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Holographic card

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A holographic card (Japanese: キラカード Glitter card) is a special type of card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It is identical to a normal card except its image is holofoil. Most are Pokémon cards.

In most of the English versions of Japanese sets, cards that were originally only holographic are given non-holographic counterparts. The e-cards are an exception to this, as even the Japanese versions of the sets had holographic and non-holographic versions of cards. Only the non-holographic versions had dot codes that could be read with the e-Reader. This was apparently because the holofoil caused complications with the dot codes. When holographic cards have non-holographic counterparts, the non-holo cards are the more common of the two, even though both are marked with the same rarity. As such, they are numbered differently within sets and generally considered different cards in terms of collectibility. In play, however, the cards operate the same, and thus are viewed mostly as the same, except perhaps with the player handling the card with more care due to its higher value.

Both crystal figures and pearl figures from the Pokémon Trading Figure Game appear to be based upon this concept. However, unlike the cards, the figures are not numbered differently.

List of holographic cards

Generation I

Base Set

This set does not have non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards.

Jungle

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards.

Fossil

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards.

Team Rocket

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards with the exception of Dark Raichu, which is exclusive to the English version of the set. This was the first set to have a holographic Trainer card or Energy card.

Gym Heroes

This set does not have non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards except for Brock, Erika, Lt. Surge, and Misty.

Gym Challenge

This set does not have non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards except for Blaine, Giovanni, Koga, and Sabrina.

Generation II

Neo Genesis

This set does not have non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards.

Neo Discovery

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards except for Espeon and Umbreon who have different counterparts.

Neo Revelation

Only Celebi, Entei, Ho-Oh, Raikou, and Suicune have non-holo counterparts, but they are all different.

Neo Destiny

This set does not have non-holo counterparts for its holographic cards.

Generation III

EX Ruby & Sapphire

EX Sandstorm

EX Dragon

EX Team Magma VS Team Aqua

EX Hidden Legends

EX FireRed & LeafGreen

EX Team Rocket Returns

EX Deoxys

EX Emerald

EX Unseen Forces

EX Delta Species

EX Legend Maker

EX Holon Phantoms

EX Crystal Guardians

EX Dragon Frontiers

EX Power Keepers

Generation IV

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Diamond & Pearl

Diamond & Pearl: Mysterious Treasures

Diamond & Pearl: Secret Wonders

Diamond & Pearl: Great Encounters

Diamond & Pearl: Majestic Dawn

Diamond & Pearl: Legends Awakened

Stormfront

Platinum

Platinum: Rising Rivals

Platinum: Supreme Victors

Platinum: Arceus

Unleashed

Undaunted

Triumphant

Call of Legends

Generation V

Black and White

Emerging Powers

Noble Victories

Next Destinies

Dark Explorers


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