Pobody's Nerfect. That's why there are
mistakes on numerous cards found in Pokémon. On this
page, you will see the most complete list of errors found on
every English Pokémon TCG card, and in most cases, we
will provide you a picture of them. Score! First though,
read the Errors
FAQ. .... Heh, give thanks to my
keen eye for most of these. It's not my fault, errors just
stick out like a sore thumb!
Play - (1st Edition
Kakuna & Bulbasaur; Base Set) These two cards had "Length Length" instead of
Pikachu Fiasco - (1st
Edition Pikachu; Base Set) A number of Pikachu cards have a number of small
errors in their flavor text and images.
Flavor Text Errors -
(1st Edition Voltrob; Base Set) This card refers to Poké Balls as "Monster
Balls". Obviously a result of a direct
Turvy - (Unlimited
Diglett; Base Set) Some Diglett have their attack energy cost symbol
rotated 90 degrees.
Out - (1st Edition
Metapod & Caterpie, and all Vulpix; Base Set) Some Metapod, Caterpie, and Vulpix cards are listed
as "HP XX" instead of "XX HP".
No Damage?! - (VERY FEW
Base Set Ninetales; Base Set) A rare number of Base Set Ninetales lack the damage
done for their attacks.
This Card Has An Error - (1st
Edition Sandshrew; Base Set) Sandshrew's attack saus "this attack does nothing"
when its supposed to say "that attack does
Catch-22 Evolution - (Wartortle;
Base Set) Apparently some Wartortles have a picture of
Wartortle in its evolution box.
Evolution - (Any
Seaking & Rapidash; Jungle) Seaking and Rapidash are Stage 1 Pokémon but
the text tell you to "Put XXX on the Stage 1
B from Edition D - (1st
Edition Butterfree; Jungle) Due to a bubble in the printing ink, a number of
Butterfree are "Edition d" instead of "Edition
Personality - (1st
Edition Nonholo Electrode; Jungle) Some Jungle Electrode have the image of their Base
You Seen This Symbol? -
(Some Unlimited Jungle Rares; Jungle) Some Jungle cards during the last few Jungle print
runs were printed without a Jungle Symbol.
Cutting Out - (1st
Edition Holo Zapdos; Fossil) Some Fossil Holo Zapdos cards have an Evolution
symbol punched out of the holo, even though Zapdos is a
Bloody Reversal - (Any Dark
Golbat; Team Rocket) The English Pokémon Power mentions "Apply
Weakness and Resistance". Per the Master Rulings
Document, the Japanese Dark Golbat's Pokémon power
says "Don't apply Weakness and Resistance." ... Plus
there's no space between the words "Pokémon" and
"Apply". (Reads "Pokémon.Apply")
Deep - (Any Holo Dark
Dragonite; Team Rocket) The attack cost symbols for Holo Dark Dragonite are
Mask - (Any Grimer;
Team Rocket) English TR Grimers' Poison Gas attack puts
Pokémon to sleep, even though the Japanese version
Mistake - (Any Dark
Rapidash; Team Rocket) Dark Rapidash's stats lacks the word
to Fighting - (Any Holo
Dark Vileplume; Team Rocket) Holo Dark Vileplumes have a weakness of Fighting,
even though it's supposed to be Fire.
I'm Not THAT Dark... -
(Dark Raichu; Team Rocket) Dark Raichu's Evolution Box is colored light grey (as
opposed to the dark grey found on other Dark
Pokémon). Plus it tells you to "Put Raichu on the
Basic Pokémon" instead of "Put Dark
Fire With Fire -
(Blaine's Charizard; Gym: Challenge) Some Blaine's Charizards have a Fighting symbol
instead of the Fire symbol that's supposed to be
Real Rocket Sneak
Attack - (Rocket's
Minefield Gym; Gym: Challenge) This card lacks how many damage counters to put on a
Pokémon for an unsucessful flip (for the record,
it's 2 damage counters).
Wal-Mart's Cutting Attack Damages!
- (Giovanni's Pinsir; Gym: Challenge) Pinsir's "Snapping Pincers" attack is supposed to do
20+ damage and not 10+ damage.
With Damage - (Slowking
& Typhlosion; Neo Genesis) These card's damages are off center.
With Energy - (Horsea;
Neo Genesis) The attack cost energy symbol for Horsea is oddly
8 On Your
Bench? No Problem! -
(Dark Haunter; Neo Destiny) Dark Haunter's Call Back attack's clause leave out
the word "opponent's". (Therefore I can keep putting Baby
and Basic Pokémon on my opponent's bench as long
as I don't have a full bench! :P)
Error - (Light Flareon;
Neo Destiny) The "b" in "benched" is supposed to be
No Silly Title Here, Sorry -
(Reverse Holo Exeggcute; Legendary Collection) Normally on Reverse Holos, the Energy costs for
attacks aren't reflective. On Exeggcute, they
Darkness Goes Evil - (Darkness
Energy; Expedition) The card text implies that you can do extra damage to
Benched Pokémon (considering that normally you
Tilted Text - (Alakazam;
Expedition) The "This power stops working if..." text is
italicized when it's not supposed to be.
Quick 'Volvin' Charizard -
(Charizard #39; Expedition) This card tells you to "Put Charizard on the
Basic Pokémon". Hmmm!
Lazy Text (Gengar; Expedition) Gengar's Chaos Move Pokémon Power game
text has a few spots where the text could obviousl go up
Big Fists (Dugtrio;
Expedition) Like the Umbreon error with the oversized Psychic
symbol, Dugtrio's attack's Energy cost's symbols are
larger than they should be.
WANI--- Er... TOTO! (Totodile
#134; Expedition) When you scan in Cyndaquil's card into the E-Reader
for GBA, you can use a "Cynda!" sound for your Melody
Box. However when you scan in the Totodile card, you get
"Wani!" instead of "Toto!". "Wani" is in reference to
Totodile's Japanese name "Waninoko". Now either Totodile
is the error, or Cyndaquil is.
Read Error - (Multi Technical
Machine 01 & Energy Removal 2; Expedition) When you scan in these two cards in your E-Reader for
GBA, the TM01 card tells you that you can use the
"Paralyzing Stare" attack (when the card attack name is
really Paralyzing Gaze), and the reader refers to "Energy
Removal 2" as just "Energy Removal".
Holo Punch Out - (Pretty Much All
The Holo Rares; Aquapolis) For some reason, the bottom most holo "cut out" on
the left side of the card is not holofied. As in the mask
for the holo wasn't correctly... masked.
Imperfect Crystal - (Crystal
Nidoking; Aquapolis) The Crystal Type power mentions
Grass/Lightning/Fire energy, but the attacks only use
Grass/Lightning/Fighting energy. Hmmm....
Mysterious Body - (Reverse Holo
Lanturn #20; Aquapolis) For some God-awful reason, there's a PokéBody
icon on it. Why? I don't know.
Can't Draw Well On Metal
Pokémon - (Magenemite #52; Aquapolis) The text on this card is quite, quite faded. As
opposed to other Metal Pokémon in the
Akward Text - (Weakness Guard;
Aquapolis) This isn't an error, per se. But I found it strage
that they put the "Attach this card..." text in it's own
seperate paragraph, unlike other cards in the
Last Minute Changes - (Ariados;
Aquapolis) Funny how the holo-rare and nonholo-rare cards differ
greatly from each other. One in particular is Ariados; in
it's Spider Force attack, the holo version says
"defending Pokémon" while the nonholo
version says "Defending Pokémon". I could
write a book on these sorts of differences.
The Rarest Card Ever - (Prerelease
Raichu) Rumors fly. Does this card exist? Does it not? Me
thinks it's an error card where they stuck the
"Prerelease" symbol on a bunch of Raichu cards, but
caught it before it was delivered to anyone.
The Second Rarest Card Ever -
(Promo Pikachu #1; Promo Card) Promo Pikachu #1 was accidently released with 1st
Edition Jungle, with a 1st Edition symbol on it when it
wasn't supposed to.
I Seriously Thought This Was A
Fake - (Promo Meowth #10; Promo Card) Well, the HP is too far over to the left, and the
attack cost symbols are much smaller than they should
Out - (Promo Eevee #11;
Promo Card) Promo Eevee's Pokémon Power text lacks the
accent mark ( ' ).
Form - (Promo Persian
#17; Promo Card) Some Promo Persian cards lack an HP. More
interesting, the MTM, MTP, and DMTM will deny its
existance. Well they would, I mean because it IS one of
my fake cards! ;)
Do We Even Begin.... -
(Promo Marill #29; Promo Card) As Wizards first Neo card, there are a few errors on
It's stats is listed as "Height" instead of
It's Water Gun attack lacks a Water energy symbol
(for the record, you play it as it's written)
It's 20+ damage done is off center.
Unslashed - (Promo Scyther #45;
Promo Card) Scyther's game text in (parenthesis) isn't in italics
when it should be.
We're CONFUSED Why This Card Took
So Long To Come Out - (Promo Mew #47; Promo Card) "Lily Pad" Mew's attack Confused when it was supposed
Aaaaaaaye! - (Promo Celebi #50;
Promo Card) The art is credited to "Hajime Kusajim", although the
name is spelt "Hajime Kusajima". And if you'll also
notice, the copyright text on Celebi is listed as
"Pokémon/Nintendo" instead of "Pokémon /
Nintendo".... as in that there is no space seperating the
two names on Celebi as opposed to other Card-E Cards.
What's An Inch Between Kings? -
(Slowking; Southern Islands) Slowking's length is listed as 6' 8" instead of 6' 7"
(which is what it's supposed to be).
Retiring Champ - (Hitmonchan; Best
Promo) Hitmonchan's HP is 60 when it's supposed to be
Can't Demand Perfection First Time
'Round - (Promo Kyogre and Groudon #1 & 2; Nintendo
Promos) These card's text says "Does damage..." when it's
supposed to say "This attack does...".
THE NOT-QUITE ERRORS -
Significant differences that might have been
Before The Shadows - (First and
Second? printings of Base Set) All of the cards in 1st Edition Base Set, as well as
one or two printings afterwards are different looking
from the cards found in Jungle and after. They lack a
shadow under the images, have thinner looking HP's, and
have any number of minor layout differences. These aren't
Very Transparent Error
- (Feraligatr; Neo Genesis) The Pokémon Power title text is somewhat
transparent. Plus part of the Feraligatr's image isn't
transparent as it's supposed to be.(It's not
quite an error because other Water types with
Pokémon powers also have a somewhat transparent
Pokémon Power title text. Probably for the best,
making it a bit easier to read.)
Make Up Your Mind! - (Any Card
With a "Flip a coin. If heads, If tails" type attack) A number of cards in the history of the
Pokémon TCG have had "Flip a coin. If heads.... If
tails..." type attacks. For some reason, Wizards switches
between "If heads. If tails." and "If heads; if tails."
Note the use of a period or a semi-colon, and how the
"if" is some upper case or lower case. (It's not quite
an error because it switches between the two every so
often... so whether or not Wizards can make up their mind
is not really an error-worthy find.)
No Master At Gramma' -
(Master Ball; Gym: Challenge) "Show it your opponent." If you speak American
English, there's a grammar error. If you speak British
English, then there's no error. If you don't speak
English, then learn it! .... Anyways, I'm on good
authority that this card text, although awkward sounding
in American English is correct, in British English. But
then this card was produced by Wizards of the Coast in
Seattle Washington USA. So... I think there's an error. I
really got nothin' this time.
Back From The Shadows Again -
(Trainer Cards from Neo Genesis and Discovery) For some reason, Wizards decided to give all Trainer
cards from Genesis and Discovery a more bolder title than
Missing Info - (Most Reverse Holos
from Expedition) Most Expedition cards lack their Stats, mostly
because you can scan in the card to get them. Holo-rare
cards on the other hand have them on the card because
there is no Dot-Code for its stats, mostly because the
E-Reader can't read Dot-Codes on glossy surfaces. The
only problem is that the Reverse Holos are glossy as well
(and thus have no Dot-Code for their stats), but lack
their stats on the card when they really should have had
them. Now we're not sure of this was intentional or a
down right error.....
Black Ink Problems In Expedition as well, there seems to have been a
little error at the printers; the black layer of every
card has shifted up a tinsy bit. You can see it in the
Expedition symbol, the one on the bottom-right hand
side... the "e" isn't centered inside the white circle.
However the holo rares don't seem to have suffered this
dilemma as the black symbol is centerd exactly within the
white circle. How odd....
Another Expedition Question For some reason on every Expedition trainer card, the
copyright text of those Trainer cards have shifted up and
to the left relative to Pokémon and Energy cards.
It's as if this error occured when Wizards designers were
actually working on the orginal blanks, and wasn't
noticed until too many Trainer cards were made to jusfity
a change. Hmmm!
Hmmm... that's about all that we have. We
know that there is more however. There are probably dozens
of other errors, but none of them stand out more than with
these. Oh well. BTW, this page is not meant to be a mockery
of Wizards editing skills. We at PA! in fact congratulate
Wizards and Nintendo for doing their best to avoid ALL their
cards from looking like this. Of course, Nick15 IS quite a
sticker about errors. That's his own problem though.