Pokémon Trading Cards series 2

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A packet of cards featuring Jessie and James

Pokémon Trading Cards series 2 was a set of Pokémon-themed trading cards manufactured by Topps in 2000. There were 72 cards in total: 41 Pokémon cards, 5 "Heroes & Villains" cards, 25 episode cards, and a checklist card. Each of these 72 cards also had two foil card versions (silver and rainbow). In addition, there were 27 bonus "chase cards" not included on the checklist, including 12 die-cut embossed cards, 10 animation stick-on cards, and 5 clear cards.

Cards were sold in randomly distributed packets of five or eight[1]. One card in each packet would be a randomly chosen foil card. Packs containing rainbow foil cards were distinguished by an oval "Special Collector's Edition" stamp; the boxes the packs came in also featured the same stamp.

A French, Italian, and Spanish series 2 set also included cards from both this set and the series 3 set. This set is characterized by a round Nintendo seal, as opposed to the oval Nintendo seal. Cards used from the series 2 set include all Pokémon (#77-117) and Heroes & Villains cards (HV1-5); cards used from series 3 include all Pokémon (#118-151) and episode cards (OR1-19). The set contained no chase cards.

Topps' 75th Anniversary card set from 2013 featured stamped buyback cards, confirmed to include some cards from Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 & Pokémon First Movie. These are cards that Topps bought from the secondhand market via the buyback program and stamped with a gold "Topps 75th" logo. Some of the cards that were from Series 2 in the 75th Anniversary set include: #94 Gengar

Cards in series 2


Set # Front Pokémon Back text
77 Topps series 2 77.png Ponyta This fire Pokémon's hooves are ten times harder than diamonds, and it can trample anything in seconds. In "The Flame Pokémon-athon," Ash is entered into a highly competitive Pokémon race riding the Laramie family's faithful fiery Ponyta. The race is fast and furious as Ash rides like the wind — until Team Rocket shows up and booby-traps the entire course!

First appearance: Episode 33—"The Flame Pokémon-athon"
78 Topps series 2 78.png Rapidash Rapidash is the second and final evolutionary stage for Ponyta. This Pokémon will chase anything that moves fast in hopes of racing it. In "The Flame Pokémon-athon," Team Rocket tries everything to slow down Ash and his steed, Ponyta. When things begin to look dark for our hero, Ponyta evolves into the super-speedy Rapidash and Ash and his swift Pokémon go on to victory!

First appearance: Episode 33—"The Flame Pokémon-athon"
79 Topps series 2 79.png Slowpoke Incredibly slow and dopey, it takes close to five seconds for Slowpoke to feel pain when under attack. In "Island of the Giant Pokémon," Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Team Rocket's lost Pokémon wander around a deserted island for what seems like forever. When the Pokémon stop to rest and have a snack at a small deli counter in the middle of the island, the cook is none other than a lazy Slowpoke!

First appearance: Episode 17—"Island of the Giant Pokémon"
80 Topps series 2 80.png Slowbro Slowbro is the second and final evolutionary stage for Slowpoke. The Shellder that is latched on to Slowpoke's tail is said to feed on Slowpoke's leftover scraps of food. In "Island of the Giant Pokémon," the band of lost Pokémon encounter a lonely Slowpoke sitting on top of a rock looking out over the ocean. After Pikachu asks it for help and directions, Slowpoke sticks its tail in the water evolves into Slowbro!

First appearance: Episode 17—"Island of the Giant Pokémon"
81 Topps series 2 81.png Magnemite Magnemite uses anti-gravity to stay suspended and it usually appears without warning. In "Sparks Fly for Magnemite," Pikachu is diagnosed with a Pokémon cold by Nurse Joy, right before a blackout occurs. Ash and company go exploring through the darkness of the overloaded power plant, and a legion of Magnemite converge upon our heroes — especially the over-electrified Pikachu!

First appearance: Episode 30—"Sparks Fly for Magnemite"
82 Topps series 2 82.png Magneton This is the second and final evolutionary stage for Magnemite. Formed by several Magnemites linked together, they frequently appear when sunspots flare up. In "Sparks Fly for Magnemite," Pikachu's overly active electric cold attracts some new friends and even more enemies. When packs of Magnemite and Magneton flock to absorb Pikachu's excess voltage, they learn to regret it as Pikachu lets loose with a Thundershock sneeze!

First appearance: Episode 30—"Sparks Fly for Magnemite"
83 Topps series 2 83.png Farfetch'd The sprig of green onion that Farfetch'd holds is its sword-like weapon of choice. In the misadventure, "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd," a Pokémon thief named Keith uses his rare Farfetch'd to steal other trainer's Poké Balls. Officer Jenny asks Ash and company to help search for this nefarious criminal. Ash, Misty, Brock and the headache-plagued Psyduck foil Keith's plans and rescue all of the missing Poké Balls.

Episode 49—"So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd"
84 Topps series 2 84.png Doduo Doduo is a bird that makes up for its poor flying with its incredible speed. As it runs, it leaves behind giant footprints. In "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral," Ash returns to Pallet Town to train for the Pokémon League. Ash and his rival Gary go on a tour of Professor Oak's Pokémon research and communication center, and as they walk about, they meet Gary's captured Doduo.

First appearance: Episode 69—"Showdown at the Po-ké Corral"
85 Topps series 2 85.png Dodrio The three-headed Dodrio is the second and final evolutionary stage for Doduo. Its three brains can execute complex plans. Often, two heads will be sleeping while one heads stays awake. In "The Flame Pokémon-athon," Ash and Ponyta race neck and neck with an evil Pokémon trainer named Dario and his incredibly swift Dodrio. Little does Ash know that Dario and Team Rocket have joined forces to make sure he doesn't finish the race...at all!

First appearance: Episode 33—"The Flame Pokémon-athon"
86 Topps series 2 86.png Seel The protruding horn on Seel's head is very hard. It is used for bashing through thick ice. In "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City," Ash, Brock and a reluctant Misty arrive at the wondrous Cerulean City. Ash challenges Lily, Violet and Daisy — the beautiful leaders of the Cerulean City Gym — to a Pokémon match, but they flatly refuse. When the Gym's mascot, Seel, gives Ash the Cascade Badge without a single battle, the fourth sister, Misty, steps forward to accept the challenge!

First appearance: Episode 7—"The Water Flowers of Cerulean City"
87 Topps series 2 87.png Dewgong Dewgong is the final stage of evolution for Seel. It stores thermal energy in its body and can swim at a steady eight knots even in intense cold. In "The Misty Mermaid," Ash and friends return to the Cerulean City Gym to visit Misty's sisters. While visiting, Misty participates in a water ballet that gets ruined by Team Rocket. A Pokémon battle follows, and during the fight, Seel evolves into Dewgong to blast Team Rocket into defeat.

First appearance: Episode 63—"The Misty Mermaid"
88 Topps series 2 88.png Grimer Appearing in filthy areas, Grimer thrives by sucking up polluted sludge that is pumped out of factories. In "Pokémon Scent-Sation," our heroes arrive at the Celadon City Gym where wonderful perfumes are manufactured using Pokémon spores and nectars. The gym leader, Erica, tells a story of her childhood: a Gloom protected her from an attacking, foul-smelling Grimer which led her to be a Grass Pokémon Trainer.

First appearance: Episode 26—"Pokémon Scent-Sation"
89 Topps series 2 89.png Muk The final stage of evolution for Grimer, Muk is thickly covered with a filthy, vile sludge and it is so toxic even its footprints contain poison. While fighting off Magnemite, Magneton and a whole mess of Grimers in "Sparks Fly for Magnemite," Ash engages in a heart-stopping Pokémon battle with an enormous Muk. After Ash unclogs the stopped-up water pipes in the power plant, he catches Muk for his Pokémon collection!

First appearance: Episode 30—"Sparks Fly for Magnemite"
90 Topps series 2 90.png Shellder Shellder's hard shell repels any kind of attack, and Shellder is only vulnerable when its shell is open. In "The Evolution Solution," Professor Oak enlists the aid of fellow Poké-ologist, Professor Westwood (who programmed the Pokédex), to figure out the mystery of why, after a Shellder clamps onto a Slowpoke's tail, it becomes a Slowbro! Do you know why Shellder clamps onto Slowpoke's tail?

First appearance: Episode 70—"The Evolution Solution"
91 Topps series 2 91.png Cloyster The second and final evolutionary stage for Shellder, Cloyster can launch its horns in quick volleys when attacked. In "The Bridge Bike Gang," while biking across a huge bridge to Sunny Town, our heroes are challenged to a Pokémon battle by a bike gang. Tyra, a tough-girl gang member, uses Cloyster against Misty's none-too-bright Psyduck. In frustration Misty ends up cheering for Cloyster to win!

First appearance: Episode 36—"The Bridge Bike Gang"
92 Topps series 2 92.png Gastly Almost invisible, this gaseous Pokémon cloaks its target and puts it to sleep without a struggle. In "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak," Brock and James of Team Rocket fall under the spell of the mysterious Maiden Rock and the beautiful maiden spirit that haunts it. Our heroes try to get rid of the pesky specter — only to find out that the maiden is a mischievous Gastly in disguise!

First appearance: Episode 20—"The Ghost of Maiden's Peak"
93 Topps series 2 93.png Haunter Haunter is the second evolutionary stage for Gastly. Because of its ability to slip through walls, it is rumored to be from another dimension. In "The Tower of Terror," Ash and Pikachu battle their way through the wacky shenanigans of three ghosts at the Lavender Town Tower, so Ash can acquire a ghost Pokémon in order to defeat Sabrina. When Ash realizes all Haunter wants is to have a little fun, they leave together as friends.

First appearance: Episode 23—"The Tower of Terror"
94 Topps series 2 94.png Gengar This is the third and final evolutionary stage for Gastly. Under the full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright. In "The Tower of Terror," Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket are teased and taunted by three over-the-top ghost Pokémon. Gengar finds that Jesse and James are especially fun to play with — so it keeps them tied up in the playroom while Ash and Haunter say their good-byes.

First appearance: Episode 23—"The Tower of Terror"
95 Topps series 2 95.png Onix As Onix grows, the stone portions of its snake body harden to become sooty black and diamond-like. In "Showdown in Pewter City," Ash finds himself face-to-face with his first Pokémon gym leader — Brock. Pikachu powers up and stands ready to do battle, but Brock lets loose the monstrous Onix who makes short work of it. After some intense and extremely weird training exercises, Pikachu battles again and topples the giant Onix.

First appearance: Episode 5—"Showdown in Pewter City"
96 Topps series 2 96.png Drowzee Drowzee puts enemies to sleep, then eats their dreams. Occasionally, it does get sick from eating bad dreams. In "Hypno's Naptime," our heroes come to a town where all of the Pokémon are sick and tired, and many of the town's children are missing! A sleep-wave tracking device constructed by Officer Jenny leads the group to a fancy high-rise apartment, where they find the cause of these problems — a Drowzee and a Hypno.

First appearance: Episode 27—"Hypno's Naptime"
97 Topps series 2 97.png Hypno The second stage of evolution for Drowzee. When Hypno locks eyes with an enemy, it uses a mix of psychic moves and confusion attacks to overpower its prey. In "Hypno's Naptime," Ash and the gang discover a sleepless Pokémon club using a Hypno to help their club members fall asleep. Little did they know that Hypno's psychic powers were causing the town's children to run away and act like Pokémon!

First appearance: Episode 27—"Hypno's Naptime"
98 Topps series 2 98.png Krabby Krabby's pincers are powerful weapons, which also help it balance when walking sideways. In "Island of the Giant Pokémon," Ash and friends are washed ashore on a seemingly deserted island and realize that almost all of Ash's Pokémon are missing! One of Ash's remaining Pokémon is the loyal Krabby, captured earlier. Krabby is eventually transported to Dr. Oak's laboratory, because Pokémon trainers are only allowed to carry six Poké Balls at one time.

First appearance: Episode 17—"Island of the Giant Pokémon"
99 Topps series 2 99.png Kingler This is the second and final stage of evolution for Krabby. Its large pincer has 10,000 pounds worth of crushing power. However, its huge size makes it very hard to use. In "Princess Versus Princess," Misty is trying to win the grand prize in the Princess Day Pokémon Competition. To get to the finals, Misty must defeat a host of Pokémon trainers. One of them uses Kingler, but with Ash's borrowed Bulbasaur, Misty goes on to victory!

First appearance: Episode 59—"Princess Versus Princess"
100 Topps series 2 100.png Voltorb Voltorb is usually found in power plants and is easily mistaken for a Poké Ball. In "The Ninja Poke-Showdown," Ash and friends are trapped within the maze-like hallways of the Fuchsia Gym. They get lost following a mischievous Venonat while trying to find the gym leader. When our heroes encounter a solitary Voltorb, before anybody can even breathe, Voltorb self-destructs, spewing noxious gas and confusing everybody!

First appearance: Episode 32—"The Ninja Poke-Showdown"
101 Topps series 2 101.png Electrode The second and final stage of evolution for Voltorb. Electrode stores energy under very high pressure and often explodes with little or no provocation. In "The Flame Pokémon-athon," Pikachu rides Squirtle in a race that includes an Onix, a Starmie and a volatile Electrode. When Electrode and its rider fall into a giant hole dug by the terrible Team Rocket, Electrode explodes, destroying everything around it — even the race track!

First appearance: Episode 33—"The Flame Pokémon-athon"
102 Topps series 2 102.png Exeggcute Exeggcute is often mistaken for a half-dozen eggs. When disturbed, they quickly gather and attack in swarms. In "The March of the Exeggutor Squad," our heroic trio find themselves at a dull carnival magic show featuring Melvin the Magician and his Exeggcute. When Melvin is fired, Ash, Brock and Misty all pitch in to create a Pokémon magic show with the help of Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander.

First appearance: Episode 43—"The March of the Exeggutor Squad"
103 Topps series 2 103.png Exeggutor The second and final evolutionary stage for Exeggcute. Legend has it that on rare occasions, one of its heads will drop off and continue on as an Exeggcute. In "The March of the Exeggutor Squad," the magician collects a squad of Exeggutor to hypnotize the audience into liking his show in hopes of faking success. When Team Rocket show up to cause trouble, the Exeggutor go on a wild stampede!

First appearance: Episode 43—"The March of the Exeggutor Squad"
104 Topps series 2 104.png Cubone Because it never removes its skull helmet, no one has ever seen this Pokémon's real face. In "The School of Hard Knocks," Giselle, a stuck-up student at Pokémon Tech, battles Ash and Pikachu with her well-trained Cubone. Pikachu battles valiantly, but Cubone is merciless. After using a strategy that the book-smart Giselle can't figure out, Pikachu tricks Cubone into getting hit on the head by its own Boomerang attack!

First appearance: Episode 9—"The School of Hard Knocks"
105 Topps series 2 105.png Marowak The final stage of evolution for Cubone, Marowak's bone is its key weapon. It throws the bone skillfully like a boomerang to knock out targets. In "Bad to the Bone," Ash and friends leave Pallet Town to go to the Pokémon League. On their way, they meet a trainer named Otoshi who challenges Ash to a Pokémon match. The battle begins between Otoshi's Marowak and Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur loses, but Pikachu steps in and blasts Marowak into defeat.

First appearance: Episode 77—"Bad to the Bone"
106 Topps series 2 106.png Hitmonlee Also known as "The Kicking Fiend." When in a hurry, its legs lengthen progressively and it runs smoothly with extra long strides. In "The Punchy Pokémon," Team Rocket steals a ferocious Hitmonlee from a trainer named Giant to enter the Pokémon Grand Prix Fighting Tournament. Although the stolen Hitmonlee was a first rate contender, Ash and his newly acquired Primeape made short work of the kicking Pokémon.

First appearance: Episode 29—"The Punchy Pokémon"
107 Topps series 2 107.png Hitmonchan Hitmonchan can fire punches in lightning-fast volleys that are impossible to see with the human eye. In "The Punchy Pokémon," on the outskirts of Fuchsia City, Ash sees a Hitmonchan running down the road. He and Pikachu attempt to capture the boxing Pokémon, but fail miserably. The Pokémon's trainer, Anthony, arrives soon after and relates to our heroes his desire to enter the Pokémon Grand Prix.

First appearance: Episode 29—"The Punchy Pokémon"
108 Topps series 2 108.png Lickitung Lickitung's tongue can be extended like a frog's, and it leaves a tingling sensation when it licks its enemies. In "The Ultimate Test," Ash signs up for the Pokémon League Admissions Exam to prove his skill as a Pokémon master, but the questions on the test are too difficult for Ash to answer correctly. One of the questions asks: "Lickitung's tongue is twice the length of its body, true or false?" Do you know the answer?

First appearance: Episode 56—"The Ultimate Test"
109 Topps series 2 109.png Koffing Because it stores several kinds of toxic gases in its body, Koffing is prone to exploding without warning. In Ash's first adventure, "Pokémon Emergency," Pikachu is rushed to the Viridian City Pokémon Center to be treated for severe exhaustion. When the evil Team Rocket show up, the pair send Ekans and the toxic Koffing to destroy the center. The barely recovered Pikachu and other Pokémon from the center join forces to defeat the Pokémon-snatching villains.

First appearance: Episode 2—"Pokémon Emergency"
110 Topps series 2 110.png Weezing The second stage of evolution for Koffing. Over many years, two Koffing can fuse into a Weezing. In "Dig Those Diglett," James' Koffing evolve into the even more foul-smelling Weezing. James once remarked that his toxic Pokémon, "smells like old sneakers soaked in stinkbug juice, mixed with some rotten eggs and a dead fish with just a touch of skunk fumes!"

First appearance: Episode 31—"Dig Those Diglett"
111 Topps series 2 111.png Rhyhorn Rhyhorn's massive bones are 1,000 times harder than human bones. In "Showdown at Dark City," Ash and friends are trapped in the middle of a Pokémon gang war between the rival Yas and Kaz Pokémon Gyms. The unlicensed gym trainers use their Pokémon for personal battles. During a huge battle, the gym leaders let loose several Pokémon, including a monstrous Rhyhorn who runs rampant through the town, trying defeat the other gym's Pokémon.

First appearance: Episode 42—"Showdown at Dark City"
112 Topps series 2 112.png Rhydon Rhydon is the second and final evolutionary stage for Rhyhorn. Protected by an armor-like hide, it is capable of living in 3,600-degree molten lava. In "Riddle Me This," our friends find themselves face to face with Blaine, the riddling Pokémon gym trainer from Cinnabar Island. In a fiery conflict, Ash chooses Charizard to battle Blaine's super-tough Rhydon. When Charizard ignores Ash and flies out of the arena, Rhydon wins the match without even battling!

First appearance: Episode 58—"Riddle Me This"
113 Topps series 2 113.png Chansey A rare and elusive Pokémon rumored to bring happiness to those who capture it. In "Pokémon Emergency," Ash and Pikachu find themselves weak after an encounter with a flock of wild Spearow, with Pikachu's fate resting in Ash's hands! With the help of Officer Jenny, Ash rushes Pikachu to the Viridian City Pokémon Center, where Nurse Joy and the attending Pokémon, Nurse Chansey, take Pikachu to the critical Pokémon care unit.

First appearance: Episode 2—"Pokémon Emergency"
114 Topps series 2 114.png Tangela The entire body of this Pokémon is covered with wide vines similar to seaweed that shake as it walks. No one has ever seen what a real Tangela looks like under its vines. In "Pokémon Scent-Sation," Ash sneaks into the Celadon City Gym after being refused entry. Ash and Bulbasaur battle Erica, the gym leader, and her vine-like Tangela. Eventually Tangela's stun spore attack knocks Bulbasaur out for the count.

First appearance: Episode 26—"Pokémon Scent-Sation"
115 Topps series 2 115.png Kangaskhan The infant Kangaskhan rarely ventures out of its mother's protective pouch until it is three years old. In "The Kangaskhan Kid," Officer Jenny asks Ash and the gang to help capture a group of Pokémon poachers in the safari zone. Soon, our heroes encounter a pack of wild Kangaskhan, led by a small jungle boy named Tommy. Tommy joins forces with Ash and his friends to aid in defeating the Kangaskhan-stealing Team Rocket.

First appearance: Episode 34—"The Kangaskhan Kid"
116 Topps series 2 116.png Horsea Horsea is known to shoot down flying bugs with precision blasts of ink from the surface of the water. In "Tentacool and Tentacruel," Ash, Misty and Brock are stranded in the small port town of Porta Vista. When Misty spies an injured Horsea in the water, she promptly captures it in her Poké Ball. After Horsea heals, it helps them discover why the Tentacool are unhappy, and aids in the battle against the gigantic mutated Tentacruel.

First appearance: Episode 19—"Tentacool and Tentacruel"
117 Topps series 2 117.png Seadra The Pokédex has very little information regarding this elusive water Pokémon — the second and final stage of evolution for Horsea. Of all the water-based Pokémon, Horsea is one of the smallest and weakest. On the other hand, the evolved Seadra is a powerful Pokémon that can easily defeat the toughest of opponents. Seadra is capable of swimming backwards by rapidly flapping its wing-like pectoral fins and stout tail.

First appearance: Ash has not yet encountered a Seadra.

Heroes & Villains

Set # Front Character Back text
HV1 Topps series 2 HV1.png Ash Ketchum With eight Pokémon badges to his name, the young trainer from Pallet Town named Ash Ketchum thinks he is ready to join the Pokémon League. Ash has been traveling for months, collecting badges and new Pokémon and experiencing the grandest adventures. With Brock, Misty and his loyal best friend Pikachu, Ash is prepared to face the toughest foes, take on the greatest challenges and battle the most fearsome opponents!
HV2 Topps series 2 HV2.png Jesse* Vanity is everything, and Jesse of Team Rocket believes without a doubt that she is the most beautiful, smartest, sweetest person in the world — not to mention that in her mind, she deserves to be princess of everything. The muscle behind the treacherous trio that is Team Rocket, Jesse is quick to initiate a scheme, and usually the first to have it backfire — right in her face!
HV3 Topps series 2 HV3.png Todd the Photographer Todd is a photographer, but not just any photographer — he's the best. Todd's works has been published in The Pokémon Times, and he even scored a photo of the legendary Aerodactyl — with Ash in its claws! In "Pokémon Paparazzi," Todd is hired by Team Rocket (in disguise, of course) to "capture" Pikachu. Little did they know that he was going to "capture" Pikachu on film instead!
HV4 Topps series 2 HV4.png James Scaredy-Cat. Goof-Ball. Whiner. One could call James of Team Rocket many things, but don't call him late for dinner! James may not be the smartest of his team, but he never misses a meal! Along with his partner in crime, Jesse, James tries his best to capture Pikachu with wacky contraptions like giant vacuum cleaners and rubber bubble guns. Of course, Ash and the gang foil every attempt and send James and Jesse blasting off again!
HV5 Topps series 2 HV5.png Cassidy In "The Breeding Center Secret," Jesse meets her arch nemesis, Cassidy, face to face. Cassidy is one half of the "other" Team Rocket and, along with her partner Butch, also attempts to climb the ladder of success. Not only does their plan to steal Pokémon work, but "The Boss" likes their style. When Jesse and James stumble upon their rivals' plans, an all out war between our heroes and both Team Rockets ensues.

Episode cards

Set # Front Episode Notes
EP1 Topps series 2 EP1.png Pokémon — I Choose You! In the first episode, we meet Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old boy with a passion for Pokémon. After beginning his Pokémon journey, Ash is supposed to meet Professor Oak — a Pokémon researcher who is giving away Pokémon to all the 10-year-olds in Pallet Town. Arriving late, Ash finds that all the Pokémon were taken — all except for Pikachu. After a harrowing misadventure together, Pikachu and Ash form an unbreakable bond of friendship.
EP2 Topps series 2 EP2.png Pokémon Emergency After saving Ash and itself from the flock of wild Spearow with a powerful Thundershock attack, Pikachu is in dire need of medical attention. Ash rushes Pikachu to the Viridian City Pokémon Center to recover under the care of Nurse Joy. Then the nefarious Pokémon gang, Team Rocket, appears and tries to steal the center's Pokémon. Ash, the recovered Pikachu and the center's other Pokémon drive Team Rocket to a hasty retreat.
EP3 Topps series 2 EP3.png Ash Catches a Pokémon Ash and Misty enter the Viridian Forest on their way to Pewter City and discover a Caterpie. Ash promptly captures the caterpillar Pokémon and, the following day — with Pikachu's and Caterpie's help — Ash captures a Pidgeotto. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has set their nasty sights on Ash's Pikachu, but after a fast and furious Pokémon battle, Caterpie encases the villains in webbing and then surprisingly evolves into the super-hard Metapod!
EP4 Topps series 2 EP4.png Challenge of the Samurai Ash and Misty encounter a Pokémon trainer named Samurai in the heart of Viridian Forest. Samurai challenges Ash to a Metapod battle. Suddenly, a swarm of Beedrill attack and steal Ash's Metapod — believing it to be a Kakuna. Later, when Team Rocket shows up, awakening and angering the sleeping Beedrill, Ash's Metapod rushes to protect him. Metapod is ripped open, revealing an evolved Butterfree, which uses its sleep powder on not only the Beedrill, but Team Rocket too!
EP5 Topps series 2 EP5.png Showdown in Pewter City Ash meets a strange old man named Flint, who instructs him in the etiquette of Pokémon training and the rules of the Pokémon League. To enter the League, trainers must collect badges from gym leaders, like the gym in Pewter City run by Brock. Ash quickly challenges Brock to a match and loses. After intense and strange training from Flint, Pikachu battles again and wins, earning Ash a Boulder Badge and a new friend — Brock.
EP6 Topps series 2 EP6.png Clefairy and the Moon Stone Brock joins Ash and Misty as they travel through the mysterious Mt. Moon. Our heroes soon encounter a Pokémon researcher named Seymour, who is studying the Clefairy. The Clefairy, as it turns out, worship the Moon Stone that lies in the heart of Mt. Moon. Team Rocket, as usual, tries to steal the Moon Stone and the Clefairy, but the Clefairy use their Metronome attack to drive the villains away.
EP7 Topps series 2 EP7.png The Water Flowers of Cerulean City To win his second badge, Ash and Pikachu visit the Cerulean Gym at Cerulean City. They learn that Misty is one of the Water Flower Sisters of the gym, and Ash challenges her to a battle. Pikachu, however, refuses to battle as it likes Misty, so Ash chooses Butterfree. After an interruption by Team Rocket, the battle between Ash and Misty ends in a tie, but her sisters still give Ash the Cascade Badge for proving his worth in battle.
EP8 Topps series 2 EP8.png The Path to the Pokémon League After receiving Ash's second badge, the gang sets off for Vermilion City. Along the way, our heroes encounter a stern Pokémon trainer named A.J. at his "unofficial" Pokémon gym. Ash and Pikachu lose their battle with A.J. and his Sandshrew, bringing A.J. two victories closer to his goal of "100 undefeated battles." Team Rocket arrives, determined to capture Pikachu, but ends up battling A.J. instead, giving him the two wins he needed to reach 100!
EP9 Topps series 2 EP9.png The School of Hard Knocks As Ash and our heroes make a brief stop in a darkened woods, they happen upon Joe, a student from Pokémon Tech, being bullied by some older students. The school is a snobby institute, where you graduate instead of earning all your badges through battle. Ash soon battles Giselle, a top student, and her Cubone. After a difficult battle, the valiant Pikachu wins, and Giselle learns that while school provides knowledge, life can also be a powerful teacher.
EP10 Topps series 2 EP10.png Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village The gang continues to wander through the forest, lost, until they arrive at a Pokémon sanctuary where lost or abandoned Pokémon can heal. There, the group meets Melanie, the caretaker. Team Rocket makes its way into the village, and only the combined forces of Melanie's protective Bulbasaur and our heroes can drive the Pokémon thieves away. Afterwards, Pikachu wins a battle with Bulbasaur, and Ash leaves the forest with a new companion — Bulbasaur is at his side.
EP11 Topps series 2 EP11.png Charmander — The Stray Pokémon Continuing towards Vermilion City, Ash spies a lone Charmander along a mountain pass but fails to capture it. At the Pokémon Center, the gang learns that Charmander is waiting for its master — a cruel boy named Damion — who left it there. When a storm erupts and Charmander remains on the mountain pass, our heroes rescue the flame Pokémon and nurse it back to health. After a battle with Team Rocket to boost its courage, Charmander leaves Damion and goes with Ash!
EP12 Topps series 2 EP12.png Here Comes The Squirtle Squad Abandoned by their trainers, a renegade group of Squirtle form a gang. Team Rocket's Meowth convinces the unruly Squirtle to assist in capturing Pikachu. After Pikachu is captured, the Squirtle realize that Team Rocket is going to betray them and the captured heroes. Ash saves the Squirtle leader at the risk of his own life, and the Squirtle agree to help in a rescue. In the end, the Squirtle leader leaves the squad to join Ash.
EP13 Topps series 2 EP13.png Mystery at the Lighthouse Our heroes encounter a giant lighthouse and meet Bill, a Pokémon researcher who has been looking for a mysterious Pokémon all his life. That evening, as Ash and company talk quietly with Bill, a huge looming Pokémon shadow appears through the fog. At that exact moment, Team Rocket attacks and scares away the elusive creature. Thus, Bill continues to dream of the day when he will have catalogued and seen all 150 Pokémon.
EP14 Topps series 2 EP14.png Electric Shock Showdown Our heroes finally reach Vermilion City, but as they enter the city's Pokémon Center, they see many injured Pokémon. It turns out that Lt. Surge, the gym leader, is ruthless with his Raichu when it comes to Pokémon battles. Pikachu winds up losing badly and must go to the hospital. After a quick recovery and rousing speech (translated by Meowth) by Pikachu, the heroes return to the gym and defeat Lt. Surge and his Raichu.
EP15 Topps series 2 EP15.png Battle Aboard the St. Anne Ash and his party arrive at the St. Anne, a luxury liner for Pokémon trainers. Receiving free tickets from a mysterious duo (the devious Team Rocket), our heroes board the ship for dinner and entertainment. Multiple Pokémon battles occur as Ash bests an older man's Raticate. Ash reluctantly trades Butterfree for Raticate just as Team Rocket bursts in and begins to steal all of the Pokémon on the ship.
EP16 Topps series 2 EP16.png Pokémon Shipwreck After Team Rocket shanghais the St. Anne, a giant storm engulfs the ship and it capsizes. Everyone escapes but Misty, Ash, Brock and Team Rocket, so heroes and villains join forces. When they finally escape the sinking ship, they realize that they have no food or water. The whole crew becomes ravenous, so James pulls out his all skin and bones Magicarp. But when James berates the fish, it turns into the troublesome Gyarados!
EP17 Topps series 2 EP17.png Island of the Giant Pokémon One Gyarados becomes many as the beast uses its ultimate attack on the gang — Dragon Rage! The swirling cyclone of water takes our heroes to a deserted island of gigantic Pokémon, where Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket are separated from their Pokémon. After a lengthy search, the humans and Pokémon are reunited in time to escape from giant robot Pokémon! They later discover that they were on Pokémon Theme Park Island!
EP18 Topps series 2 EP18.png Tentacool and Tentacruel In order to construct a new hotel at Hutber Port, a developer hires Pokémon trainers to get rid of the Tentacool because they inhabit a coral reef that the developer needs to build over. Team Rocket try to scam the developer and get rid of the Tentacool, spreading a mixture of soy and vinegar over the area. Their plan backfires, however, as the Tentacool evolve into gigantic Tentacruel, which attack until Misty saves the day.
EP19 Topps series 2 EP19.png The Ghost of Maiden Peak At a summer festival in Saffron City, Brock and James fall in love with a mysterious girl. Later, they find out that she has been dead for 2,000 years, and believe they saw her spirit. Ash, Misty and Jesse learn that the girl is really Gastly, a ghost Pokémon disguised as the girl to remind people of her legend. Ash, Misty and Jesse battle Gastly to save James and Brock, but come morning, Gastly disappears for another year.
EP20 Topps series 2 EP20.png Bye, Bye Butterfree During mating season, Ash's Butterfree meets a cute pink Butterfree and proposes to it — but is turned down. When Team Rocket arrives and proceeds to capture all of the Butterfree in the area, Ash's Butterfree battles the villains to rescue its brethren. After Team Rocket blasts off again, the pink Butterfree is moved by its savoir's bravery, and decides to accept the proposal. The two Butterfree leave Ash and set out on a journey together.
EP21 Topps series 2 EP21.png Abra and the Psychic Showdown Ash and friend finally arrive in Saffron City, where the Pokémon gym is run by Sabrina — a psychic Pokémon trainer. Ash challenges Sabrina and her Pokémon, Abra, in an attempt to earn a Marsh Badge, but Pikachu is sadly defeated by Abra's unique attacks. Ash learns that the only way to defeat a psychic Pokémon is to battle it with a Ghost Pokémon. So the gang leave in search of Lavender Town and a Ghost Pokémon.
EP22 Topps series 2 EP22.png The Tower of Terror Ash, Misty and Brock arrive in Lavender Town and head straight for a haunted tower. Within the tower our heroes and Team Rocket are assailed by the wacky shenanigans of three Ghost Pokémon — Haunter, Gastly and Gengar. After some chasing and scaring, Ash learns that the ghosts just want some friends to play with, and then a good time is had by all. Ash leaves Lavender Town with Haunter in tow, ready to battle and defeat Sabrina!
EP23 Topps series 2 EP23.png Haunter vs. Kadabra With Haunter by his side, Ash triumphantly returns to Saffron City ready to battle Sabrina and her now-evolved Kadabra. The battle begins but Haunter is nowhere to be found! As Ash and friends try to get away, Sabrina turns Misty and Brock into dolls, but Ash is saved by the kindly old man who saved the heroes previously. Ash returns to finish the battle and is awarded a Marsh Badge after Haunter's antics make Sabrina smile.
EP24 Topps series 2 EP24.png Primeape Goes Bananas On their way to Celadon City, our heroes encounter Mankey, a wild Pokémon that, if rubbed the wrong way, can go into uncontrollable fits. Not realizing this, Ash tries to capture it, but accidentally upsets it. To make matters worse, Team Rocket shows up and agitates Mankey further, causing it to evolve into Primeape, who then attacks the heroes. Eventually, Ash and Pikachu tame the savage beast, and Ash captures it.
EP25 Topps series 2 EP25.png Pokémon Scent-Sation The party arrives in Celadon City — Brock and Misty are immediately entranced by a young lady selling delightful perfume. Ash makes fun of the sweet-smelling stuff and is ejected from the store and the local gym! Team Rocket shows up and puts Ash in a dress to sneak him into the gym, but a fire erupts. Ash helps extinguish the fire and as a reward for his bravery, the gym leader, Erica, gives Ash another trainer badge.


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Die-cut embossed cards

Twelve Pokémon cards from the previous series 1 were also available as a secret die-cut version. The die-cut version was almost the same as the normal version, except the edges of the card are cut in unique ways and parts of the print on the front of the card would be embossed.

Set # Front Pokémon
EV1 Topps series 2 EV1.png Caterpie
EV2 Topps series 2 EV2.png Metapod
EV3 Topps series 2 EV3.png Butterfree
EV4 Topps series 2 EV4.png Oddish
EV5 Topps series 2 EV5.png Gloom
EV6 Topps series 2 EV6.png Vileplume
EV7 Topps series 2 EV7.png Abra
EV8 Topps series 2 EV8.png Kadabra
EV9 Topps series 2 EV9.png Alakazam
EV10 Topps series 2 EV10.png Pidgey
EV11 Topps series 2 EV11.png Pidgeotto
EV12 Topps series 2 EV12.png Pidgeot

Animation stick-on cards

Completed puzzle, shown on the back of card #9

Ten "animation stick-on" cards were included in the set. Each card appears as a normal card, but the picture of the Pokémon can be peeled off and is actually a sticker (with a clear background). On the back of each card is one of nine pieces to a puzzle, except for the Rattata card, which shows a small version of the completed puzzle picture.

Set # Front Pokémon Notes
1 Topps series 2 A1.png Wartortle Bottom right piece
2 Topps series 2 A2.png Nidoking Bottom left piece
3 Topps series 2 A3.png Poliwhirl Bottom centre piece
4 Topps series 2 A4.png Arbok Centre middle piece
5 Topps series 2 A5.png Ditto and Pikachu Centre right piece
6 Topps series 2 A6.png Jigglypuff Top middle piece
7 Topps series 2 A7.png Geodude Top right piece
8 Topps series 2 A8.png Pikachu Centre left piece
9 Topps series 2 A9.png Rattata Shows completed puzzle on the back
10 Topps series 2 A10.png Charmander Top left piece

Clear cards

There were five "clear cards" included in this set. The clear cards feature a double-sided picture of a Pokémon on the front and back, the back image is the image on the front but in reverse. The rest of the card is transparent.

Set # Front Pokémon
PC1 Topps series 2 PC1.png Pikachu
PC2 Topps series 2 PC2.png Bulbasaur
PC3 Topps series 2 PC3.png Charizard
PC4 Topps series 2 PC4.png Squirtle
PC5 Topps series 2 PC5.png Mewtwo

Series 2 Tins

A set of five tins were also manufactured for series 2. [1] The tins included seven packs of cards and an extra-large chrome card that matched the cover of the tin.

  1. Blastoise, Ditto (Pikachu), Pikachu, Flying Pikachu, Diglett, Psyduck, Butterfree, Meowth, Rapidash, Charmander, Surfing Pikachu
  2. Misty, Brock, Pikachu, Ash
  3. Jessie, James, Koffing, Meowth, Ekans
  4. Flying Pikachu
  5. Charizard



  • In general, the cards do not capitalize some words that are normally capitalized in the games and other media, such as Trainer and Gym Leader. A few generic typos also occur.
  • Jessie's name is misspelled "Jesse" everywhere it occurs. This happens in #94 Gengar, HV2, HV4, HV5, and EP19.
  • #82 Magneton pluralizes Magnemite by adding an "s".
  • #98 Krabby calls Professor Oak "Dr. Oak".
  • #100 Voltorb misspells the title of episode 32, writing "Poke" instead of "Poké".
  • EP16 misspells Magikarp as "Magicarp".


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