Ultra Ball (Dark Explorers 102)

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Trainer Item
Ultra Ball
ハイパーボール Hyper Ball
UltraBallPlasmaFreeze122.jpg
Plasma Freeze print
Illus. 5ban Graphics

Ultra Ball (Japanese: ハイパーボール Hyper Ball) is an Item card. It was first released as part of the Dark Explorers expansion.

Card text

Dark Explorers print
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Plasma
Team Plasma
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Flare TCG logo.png FLARE
You can't have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card would go to the discard pile, put it in the Lost Zone instead.
TAG TEAM
Single Strike
Rapid Strike
Fusion Strike
{{{ruletext}}}
VSTAR Power
Discard 2 cards from your hand. (If you can't discard 2 cards, you can't play this card.) 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.
Ability
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.
 
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).
Sun & Moon print
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Plasma
Team Plasma
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Flare TCG logo.png FLARE
You can't have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card would go to the discard pile, put it in the Lost Zone instead.
TAG TEAM
Single Strike
Rapid Strike
Fusion Strike
{{{ruletext}}}
VSTAR Power
Discard 2 cards from your hand. If you do, search your deck for a Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle 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.
Ability
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.
 
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).
Brilliant Stars print
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Plasma
Team Plasma
Ace Spec You can't have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.
Team Flare TCG logo.png FLARE
You can't have more than 1 Prism Star card with the same name in your deck. If a Prism Star card would go to the discard pile, put it in the Lost Zone instead.
TAG TEAM
Single Strike
Rapid Strike
Fusion Strike
{{{ruletext}}}
VSTAR Power
You can use this card only if you discard 2 other cards from your hand.

Search your deck for a Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle 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.
Ability
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.
 
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 any number of Item cards during your turn.


Release information

This card was included in the Dark Explorers expansion with artwork by 5ban Graphics, first released in the Japanese Reshiram-EX and Zekrom-EX Battle Strength Decks. It was reprinted in the Japanese Hydreigon and Garchomp Half Decks, the Master Deck Build Box EX, and the Black Kyurem-EX and White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Decks. An Ultra-Rare Secret print with new artwork by the same artist was later included in the Plasma Freeze expansion, first released in the Japanese Spiral Force expansion. The original print was later included in the Plasma Blast expansion, first released in the Japanese Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck.

During the XY Series, Ultra Ball was reprinted in the Flashfire expansion with new artwork by 5ban Graphics, first released in the Japanese M Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck. This print was later included in the Japanese Hyper Metal Chain Deck and the Super Legend Set: Xerneas-EX & Yveltal-EX. It was reprinted again in the Roaring Skies expansion, first released in the Japanese M Rayquaza-EX Mega Battle Deck. This print was later included in the Japanese M Master Deck Build Box Power Style and M Master Deck Build Box Speed Style, the BREAK Starter Pack, and as a Mirror Reverse Holo in the Premium Champion Pack. It was reprinted once again in the Fates Collide expansion, first released in the Japanese Zygarde-EX Perfect Battle Deck and M Audino-EX Mega Battle Deck.

Ultra Ball was reprinted again during the Sun & Moon Series as part of the Sun & Moon expansion, first released in the Japanese Sun & Moon Starter Set and Premium Trainer Box simultaneously, on December 9, 2016. A Full Art Secret print was also released in the Sun & Moon expansion, first released in the Japanese Collection Sun. Both prints feature artwork by Ryo Ueda. A Mirror Holo reprint of the Regular print was included in the Strength Expansion Pack Sun & Moon in Japan. The Regular print was reprinted again in the Japanese Tapu Bulu-GX Enhanced Starter Set. A SM-P Promotional reprint was 1 of 9 possible cards included in special packs sent to Event Organizers in August 2017 for distribution in official events hosted by them. This print features the Event Organizer logo in the bottom right corner of the illustration. It was reprinted again in the English Shining Legends expansion and Japanese subset of the same name. In Japan, it was reprinted in the Solgaleo-GX & Lunala-GX Legendary Starter Set, the Ultra Moon expansion, the Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Premium Trainer Box, in both Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes, and the Forbidden Light and Sky-Splitting Charisma expansions.

The Regular Sun & Moon print was later given to players competing in International Championships held over the course of the 2017-2018 season. Four primary versions of this print were distributed, with stamps reflecting the event in which they were awarded. These included the Europe International Championships, held at the ExCeL London convention center in London, UK, on November 17–19, 2017; the Oceania International Championships, held at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia, on February 9–11, 2018; the Latin America International Championships, held at the WTC Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 27–29, 2018; and the North America International Championships, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, USA, on July 6–8, 2018. Each of these prints also have gold foil stamped "Staff" versions given to those overseeing the events, as well as gold foil stamped "Top 8" and "Champion" versions given to competitors.

In Japan, participants of the Sky-Splitting Charisma Sealed Game, held at the Pokémon Card Station at the Tokyo Bay Pokémon Center on June 1, 2018, were given 5 Trainer cards to use in their decks if they so wished. These included an unnumbered SM-P Promotional copy of this card, 2 unnumbered SM-P Promotional copies of Hau, and 2 unnumbered SM-P Promotional copies of Sophocles. The Sealed Game operated much in the same way as Limited format tournaments outside Japan: participants would receive 15 Sky-Splitting Charisma booster packs and 14 copies of each basic Energy card upon entry and play using a 40-card deck and four Prize cards. The event was limited to 24 entrants.

In Japan, it was reprinted again in the Thunderclap Spark subset, in each of the GX Starter Decks, in the Super-Burst Impact expansion, in each of the Eevee-GX Starter Sets, concurrently in the Tag Bolt expansion and Tag Team GX Premium Trainer Box, and in both Trainer Battle Decks. A new print with different artwork by Ryo Ueda was released as a Yellow A Alternate card and was awarded to participants of League Cups held during the Team Up Season (February-April 2019). A gold foil stamped "Staff" version was also given to those overseeing the events. This print originated from the Japanese Full Metal Wall subset. The Sun & Moon Regular print was later reprinted simultaneously in the Japanese Double Blaze expansion and Tag Team GX Deck Build Box, and again in the Umbreon & Darkrai-GX Tag Team GX Starter Set.

Ultra Ball was reprinted during the Sword & Shield Series in the Japanese Start Deck 100 with different artwork by sadaji. This print was available in both Non Holofoil and Mirror Holofoil versions. Non Holofoil prints were subsequently released in the Japanese Star Birth expansion and VSTAR Premium Trainer Box; a Full Art Secret print with artwork by sadaji was also included in the Star Birth expansion. Both the Regular and Secret prints were later included in the Brilliant Stars expansion outside Asia. In Japan, a Line Holofoil S-P Promotional version of the Regular print was given to participants of the Start Deck 100 Chance Battle!, which took place at approved Pokémon Card Gym locations between January 15 and February 27, 2022.[1] These events required participants to purchase a Start Deck 100 at a venue and use it throughout without any modification. This print also features the Start Deck 100 logo on the artwork. Non Holofoil copies of the Regular print were reprinted in the Japanese VSTAR Starter Sets; Mirror Holofoil copies were also reprinted in the Japanese Start Deck 100 CoroCoro Comic Version and both of the Japanese VSTAR & VMAX High-Class Decks.

The S-P Promotional print was given away at two more Japanese events. The first of these was the Deck As Is Battle ~Start Deck 100~, which was hosted by participating Pokémon Card Gym stores starting August 15, 2022. These events required players to use a Start Deck 100 or Start Deck 100 CoroCoro Comic Version in a game without any modification; the former could also be purchased at venues. This print was given away to all participants for as long as stocks lasted.[2] The next event was the Start Deck 100 Station, which took place on platform 3 at Ryōgoku Station, Sumida, Tokyo between August 18 and 21, 2022.[3] Two activities were present at the venue: the battle area, in which people could loan a Start Deck 100 and play against others, and the family area, where groups of up to four people could be tutored from event staff using copies of the Start Deck 100. The battle area had a capacity of 24 people per session and the family area had a capacity of six groups per session;[3] each session lasted approximately an hour.[4][5] Reservations could be made between August 5 and 17, 2022.[4][5] All battle area participants were given a copy of the S-P Promotional print; one copy per group was given away for family area participants.[3]

Mirror Holofoil copies of the Regular print were reprinted in the Japanese Charizard VSTAR vs Rayquaza VMAX Special Deck Set. Another print with different artwork by Amelicart was later included in the Japanese VSTAR Universe subset.

Gallery

UltraBallDarkExplorers102.jpg
Dark Explorers print
Illus. 5ban Graphics
UltraBallPlasmaFreeze122.jpg
Plasma Freeze print
Illus. 5ban Graphics
UltraBallFlashfire99.jpg
Flashfire print
Illus. 5ban Graphics
UltraBallSunMoon135.jpg
Sun & Moon Regular print
Illus. Ryo Ueda
UltraBallSunMoon161.jpg
Sun & Moon Secret print
Illus Ryo Ueda
UltraBallShiningLegends68a.jpg
Yellow A Alternate art print
Illus. Ryo Ueda
UltraBallBrilliantStars150.jpg
Brilliant Stars Regular print
Illus. sadaji
UltraBallBrilliantStars186.jpg
Brilliant Stars Secret print
Illus. sadaji
UltraBallVSTARUniverse138.jpg
VSTAR Universe print
Illus. Amelicart
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

As of June 19, 2020, this card was banned in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Origin

The Ultra Ball is a type of Poké Ball in the Pokémon games which has an improved capture rate over the Great Ball.

References


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