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Black & White
ブラックコレクション •
SetSymbolBlack and White.png
BW1 Logo EN.png
Cards in set English: 115
Japanese: 112
Set number English: 48
Japanese: 44
Release date English: April 25, 2011
Japanese: December 17, 2010
Theme Decks

Green Tornado (GrassPsychic)
Red Frenzy (FireFighting)
Blue Assault (WaterLightning)

Clash at the Summit
Black Collection • White Collection
Red Collection

Pokémon TCG: Black & White (Japanese: ブラックコレクション Black Collection and ホワイトコレクション White Collection) is the name given to the first main expansion of cards from the Black & White Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game (the BW Era in Japan). The set is the first to feature Generation V Pokémon in the card game.


Exciting New Discoveries, Powerful New Pokémon... More Epic Battles!

A new generation of Pokémon has arrived! The Pokémon Trading Card Game: Black & White expansion brings you a legion of over 70 new Pokémon from the newly explored Unova region, including the Legendary Reshiram and Zekrom, both featuring never-before-seen art that covers the ENTIRE card! The Pokémon TCG: Black & White expansion is your gateway to a bigger Pokémon world!


Black Collection • White Collection logos

Black & White is the name given to the first main expansion of the Black & White Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as the Black Collection and White Collection dual expansions that make up the first expansion block in the Pokémon Card Game BW Era. It is based on Pokémon Black and White, featuring Generation V Pokémon and the two game Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom. The English expansion was released on April 25, 2011, while the Japanese expansions were released on December 17, 2010. The concept of starting from a new beginning was brought into the Trading Card Game, thus Black & White was entirely composed of Generation V Pokémon, with the sole exception of Pikachu, which is a secret card.

Black & White introduced Ability, replacing the long-standing Poké-Powers and Poké-Bodies. Abilities essentially merge the active and passive effects of Poké-Powers and Poké-Bodies into a single mechanic, akin to Pokémon Powers present during the original and Neo Series. It also introduced Full Art cards. Full Art cards featured the artwork and Holofoil covering the entire card.

Several rule changes also came into effect with the release of Black & White. Item (named Goods in Japan), Supporter, and Stadium cards were reverted to being subclass of Trainer cards. They could once again be played during each player's first turn. The original rule that stipulated Supporter cards were to be discarded at the end of a player's turn had been changed to be discarded immediately after use. In Japan, Trainer cards were now written as "Trainer's" and Supporter cards were now written as "サポート". Neither of these changes had an effect on gameplay.

The procedure in which Knock Outs were carried out had been slightly altered. Previously, after the player with the Knocked Out Pokémon discarding that Pokémon, they would replace that Pokémon with one from their Bench, and the player performing the Knock Out would proceed to take one Prize card. This had been changed to the player performing the Knock Out taking one Prize card, then the player with the Knocked Out Pokémon replacing that Pokémon with one from their Bench. This change essentially prevented the player performing the Knock Out from selecting a Prize card based on their opponent's new Active Pokémon.

Black & White also introduced an updated card design, which included numerous changes. The card border of English prints were changed to yellow, while Japanese prints were changed to gray. The Stage area received a new graphic and were moved to the extreme top left with the Evolution circle below and the "Evolves from" beside the Evolution circle. There were curvy strips between the Pokémon's name and the HP, which gained additional layers upon evolving. The Weakness and Resistance were moved to the bottom left with the Retreat (shortened from Retreat Cost) below. The Pokédex entry was present on all Pokémon and was moved to the bottom right, inside of a frame. The copyright information was located on the extreme bottom left and the illustrator's name, card number and set symbol on the right. The Cosmos Holofoil was changed to a horizontal-striped pattern, named Tinsel Holofoil. In the Japanese prints, Holofoil were on the card border and the background of the artwork.

The English card ordering system was updated to be similar to the Japanese system that was introduced in ADV Expansion Pack. The Pokémon were ordered by type then by the National Pokédex number. All Trainer cards are listed in alphabetical order regardless of subtype or rarity. A new form of rarity symbol was implemented for the Japanese version. Instead of utilizing shapes to symbolize rarity, it was replaced by letters.   replaces   on Common cards,   replaces   on Uncommon cards, and   replaces   on Rare cards.   were Full Art cards and   were Secret cards.

The booster pack size for Japanese expansions were reduced from 11 to 5 and include a card advertising the TCG and several related products. The price of a booster pack was reduced from ¥300 to ¥150, making the packs more within the price range of a younger target audience. The chance of getting a Rare card was also reduced to 1 in 2 packs, as opposed to a guaranteed Rare card. Mirror cards introduced in the HeartGold Collection and SoulSilver Collection were also discontinued.

The focus of starting afresh and the aim to involve younger children in the TCG in Japan was further emphasized with the redesign of the official Pokémon card website. Much of the new content was simplified and broken down into step-by-step guides with regards to the basics of the TCG. A great deal of past information, including the trading card database was temporarily moved to the Pokémon Card Game Network site, accessible only via a Pokémon Daisuki Club account.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online was introduced to the international players, which allowed users to select an avatar and battle computer-controlled opponents in simulated card battles. Players could select a number of pre-constructed decks to use, or add to their online collection by scanning the QR codes of special cards included in booster packs and Theme Decks accompanying the expansions. The first print run of Black & White did not include the QR code cards, and was made available in later print runs.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
1/114   Snivy   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Snivy Season (May 2011)
1/114   Snivy   Cosmos Holo Super Snivy Box exclusive
3/114   Servine   Cracked Ice Holo Superb Serperior Box exclusive
5/114   Serperior   Cracked Ice Holo Green Tornado Theme Deck exclusive
5/114   Serperior   Non Holo Green Tornado Theme Deck exclusive
7/114   Pansage   Energy Reverse Holo Double Album Box exclusive
15/114   Tepig   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Tepig Season (June 2011)
15/114   Tepig   Cosmos Holo Terrific Tepig Box exclusive
17/114   Pignite   Cracked Ice Holo Excellent Emboar Box exclusive
19/114   Emboar   Cracked Ice Holo Red Frenzy Theme Deck exclusive
19/114   Emboar   Non Holo Red Frenzy Theme Deck exclusive
21/114   Pansear   Energy Reverse Holo Double Album Box exclusive
25/114   Darmanitan   "Black & White" stamp Prerelease promo
25/114   Darmanitan   Staff "Black & White" stamp Prerelease promo
27/114   Oshawott   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Oshawott Season (July 2011)
27/114   Oshawott   Cosmos Holo Outstanding Oshawott Box exclusive
29/114   Dewott   Cracked Ice Holo Spectacular Samurott Box exclusive
31/114   Samurott   Cracked Ice Holo Blue Assault Theme Deck exclusive
31/114   Samurott   Non Holo Blue Assault Theme Deck exclusive
33/114   Panpour   Energy Reverse Holo Double Album Box exclusive
42/114   Zebstrika   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Bolt Season (February 2012)
53/114   Whirlipede   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Insect Season (December 2011)
54/114   Scolipede   Cracked Ice Holo Dragons Exalted Three Pack Blisters exclusive
63/114   Sandile   Cracked Ice Holo Dark Explorers Stage 2 Blisters exclusive
64/114   Krokorok   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Quake Season (March 2012)
64/114   Krokorok   Cracked Ice Holo Dark Explorers Stage 2 Blisters exclusive
65/114   Krookodile   Cracked Ice Holo Dark Explorers Stage 2 Blisters and Dark Explorers Three Pack Blisters exclusive
71/114   Zoroark   Cracked Ice Holo Next Destinies Stage 1 Blisters exclusive
71/114   Zoroark   Non Holo Battle Arena Decks: Mewtwo vs. Darkrai exclusive
74/114   Klink   Cracked Ice Holo Next Destinies Stage 2 Blisters exclusive
75/114   Klang   Cracked Ice Holo Next Destinies Stage 2 Blisters exclusive
76/114   Klinklang   Cracked Ice Holo Next Destinies Stage 2 Blisters exclusive
79/114   Watchog   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Basic Season (November 2011)
81/114   Lillipup   Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Trio Season (September 2011)
101/114   Professor Juniper Su Crosshatch Holo Professor Program stamp promo (January 2013)
105/114   Grass Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Trio Season (September 2011)
106/114   Fire Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Basic Season (November 2011)
107/114   Water Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Freeze Season (June 2012)
108/114   Lightning Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Bolt Season (February 2012)
109/114   Psychic Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Insect Season (December 2011)
110/114   Fighting Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Quake Season (March 2012)
111/114   Darkness Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Legend Season (July 2012)
112/114   Metal Energy   E Crosshatch Holo Pokémon League Jet Season (April 2012)

Set lists

Black & White
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/114   Snivy     Promotion
2/114   Snivy     Promotion
3/114   Servine     Promotion
4/114   Servine     Promotion
5/114   Serperior     Promotion
6/114   Serperior     Promotion
7/114   Pansage     Promotion
8/114   Simisage     Promotion
9/114   Petilil     Promotion
10/114   Lilligant     Promotion
11/114   Maractus     Promotion
12/114   Maractus     Promotion
13/114   Deerling     Promotion
14/114   Sawsbuck     Promotion
15/114   Tepig     Promotion
16/114   Tepig     Promotion
17/114   Pignite     Promotion
18/114   Pignite     Promotion
19/114   Emboar     Promotion
20/114   Emboar     Promotion
21/114   Pansear     Promotion
22/114   Simisear     Promotion
23/114   Darumaka     Promotion
24/114   Darumaka     Promotion
25/114   Darmanitan     Promotion
26/114   Reshiram     Promotion
27/114   Oshawott     Promotion
28/114   Oshawott     Promotion
29/114   Dewott     Promotion
30/114   Dewott     Promotion
31/114   Samurott     Promotion
32/114   Samurott     Promotion
33/114   Panpour     Promotion
34/114   Simipour     Promotion
35/114   Basculin     Promotion
36/114   Ducklett     Promotion
37/114   Swanna     Promotion
38/114   Alomomola     Promotion
39/114   Alomomola     Promotion
40/114   Blitzle     Promotion
41/114   Blitzle     Promotion
42/114   Zebstrika     Promotion
43/114   Zebstrika     Promotion
44/114   Joltik     Promotion
45/114   Joltik     Promotion
46/114   Galvantula     Promotion
47/114   Zekrom     Promotion
48/114   Munna     Promotion
49/114   Musharna     Promotion
50/114   Woobat     Promotion
51/114   Swoobat     Promotion
52/114   Venipede     Promotion
53/114   Whirlipede     Promotion
54/114   Scolipede     Promotion
55/114   Solosis     Promotion
56/114   Duosion     Promotion
57/114   Reuniclus     Promotion
58/114   Timburr     Promotion
59/114   Timburr     Promotion
60/114   Gurdurr     Promotion
61/114   Throh     Promotion
62/114   Sawk     Promotion
63/114   Sandile     Promotion
64/114   Krokorok     Promotion
65/114   Krookodile     Promotion
66/114   Purrloin     Promotion
67/114   Liepard     Promotion
68/114   Scraggy     Promotion
69/114   Scrafty     Promotion
70/114   Zorua     Promotion
71/114   Zoroark     Promotion
72/114   Vullaby     Promotion
73/114   Mandibuzz     Promotion
74/114   Klink     Promotion
75/114   Klang     Promotion
76/114   Klinklang     Promotion
77/114   Patrat     Promotion
78/114   Patrat     Promotion
79/114   Watchog     Promotion
80/114   Lillipup     Promotion
81/114   Lillipup     Promotion
82/114   Herdier     Promotion
83/114   Stoutland     Promotion
84/114   Pidove     Promotion
85/114   Tranquill     Promotion
86/114   Unfezant     Promotion
87/114   Audino     Promotion
88/114   Minccino     Promotion
89/114   Cinccino     Promotion
90/114   Bouffalant     Promotion
91/114   Bouffalant     Promotion
92/114   Energy Retrieval I   Promotion
93/114   Energy Search I   Promotion
94/114   Energy Switch I   Promotion
95/114   Full Heal I   Promotion
96/114   PlusPower I   Promotion
97/114   Poké Ball I   Promotion
98/114   Pokédex I   Promotion
99/114   Pokémon Communication I   Promotion
100/114   Potion I   Promotion
101/114   Professor Juniper Su   Promotion
102/114   Revive I   Promotion
103/114   Super Scoop Up I   Promotion
104/114   Switch I   Promotion
105/114   Grass Energy   E   Promotion
106/114   Fire Energy   E   Promotion
107/114   Water Energy   E   Promotion
108/114   Lightning Energy   E   Promotion
109/114   Psychic Energy   E   Promotion
110/114   Fighting Energy   E   Promotion
111/114   Darkness Energy   E   Promotion
112/114   Metal Energy   E   Promotion
113/114   Reshiram     Promotion
114/114   Zekrom     Promotion
115/114   Pikachu     Promotion

Black Collection
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
001/053   Sewaddle     Promotion
002/053   Swadloon     Promotion
003/053   Leavanny     Promotion
004/053   Cottonee     Promotion
005/053   Whimsicott     Promotion
006/053   Deerling     Promotion
007/053   Sawsbuck     Promotion
008/053   Tepig     Promotion
009/053   Pignite     Promotion
010/053   Emboar     Promotion
011/053   Pansear     Promotion
012/053   Simisear     Promotion
013/053   Reshiram     Promotion
014/053   Basculin     Promotion
015/053   Ducklett     Promotion
016/053   Swanna     Promotion
017/053   Cubchoo     Promotion
018/053   Beartic     Promotion
019/053   Blitzle     Promotion
020/053   Zebstrika     Promotion
021/053   Emolga     Promotion
022/053   Munna     Promotion
023/053   Musharna     Promotion
024/053   Woobat     Promotion
025/053   Swoobat     Promotion
026/053   Gothita     Promotion
027/053   Gothorita     Promotion
028/053   Gothitelle     Promotion
029/053   Roggenrola     Promotion
030/053   Boldore     Promotion
031/053   Drilbur     Promotion
032/053   Excadrill     Promotion
033/053   Sawk     Promotion
034/053   Scraggy     Promotion
035/053   Scrafty     Promotion
036/053   Vullaby     Promotion
037/053   Mandibuzz     Promotion
038/053   Klink     Promotion
039/053   Klang     Promotion
040/053   Klinklang     Promotion
041/053   Pidove     Promotion
042/053   Tranquill     Promotion
043/053   Unfezant     Promotion
044/053   Minccino     Promotion
045/053   Cinccino     Promotion
046/053   Bouffalant     Promotion
047/053   Tornadus     Promotion
048/053   Energy Retrieval I   Promotion
049/053   Crushing Hammer I   Promotion
050/053   Pokémon Communication I   Promotion
051/053   Max Potion I   Promotion
052/053   Recycle I   Promotion
053/053   Professor Juniper Su   Promotion
054/053   Tornadus     Promotion
055/053   Reshiram     Promotion
056/053   Pikachu     Promotion

White Collection
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
001/053   Snivy     Promotion
002/053   Servine     Promotion
003/053   Serperior     Promotion
004/053   Pansage     Promotion
005/053   Simisage     Promotion
006/053   Petilil     Promotion
007/053   Lilligant     Promotion
008/053   Maractus     Promotion
009/053   Darumaka     Promotion
010/053   Darmanitan     Promotion
011/053   Oshawott     Promotion
012/053   Dewott     Promotion
013/053   Samurott     Promotion
014/053   Panpour     Promotion
015/053   Simipour     Promotion
016/053   Alomomola     Promotion
017/053   Joltik     Promotion
018/053   Galvantula     Promotion
019/053   Thundurus     Promotion
020/053   Zekrom     Promotion
021/053   Venipede     Promotion
022/053   Whirlipede     Promotion
023/053   Scolipede     Promotion
024/053   Sigilyph     Promotion
025/053   Solosis     Promotion
026/053   Duosion     Promotion
027/053   Reuniclus     Promotion
028/053   Timburr     Promotion
029/053   Gurdurr     Promotion
030/053   Throh     Promotion
031/053   Sandile     Promotion
032/053   Krokorok     Promotion
033/053   Krookodile     Promotion
034/053   Purrloin     Promotion
035/053   Liepard     Promotion
036/053   Zorua     Promotion
037/053   Zoroark     Promotion
038/053   Ferroseed     Promotion
039/053   Ferrothorn     Promotion
040/053   Patrat     Promotion
041/053   Watchog     Promotion
042/053   Lillipup     Promotion
043/053   Herdier     Promotion
044/053   Stoutland     Promotion
045/053   Audino     Promotion
046/053   Rufflet     Promotion
047/053   Braviary     Promotion
048/053   Revive I   Promotion
049/053   Great Ball I   Promotion
050/053   Full Heal I   Promotion
051/053   PlusPower I   Promotion
052/053   Pokémon Catcher I   Promotion
053/053   Cheren Su   Promotion
054/053   Thundurus     Promotion
055/053   Zekrom     Promotion
056/053   Pikachu     Promotion


English Zebstrika pack
English Zoroark pack
English Reshiram pack
English Zekrom pack
Japanese Black Collection
Japanese White Collection
Japanese Black Collection
booster box
Japanese White Collection
booster box
The Sneak-Peek Tins
The Sneak-Peek Tins
The Sneak-Peek Tins
The Sneak-Peek Tins
The Sneak-Peek Tins
The Sneak-Peek Tins
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Languages this set is released in

The Black Collection and White Collection sets are released in Japanese and Korean. The Japanese sets are available in both 1st and unlimited edition, and the Korean set only in unlimited edition. The Black & White set is released in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Cards in the English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish set were also available as Reverse Holos. The Portuguese version of this set lacked any Reverse Holos.

In other languages

Language Title
  French Noir & Blanc
  German Schwarz & Weiß
  Italian Nero e Bianco
  Korean 블랙 컬렉션 Black Collection
화이트 컬렉션 White Collection
  Brazilian Portuguese Black & White
  Russian Чёрное и Белое Chyornoye i Beloye
  Spanish Negro y Blanco

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Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Black & White Series
BW Black Star Promos
Black & White: Green TornadoRed FrenzyBlue Assault
McDonald's CollectionBlack & White Trainer Kit
Emerging Powers: Power PlayToxic Tricks
Noble Victories: Fast DazeFurious Knights
Next Destinies: Explosive EdgeVoltage Vortex
Dark Explorers: ShadowsRaiders
McDonald's Collection 2012
Dragons Exalted: DragonSpeedDragonSnarl
Dragon Vault
Boundaries Crossed: Ice ShockCold Fire
Plasma Storm: Plasma ClawPlasma Shadow
Plasma Freeze: Frost RayPsy Crusher
Plasma Blast: Mind WipeSolar Strike
Red Genesect CollectionMcDonald's Collection 2013
Legendary Treasures
BW Era
BW-P Promotional cards
Journey PartnersBeginning Set
Black CollectionWhite Collection
Battle Strength DecksBattle Theme Deck: Victini
Red Collection
Psycho DriveHail Blizzard
Reshiram-EX Battle Strength DeckZekrom-EX Battle Strength DeckBattle Gift Set: Thundurus vs Tornadus
Dark Rush
Dragon Selection
Dragon BlastDragon Blade: Hydreigon Half DeckGarchomp Half Deck
Keldeo Battle Strength DeckNational Beginning Set
Freeze BoltCold Flare
Plasma Gale: Team Plasma's Powered Half Deck
Master Deck Build Box EXBlack Kyurem-EX Battle Strength DeckWhite Kyurem-EX Battle Strength DeckTeam Plasma Battle Gift SetEveryone's Exciting Battle
Spiral ForceThunder Knuckle
Shiny Collection
Megalo Cannon: Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck
EX Battle BoostMewtwo vs Genesect Deck Kit