Pokémon LEGEND (TCG)

Pokémon LEGEND are a variant of Pokémon found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They only feature Legendary Pokémon. They first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion as one of two replacement variants for Pokémon LV.X. Pokémon LEGEND are Pokémon consisting of two different cards: the first is the top half of the card and the second is the bottom half of the card. Pokémon LEGEND always have LEGEND at the end of their names, distinguishing them from normal Pokémon card names. However, both halves of a single Pokémon LEGEND have the same name, so only two copies of a complete Pokémon LEGEND can be used in a deck.

Pokémon Legend redirects here. For other uses, see Legendary (disambiguation).
An example of a complete Pokémon LEGEND

Both halves of a Pokémon LEGEND must be played to the Bench at the same time, and count as one card while in play. Outside of play, each half is treated as a separate card.

Pokémon LEGEND have the unique stage of LEGEND, therefore making them unevolved Pokémon that are also not Basic Pokémon. As they are not Basic Pokémon, Pokémon LEGEND cannot be put into play at the start of the game. While not in play, the only attributes of a Pokémon LEGEND that can be referenced are their card type, name, Pokémon type and stage. (These attributes are printed on both pieces of a Pokémon LEGEND) Since all other attributes are not included on both cards, those attributes cannot be referenced by other cards while the Pokémon is not in play. (The most common examples of effects that would attempt to reference attributes in this manner are effects that search for cards in the deck.)

In terms of the design of a complete card, the illustration takes up three-quarters of the entire space, with the card text positioned around it on the bottom half of the second card, broken into pieces as if the text was being pushed aside by the illustration. The entire card is also holographic. All Pokémon LEGEND are either fully illustrated or cooperatively illustrated by special effects wizard Shinji Higuchi, and are the only cards to display the illustrator name in both English and Japanese.

Starting from the Unleashed set, Pokémon LEGEND cards are introduced that depict two Pokémon on a single game object instead of just one. These cards are named after both Pokémon, connected by an ampersand, and use LEGEND as a suffix. They have two types and two Weaknesses, representing the types and weaknesses of each Pokémon. When these Pokémon LEGEND are Knocked Out, the opponent takes two Prize cards instead of one.

Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon LEGEND

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Ho-Oh     HeartGold & SoulSilver   111/123 HeartGold Collection   015/070
HeartGold & SoulSilver   112/123 HeartGold Collection   016/070
Lugia     HeartGold & SoulSilver   113/123 SoulSilver Collection   029/070
HeartGold & SoulSilver   114/123 SoulSilver Collection   030/070
Entei & Raikou
   Unleashed   90/95 Reviving Legends   063/080
Unleashed   91/95 Reviving Legends   064/080
Raikou & Suicune
   Unleashed   92/95 Reviving Legends   067/080
Unleashed   93/95 Reviving Legends   068/080
Suicune & Entei
   Unleashed   94/95 Reviving Legends   065/080
Unleashed   95/95 Reviving Legends   066/080
Kyogre & Groudon
   Undaunted   87/90 Clash at the Summit   070/080
Undaunted   88/90 Clash at the Summit   071/080
Rayquaza & Deoxys
   Undaunted   89/90 Clash at the Summit   074/080
Undaunted   90/90 Clash at the Summit   075/080
Darkrai & Cresselia
   Triumphant   99/102 Lost Link   035/040
Triumphant   100/102 Lost Link   036/040
Palkia & Dialga
   Triumphant   101/102 Clash at the Summit   072/080
Triumphant   102/102 Clash at the Summit   073/080

In other languages

Language Title
  French Pokémon LÉGENDE
  German Pokémon-LEGENDEN
  Italian Pokémon LEGGENDA
  Brazilian Portuguese Pokémon LENDA
  Spanish Pokémon LEYENDA

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