Crystal Pokémon (TCG)

Crystal Pokémon (Japanese: ニュートラルポケモン Neutral Pokémon) are a type of Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They are considered by fans to be the e-Series equivalent of the Shining Pokémon previously introduced in the later Neo expansions, Neo Revelation and Neo Destiny. However, the Pokémon featured in each of the cards are not alternately colored.

An example of a Crystal Pokémon

Introduced in Aquapolis, Crystal Pokémon are identified by being Colorless but focus on three particular types of Energy to use in its attacks. All Crystal Pokémon have the Poké-Body Crystal Type, in which the type of the Pokémon changes from Colorless to one of three specified types if the corresponding Energy card is placed on it, for one turn. These types are also emphasized on the card design; for example, Celebi's Poké-Body and attacks focus on Grass, Water and Psychic; the colors green, blue and purple are highlighted in the card background.

Crystal Pokémon are also not necessarily Basic Pokémon, and are counted as regular Pokémon. While they weren't bound by the one per deck rule like Shining Pokémon, they still featured several Energy for each attack and were quite costly for the effects they provided.

In Japan, these cards were released three at a time over the course of the last three e-Card expansions, but with the hurried release of the English sets and their condensation, Skyridge featured six. In both languages, all Crystal Pokémon are secret cards. Crystal Pokémon were retired at the end of the e-Card Series.

Pokémon that have appeared as Crystal Pokémon

Crystal Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Kingdra   Aquapolis   148/147 Wind from the Sea   089/087
Lugia   Aquapolis   149/147 Wind from the Sea   090/087
Nidoking   Aquapolis   150/147 Wind from the Sea   088/087
Celebi   Skyridge   145/144 Mysterious Mountains   091/088
Charizard   Skyridge   146/144 Mysterious Mountains   089/088
Crobat   Skyridge   147/144 Mysterious Mountains   090/088
Golem   Skyridge   148/144 Split Earth   089/088
Ho-Oh   Skyridge   149/144 Split Earth   091/088
Kabutops   Skyridge   150/144 Split Earth   090/088

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