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Master Ball (Gym Challenge 116)

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Trainer Item
Master Ball
マスターボール Master Ball
Team Plasma
MasterBallPlasmaBlast94.jpg
Plasma Blast print
Illus. 5ban Graphics

Master Ball (Japanese: マスターボール Master Ball) is an Ace Spec Item card. It was first released in the Gym Challenge expansion as a Trainer card.

Card text

Gym Challenge print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Look at 7 cards from the top of your deck. You may choose a Basic Pokémon or Evolution card from those cards, show it your opponent, then put it into your hand. Shuffle the rest into your deck.
 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
Expedition Base Set print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Look at 7 cards from the top of your deck. You may choose a Basic Pokémon or Evolution card from those cards, show it your opponent, and put it into your hand. Shuffle the rest into your deck.
 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
EX Deoxys print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Look at the top 7 cards from your deck. Choose a Basic Pokémon or Evolution card from those cards, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. Put the other 6 cards back on top of your deck. Shuffle your deck afterward.
 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
Plasma Blast print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Search your deck for a Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.
 
Do Nothing  
At the beginning of your turn, flip a coin. If heads, you can do nothing during your turn. If tails, your opponent can do nothing during his or her next turn.
You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).


Release information

In Japan, this card was first released as part of the Extended Sheet 2 of the Vending Machine cards. It was reprinted in the Pokémon VS, Base Expansion Pack, and World Champions Pack expansions. It was also reprinted in the Quick Starter Gift Set as an exclusive Holofoil card, and had regular reprints in the Gift Box, Gift Box Mew • Lucario, Deoxys and Rayquaza Constructed Starter Decks and the Holon Research Tower Water Quarter Deck. It was included in the English Expedition Base Set, EX Deoxys, EX Delta Species and EX Power Keepers expansions. In Japan during Spring 2004, it was released as one of the PLAY Promotional cards awarded to those who participated in the Spring 2004 Battle Roads. It was later included in the English Plasma Blast expansion, originating from the Japanese Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck, as an Ace Spec Item card with different artwork by 5ban Graphics.

Gallery

MasterBallGymChallenge116.jpg
Gym Challenge print
Illus. Keiji Kinebuchi
MasterBallPlasmaBlast94.jpg
Plasma Blast print
Illus. 5ban Graphics
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
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

Both the Gym Challenge and Expedition Base Set prints of this card have a clause that reads "show it your opponent". It should read "show it to your opponent". The EX Deoxys print fixes this error.

Origin

The Master Ball is a type of Poké Ball in the Pokémon games notable for having a 100% chance of catching the Pokémon it is used on. Its inclusion as an Ace Spec card is particularly fitting as only one is ever encountered through normal gameplay, with additional copies requiring ownership of Pokémon with many different Original Trainers or extreme luck in an in-game lottery to obtain without external intervention such as a trade or event.


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