Victory Medal (Japanese: 勝利のメダルVictory Medal) is a Trainer card (Item card in Japan). It was released as a promotional card.
You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
You can't have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card is discarded, put it in the Lost Zone.
Flip 2 coins. If one of them is heads, draw a card. If both are heads, search your deck for any 1 card, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck afterward.
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.
Victory Medal has been awarded at multiple competitions since it was introduced in Spring of 2004. In Japan, a gold medal version was awarded to the champions of the Spring Gym Challenge in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and again in 2009. A silver medal version was also awarded to runners-up in the same competitions.
The English versions were released through Battle Road tournaments, beginning in Spring 2007. Gold medal versions are awarded to those participating in Spring Battle Road tournaments, while the silver medal versions are awarded to those participating in Autumn Battle Road tournaments. The seasonal variants are further distinguished by featuring a blue stamp (Spring) and an orange stamp (Autumn), as well as the season years in which the card was awarded.
Beginning in 2009, several versions featuring Pokémon relative to mainstream releases began to be release during the DPt-P era, all with artwork by Yusuke Ishikawa. The 031/DPt-P print was awarded to winners of the Pokémon Plaza Challenge Card Get Battle in May 2009, and the two Arceus prints were awarded to winners of the Pokémon Battle Tour 2009.
For the HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection's Gym Challenge, Hideaki Hakozaki illustrated three new cards: one for third place, second place, and third place winners. These cards were numbered 031/L-P, 032/L-P, 033/L-P, respectively. Three more prints were released for the November 2009, January 2010, and May 2010 Pokémon Challenge Battle winner's prize, numbered 041-043/L-P. Yamaguchi illustrated another Typhlosion print, 042/L-P, while Hakozaki illustrated the Meganium and Feraligatr prints, numbered 041/L-P and 043/L-P. The Silver Medal Typhlosion print was used for the English Autumn Battle Roads tournaments in 2010, and the Gold Medal Typhlosion print was used for the English Spring Battle Roads tournaments in 2011.
The Japanese 2006 version has a gold foil "Gym☆Challenge 2006" stamp below the artwork, distinguishing it from the 2004 and 2005 versions. Subsequent prints have the DP-on Trainer design and also feature a black star promo symbol.
The 031/DPt-P print is the first numbered Victory Medal card and differs by featuring Giratina in its Origin Forme, as opposed to Pikachu in the illustration. The card also has a gold foil stamp below the artwork that reads "For the Winner of the Pokémon Card Game." Oddly, this is in English instead of Japanese. The numbering and stamp features were also adopted to the two Arceus variants, and each print thereafter.