This card was released as a Wizards Black Star Promo through the Pokémon League in July 1999. In Japan, it was first available as an Unnumbered Promotional card on a two-card insert alongside Jigglypuff in the November 1996 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released on October 15, 1996. This print uses glossy card stock and incorrectly credits Ken Sugimori as the illustrator. It was reprinted and included in copies of Easily Understand How to Play Pokémon Cards, released on November 30, 1996. This print updates the illustrator to the correct Keiji Kinebuchi and uses regular card stock.
It was reprinted as another Japanese Unnumbered Promotional card with different artwork by Ken Sugimori and was available through a Toyota Auto Campaign between October and December 1997. This card, along with Arcanine, came sealed in a card booklet presented to visitors at participating dealerships. It was subsequently reprinted in the Intro Pack as part of the Bulbasaur Deck.
A mail-in prize draw offering another glossy copy of the original print was published in the October 1998 issue of CoroCoro Comic, released on September 15, 1998. People wishing to enter the prize draw were required to affix the application ticket on the bottom left of the article page to a postcard and send it to Shogakukan. Two thousand winners were sent a set of four cards mounted on two plain sheets: Pikachu and Jigglypuff on one; Meowth and Brock's Onix on the other. This print credits Keiji Kinebuchi as the illustrator, allowing it to be distinguished from the original print. An English version on glossy Japanese card stock was also available on a two-card insert alongside Jigglypuff in the Spring 1999 issue of Hyper CoroCoro, released on March 1, 1999. This print features a gray star symbol with a yellow "PROMO" superimposed on it, similar to the Black Star promotional cards released outside Japan.
A Portuguese version of the Wizards Black Star Promo print was included in the Pikachu World Collection, available to purchase exclusively at Pokémon Park 2000 held at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia from September 12 to October 4, 2000. This print features a gold foil Pikachu tail stamp opposite the Black Star Promo symbol.
It was reprinted again in Japan as a XY-P Promotional card, using a layout resembling that of the Original Era print in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the TCG. It was available as part of the Trade Please Campaign 20th, which began on September 16, 2016 for as long as stocks lasted. Customers visiting participating Pokémon Centers, Pokémon Stores, and Pokémon Store Outlets, as well as those attending the 20th Anniversary Festa venues in October, could trade 20 Pokémon TCG cards featuring a classic reverse (those released during the Original and Neo Eras) with a member of staff for one of two "courses" whilst saying the secret password "Trade Please!". The "A Course" included this card and a reprint of the Trade Please! promotional card available during the original campaign in 1998. The "B Course" included a Charizard card and the Trade Please! card. Only one trade could be completed per day.