Pokémon Prime (TCG)

Pokémon Prime (Japanese: グレートポケモン Great Pokémon) are a type of Pokémon found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion. Pokémon Prime differ from other variants of Pokémon in that they have no specific ruling or mechanic affecting their use: they have the normal evolutionary Stages of Basic Pokémon, Stage 1 Pokémon or Stage 2 Pokémon depending if they evolve or not and what Pokémon they evolve from. The name of Pokémon Prime is unchanged compared to regular Pokémon. (For example, a Pokémon Prime card featuring Meganium would have the name "Meganium", just as a regular Pokémon card featuring Meganium would be named "Meganium". Sometimes, in situations outside of gameplay such as in promotional material, Pokémon Prime card names are referred to using "Prime" as a suffix. The only difference between Pokémon Prime and regular Pokémon, in terms of gameplay, is that Pokémon Prime are considerably more powerful than their regular counterparts.

An example of a Pokémon Prime

Pokémon Prime have a Holofoil card border, gold foil name text, and spikes on the border of the artwork window. They lack the Pokédex information normally placed below the artwork, as well as the Pokédex entry normally placed at the bottom of the card. Their artwork features a close-up of the Pokémon's face.

Pokémon that have appeared as Pokémon Prime

Pokémon Prime
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 #
Ampharos   HeartGold & SoulSilver   105/123 HeartGold Collection   034/070
Blissey   HeartGold & SoulSilver   106/123 HeartGold Collection   054/070
Donphan   HeartGold & SoulSilver   107/123 HeartGold Collection   046/070
Celebrations   107/123 Promo Card Pack 25th Anniversary Edition   019/025
Feraligatr   HeartGold & SoulSilver   108/123 HeartGold Collection   025/070
HGSS Black Star Promos   HGSS07      
Meganium   HeartGold & SoulSilver   109/123 SoulSilver Collection   009/070
HGSS Black Star Promos   HGSS08      
Typhlosion   HeartGold & SoulSilver   110/123 SoulSilver Collection   017/070
HGSS Black Star Promos   HGSS09      
Crobat   Unleashed   84/95 SoulSilver Collection   037/070
Kingdra   Unleashed   85/95 Reviving Legends   015/080
Lanturn   Unleashed   86/95 Reviving Legends   020/080
Steelix   Unleashed   87/95 Reviving Legends   047/080
Tyranitar   Unleashed   88/95 Reviving Legends   044/080
Ursaring   Unleashed   89/95 SoulSilver Collection   061/070
Espeon   Undaunted   81/90 L-P Promotional cards   053/L-P
Houndoom   Undaunted   82/90 Tyranitar Constructed Standard Deck   008/019
Raichu   Undaunted   83/90 L-P Promotional cards   044/L-P
Scizor   Undaunted   84/90 Steelix Constructed Standard Deck   008/019
Slowking   Undaunted   85/90 L-P Promotional cards   030/L-P
Umbreon   Undaunted   86/90 L-P Promotional cards   054/L-P
Absol   Triumphant   91/102 Lost Link   027/040
Celebi   Triumphant   92/102 Clash at the Summit   007/080
Electrode   Triumphant   93/102 Clash at the Summit   027/080
Gengar   Triumphant   94/102 Lost Link   015/040
Machamp   Triumphant   95/102 Clash at the Summit   045/080
Magnezone   Triumphant   96/102 Lost Link   011/040
Mew   Triumphant   97/102 Lost Link   018/040
Yanmega   Triumphant   98/102 Clash at the Summit   006/080
Dragapult   SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH132      

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