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Holofoil

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Holofoils cards (also known as Holographic Foil, Foil, Holo, Reverse-Holo, Reverse foil or Holographic) are a special type of card from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Most are Pokémon cards. They are identical to their normal counterpart aside from a holofoil effect in the picture (Holo) or the card background (Reverse-Holo). A small amount of Rare (Rare) cards within each expansion are holofoil. They may be pulled from Booster packs as the rare card, but is not guaranteed. They are rarer compared to non-holofoil rare cards.

In most of the English versions of Japanese sets, cards that were originally only holofoil are given non-holofoil counterparts. The e-cards are an exception to this, as even the Japanese versions of the sets had holofoil and non-holofoil versions of cards. Only the non-holofoil 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 holofoil cards have non-holofoil counterparts, the non-holofoil 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.

Both crystal 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 holofoil cards

Generation I

Base Set

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

Jungle

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

Fossil

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

Team Rocket

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holofoil 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 holofoil Trainer card or Energy card.

Gym Heroes

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

Gym Challenge

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

Generation II

Neo Genesis

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

Neo Discovery

The English version of this set has non-holo counterparts for its holofoil 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 holofoil 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

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

Dragons Exalted

Boundaries Crossed

Plasma Storm

Plasma Freeze

Plasma Blast

Legendary Treasures

Generation VI

XY

Flashfire

Furious Fists


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