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Pikachu LV.13
ピカチュウ Pikachu
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Pikachu
Type Lightning
Hit Points 50
retreat cost
English expansion Wizards Black Star Promos
English card no. 4
Japanese expansion Unnumbered Promotional cards
Japanese rarity Rare
Japanese Deck Kit Quick Starter Gift Set
Japanese Deck Red Deck
Card GB 2 set Promotion Card
Card GB 2 ID P10
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 was first released as one of the Wizards Black Star Promos.


Card text

Lightning Recharge
Search your deck for a Lightning Energy card and attach it to Pikachu. Shuffle your deck afterward.
LightningLightningLightning Thunderbolt
Discard all Energy cards attached to Pikachu in order to use this attack.

Pokédex data

Pikachu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
025 1'4" (0.4 m) 13 lbs. (6 kg)
Pokédex entry
When several of these Pokémon gather, they attract so much electricity that they can cause lightning to strike.

Release information

This card was released as a promotional card. In Japan, it was released as part of a special expansion sheet available at the 7th Next Generation World Hobby Fair held in December 1997. The English version of the card was one of four possible Wizards Black Star Promos that one could receive by buying a ticket to the theatrical release of Mewtwo Strikes Back. This print has a gold foil stamp in the top right corner that reads "Kids WB Presents Pokémon The First Movie". An unknown amount of these prints has the gold foil stamp on the opposite corner. This card was reprinted in the Red Deck of the Japanese Quick Starter Gift Set. A French version of the Wizards Promo printed on glossy card stock was included in the July 2000 issue of Gotta Magazine in Japan, alongside an English Mew. A Dutch version of this card 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 promo symbol.



  • The character illustration is the same used on the Japanese Toyota promotional Pikachu.
  • As the Japanese version of this card was distributed as part of an expansion sheet, it, along with Mewtwo and Mew are often regarded as unofficial additions to the Vending Machine cards collection, dubbed "Series 00".


Recharge's Japanese name is that of Charge, a move later introduced in the Generation III Pokémon games that Pikachu can learn as a Pichu via breeding. Thunderbolt is also a move in the Pokémon games that Pikachu can learn. This card's Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded.

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