Special Cards are a feature in the Pokémon TCG. These Pokémon are different from normal ones.

Special Cards introduced in Generation I

Dark Pokémon

Main article: Dark Pokémon

Pokémon said to be corrupt and evil since Team Rocket trained these Pokémon.

Special Cards introduced in Genration II

Light Pokémon

Main article: Light Pokémon

Pokémon said to have potential and destiny depending by their trainer's actions.

Shining Pokémon

Main article: Shining Pokémon

Pokémon with an alternate color variation.

Crystal Pokémon

Main article: Crystal Pokémon 

Pokémon that specialize in three types.

Special Cards introduced in Generation III


Main article: Pokémon-ex 

Powerful Pokémon with specialized artwork.

Pokémon ✩

Main article: Pokémon ✩ 

Gen. III version of Shining Pokémon.

δ Delta Species Pokémon

Main article: δ Delta Species Pokémon 

Pokémon with an abnormal typing.

Special Cards introduced in Generation IV

Lv. X Pokémon

Main article: Lv. X Pokémon 

A variation ex-Pokémon.

Shiny Pokémon

Main article: Shiny Pokémon 

Gen. IV & V version of Shining Pokémon.

Pokémon Prime

Main article: Pokémon Prime 

The HeartGold SoulSilver version of Lv. X Pokémon.

Pokémon Legend

Main article: Pokémon Legend 

A two card HeartGold SoulSilver version Lv. X.

Special Pokémon introduced in Generation V

Full Art

Main article: Full Art Pokémon 

Like the name implies. A full art card usually a Legendary or Trainer.

EX Pokémon

Main article: EX Pokémon 

The return of Gen. III Pokémon-ex cards. There is always a regular and full art version of each EX.