Pokémon Battle e: Series 1 (Japanese: 第1弾 ポケモンバトルカードｅ＋First Shot: Pokémon Battle Card e+) is the first collection of Battle e cards. They utilize Nintendo's e-Reader peripheral. When scanned, the cards provide additional Trainers to battle and Berries to use in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. It is the only Battle e collection to see release outside of Japan.
Japan: June 27, 2003
America: October 21, 2003
Australia: October 31, 2003
There are 54 cards in the set. 48 of them are Trainer cards; 6 are special Berry cards.
All of the Trainer cards in this collection can be scanned via the e-Reader and each will appear in the basement of an old man's house in Mossdeep City. Only one card can be scanned at a time.
The collection consists of six individual card packs in Japan, each containing a fixed selection of eight Trainer cards and a special Berry card. The American and Australian releases condense these into three larger card packs, each containing the equivalent of two of the fixed Japanese packs. Whilst each of the Japanese packs have individual names, the English-language pack names correspond to the first of the two included packs: Freezing Ray (also includes Seizing Poison), Hidden Ruins (also includes Cordial Bond), and Iron Defense (also includes Solid Armor).
Each pack also includes a 'Battle Record Card' which allows players to check off Trainers they have beaten and identify the mystery Pokémon for each Trainer. Exclusive to the first few waves of the Japanese release were special tickets with part of a unique ID to redeem a promotional card as part of the 'Let's Decorate Secret Bases!' campaign. The first 100,000 people to collect all six parts (found by purchasing the six different card packs) and send off the tickets would receive the card.
The cards themselves depict one of the many Trainer classes that appear in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and three Pokémon they will use in battle after the card has been scanned. Some Pokémon, as well their Abilities, held items, or some of their moves may also be hidden.
The cards are also color-coded to give an indication of difficulty. Generally, bronze-level cards pose an easier challenge, followed by copper, silver and finally as the most difficult, gold. Symbols on the cards also highlight special features the Trainer may have:
The tower symbol indicates that this Trainer may also appear in Battle Tower after the card has been scanned.
The star symbol indicates that this Trainer has a rare Pokémon in their party, or one that is not in the Hoenn Pokédex.
The crown symbol indicates that this Trainer has Pokémon that are all at Lv. 100.
The Japanese release, and all subsequent Japanese Battle e releases feature "e+" to highlight that the cards are only compatible with the e-Reader +, an enhanced version of the original e-Reader with an added link cable port. All English-language versions feature "e", as the e-Reader released outside of Japan is based on the Japanese e-Reader +.
This collection and the following set are perhaps more commonly known as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Battle e, as an indication to the games they are compatible with. Neither the Japanese nor English-language releases reference the game titles on the packaging however.