Master Ball (Gym Challenge 116)

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Trainer Item
Master Ball
マスターボール Master Ball
Team Plasma
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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.
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.
{{{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.
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.
{{{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.
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.
{{{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.
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.
{{{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).


e-Reader data

The Expedition Base Set print includes a Dot Code strip for use with the e-Reader, and has the card ID B-50-#. The short strip contains a brief card summary. There is no long strip for this card.

Release information

In Japan, this card was first released as part of the Extended Sheet 2 of the Vending Machine cards with artwork by Keiji Kinebuchi. It was reprinted in the Quick Starter Gift Set as a Holofoil card. The Extended Sheet 2 print was reprinted again in the Gym Challenge expansion, first released in the Japanese Yamabuki City Gym Theme Deck. It was then reprinted in the Japanese Intro Pack Neo. It was later reprinted in the Japanese Pokémon VS expansion. Master Ball was reprinted in the Expedition Base Set with an updated card design used in the e-Card Series, first released in the Japanese Base Expansion Pack. This print was later included in the Japanese Gift Box. Master Ball was reprinted again in the EX Deoxys expansion with an updated card design used in the ex Series, first released in the Japanese Deoxys and Rayquaza Constructed Starter Decks. 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 reprinted in the EX Delta Species expansion, first released in the Japanese Holon Research Tower Water Quarter Deck. It was then included in the Japanese Gift Box Mew • Lucario. It was reprinted again in the EX Power Keepers expansion, first released in the Japanese World Champions Pack expansion. Master Ball was reprinted as an Ace Spec Item card with different artwork by 5ban Graphics, in the Plasma Blast expansion, first released in the Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck,

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
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 usually 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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