The flames on this legendary Pokémon's wings burn so brightly that they can make night seem like day.
よぞらさえも あかくするほど、 はげしく もえあがる つばさで はばたく、 でんせつの ポケモン。
In Japan, this card was distributed by All Nippon Airlines throughout August and September in 1999, with artwork by Toshinao Aoki. Passengers flying in conjunction with the "Everyone's Happy Campaign" could redeem their boarding passes for a two-card set that included Moltres and Zapdos. The English version was one of the Wizards Black Star Promos given away in the first few weeks of the theatrical release of The Power of One, with then English-exclusive artwork by Naoyo Kimura. This artwork was used on a Japanese reprint released in Pokémon Web. The original Japanese artwork was eventually featured on English cards when reprinted in Supreme Victors as a retro card, having previously been reprinted in the Japanese Beat of the Frontier expansion.
The initial print of the Wizards promo erroneously credited Toshinao Aoki as the illustrator, who illustrated the Japanese promo. Wizards rectified the error, with subsequent prints correctly crediting Naoyo Kimura as the illustrator. However, the change was brought about close to or after the release of the film, so it is likely that fewer people received the correct version later into the campaign compared to those who received the misprint earlier.
This card's Japanese artwork is part of a larger image, which also includes Articuno and Zapdos.