EX Team Rocket Returns is the name given to the seventh main expansion of the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Rocket Gang Strikes Back, the third expansion in the Pokémon Card Game PCG Era. It is seemingly based on the return of Team Rocket, as depicted in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. It features both Generation I and Generation II Pokémon. The English expansion was released on November 8, 2004, while the Japanese expansion was released on October 15, 2004.
EX Team Rocket Returns introduced Pokémon ☆, a type of Pokémon with different coloration to what is usual for its species. Pokémon ☆ had part of the Pokémon out of the artwork window border and the rarity symbol was gold foil.
Rocket's Pokémon-ex had spikes on the border of the artwork window and for the base of the Pokémon type symbol. The Team Rocket logo was displayed on the bottom right of the attack box. Reverse Holofoil from this expansion onward featured the set logo on the bottom right corner of the artwork. Reverse Holofoil versions of the Rare and Rare Holo cards have gold foil name text and rarity symbol.
The Rocket Gang Strikes Back set is only released in Japanese, in both 1st and unlimited edition. The EX Team Rocket Returns set is only released in English and Portuguese, with cards also available as Reverse Holofoils. The non-holo Uncommons in the Japanese, English, 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 and Portuguese sets have three different codes available. The purpose of these different codes is still unknown, but occurred throughout the first halve of the EX era.