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Pikachu (Wizards Promo 1)

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Pikachu LV.16
ピカチュウ Pikachu
Team Plasma
Lightning
PikachuToyotaPromo.jpg
Toyota Auto promo print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Pikachu
Type Lightning
Hit Points 60
weakness
Fighting×2
resistance
None
retreat cost
 
English expansion Wizards Black Star Promos
English card no. 1
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Card GB set Promotional Card
Card GB ID P04
Card GB 2 set Promotion Card
Card GB 2 ID P11
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Japanese Deck Kit Intro Pack
Japanese Deck Bulbasaur Deck
Japanese card no. 40
Card GB set Promotional Card
Card GB ID P05
Card GB 2 set Promotion Card
Card GB 2 ID P12
Japanese expansion XY-P Promotional cards
Japanese card no. 281/XY-P
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 was first released as one of the Wizards Black Star Promos.

Card text

Wizards Black Star Promo print

Colorless Growl
なきごえ
If the Defending Pokémon attacks Pikachu during your opponent's next turn, any damage done by the attack is reduced by 10 (after applying Weakness and Resistance). (Benching either Pokémon ends this effect.)
LightningLightning Thundershock
でんきショック
20
Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Paralyzed.


Pokédex data (Wizards Black Star Promo print)

Lightning
Lightning
Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'4" (0.4 m) 13 lbs. (6.0 kg)
Pokédex entry
When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and 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。

XY-P Promotional print

Colorless Growl
なきごえ
During your opponent's next turn, any damage done by attacks from the Defending Pokémon is reduced by 10 (before applying Weakness and Resistance).
LightningLightning Thunder Shock
でんきショック
20
Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent's Active Pokémon is now Paralyzed.


Pokédex data (XY-P Promotional print)

Lightning
Lightning
Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'04" (0.4 m) 13.2 lbs. (6.0 kg)
Pokédex entry
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

In Japan, this card, along with a Jigglypuff card, was first available as an insert with the November 1996 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released on October 15, 1996. It was later included as an insert with Easily Understand How to Play Pokémon Card (Asobikata Volume 1), released in November 1996. The prints are very similar to each other, with the CoroCoro version printed on glossy stock, and the Asobikata version printed on regular stock. The CoroCoro version also incorrectly states Ken Sugimori as the illustrator. An English version on regular Japanese card stock was available as an insert with the April 1999 issue of Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic, released in March 1999. This print features a grey star symbol with a yellow "PROMO" superimposed on it, similar to the black star promotional cards released outside Japan. The Japanese grey star symbol is also comparatively smaller than that of the black star symbol. The card was first released in English through the first Pokémon card leagues in July 1999. A Portuguese version of this card was included in the Pikachu World Collection, available to purchase exclusively at Pokémon Park 2000 held at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia from September 12 to October 4, 2000. This print features a gold foil Pikachu tail stamp opposite the promo symbol.

In Japan, this card was reprinted with alternate artwork by Ken Sugimori and was available through a Toyota Auto campaign in October 1997. This card, along with Arcanine, came sealed in a folder presented to customers at participating dealerships. It was subsequently reprinted in the Intro Pack as part of the Bulbasaur Deck.

It was reprinted again in Japan as a XY-P Promotional card, using a layout resembling that of the Original Era print in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the TCG. It was available as part of the Let's Trade Please Campaign 20th, which began on September 16, 2016 for as long as stocks lasted. Customers visiting participating Pokémon Centers, Pokémon Stores, and Pokémon Store Outlets, as well as those attending the 20th Anniversary Festa venues in October, could trade 20 Pokémon TCG cards featuring a classic reverse (those released during the Original and Neo Eras) with a member of staff for 1 of 2 "courses" whilst saying a secret password. The "A Course" included this card and a reprint of the Let's Trade Please! promotional card available during the original campaign in 1998. The "B Course" included a Charizard card and the Let's Trade Please! card. Only 1 trade could be completed per day.

Gallery

PikachuWizardsPromo1.jpg
Wizards Black Star Promo print
Illus. Keiji Kinebuchi
PikachuToyotaPromo.jpg
Toyota Auto promo print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
PikachuXYPromo281.jpg
XY-P Promotional print
Illus. Keiji Kinebuchi
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
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori


Trivia

  • The Japanese print released in CoroCoro, along with Jigglypuff, were the first Pokémon TCG cards released, available 5 days before the release of Expansion Pack on October 20, 1996.
  • The version of the card released in English is commonly known as Ivy Pikachu, referring to the background design of the illustration.
  • A small number of the English version of this card with a 1st Edition symbol were accidentally released along with the 1st Edition release of Jungle booster packs. This accident caused this card to be the only promotional card of any sort to have a 1st Edition release.

Origin

Growl and ThunderShock are both moves in the Pokémon games that Pikachu can learn. This card's Wizards Black Star Promo English Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, whereas the Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green. This card's XY-P Promotional Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green, Pokémon FireRed, and Pokémon Y.


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