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Articuno LV.35
フリーザー Freezer
Phone card print
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Articuno
Type Water
Hit Points 70
retreat cost
English expansion Fossil
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 2/62
Japanese expansion Mystery of the Fossils
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
Expansion Fossil
Rarity Rare
English card no. 17/62
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Card GB set Mystery
Card GB ID C21
Card GB 2 set Island of Fossil
Card GB 2 ID C29
Expansion Legendary Collection
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 2/110
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Articuno.

Articuno (Japanese: フリーザー Freezer) is a Water-type Basic Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Fossil expansion.


Card text

WaterWaterWater Freeze Dry
Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Paralyzed.
WaterWaterWaterWater Blizzard
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. If tails, this attack does 10 damage to each of your own Benched Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

Pokédex data

Articuno - Freeze Pokémon
No. Height Weight
144 5'7" (1.7 m) 122 lbs. (55.4 kg)
Pokédex entry
A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear to doomed people who are lost in icy mountains.

Release information

This card was included in the Fossil expansion as both a Holofoil and Non Holofoil card, first released in the Japanese Mystery of the Fossils expansion as only a Holofoil card. In Japan, this card was reprinted with artwork by Yui Tanaka, one of five winning entries of the 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest held in Spring 1999. This version is extremely rare and the exact number in existence is unknown. It was later reprinted with new artwork by Ken Sugimori, available as a prize at the 1999 Tropical Mega Battle tournament. Those who were not in the main event could still battle each other, earning stamps for every battle they participated in. Those who completed their stamp booklet were awarded either an Articuno, Moltres or Zapdos phone card at random in a sealed envelope. The Fossil print was later reprinted in the Legendary Collection expansion.



  • The Japanese "Snap" print has a camera graphic where an expansion symbol would usually be.
  • The phone card promo is slightly longer than a normal trading card, as the print had to adopt the same dimensions as a regular Japanese phone card. That print utilizes the same stock Sugimori artwork of Articuno that was later used on the Articuno Legendary Card from Pokémon Trading Card Game.


Freeze-Dry, formatted on this card as Freeze Dry, is a move later introduced in the Generation VI Pokémon games that Articuno can learn. Blizzard is a move in the Pokémon games that Articuno can learn. This card's English Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded. The Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green.

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