Charizard, Pikachu, and Professor Oak Modern Reprints in ‘Evolutions!’

Pokemon TCG 20th Anniversary Website

The official Pokemon Card website has just launched a mini-site celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon Trading Card Game! The website shows many classic cards from Base Set, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket, Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge, and the Vending Sets that were unfortunately never released in America. There are 76 days until October 20th, which is the original release date of Base Set in Japan.

As I posted several times over the past month or so, Japan’s CP6 “20th Anniversary Set” will be released in Japan on September 16th and will feature “modern” reprints from Base Set as well as many modern cards like M Venusaur-EX, M Charizard-EX, M Blastoise-EX, Dragonite-EX, Ninetales BREAK, and Machamp BREAK. The set will be released in America on November 2nd as Evolutions.

The 20th anniversary website has now revealed Charizard (#011/087), Pikachu (#033/087), and Professor Oak (#084/087) from Base Set will be reinvented in the new set! They will have similar card templates as the original cards, but the card effects will be updated to modern day standards with new wording, higher HP, and higher attack power. Professor Oak is now named Professor Oak’s Hint, its artwork features a different background, and it’s now a Supporter card with a completely different effect resembling Tropical Beach.

Charizard EvolutionsCharizard Base Set JapaneseCharizard – Fire – HP150 (higher HP)
Stage 2 – Evolves from Charmeleon

Ability: Energy Burn (originally a Poke-Power)
All Energy attached to this Pokemon are [R] Energy.

[R][R][R][R] Fire Spin: 200 damage. Discard 3 Energy attached to this Pokemon. (Originally discard 2 Energy, originally 100 damage.)

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20) (originally -30)
Retreat: 3

Pikachu EvolutionsPikachu Base Set JapanesePikachu – Lightning – HP60 (higher HP)
Basic Pokemon

[C] Gnaw: 10 damage.

[L][C] Thunder Jolt: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, this Pokemon does 10 damage to itself.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Metal (-20) (Metal did not exist in the Base Set days) (originally -30)
Retreat: 1

Professor Oak EvolutionsProfessor Oak JapaneseProfessor Oak’s Hint – Trainer (originally named “Professor Oak”)

If you use this card, your turn ends.

Draw cards until you have 7 cards in your hand.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

(Originally a regular Trainer. Originally read “Discard your hand, then draw 7 cards.” Now resembles Tropical Beach.)

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  1. SupremeLeaderQuagsire Aspiring Trainer


    Oak as a Tropical Beach? Cool!
    This brings back the memories to what really got me into Pokémon, when my cousins gave me all of their old cards. I need this set! :D
    adv and Roaring_Inferno like this.
  2. Deck Maker Xerneas Deck Builder
    Deck Maker Xerneas


    Finally! A good non-discard draw supporter outside of N!

    Oh and I'm gonna try to build that charizard as a deck.
    adv and Johto King like this.
  3. WorldRenownedHeretic #ArchStoise Architect


    Let's see that Blastoise reprint!
  4. MasterGallade @Mithrarin on Twitter


    Most important thing: Are they bringing back galaxy holo in a main set???
  5. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug


    My turn ends when I use it, and it takes up my Supporter use on the same turn... Sorry, But I think Tierno is a better card than this - and I rarely play that card anyways.
    bean1234875 likes this.
  6. MasterGallade @Mithrarin on Twitter


    Man I hope all the cards they have on those scrolling banners are made into reprints, cuz if we finally see that Vending Aerodactyl in English then I'll be SO happy
    Pikachu6319 and Purrloin like this.
  7. Ami Dark Professor/Leader of the Destiny Tower League
    Ami Dark


    Just tell me we're getting a reprint of Blacksmith and I will build that Charizard deck a.s.a.please.
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  8. TheAnticipationEevee Decidueye Vileplume <3


    Oh that will be FANTASTIC!


    Guess what! Blastoise is gonna have a happy Rain Dance, Alakazam gets to share Damage Swap with Reuniclus, Venusaur (not sure about this one) <- just a worse golduck break?
  9. WorldRenownedHeretic #ArchStoise Architect


    they should bring back the star holo from base-fossil for this
    Crimzonlogic likes this.
  10. Nahiri Never gonna be President now


    Oh gosh, I really, really need that pretty little Charizard.
    Really great they're using about the same old format too, it's a nice aesthetic touch <3
  11. matthewbny


    Many thoughts come to mind:
    • inb4 Hitmonchan gets a BREAK and Haymaker (somehow) becomes playable again
    • Charizard!!!! Everyone's favorite!!!!! Doubled attack power but still a deck that might see some play at locals unless Blacksmith becomes a thing again. (oh dear.)
    • I've been waiting for a card like Tropical Beach for a while actually.
    • Are cards from other sets coming out? I see that Dark Charizard and Mr. Fuji, but they could be there just for decoration.
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  12. PineDog Random TCG Trainer


    As some of you may know, I'm not a big fan of Evolutions. That Charizard could be decently playable with Special Charge and Puzzle of Time (using Double Colorless Energy.) The Pikachu, is well, a Pikachu. And I have mixed feelings for Professor Oak's Hint, I find it kind of useless. I could see it being playable on the first turn, but I find wasting your Supporter, and wasting the end of your turn absolutely horrible. Drawing into 7 is good, but honestly I find Tierno a better option of straight drawing. I'll stick with my FA Professor Sycamore, thank you very much.
  13. Asclepius24 Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder if our cards in the States will look like this or like our Base Set. My money would be on the latter.
  14. They retained the original look a lot more than I expected (not just art, but the card itself). Couldn't be happier with the design and the stats/effects updates.

    I think I'm most wishing for an Electrode reprint. I don't think its ability even needs to be updated much to be useful in the current format (though get rid of the pesky status condition limit, of course).
  15. Razzmanfire Aspiring Trainer


    I think if you cant make a decent move on your first turn then that oak would be ok. otherwise its just not good at all
  16. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer


    The reprints are cool, but I'm not too happy. Mainly because we now get Charizard and Mega Charizard. So I hope we don't get Dark Charizard as well. That would take up too many spots for just one evolution-line. (Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Dark Charizard, Charizard Ex and Mega Charizard = 6 spots). Imagine they would do that for Venusaur and Blastoise as well.
  17. RiverShock Aspiring Trainer


    Calling these reprints is misleading. They're remakes. They're different cards based on older cards. (We've had a lot of those over the years. Aside from using the old art and layout, these are nothing new.)

    I do like how they're handling this, though. (I hope there's at least 1 actual reprint in here for nostalgia's sake, though. Even if it's something like Seel that's entirely irrelevant. Being able to use A Base Set card that isn't an Energy, Switch, Potion or Maintenance would be nice.)
    Johto King and RealSlim like this.
  18. DatSonicAce Latios Superfan


    Call me completely insane, but Charizard could possibly see play with Magnezone
  19. kai88 THE Aspiring Trainer ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


    Better golduck break. Forest of giant plants
  20. DatSonicAce Latios Superfan


    Yeah that's very true especially since both are Stage 2