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Charizard (Base Set 4)

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Charizard LV.76
リザードン Lizardon
Team Plasma
Fire
CharizardBaseSet4.jpg
Base Set print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
Evolution stage
005 Stage 2 Pokémon
Evolves from Charmeleon
Card name Charizard
Type Fire
Hit Points 120
weakness
Water×2
resistance
Fighting-30
retreat cost
   
English expansion Base Set
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 4/102
Japanese expansion Expansion Pack
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Base Set 2
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 4/130
Card GB set Evolution
Card GB ID B14
Card GB 2 set Beginning Pokémon
Card GB 2 ID A13
Card GB 2 set Promotion Card
Card GB 2 ID P02
Expansion Legendary Collection
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 3/110
English expansion Stormfront
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 103/100
Japanese expansion Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky
Japanese rarity Ultra-Rare Rare
Japanese card no. 092/092
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Charizard.

Charizard (Japanese: リザードン Lizardon) is a Fire-type Stage 2 Pokémon card. It is part of the Base Set and the Stormfront expansion.

Card text (Base Set print)

Pokémon Power:
Energy Burn
エナジーバーン
 
 
As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may turn all Energy attached to Charizard into Fire Energy for the rest of the turn. This power can't be used if Charizard is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed.
FireFireFireFire
Fire Spin
ほのおのうず
100
Discard 2 Energy cards attached to Charizard in order to use this attack.

Pokédex data

Fire
Fire
Charizard - Flame Pokémon
No. Height Weight
006 5'7" (1.7 m) 200 lbs. (90.5 kg)
Pokédex entry
Spits fire that is hot enough to melt boulders. Known to unintentionally cause forest fires.
地上1400メートルまで羽をつかって飛ぶことができる。高熱の炎をはく。

Card text (Stormfront print)

Poké-BODY
Energy Burn
エナジーバーン
 
 
All Energy attached to Charizard are Fire Energy instead of their usual type.
FireFireFireFire
Fire Spin
ほのおのうず
100
Discard 2 Energy attached to Charizard.

Pokédex data

Fire
Fire
Charizard - Flame Pokémon
No. Height Weight
006 5'07" (1.7 m) 199.5 lbs. (90.5 kg)
Pokédex entry
Its wings can carry this Pokémon close to an altitude of 4,600 feet. It blows out fire at very high temperatures.
ちじょう 1400メートル まで ハネを つかって とぶことができる。 こうねつの ほのおを はく。

Release information

In Japan, this card was released as a promotional card with different artwork by Ken Sugimori. It was first available through the "Trade Please" Campaign that ran from February 10th to July 31st in 1998. A flyer included with the Trade Please album by Suzukisan had to be mailed to MediaFactory along with any two Pokémon trading cards within the campaign period. The Please Trade promotional card, as well as either this card, Venusaur, or Blastoise would then be sent back, completing the trade. This print was later released as part of the Pokémon Song Best Collection CD. These variants were never released in English.
A jumbo English version of the Base Set print was released in Japan as a free insert in the April 2000 CoroCoro magazine. This card was also reprinted in the Base Set 2 and Legendary Collection reprint sets, which were only released outside of Japan. The latter set included a few minor wording tweaks. A non-holographic version of the card was released in the latter set's Lava theme deck.
A special reprint with redrawn art by Mitsuhiro Arita was released in the Stormfront set. This print modified some of the card text to bring it in line with modern card wording whilst still allowing it to retain most of its original effects; however, Energy Burn was made mandatory on the Stormfront print, whereas it was originally optional on the Base Set print.

Gallery

CharizardBaseSet4.jpg
Base Set print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
CharizardLegendaryCollection3NonHolo.jpg
Legendary Collection
Non-holographic print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
CharizardBestCDPromo.jpg
Best Collection CD print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
CharizardStormfront103.jpg
Stormfront print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori


Trivia

  • This card was once the most sought-after card in the entire Pokémon TCG; the fact that it is a Charizard card and does 100 damage was a major factor in its appeal. Various versions of this card have been sold anywhere starting at $30, with the original 1st Edition Wizard of the Coast version selling for an average of $150, and even for more during the height of its popularity.
  • The 1st edition variant of this card is still one of the most sought after cards in the hobby. A 1st edition copy graded PSA 9 can earn $700. A 1st edition copy graded PSA 10 can earn over $2,000. Ungraded 1st edition copies can range in the hundreds.
  • The Charizard cards released via the "Trade Please" campaign and the Pokémon Song Best Collection CD have the Pikachu Records logo in place of an expansion symbol.

Origin

Fire Spin is a move in the Pokémon games that Charizard can learn. This card's English Base Set Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded. The Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green. The Stormfront Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon FireRed.


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