Tons of 20th Anniversary Retro Remakes Revealed!

Lots of news revealed today on the official Pokemon Card website! And right in the middle of location scouting for my thesis film! :p

CP6 ’20th Anniversary Set’

Several old cards will be given the remake treatment in CP6 “20th Anniversary Set!” Most cards revealed tonight are originally from Base Set. Mew was original a promo included in CoroCoro magazine in February 1997 and was then released as a black star promo in America at June 2002’s Pokemon Leagues. Thanks goes to Bangiras for all of the translations below!

All of the cards feature minor to major changes. Compare the translations to the original English cards to see the difference!

Mew Promo EnglishMew CP6Mew – Psychic – HP40
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Neutral Shield
Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon by your opponent’s Evolved Pokemon.

[P][C] Psyshock: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Mewtwo Base SetMewtwo CP6Mewtwo – Psychic – HP130
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Psychic: 20+ damage. Does 20 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[P][P] Barrier: Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon during your opponent’s next turn. If any of your Pokemon used “Barrier” during your last turn, you can’t use this attack.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Gyarados Base SetGyarados CP6Gyarados – Water – HP130
Stage 1 – Evolves from Magikarp

[W][W][W] Bubblebeam: 50 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

[W][W][W][W] Dragon Rage: 180 damage. Flip 2 coins. If either of them is tails, this attack does nothing.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Rattata Base SetRattata CP6Rattata – Colorless – HP40
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Tricky Fang
When you play this card from your hand to your Bench, you may discard a Pokemon Tool attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[C] Bite: 10 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Poliwhirl Base SetPoliwhril CP6Poliwhirl – Water – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Poliwag

[W][W] Amnesia: 30 damage. Choose 1 of your opponent’s Active Pokemon’s attacks. That Pokemon can’t use that attack during your opponent’s next turn.

[W][W][C] Doubleslap: 50x damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 50 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Starmie Base SetStarmie CP6Starmie – Water – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Staryu

Ability: Galactic Spin
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard 1 card from your hand. Then choose 2 basic Energy cards from your discard pile, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand. (You can’t choose an Energy card that was discarded by this Ability).

[W][C] Star Freeze: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Charmeleon Base SetCharmeleon Cp6Charmeleon – Fire – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Charmander

[C][C][C] Slash: 50 damage.

[R][R][C] Flamethrower: 90 damage. Discard 1 [R] Energy card attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Switch CP6Double Colorless Energy CP6

If you buy a booster box of the set, you’ll also get three retro coins!

Retro Coins

As posted before, CP6 will be released in Japan on September 16th and then in America as Evolutions on November 2nd.

M Slowbro-EX Blister

M Slowbro EX Promo BlisterAs posted three months ago, a special “M Slowbro EX + Surfing Pikachu” blister pack will also be released in Japan on September 16th. It’ll come with three of the 20th anniversary set’s booster packs as well as Surfing Pikachu, Slowbro-EX, M Slowbro-EX, and Slowbro Spirit Link promos.

The official Pokemon Card website has now unveiled the blister pack, revealing that all three Slowbro cards will be using retro-style card templates (as if they had been released in the days of Base Set — even the Pokemon-EX!). This likely means that all the cards in the 20th anniversary set like Dragonite-EX, Ninetales BREAK, Machamp BREAK, M Venusaur-EX, M Charizard-EX, and M Blastoise-EX will all have the retro look!

Slowbro EX M Slowbro EX Slowbro Spirit Link

Slowbro-EX – Water – HP180
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Slack Off: Heal 60 damage from this Pokemon. During your next turn, this Pokemon can’t attack.

[W][W][W] Flash Splash: 100 damage.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

M Slowbro-EX – Water – HP220
Mega Evolution – Evolves from Slowbro-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[W][W][W] Loll Roll Spin: 100 damage. This Pokemon is now Confused. During your next turn, this Pokemon’s Loll Roll Spin does 100 more damage.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Pokemon Center Promo Campaign

Old Promos

And now for more retro cards!

Similar to a trade campaign in the 1990s, if you bring 20 of the new retro Pokemon cards to a Pokemon Center and say “Trade me, please,” you will receive a “Trade Please” Trainer card and either a Pikachu or Charizard retro promo. You may trade in 40 cards to get both Pokemon, but only once per day.

The commercial above advertises the campaign and is actually a remake of the same commercial from the 1990s.

Pikachu was originally released in a guide and was then the first Pokemon promo card in America. Charizard was originally released in a CD, but never made it to America (although it is a reprint of Base Set Charizard, just with different artwork).

The “Trade Please” Trainer has now been made into a Supporter card (which we can’t really read above), but here’s the original text:

Trade Please PromoTrade Please – Trainer

Look at the opponent’s hand and choose a card. Show your opponent your hand, and he or she chooses a card. Ask your opponent if he or she wants to trade cards.

If yes, trade the cards and add them to your hands. If no, don’t trade, and you draw 2 cards from your deck.

You can only use this card if both players have at least one card in their hands. You can’t use this card In a tournament.

The card was illegal for tournament play, which both the original and the new card indicate in red.

Pokemon Bread Promos

Some Pokemon-branded bread products will be released in Japan on September 1st for 120 yen each. One of the promos below will be included in each of them, including retro Snorlax from Jungle and retro promo Pikachu.

Pokemon Bread Promos

Pokemon Card Game Art Collection

Releasing September 16th is a new “Pokemon Card Game Art Collection” book which features interviews with the TCG’s illustrators, card illustrations, how-to-draw guides, and a section dedicated to all Pikachu cards ever printed. It will also include a Charizard-EX promo, which is a reprint from Flashfire. The book will cost 2,500 yen, or about $25.

Pokemon Card Game Art CollectionPokemon Card Game Art Collection ArtPokemon Card Game Art Collection Content   Charizard EX Promo


And to finish it all off, new card sleeves will be released on September 16th for 362 yen each (or about $3.50).

Sleeves 5 Sleeves 4 Sleeves 3 Sleeves 2 Sleeves 1


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  1. TheAnticipationEevee Decidueye Vileplume <3


    That is one bad snorlax....

    4 for 50 + flip for paralyze is terrible in today's game.
  2. BraviaryBoi Anonymus


    RobertoBui, Orias and KIngdompoke like this.
  3. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.


    I want everything here!

    Especially that Charizard EX FA
    and those Misty Sleeves (SO CUTE QvQ)
  4. thegrovylekid Makes fake cards


    First: Base set EX Blanks look terrible.
    Second: Slowbro-EX and M Slowbro-EX are terrible.
    Third: We didn't need our 700th Charizard card in 2016.
    Shiny Shinx and Otaku like this.
  5. Crimzonlogic I'm Batwoman.


    The Mega Mawile sleeve is gorgeous!
  6. Those Misty sleeves are amazing. If they don't come to the States (which they probably won't because we're too prude for bikinis) I'll strongly consider importing.

    And that Mew coin!!
    PhazonFox likes this.
  7. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar


    Oh, the artwork for the Misty sleeves is adorable! And it looks like it's by Naoki Saito!! =D

    Also glad to see that lily pad Mew will be in the set. =)

    Very interesting to see all of the changes, updates, and additions for these cards.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2016
  8. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer


    There is a spot left between Mew en Mewtwo. Does that mean mewtwo ex is confirmed as well?
  9. CYL All hail Eevee!


    Isn't it "Loll Roll Spin" for M Slowbro-EX instead of "Roll Roll Spin"?
  10. Zygarde Z-Dawg


    bbninjas likes this.
  11. Khalddrogo Aspiring Trainer


    That Rattata will be nice for tool removal.
  12. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon


    looking forward to the Misty sleeves. Rattata looks decent too.
  13. RealSlim Dragons Breeder


    I love Slowbro-EX and M Slowbro-EX, but those classic blanks for EXs are very ugly, they're like one of those ugly fanmade cards on those art sites... meh :rolleyes:
  14. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug


    I must say... That Rattata might just be among the top 1% of all Rattata ever printed! Too bad it can't target benched Pokemon... Although even if it did, Garbodor would just nullify the ability, so it wouldn't really counter it anyways.

    As for M Slowbro... I'm thinking it could pair well with Iron Boots, with Weavile to exchange the tools. It might be a complex strategy, but it could be worth testing out.

    Starmie I could see pairing incredibly well with Primal Kyogre, as when you get 2 energy out of the discard pile, you could then immediately attach them right away.
    Natalie and Johto King like this.
  15. Bulbakool Aspiring Trainer


    I'm not sure what people mean by blanks but I think those EXs look amazing. I hope they keep these templates for a while. I love the old school look too these cards.
  16. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer


    That Rattata is so great for removing a tool of Garbodor i think it will be great for any ability reliant decks (Insert Sarcasm when reading)
    Starsoulklr likes this.
  17. Celty Somebody you used to know


    So much want!
    *Shaking from anticipation*
  18. freedom8901 Aspiring Trainer


    I can't help but to think Pokemon Ranger + Mewtwo
  19. postmodern_pinko So postmodern


    Who else remembers all the flip for paralysis moves from back in the day huh well I guess the TCG does. So far I don't think these are playable at all D:

    Trade Please looks like a repressed Picasso ca. 1937.
  20. Ratpool Aspiring Trainer


    M Slowbro + Chaos Tower could be a thing!