As the Pokémon Trading Card Game introduced new changes for Generation IV with the beginning of the Diamond & Pearl Series, new products were made available to accompany the main expansions released. Over the course of this Series, a new collection of promotional cards and other merchandise were available in items such as Collector's Tins and various Value Boxes. Below is a chronological list of all the items released during the Diamond & Pearl Series of the Trading Card Game.
2007 Spring Collector's Tins
The Spring Collector's Tins for 2007 are unusual in two ways. The first is the difference between the North American and international release. The North American tins begin the Diamond & Pearl Series by introducing the first Generation IV Pokémon to the TCG: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. The tins released internationally however, feature three Pokémon-ex from Pokémon Organized Play promotional expansions: Tyranitar, Celebi, and Ho-Oh. This was primarily due to the difference in release schedule for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The second is the design of the tins themselves relative to the promotional card featured. In the previous EX Collector's Tins and all subsequent Collector's Tins, the Pokémon on the front of the tin matches the promotional card featured in the window. For these tins, this is only true for the international Tyranitar tin, with the other designs featuring Camerupt and Milotic. The contents of the tins remain the same however, with each tin containing two EX Power Keepers booster packs, one EX Dragon Frontiers booster pack, and one EX Delta Species booster pack.
A limited release in May 2007. Stores such as Target began selling Rayquaza Blister Packs, which feature a Cosmos Holofoil Rayquaza promotional card, previously available in prior EX Series merchandise, as well as one EX Deoxys booster pack, and one EX Crystal Guardians booster pack.
Theme Decks are often the best opportunity for players new to the Trading Card Game to gain some experience in learning how to play the game. Accompanying the Diamond & Pearl expansion, the first of the Diamond & Pearl Series, were three Theme Decks featuring the final evolutions of the Generation IV starters. Terra Firma features Torterra, Inferno Zone features Infernape, and Royal Frost features Empoleon. All of these decks contain the essentials for any player; including a rulebook, damage counters, status counters, a coin, and single-player mat.
Released in late May 2007 shortly after the release of the Diamond & Pearl expansion were a number of Blister Packs. The Three Pack Blisters came in three varieties: each one containing either one of the three Generation IV starters as promotional cards. These Blisters also included two Diamond & Pearl booster packs, one late EX Series booster pack, and a coin featuring Palkia. There were two types of Two Pack Blisters made available. The first, released more sparsely than the other, came in two varieties: one with Bidoof and Buizel cards, and one with Combee and Shinx cards. All of these cards available were reverse holofoil versions, and could be obtained normally in the main expansion. These Two Pack Blisters also came packaged with two Diamond & Pearl booster packs and a Palkia coin in the same packaging as the Three Pack Blisters. The second type of Two Pack Blister included a Pachirisu promotional card, one Diamond & Pearl booster pack, and one POP Series 2 booster pack.
These packs were distributed internationally and available in June 2007. Due to the difference in content of the 2007 Spring Collector's Tins, these packs were conceived to make the Cosmos Holofoil variants of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup available in Western countries outside North America. The Blister packs also come packaged with a mixture of three late EX Series booster packs and an Energy coin in varying colors.
Quietly released in stores such as Target during June 2007, and subsequently available via several online retailers, the Enhanced Value Pack contains Cosmos Holofoil versions of Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon from POP Series 3. All three could be obtained in separately packaged Blister Packs during the EX Series. The pack also contains two booster packs, both from a selection of late EX Series expansions.
Available shortly after the release of the Mysterious Treasures expansion during the month of September 2007, were a variety of Blister Packs to promote the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The Three Pack Blisters came in two versions: one with a Shieldon promotional card, and one with a Cranidos promotional card. These Blisters also included two Mysterious Treasures booster packs, one late EX Series booster pack, and a coin featuring either Shieldon or Cranidos. The Two Pack Blisters, like those released after the Diamond & Pearl expansion, had two distinct varieties. The first came in two versions: one with Snover and Bronzor cards, and one with Finneon and Croagunk cards. All of these cards were again Reverse Holofoil versions that could be obtained normally in the Mysterious Treasures expansion. These Two Pack Blisters also came packaged with two Mysterious Treasures booster packs and a Shieldon or Cranidos coin. The second type of Two Pack Blister also came in two versions: one with a Buneary promotional card, and one with a Cranidos promotional card--the same available in the Three Pack Blisters. Each of these Two Pack Blisters came packaged with one Mysterious Treasures booster pack, and one POP Series 3 booster pack.
The Diamond & Pearl Collector's Tins were released in September 2007 and include alternate art reprints of the three Pokémon LV.X that debuted in the Diamond & Pearl expansion: Torterra, Infernape, and Empoleon. Preliminary release material suggested that the tins were to include the non-LV.X versions of these cards, with no alterations to those found normally in the main expansion. The contents of the tins differed between the North American release and those released internationally. The North American release came packaged with two Mysterious Treasures booster packs, and two Diamond & Pearl booster packs. The international release however, included four Diamond & Pearl booster packs, due to the different release schedule of Mysterious Treasures outside North America.
Sold at Wal-Mart and Target beginning in September 2007, these Blister Packs came in two versions: a blue pack containing a Cosomos Holofoil Mew δ promotional card, and a red pack containing a Cosomos Holofoil Pikachu promotional card. In terms of booster packs included, these are among the largest Blister Packs released, with each pack containing five: two from Diamond & Pearl, one from EX Power Keepers, one from EX Crystal Guardians, and one from EX Holon Phantoms. Each pack also comes packaged with an Energy coin.
As an additional aid for players learning how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Diamond & Pearl Trainer Kit was made available. As one of many products released in September 2007, the Diamond & Pearl Trainer Kit features two preconstructed half decks that focus on Lucario and Manaphy, both of which feature exclusive artwork. The kit also contains two booklets to guide players through the game, game counters, a Manaphy coin, play mat, and an EX Series or Diamond & Pearl Series booster pack.
The Diamond & Pearl Trainer's Challenge Set, available in such stores as Toys "R" Us, was released in September 2007. Like the original Trainer's Challenge Set from the EX Series, the main focus of the set is the then-recently released Diamond & Pearl Trainer Kit. The set also includes a Black Star Promotional Shinx, and two booster packs from a mixture of late EX Series expansions and early Diamond & Pearl Series expansions.
A collection of Blister Packs and boxed sets were made available at Target and Toys R Us during October 2007. Both the Blister Packs and boxed sets come in two varieties: one with promotional Pelipper δ and Zangoose δ cards, and one with promotional Ho-Oh and Lugia cards. All are Holofoil variants of cards originating from POP Series 5, with Pelipper and Zangoose featuring the usual δ Delta Species Mirror Holofoil treatment, and with Ho-Oh and Lugia featuring the Cosmos Holofoil treatment. The Blister Packs contain one Diamond & Pearl booster pack, one EX Power Keepers booster pack, one EX Crystal Guardians booster pack, one EX Holon Phantoms booster pack, and an Energy coin. The boxed sets contain the same assortment of booster packs, an Energy coin, plus a Theme Deck from a late EX Series expansion.
As its name suggests, the Lucario Collector's Tin focuses solely on the Aura Pokémon Lucario, and is the first Collector's Tin to have a standalone release. Available during November 2007, the tin includes a promotional reprint of the Lucario LV.X card from Mysterious Treasures and four Diamond & Pearl Series booster packs from a selection of the first three expansions. The tin was re-issued in late 2008 and repackaged with a Cosmos Holofoil Lucario from POP Series 8, this time with only three booster packs. These boosters included two from late EX Series expansions, and one from a late Diamond & Pearl Series expansion.
Secret Wonders, like the majority of all Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions, features two Theme Decks. Lavaflow focuses on the Blast Pokémon Magmortar, while Powerhouse focuses on the Thunderbolt Pokémon Electivire. As with most expansions from the Diamond & Pearl Series, the Theme Decks take some inspiration from half decks or deck kits released alongside their Japanese counterparts. Due to the Japanese equivalent of Secret Wonders, Shining Darkness, containing Pokémon with ties to the then unreleased The Rise of Darkrai, the Theme Decks take inspiration from the Magmortar vs Electivire Deck Kit, released in the following Japanese expansion.
The Secret Wonders expansion is unique in that some Reverse Holofoil versions of cards could only be found in Blister Packs that were sold in conjunction with its release. Available in early November 2007 were a series of Two Pack Blisters and Three Pack Blisters. The Two Pack Blisters, again, came in two distinct varieties. The first came in two versions: one with a Squirtle card, and one with a Carvanha card. These Blisters also included one Secret Wonders booster pack and one POP Series 4 booster pack. The second also came in two versions: one with Bulbasaur and Charmander cards, and one with Shellos East Sea and Shellos West Sea cards. These Blisters came packaged with two Secret Wonders booster packs, and a coin featuring either Magmortar and Electivire, or Energy symbols. The Three Pack Blisters came in four versions, with a choice of either a Flaaffy card, a Quagsire card, a Breloom card, or a Wartortle card. The packaged boosters included two from Secret Wonders, and one from either a late EX Series expansion or Mysterious Treasures. A coin featuring either Magmortar and Electivire, or Energy symbols was also included.
The 2007 World Championships Decks were released on November 19, 2007, following the 2007 World Championships in August. These decks include Flyvees as used by Junior Division champion Jun Hasebe, Legendary Ascent as used by Master Division champion Tom Roos, Rambolt as used by Senior Division champion Jeremy Scharff-Kim, and Swift Empoleon as used by Senior Division runner-up Akira Miyazaki. Each deck comes with a booklet about the championships, and a non tournament legal print of the sixty card deck. Each card has a 2007 World Championships back, silver border, and signature of the deck owner.
During November 2007, stores such as Target and Wal-Mart began selling another large DP Value Pack. Similar Blister Packs were released internationally, with different assortments of promotional cards and booster packs available. In total, four different Black Star Promotional cards could be collected, along with two promotional variants of cards from POP Series 6. There were two varieties released in North America: a blue pack containing a Black Star Promotional Buizel and Cosmos Holofoil Gible reprint, and a red pack containing a Black Star Promotional Chatot and Cosmos Holofoil Pikachu reprint. The varieties released internationally included a yellow pack containing the same two cards as the North American red pack, and a green pack containing Black Star Promotional Shinx and Pikachu cards. All of the Blister Packs were packaged with four Diamond & Pearl Series booster packs in any combination of Diamond & Pearl, Mysterious Treasures, or Secret Wonders, plus an Energy coin.
In March 2008, shortly after the release of Great Encounters, three new promotional cards were made available in Blister Packs promoting the expansion. The two Three Pack Blisters included either a Magmortar or Raichu promotional card, plus two Great Encounters booster packs, one booster pack from either a late EX Series expansion or prior Diamond & Pearl Series expansion, and one coin. The coin designs available varied, with Treecko, Rayquaza, or Dialga among those included. The Two Pack Blisters included a Cosmos Holofoil Riolu promotional card, plus one Great Encounters booster pack, and one POP Series 5 booster pack.
The 2008 Spring Collector's Tins were released on February 25, 2008. As with several promotional items released around this time, these tins focus on the legendary Pokémon Dialga, Palkia, and Darkrai due to their roles in The Rise of Darkrai. Each of the Pokémon are reprints of their LV.X forms from Great Encounters, with the Dialga and Palkia cards originating from the Dialga LV.X and Palkia LV.X Constructed Standard Decks, respectively. The Darkrai card received English-exclusive artwork, itself taken from the promotional advert artwork for Shining Darkness in Japan. Each of the tins also came with four Diamond & Pearl Series booster packs, from a selection of Mysterious Treasures, Secret Wonders, and Great Encounters. The tins were re-issued in October 2008 at Target stores for a limited time with the same contents as their prior release, with the addition of a figure from the Pokémon Trading Figure Game.
The Darkrai Premium Box focuses on the Pitch-Black Pokémon, Darkrai, and was released on May 12, 2008. The box lay the foundation for many future boxed sets in that the featured Pokémon was depicted on both a regular sized promotional card and Jumbo card. The card is part of the DP Black Star Promotional card collection, originating as a Japanese DP-P Promotional card available at the Japanese screening of The Rise of Darkrai. The Jumbo card is the first English Jumbo card released since Shadow Lugia in 2005. The Darkrai Premium Box also comes with one EX Crystal Guardians booster pack, one EX Dragon Frontiers booster pack, and one Theme Deck from Secret Wonders: Lavaflow or Powerhouse.
Available at stores such as Meijer and Wal-Mart in May 2008 were the Starter Blister Packs. Featuring the POP Series 6 iterations of the Generation IVstarter Pokémon, these packs contained either a Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup with the Cosmos Holofoil treatment, as well as three early Diamond & Pearl Series booster packs.
Promoting the Majestic Dawn expansion, Three Pack Blisters and Two Pack Blisters were released during the month of June 2008. Available in the Three Pack Blisters were either a Glameow promotional card, or Mime Jr. promotional card, two Majestic Dawn booster packs, one late EX Series booster pack, and a Lucario coin. The Two Pack Blisters contained a Cosmos Holofoil Manaphy promotional card, one Majestic Dawn booster pack, and one POP Series 6 booster pack.
The Power Packs were released on July 9, 2008 with a limited distribution of 36,000 packs sold exclusively in small stores and hobby shops. The packs contain a Cosmos Holofoil reprints of either Pikachu or Gible, previously available in the more generally released DP Value Packs. The Power Packs were also packaged with a late EX Series booster pack, two early Diamond & Pearl Series booster packs, and a six-card pack containing Reverse Holofoil Energy cards. Product descriptions declared that these Energy cards had a unique Holofoil pattern to the Power Packs, yet the design was identical to the Mirror Reverse Energy cards available over the course of the 2007-2008 Pokémon League season.
Similarly to the Darkrai Premium Box released in May 2008, the Dialga Premium Box, released on August 15, 2008, focuses on the Temporal Pokémon, Dialga, as both a regular sized and Jumbo Black Star Promotional card. The Jumbo promotional card was available as either a Mirror Holofoil or Cracked Ice Holofoil. The box also comes packaged with one Diamond & Pearl booster pack, one booster pack from either Secret Wonders or Great Encounters, and a Theme Deck from either Diamond & Pearl or Mysterious Treasures.
Completing the legendary trio of Pokémon featured in The Rise of Darkrai in promotional box form, the Palkia Premium Box was also released on August 15, 2008. The box includes both a regular sized and Jumbo Black Star Promotional card of the Spatial Pokémon, Palkia, as well as one Diamond & Pearl booster pack, one booster pack from either Secret Wonders or Great Encounters, and a Theme Deck from either Diamond & Pearl or Mysterious Treasures. Much like the Dialga Premium Box, the Jumbo promotional card was available as either a Mirror Holofoil or Cracked Ice Holofoil.
The Legends Awakened expansion brought with it additional Two Pack Blisters and Three Pack Blisters during August 2008. Three different promotional cards were available to collect; two of which could be found in the Three Pack Blisters. The two options include Cosmos Holofoil versions of Latios and Latios, originating from POP Series 7. Also packaged are two Legends Awakened booster packs, one Secret Wonders booster pack, and a coin featuring Rayquaza. The Two Pack Blisters include a Cosmos Holofoil version of Mothim--also originating from POP Series 7--one Legends Awakened booster pack, and one POP Series 6 booster pack.
The Fall Collector's Tins for 2008 comprise just two tins instead of the regular three. Released on September 17, 2008, both tins include Black Star Promotional reprints of Pokémon LV.X from Legends Awakened: Mewtwo or Rhyperior. Both cards featured English-exclusive artwork at the time, with the alternate Mewtwo LV.X later released in Japan as part of the Collection Packs. The tins also come with one EX Power Keepers booster pack, one Diamond & Pearl booster pack, one Mysterious Treasures booster pack, and one Secret Wonders booster pack.
The seventh and final Diamond & Pearl Series expansion, Stormfront, features two Theme Decks, named Raging Sea and Dark Rampage. Keeping in tune with the expansion's motif, these Theme Decks feature the Atrocious Pokémon Gyarados and the Armor Pokémon Tyranitar, respectively. Each Pokémon also receive exclusive Cosmos Holofoil versions.
Released alongside the Stormfront expansion on November 5, 2008, were three different Blister Packs. The Three Pack Blisters came in two varieties: one with a Black Star Promotional Dusknoir, and one with a Black Star Promotional Magnezone. These Blisters come packaged with two Stormfront booster packs, one Secret Wonders booster pack, and a coin featuring either Dialga or Palkia. Preliminary release images display these Blisters containing a Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup coin. Also released were Two Pack Blisters, each containing a Black Star Promotional Drifblim, one Stormfront booster pack, and one POP Series 7 booster pack.
Also released on November 5, 2008, were two more Collector's Tins. As with the 2008 Fall Collector's Tins, both contain Black Star Promotional reprints of Pokémon LV.X, with their regular counterparts from the Stormfront expansion. The Regigigas LV.X card featured English-exclusive artwork at the time, but was subsequently released in Japan as part of the Collection Packs. The Heatran LV.X card was originally released in Japan as a promotional insert in the Visual Guide that accompanied the Cry from the Mysterious/Temple of Anger expansion. Both tins include one booster pack each from EX Dragon Frontiers, Diamond & Pearl, Secret Wonders, and Majestic Dawn.
Following the climax of the 2008 World Championships, a selection of high-ranking players from the tournament had their decks featured as one of the 2008 World Championships Decks, which were released on November 5, 2008. These decks include Bliss Control, Empotech, Intimidation, and Psychic Lock used by the Senior Division runner-up, the Senior Division champion, the Junior Division champion, and the Master Division champion, respectively. Each deck comes with a booklet about the championships, and a non tournament legal print of the sixty card deck. Each card has a 2008 World Championships back, silver border, and signature of the deck owner.
Released in October 2008, the Pokémon Countdown Calendar saw a rather limited release in countries such as Canada, Germany, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and sold exclusively in certain store chains such as Toys "R" Us, and via some online retailers. The calendar contains a fixed selection of 24 cards from various Diamond & Pearl Series expansions, plus one random Diamond & Pearl Series booster pack. All of the cards feature a foil snowflake stamp on their artwork; 23 of which are gold, one of which is silver.
The Collector's Poster Box was released on November 19, 2008, and focuses on the Mysterious Treasures and Secret Wonders expansions. The box contains a Cosmos Holofoil Lucario promotional card, one Mysterious Treasures booster pack, two Secret Wonders booster packs, and a Powerhouse Theme Deck. The box also includes a double-sided poster, which displays a complete checklist and card gallery for Mysterious Treasures on one side, and the same for Secret Wonders on the other.
The Collector's Box was made available at stores such as Toys "R" Us and Kmart during December 2008. It contains two Cosmos Holofoil promotional cards originating from POP Series 7: Ampharos and Kirlia. In addition to the cards, the box contains four booster packs and a Theme Deck. The booster packs vary, with some boxes including one of each of the first four Diamond & Pearl Series expansions, and others including a mixed selection of late EX Series and early Diamond & Pearl Series boosters. The Theme Deck also varies, with some including FireMist from EX Holon Phantoms, some Power Wave from EX Dragon Frontiers, and others Armor Fortress from Mysterious Treasures.
As one of the last Diamond & Pearl Series items, the Classic Trio Boxes, released on January 17, 2009, once again make the Cosmos Holofoil prints of the three Sinnoh starters available again. Originating from Diamond & Pearl, these cards were the first Generation IV promotional cards released almost two years prior. Preliminary information suggested that these items were going to be tins, as opposed to the final card boxes. Each box contains one of the three promotional cards, plus two late EX Series booster packs, and one Diamond & Pearl Series booster pack.