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Pokémon Reversal (Expedition 146)

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Trainer
Pokémon Reversal
ポケモンリバース Pokémon Reverse
Team Plasma
Team Flare TCG logo.png
FLARE
PokémonReversalRaichuStarterDeck8.jpg
Raichu Starter Deck print
Illus. Hideaki Hakozaki
Half Deck Tyranitar Half Deck
Japanese expansion Pokémon VS
Japanese Rarity Common
Japanese card no. 133/141
English expansion Expedition Base Set
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 146/165
Japanese expansion Base Expansion Pack
Japanese Rarity Uncommon
Japanese card no. 059/128
Expansion EX Ruby & Sapphire
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 87/109
Japanese Half Deck Torchic Constructed Starter Deck
Japanese card no. 016/019
Japanese Half Deck Movie Commemoration VS Pack
Japanese card no. 017/019
Expansion EX FireRed & LeafGreen
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 97/112
Japanese Half Deck Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise Random Constructed Starter Decks
Japanese card no. 049/052
Expansion EX Unseen Forces
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 88/115
Japanese Half Deck Meganium Constructed Starter Deck
Japanese card no. 011/016
Japanese Half Deck Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario
Japanese card no. 017/020
English expansion HeartGold & SoulSilver
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 99/123
Japanese expansion HeartGold Collection
Japanese Rarity Uncommon
Japanese card no. 065/070
Japanese Deck Kit Battle Starter Decks
Japanese Half Deck Raichu Starter Deck
Japanese card no. 008/011
Japanese Deck Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck
Japanese card no. 013/019

Pokémon Reversal (Japanese: ポケモンリバース Pokémon Reverse) is a Trainer card (Item card in Japan). It was first released as part of the Expedition Base Set.

Card text

Expedition Base Set print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Choose 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. Flip a coin. If heads, switch that Pokémon with the Defending Pokémon.
 
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 Ruby & Sapphire print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent switches 1 of his or her Active Pokémon with 1 of his or her Benched Pokémon.
 
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 FireRed & LeafGreen print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon and switch it with 1 of the Defending Pokémon. Your opponent chooses the Defending Pokémon to switch.
 
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.
HeartGold & SoulSilver print
AceSpec.png You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
{{{ruletext}}}
Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon and switch it with your opponent's Active Pokémon.
 
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.


Release information

This card's true first appearance was in the Japanese Pokémon VS expansion and in the unofficial English Tyranitar Half Deck for the 2001 Tropical Mega Battle. The card was translated under the tentative name of Pokémon Reverse.
It was reprinted in EX Ruby & Sapphire, first originating from the Japanese Torchic Constructed Starter Deck, with new artwork by Hiromichi Sugiyama, which is famous for seemingly mangling the intended effect (see above). The change caused quite a stir, as if the effect had been changed from being a "flip for Gust of Wind" to "flip for half a Warp Point". An errata was ultimately issued so that the card was treated more like the Expedition print with a slight tweak for 2-on-2 play. The reprinted versions that appeared in EX FireRed & LeafGreen and EX Unseen Forces featured the adjusted text.

Pokémon Reversal was later reclassified in Japan as an Item card during the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series, though the English Trainer cards did not adopt this naming convention until after this card's latest print. HeartGold & SoulSilver featured new artwork by Wataru Kawahara, and the Japanese Battle Starter Decks featured yet another new illustration by Hideaki Hakozaki.

Gallery

PokémonReversalExpedition146.jpg
Expedition Base Set print
Illus. "Big Mama" Tagawa
PokémonReversalEXRubySapphire87.jpg
EX Ruby & Sapphire print
Illus. Hiromichi Sugiyama
RioluDiamondPearl61.jpg
Diamond & Pearl print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
PokémonReversalHeartGoldSoulSilver99.jpg
HeartGold & SoulSilver print
Illus. Wataru Kawahara
PokémonReversalRaichuStarterDeck8.jpg
Raichu Starter Deck print
Illus. Hideaki Hakozaki
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's HeartGold & SoulSilver print's effect matches that of Pokémon Catcher's errata. Pokémon Catcher is a card later released in the Emerging Powers expansion, and given errata at the start of the XY Series.

Origin


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