So really... what
is Team Rocket? Here are the facts:
82/83 in the US, 66 in Japan.
Once again, Wizards did the holo/nonholo deal. There was
also a secret "Dark Raichu" card in the set, which was the
Pokémon TCG's first card created by Wizards (and not
the last one, I can assure you!)
Order: 5th set in the Japan, 5th in
Date: ??? in Japan, April 24th, 2000
in the US.
Toys R Us got a sweet deal, they got it a few days earlier
than the rest of the US.
The TCG's first Wizards-made card was
released in this set. And surprise!; it's Dark Raichu. But
although it was a Wizards first card, it wasn't totally 100%
Wizards made. The art was done by Mitsuhiro Arita, one of
the regular Japanese TCG artists. But the upside that the
image WAS something made specifically for the card, and
wasn't something that was laying around the office. Cool,
none the less.
Despite popular rumors and commonly used phrases, the
Pokémon were called "Dark". This was over the
plain-sounding "Bad" or the possibly offensive "Evil"
One popular hoax (which was what made a certain
someone popular) that was started on this site had said that
Rocket was going ot be released on January 8th. More
on that in the PA! Hoaxes section.
Dark Charizard & Dark Gyarados
Australian W-Stamped Dark Charmeleon
The symbol for Team Rocket is an R thingy.