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.)