This card was released in the Base Set with an illustration by Ken Sugimori, first originating from the Japanese Expansion Pack. A print of this card was included in the Trainer Deck B with an exclusive red border and "Trainer Deck B" printed on the back of the card, distributed to prototype Pokémon Leagues before the TCG officially launched in North America. In Japan, this card was reprinted as a promotional card with different artwork by the same artist. It was first available through the "Trade Please" campaign that ran from February 10th to July 31st in 1998. A flyer included with the Trade Please album by Suzukisan had to be mailed to MediaFactory along with any two Pokémon trading cards within the campaign period. The Please Trade promotional card, as well as either this card, Venusaur, or Charizard would then be sent back, completing the trade. This print was later reprinted in the Intro Pack and again as part of the Pokémon Song Best Collection CD. The original Base Set print was later reprinted in the English Base Set 2 expansion.