Pikachu (Sample Set 1)

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Pikachu LV.12
ピカチュウ Pikachu
Illus. CR CG gangs
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Pikachu
Type Lightning
HP 50
retreat cost
Japanese expansion Sample Set
Japanese rarity Common
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a Lightning-type Basic Pokémon card. It is part of the Sample Set.

Card text

Discard all Energy cards attached to this Pokémon.

e-Reader data

The short strip contains Pokédex information, a brief card summary, and information on the content of the long strip.

Pokédex data

Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'04" (0.4 m) 13.2 lbs. (6.0 kg)
Pokédex entry
そらをとぶ ことに よって みずからの じゃくてんを こくふくした ピカチュウだ。

Release information

This card is part of the Sample Set, a small collection of cards created in order to promote the e-Reader prior to its release in Japan on December 1, 2001. This card is part of the first produced collection of 3 cards utilized at the Game Boy Advance product announcement meeting held during a press conference in Tokyo on March 7, 2001, with the demonstrations given by Tsunekazu Ishihara. Due to its placement at the end of the Neo Era, it contains elements of both the Neo Era and e-Card Era, maintaining a level but updating to an e-Card card design. It was never intended for distribution, but an unknown amount of copies have made their way out to the public.


This card is almost a reprint of Wizards Promo Pikachu, with the only gameplay difference being 50HP instead of 40HP. Additionally, the data included for the level, HP, and Pokédex entry in the e-Reader strip data match Wizards Promo Flying Pikachu.


Scratch and Thunderbolt are both moves in the Pokémon games. Pikachu can learn Thunderbolt, but not Scratch. This card's e-Reader Pokédex entry comes from Wizards Promo Flying Pikachu.

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