EX Ruby & Sapphire (TCG)

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This article is about the Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion. For the core series games, see Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions.
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EX Ruby & Sapphire
SetSymbolRuby and Sapphire.png
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Cards in set English: 109
Japanese: 55
Set number English: 16
Japanese: 18
Release date English: June 18, 2003
Japanese: January 31, 2003
Theme Decks

Ruby (FightingFire)
Sapphire (WaterGrass)

Split Earth • Mysterious Mountains
Expansion Pack
Miracle of the Desert

Pokémon-e TCG: EX Ruby & Sapphire (Japanese: 拡張パック Expansion Pack) is the name given to the first main expansion of cards from the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game (the ADV Era in Japan). The set is the first to feature Generation III Pokémon and Pokémon-ex in the card game.


Calling All Pokémon Trainers!

Capture and train more than 40 brand-new Pokémon, liven up your battles with new Poké-Powers and new 2-on-2 Battles, and become the Pokémon Champion of a whole new world!


EX Ruby & Sapphire is the name given to the first main expansion of the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Expansion Pack, the first expansion in the Pokémon Card Game ADV Era. It is based on Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, featuring Generation III Pokémon. The English expansion was released on June 18, 2003, while the Japanese expansion was released on January 31, 2003.

EX Ruby & Sapphire introduced Pokémon-ex, a type of Pokémon. Pokémon-ex are significantly stronger Pokémon. When a Pokémon-ex is Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards instead of one. Pokémon-ex have Holofoil borders.

EX Ruby & Sapphire also introduced an updated card design, which included numerous changes. The border on the left returned to normal, while the border on the bottom remained thicker to retain the necessary space for the Dot-Code strip (only the Pokédex entry was displayed when scanned). There were several circles on the left of the card. The artwork window and Evolution box were changed from gold to silver. The Evolution box, Stage and illustrator information were moved below the artwork window. The Energy symbols for attacks were smaller and were presented linearly. The copyright information moved to the center on the bottom of the card, so did the unique ID number. For EX Ruby & Sapphire, the text for attacks, Poké-Powers, or Poké-Bodies was now displayed in a new line, separate from the name. For Expansion Pack, the left and bottom borders returned to normal and were changed to silver.

At the time of this expansion's release, numerous rule changes in the Pokémon Trading Card Game took place. Retreating was limited to once per turn; previously, retreating could be performed as often as a player liked during their turn. A Confused Pokémon would put 3 damage counters on itself if it tried to attack and the coin flip was tails, instead of doing 20 damage to itself (affected by Weakness and Resistance). If a player took a mulligan, the opponent now could only draw 1 card, instead of 2, for each mulligan. The opening coin flip was now performed after setup, and if it was heads, the player that flipped the coin was required to go first. During that player's first turn, they were not allowed to draw a card at the beginning or play a Supporter card.[1]

EX Ruby & Sapphire was the first expansion to be distributed by Nintendo of America. In Japan, this was the first expansion to have pre-constructed Half Decks released alongside it.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
3/109   Blaziken   Non Holo EX Battle Stadium Deck exclusive
3/109   Blaziken   Holo (without e-Reader logo) EX Battle Stadium Deck exclusive
7/109   Gardevoir   Non Holo EX Battle Stadium Deck exclusive
7/109   Gardevoir   Holo (without e-Reader logo) EX Battle Stadium Deck exclusive
85/109   Oran Berry T [PT] Winner e-League (March 2004)
93/109   Darkness Energy   E Cosmos Holo e-League (December 2003)
93/109   Darkness Energy   E Winner Cosmos Holo e-League (December 2003)
94/109   Metal Energy   E Cosmos Holo e-League (January 2004)
94/109   Metal Energy   E Winner Cosmos Holo e-League (January 2004)
104/109   Grass Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005
105/109   Fighting Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005
106/109   Water Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005
107/109   Psychic Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005
108/109   Fire Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005
109/109   Lightning Energy   E Professor Program 2004-2005

Set lists

EX Ruby & Sapphire
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/109   Aggron     Promotion
2/109   Beautifly     Promotion
3/109   Blaziken     Promotion
4/109   Camerupt     Promotion
5/109   Delcatty     Promotion
6/109   Dustox     Promotion
7/109   Gardevoir     Promotion
8/109   Hariyama     Promotion
9/109   Manectric     Promotion
10/109   Mightyena     Promotion
11/109   Sceptile     Promotion
12/109   Slaking     Promotion
13/109   Swampert     Promotion
14/109   Wailord     Promotion
15/109   Blaziken     Promotion
16/109   Breloom     Promotion
17/109   Donphan     Promotion
18/109   Nosepass     Promotion
19/109   Pelipper     Promotion
20/109   Sceptile     Promotion
21/109   Seaking     Promotion
22/109   Sharpedo     Promotion
23/109   Swampert     Promotion
24/109   Weezing     Promotion
25/109   Aron     Promotion
26/109   Cascoon     Promotion
27/109   Combusken     Promotion
28/109   Combusken     Promotion
29/109   Delcatty     Promotion
30/109   Electrike     Promotion
31/109   Grovyle     Promotion
32/109   Grovyle     Promotion
33/109   Hariyama     Promotion
34/109   Kirlia     Promotion
35/109   Kirlia     Promotion
36/109   Lairon     Promotion
37/109   Lairon     Promotion
38/109   Linoone     Promotion
39/109   Manectric     Promotion
40/109   Marshtomp     Promotion
41/109   Marshtomp     Promotion
42/109   Mightyena     Promotion
43/109   Silcoon     Promotion
44/109   Skitty     Promotion
45/109   Slakoth     Promotion
46/109   Swellow     Promotion
47/109   Vigoroth     Promotion
48/109   Wailmer     Promotion
49/109   Aron     Promotion
50/109   Aron     Promotion
51/109   Carvanha     Promotion
52/109   Electrike     Promotion
53/109   Electrike     Promotion
54/109   Koffing     Promotion
55/109   Goldeen     Promotion
56/109   Makuhita     Promotion
57/109   Makuhita     Promotion
58/109   Makuhita     Promotion
59/109   Mudkip     Promotion
60/109   Mudkip     Promotion
61/109   Numel     Promotion
62/109   Phanpy     Promotion
63/109   Poochyena     Promotion
64/109   Poochyena     Promotion
65/109   Poochyena     Promotion
66/109   Ralts     Promotion
67/109   Ralts     Promotion
68/109   Ralts     Promotion
69/109   Shroomish     Promotion
70/109   Skitty     Promotion
71/109   Skitty     Promotion
72/109   Taillow     Promotion
73/109   Torchic     Promotion
74/109   Torchic     Promotion
75/109   Treecko     Promotion
76/109   Treecko     Promotion
77/109   Wingull     Promotion
78/109   Wurmple     Promotion
79/109   Zigzagoon     Promotion
80/109   Energy Removal 2 T   Promotion
81/109   Energy Restore T   Promotion
82/109   Energy Switch T   Promotion
83/109   Lady Outing T [Su]   Promotion
84/109   Lum Berry T [PT]   Promotion
85/109   Oran Berry T [PT]   Promotion
86/109   Poké Ball T   Promotion
87/109   Pokémon Reversal T   Promotion
88/109   PokéNav T   Promotion
89/109   Professor Birch T [Su]   Promotion
90/109   Energy Search T   Promotion
91/109   Potion T   Promotion
92/109   Switch T   Promotion
93/109   Darkness Energy   E   Promotion
94/109   Metal Energy   E   Promotion
95/109   Rainbow Energy   E   Promotion
96/109   Chansey ex     Promotion
97/109   Electabuzz ex     Promotion
98/109   Hitmonchan ex     Promotion
99/109   Lapras ex     Promotion
100/109   Magmar ex     Promotion
101/109   Mewtwo ex     Promotion
102/109   Scyther ex     Promotion
103/109   Sneasel ex     Promotion
104/109   Grass Energy   E   Promotion
105/109   Fighting Energy   E   Promotion
106/109   Water Energy   E   Promotion
107/109   Psychic Energy   E   Promotion
108/109   Fire Energy   E   Promotion
109/109   Lightning Energy   E   Promotion

Expansion Pack
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
001/055   Koffing     Promotion
002/055   Weezing     Promotion
003/055   Sceptile     Promotion
004/055   Wurmple     Promotion
005/055   Silcoon     Promotion
006/055   Beautifly     Promotion
007/055   Cascoon     Promotion
008/055   Dustox     Promotion
009/055   Shroomish     Promotion
010/055   Breloom     Promotion
011/055   Blaziken     Promotion
012/055   Numel     Promotion
013/055   Camerupt     Promotion
014/055   Goldeen     Promotion
015/055   Seaking     Promotion
016/055   Swampert     Promotion
017/055   Wingull     Promotion
018/055   Pelipper     Promotion
019/055   Carvanha     Promotion
020/055   Sharpedo     Promotion
021/055   Wailmer     Promotion
022/055   Wailord     Promotion
023/055   Electabuzz ex     Promotion
024/055   Electrike     Promotion
025/055   Manectric     Promotion
026/055   Mewtwo ex     Promotion
027/055   Ralts     Promotion
028/055   Kirlia     Promotion
029/055   Gardevoir     Promotion
030/055   Hitmonchan ex     Promotion
031/055   Phanpy     Promotion
032/055   Donphan     Promotion
033/055   Makuhita     Promotion
034/055   Hariyama     Promotion
035/055   Nosepass     Promotion
036/055   Chansey ex     Promotion
037/055   Zigzagoon     Promotion
038/055   Linoone     Promotion
039/055   Taillow     Promotion
040/055   Swellow     Promotion
041/055   Slakoth     Promotion
042/055   Vigoroth     Promotion
043/055   Slaking     Promotion
044/055   Skitty     Promotion
045/055   Delcatty     Promotion
046/055   Sneasel ex     Promotion
047/055   Poochyena     Promotion
048/055   Mightyena     Promotion
049/055   Aron     Promotion
050/055   Lairon     Promotion
051/055   Aggron     Promotion
052/055   PokéNav T   Promotion
053/055   Lady Outing T [Su]   Promotion
054/055   Professor Birch T [Su]   Promotion
055/055   Oran Berry T [PT]   Promotion


English Sceptile pack
English Mightyena pack
English Lairon pack
English Manectric pack
Japanese Expansion Pack
The Sneak-Peek Tins
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Languages this set is released in

The ADV Expansion Pack set is released in both Japanese and Korean. The Japanese set was available in both 1st and unlimited edition, and the Korean set was only printed in 1st edition. The EX Ruby & Sapphire set is released in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, with cards also available as Reverse Holos. The non-holo Uncommons in the Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese sets are available with two different codes at the bottom-left; the non-holo Commons in the Japanese set are available with four different codes at the bottom-left; and the non-Holo Commons in the English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese sets have three different codes available. The Korean cards only had a single code available for all the cards. The purpose of these different codes is still unknown, but occurred throughout the first half of the EX era.

In other languages

Language Title
  French EX Rubis & Saphir
  German EX Rubin & Saphir
  Italian EX Rubino & Zaffiro
  Portuguese EX Rubi e Safira
  Spanish EX Rubí & Zafiro

External links


  This article is part of Project TCG, a Bulbapedia project that aims to report on every aspect of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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.
EX Series
Nintendo Black Star Promos
EX Ruby & Sapphire: RubySapphireTreecko Picture BookTorchic Picture BookMudkip Picture BookRalts Picture Book
EX Sandstorm: CaravanOasis
EX Dragon: FireFangWindBlast
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua: Team MagmaTeam Aqua
EX Hidden Legends: Forest GuardianWish Maker
EX Trainer KitPoké Card Creator Pack
EX FireRed & LeafGreen: FireRedLeafGreen
POP Series 1EX Battle Stadium
EX Team Rocket Returns: JessieJames
EX Deoxys: StarchargeJetstream
EX Emerald: HydrobloomWildfire
POP Series 2
EX Unseen Forces: Golden SkySilvery Ocean
EX Delta Species: BreakthroughSteeplechase
EX Legend Maker: GroundbreakerShadowquake
Exploud Picture BookRayquaza Picture BookEX Trainer Kit 2POP Series 3
EX Holon Phantoms: FireMistFloodRush
Ho-Oh Picture BookLugia Picture BookPOP Series 4
EX Crystal Guardians: Green CycloneStorm SurgeEarth Shower
EX Dragon Frontiers: Shadow BlazePower Wave
EX Power Keepers: Dark BlastMind Game
POP Series 5Golem Picture BookOmastar Picture BookMachamp Picture BookGengar Picture Book
ADV-P Promotional cardsPLAY Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Treecko Constructed Starter DeckTorchic Constructed Starter DeckMudkip Constructed Starter Deck
Miracle of the Desert
Rulers of the Heavens: Flygon Constructed Starter DeckSalamence Constructed Starter Deck
Movie Commemoration VS PackMagma VS Aqua: Two AmbitionsMagma Deck KitAqua Deck KitGift Box
Undone Seal: Metagross Constructed Starter Deck
PCG-P Promotional cards
Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise Random Constructed Starter Decks
Flight of Legends
Clash of the Blue Sky: Deoxys Constructed Starter DeckRayquaza Constructed Starter Deck
Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sky-Splitting Deoxys
Rocket Gang Strikes Back: Black Deck KitSilver Deck Kit
Gift Box EmeraldQuick Construction PacksMeganium Constructed Starter DeckTyphlosion Constructed Starter DeckFeraligatr Constructed Starter DeckPokéPark Premium Files
Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean
Mirage Forest: Mirage's Mew Constructed Starter Deck
Master KitMovie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's LucarioHolon Research Tower Fire Quarter DeckHolon Research Tower Water Quarter DeckHolon Research Tower Lightning Quarter Deck
Holon Research Tower
Gift Box Mew • Lucario
Holon Phantom
Miracle Crystal: Earth's Groudon ex Constructed Starter DeckOcean's Kyogre ex Constructed Starter Deck
Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends: Shockwave! Tyranitar ex Constructed Standard DeckImprison! Gardevoir ex Constructed Standard Deck
Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy
World Champions Pack