In Japan, this card was available with artwork by Ken Sugimori on a Special Limited Expansion Sheet that could be purchased at venues hosting the 7th Next Generation World Hobby Fair. The World Hobby Fair took place at the Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka on December 7, 1997; at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on January 10 and 11, 1998; at the Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka on February 1, 1998; at the Sapporo Community Dome, Sapporo on February 8, 1998; and at the Nagoya Dome, Nagoya on February 15, 1998. These venues also hosted the regional Lizardon Mega Battle tournaments on the same dates. It was later reprinted as one of a selection of cards included in the Pokémon Song Best Collection CD, released on January 1, 1999.
The English version of this card was released through Nintendo Power magazine in April 2000, with Magic: The Gathering illustrator Christopher Rush providing new artwork. The English print was also released in Japan as a promotional card and awarded to passengers for completing the silver course of the JR East Pokémon Stamp Rally 2000, which was held on the network between August 1 and 20, 2000. This print was later reprinted in the Legendary Collection.