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Pikachu (Base Set 58)

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Pikachu LV.12
ピカチュウ Pikachu
Team Plasma
Lightning
PikachuSnapBestPhotoContest.jpg
Pokémon Snap Best Photo Contest print
Photo. Mina Akuhara
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Pikachu
Type Lightning
Hit Points 40
weakness
Fighting×2
resistance
None
retreat cost
 
English expansion Base Set
Rarity Common
English card no. 58/102
Japanese expansion Expansion Pack
Japanese rarity Common
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Japanese Deck Kit Intro Pack
Japanese Deck Bulbasaur Deck
Japanese card no. 13
Expansion Base Set 2
Rarity Common
English card no. 87/130
Card GB set Colosseum
Card GB ID A19
Card GB 2 set Beginning Pokémon
Card GB 2 ID A28
Japanese Deck Kit Intro Pack Neo
Japanese Half Deck Totodile Half Deck
Japanese card no. 1
English expansion POP Series 2
Rarity Common
English card no. 16/17
Japanese expansion PCG-P Promotional cards
Japanese card no. 068/PCG-P
English expansion Rising Rivals
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 112/111
Japanese expansion Bonds to the End of Time
Japanese rarity Ultra-Rare Rare
Japanese card no. 088/090
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a Lightning-type Basic Pokémon card. It is part of the Base Set.

Card text

Colorless
Gnaw
かじる
10
LightningColorless
Thunder Jolt
でんげき
30
Flip a coin. If tails, Pikachu does 10 damage to itself.

Pokédex data (Base Set print)

Lightning
Lightning
Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'4" (0.4 m) 13 lbs. (6 kg)
Pokédex entry
When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity can cause lightning storms.
ほっぺたの両側に小さい電気袋をもつ。ピンチのときに放電する。

Pokédex data (Rising Rivals print)

Lightning
Lightning
Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'04" (0.4 m) 13.2 lbs. (6 kg)
Pokédex entry
It has small electric sacs on both cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
ほっぺたの りょうがわに ちいさい でんきぶくろを もつ。 ピンチのときに ほうでんする。

Release information

This card was originally released in Base Set with artwork by Mitsuhiro Arita. It famously has two versions: a red-cheeked variant and the true yellow-cheeked version. The red-cheeked variant is a highly sought-after experimental print from 1st Edition and early Unlimited print runs. Both versions also have promotional variants with a gold foil "E3" stamp where the set symbol would appear in later sets. The yellow-cheeked version was available as an insert in the September 1999 issue of Nintendo Power, while the red-cheeked variant was distributed to those who visited the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) between May 13-15, 1999. Similarly to the non-promotional versions, the red-cheeked variant is considerably more valuable.

The yellow-cheeked version also has another promotional variant with a gold foil "PokéTour 1999" stamp in the top right corner of the illustration. This card was included in 'Tour packs' distributed at locations visited by the PokéTour in Australia in 1999, which were advertised to be limited to 3000 at each venue. The PokéTour comprised of two separate tours: Red, which ran on weekends from September 18 to October 9, 1999; and Blue, which ran on weekends from September 18 to October 7, 1999.

The yellow-cheeked version of this card was reprinted in the Base Set 2 reprint set, which was only released outside of Japan.
In Japan, this card was reprinted with artwork by Mina Akuhara, one of five winning entries of the CoroCoro Pokémon Snap Best Photo Contest held in Spring 1999. This version is extremely rare and the exact number in existence is unknown. It was also later reprinted with the original artwork in the Intro Pack and Intro Pack Neo.

The card was later reprinted in POP Series 2 with new artwork by Yuka Morii. The Japanese version was released as part of a Meiji Chocolate campaign in June 2005. A special reprint with redrawn art by Mitsuhiro Arita was released in the Rising Rivals expansion.

Gallery

PikachuBaseSet58.png
Base Set print
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
Pikachu Red Cheek Variant.jpg
Altered Base Set print, featuring
Pikachu with red cheeks
PikachuSnapBestPhotoContest.jpg
Pokémon Snap Best Photo Contest print
Photo. Mina Akuhara
Pikachu16POPSeries2.jpg
POP Series 2 print
Illus. Yuka Morii
PikachuRisingRivals112.jpg
Rising Rivals 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 is popularly known as Yellow Cheeks Pikachu as a reference to the card's artwork and to differ it from Pikachu card from the Jungle expansion. This name also appeared in some instruction manuals produced by Wizards of the Coast.
  • The original Japanese version depicts Pikachu with yellow cheeks. However, Wizards of the Coast, when releasing this card for the first time in English, deliberately recolored Pikachu's cheeks red in an effort to make it more recognizable. Wizards would however later reverse this decision in subsequent reprints of the card and return Pikachu's cheeks to their original yellow color; because of this reversal the original red cheeks is commonly mistaken to be an error. The later reprint in Rising Rivals depicts Pikachu with red cheeks, because it is not giving off electric sparks.
  • The Japanese "Snap" print has a camera graphic where an expansion symbol would usually be.
  • The text on the bottom right of the "Snap" print reads: Best Photo Contest Winners Prize Card.
  • Although not part of a numbered promotional set, the Pikachu distributed at E3 in 1999 is the first English promotional card.

Origin

Thunder Jolt is a move in the Super Smash Bros. series that Pikachu can use. This card's English Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded. The Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green. The Rising Rivals Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon FireRed, which is derived from the original Pokémon Red and Green entry.


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