Ancient (TCG)

If you were looking for the "Ancient Trait" card attribute introduced in the Primal Clash expansion, see Ancient Trait.

Ancient (Japanese: 古代(こだい) Ancient) is a category of cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game first introduced in the Paradox Rift expansion, mainly revolving around the ancient Paradox Pokémon from the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games; those released in previous expansions do not have the Ancient category. It is the counterpart of the Future cards and can be considered a spiritual successor to the Single Strike style category of cards from the Sword & Shield series.

Icon used on Ancient cards
Promotional artwork
An example of an Ancient Pokémon card

Ancient cards are distinguished by a stony Ancient label superimposed on the top right corner of the card art, and a layered strata background adorning the entire right half of the card. Ancient cards are available as Pokémon and Trainer cards; Ancient Pokémon tend to have direct attacks that deal a large amount of damage, while being difficult to Knock Out. Certain attacks, Abilities and Trainer cards interact specifically with Ancient cards.

List of Ancient cards

Ancient Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Scream Tail   G Paradox Rift     086/182 Ancient Roar     032/066
SVP Black Star Promos     065 Ancient Roar     071/066
Slither Wing   G Paradox Rift     107/182 Ancient Roar     041/066
Paradox Rift     203/182 Ancient Roar     074/066
Sandy Shocks    G Paradox Rift     108/182 Ancient Roar     042/066
Paradox Rift     228/182 Ancient Roar     083/066
Paradox Rift     250/182 Ancient Roar     089/066
Brute Bonnet   G Paradox Rift     123/182 Ancient Roar     053/066
Paradox Rift     207/182 Ancient Roar     077/066
Roaring Moon    G Paradox Rift     124/182 Ancient Roar     054/066
Paradox Rift     229/182 Ancient Roar     084/066
Paradox Rift     251/182 Ancient Roar     090/066
Paradox Rift     262/182 Ancient Roar     093/066
SVP Black Star Promos     067        
Great Tusk    G Paldean Fates     053/091 Shiny Treasure ex     112/190
SVP Black Star Promos     072 Shiny Treasure ex     330/190
Gouging Fire    H         Wild Force     012/071
        Wild Force     085/071
Temporal Forces     204/162 Wild Force     093/071
        Wild Force     098/071
Walking Wake    H Temporal Forces       Wild Force     024/071
        Wild Force     086/071
Temporal Forces     205/162 Wild Force     094/071
        Wild Force     099/071
Scream Tail   H         Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     007/053
Flutter Mane   H Temporal Forces     078/162 Wild Force     033/071
SVP Black Star Promos     097 Wild Force     076/071
Great Tusk   H         Wild Force     042/071
Great Tusk   H         Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     010/053
Sandy Shocks   H         Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     011/053
Roaring Moon   H         Wild Force     051/071
Koraidon   H Temporal Forces     119/162 Wild Force     052/071
Koraidon    H         Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     012/053
Raging Bolt    H Temporal Forces       Wild Force     053/071
        Wild Force     089/071
Temporal Forces     208/162 Wild Force     095/071
        Wild Force     100/071
Walking Wake   H         Crimson Haze     026/066
Scream Tail    H         Crimson Haze     040/066
Ancient Trainer cards
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Ancient Booster Energy Capsule Tool G Paradox Rift     159/182 Ancient Roar     061/066
        Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     035/053
Earthen Vessel I G Paradox Rift     163/182 Ancient Roar     060/066
        Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     025/053
Professor Sada's Vitality Su G Paradox Rift     170/182 Ancient Roar     064/066
Paradox Rift     239/182 Ancient Roar     085/066
Paradox Rift     256/182 Ancient Roar     091/066
        Ancient Koraidon ex Starter Deck & Build Set     038/053
Awakening Drum I H Temporal Forces     141/162 Wild Force     062/071
Explorer's Guidance Su H         Wild Force     067/071
        Wild Force     090/071

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 古代 Gúdoih
Mandarin 古代 Gǔdài
  French Temps passé
  German Vergangenheit
  Indonesian Purba
  Italian Tempo Passato
  Korean 고대 Godae
  Brazilian Portuguese Ancestral
  Spanish Pasado
  Thai โบราณ Boran

See also

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