the evolution box was used to cover it up.

EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Set

Here are the list of Error Cards from the Team Magma vs Team Aqua Set:

  • Team Aqua's Crawdaunt (#2) - The Retreat Cost energy is supposed to be centered under "Retreat Cost". It is misaligned to the right.
  • Team Magma's Claydol (#8) - The Retreat Cost energy is supposed to be centered under "Retreat Cost". It is misaligned to the right.
  • Team Magma's Torkoal (#12) - The Retreat Cost energy is supposed to be centered under "Retreat Cost". It is misaligned to the right.
  • Team Magma's Camerupt (#19) -In the PokéPower explanation the second Magma's was misspelled as "Mamga's".
  • Team Magma's Baltoy (#32) - Under its "Psymist" attack it reads "choose 1 of you opponent's". It should read "choose 1 of your opponent's"
  • Team Magma Belt (#81) - The "T" in Pokémon Tool isn't capitalized.

EX Hidden Legends Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Fire Red & Leaf Green Set

Here are the list of error cards from the Fire Red & Leaf Green Set:

  • Hypno (#25) - The word Drowzee under the evolution box was written as "Drowsee".
  • Drowzee (#32) - Drowzee was misspelled as "Drowsee".
  • Gastly (#63) - The card is a common card, but it says it's an uncommon card.
  • Magikarp (#67) - The card is a common card, but it says it's an uncommon card.

EX Team Rocket Returns Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Deoxys Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Emerald Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Unseen Forces Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Delta Species Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Legend Maker Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Holon Phantoms Set

No errors were found in this set.

EX Crystal Guardians Set

  • Crystal Guardians Cards- A number of these cards have some of their attacks' descriptions spelled wrong.

EX Dragon Frontiers Set

No errors were found in this set.

Power Keepers Set

No errors were found in this set.

Diamond & Pearl Set

Here is the list of error cards from the Diamond & Pearl Set:

  • Empoleon Lv.X (#120) - The PokéBody icon on it is supposed to be a PokéPower icon.

Mysterious Treasures Set

  • Mysterious Treasures Cards- A number of cards from this set have thier yellow border off-balance.

Diamond & Pearl Trainer Kit

  • Riolu (#6) - The total number of cards in the set is misprinted as 61. The correct number of cards in the set is 11.

Secret Wonders Set

No errors were found in this set.

Other/Promotional Card (Wizards)

Here are the list of error cards from the Promotional Cards (Wizards):

  • Prerelease Raichu - Arguably the rarest cared printed by Wizards. Rumored to have been about 50 made, some of which were retrieved by Wizards themselves.
  • Promotional Pikachu #1 - Promotional Pikachu #1 was accidentally released with 1st Edition Jungle, with a 1st Edition symbol on it.
  • Promotional Card Meowth #10 - The HP is nudged too far over to the left, and the attack cost symbols are much smaller than the normal cost.
  • Promotional Card Eevee #11 - Promotional Eevee's Pokémon Power text lacks the accent mark (it's e instead of é).
  • Promotional Card Persian #17 - A number of Promotional Persian were printed without any HP.
  • Team Rocket's Meowth #18 - Team Rocket's Meowth type is listed as "Scratchcat" instead of "Scratch Cat".
  • Promotional Card Marill #29 - Its "Length" stat is listed as "Height" instead of "Length", its Water Gun attack is missing a Water energy symbol and its 20+ damage done is off the center.
  • Promotional Card Scyther #45 - Scyther's game text in the parenthesis isn't in italics.
  • Promotional Card Mew #47 - Mew's attack: "Lily Pad" inflicts confusion instead of paralysis.
  • Promotional Card Celebi #50 - The art is credited to "Hajime Kusajima". Hajima Kusajima's name was spelled wrong on the card's image. And the copyright text on Celebi is listed without spaces.
  • Slowking (Southern Islands) - Slowking's length is listed as 6' 8" instead of 6' 7".
  • Promotional Card Hitmonchan - Hitmonchan's HP is written as 60 instead of 70.

Other/Promotional Card(Nintendo)

Here are the list of error cards from the Promotional Cards from Nintendo:

  • Ancient Mew- When it was first being printed in Japan, the first print misspelled the word Nintendo in the copyright line.
  • Promotional Cards and Groudon #1 and #2 - The card's text says "Does damage..." while it's supposed to say "This attack does...".
  • Promotional Cards Kyogre #1 and #2-The card's text says it "Does damage..." while it's supposed to say "This attack does..."