Prerelease cards (TCG)

Prerelease cards
Cards in set 159
Release period August 1999 - Present

Prerelease cards are reprints of one selected card from a Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion with a foil "PRERELEASE" stamp or the expansion's logo in the bottom right corner of the card illustration.


Wizards of the Coast first produced Prerelease cards when the TCG was first localised, and were given to participants of the early test leagues of what would later become the Pokémon League. Prerelease cards were then only awarded through select sites of the Pokémon League for the next three expansions before Wizards ceased their production. After Pokémon USA acquired the TCG license and fully established the Play! Pokémon program, Prerelease events were set up to coincide with the release of the upcoming expansions. In the United States, Prerelease events are typically held over two weekends prior to the commercial release of expansions, and have continued to be an integral part of the TCG calendar.


  • Officially, there were only four Prerelease cards released by Wizards. However, whilst printing a test run of Jungle Clefable cards (a trial of the Prerelease cards for the Pokémon League), several Base Set Raichu cards were said to have been added to the sheet, and therefore also included a Prerelease stamp. The error was corrected and the Raichu cards were apparently given to Wizards employees. Despite this common knowledge within the TCG community, Wizards continued to deny their existence for years.
  • Luxio from Diamond & Pearl was the first Prerelease card to have a "STAFF" stamped version, for the Prerelease event organizers. Cards released thereafter have continued to feature staff versions as well as a normal version.
    • Staff versions were temporarily halted from the Battle Styles expansion due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspending all in-person tournament play. However, the staff versions have since been resumed as of Silver Tempest.
  • Buck's Training from Legends Awakened was the first (and to-date only) non-Pokémon Prerelease card.
  • With the release of HeartGold & SoulSilver, Prerelease cards no longer feature the "PRERELEASE" stamp, and instead feature the expansion logo.
  • Starting from the Dark Explorers expansion until the end of the Black & White Series, all Prerelease cards were actual promotional cards and featured alternate art.
    • For only the XY and Evolutions expansions since this, the Prerelease promos returned to specially stamped cards from the expansion. They are Black Star Promos in between these two sets (from Flashfire until Steam Siege), and from Sun & Moon onwards.
  • Starting from the Fates Collide expansion, there are four available Prerelease cards, released in Prerelease Kits (alongside four staff versions available at Prerelease events for organizers).
  • The rarities of the cards chosen to be Prerelease cards have followed trends during certain periods of the TCG:

Card lists

Wizards of the Coast Prerelease cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
14/102   Raichu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Allegedly produced in trial run
1/64   Clefable   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (August 1999)
1/62   Aerodactyl   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (October 1999)
8/82   Dark Gyarados   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (April 2000)
9/132   Misty's Seadra   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Pokémon League (July 2000)

The Pokémon Company International Prerelease cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
1/100   Armaldo   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Sandstorm Prerelease
32/97   Gyarados   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Dragon Prerelease
24/95   Team Aqua's Cacnea    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Prerelease
50/101   Swalot   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Hidden Legends Prerelease
50/112   Wartortle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX FireRed & LeafGreen Prerelease
37/109   Dark Houndoom    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Team Rocket Returns Prerelease
38/107   Manectric   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Deoxys Prerelease
29/106   Grumpig   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Emerald Prerelease
35/115   Bayleef   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Unseen Forces Prerelease
49/113   Metang δ   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Delta Species Prerelease
45/92   Tentacruel   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Legend Maker Prerelease
41/110   Exeggutor δ   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Holon Phantoms Prerelease
35/100   Ivysaur   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Crystal Guardians Prerelease
28/101   Dragonair δ   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Dragon Frontiers Prerelease
27/108   Cacturne   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] EX Power Keepers Prerelease
52/130   Luxio   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Diamond & Pearl Prerelease
48/123   Gabite   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Mysterious Treasures Prerelease
53/132   Kirlia   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Secret Wonders Prerelease
49/106   Porygon2   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Great Encounters Prerelease
42/100   Mothim   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Majestic Dawn Prerelease
130/146   Buck's Training Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Legends Awakened Prerelease
46/100   Piloswine   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Stormfront Prerelease
53/127   Lucario   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Platinum Prerelease
52/111   Tropius   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rising Rivals Prerelease
70/147   Milotic   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Supreme Victors Prerelease
27/99   Raichu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Arceus Prerelease
28/123   Pichu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] HeartGold & SoulSilver Prerelease
13/95   Blastoise   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unleashed Prerelease
17/90   Leafeon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Undaunted Prerelease
20/102   Electivire   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Triumphant Prerelease
33/106   Snorlax   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Call of Legends Prerelease
25/114   Darmanitan   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Black & White Prerelease
53/98   Gigalith   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Emerging Powers Prerelease
43/101   Victini   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Noble Victories Prerelease
12/99   Arcanine   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Next Destinies Prerelease
BW40   Volcarona   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Dark Explorers Prerelease
BW48   Altaria   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Dragons Exalted Prerelease
BW53   Flygon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Boundaries Crossed Prerelease
BW51   Crobat   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Storm Prerelease
BW75   Metagross   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Freeze Prerelease
BW84   Porygon-Z   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Plasma Blast Prerelease
BW96   Tornadus-EX   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Legendary Treasures Prerelease
86/146   Aegislash   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] XY Prerelease
XY10   Dragalge   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Flashfire Prerelease
XY13   Machamp   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Furious Fists Prerelease
XY21   Bronzong   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Phantom Forces Prerelease
XY39   Kingdra   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Primal Clash Prerelease
XY46   Altaria   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Roaring Skies Prerelease
XY60   Gyarados   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Ancient Origins Prerelease
XY68   Chesnaught   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] BREAKthrough Prerelease
XY94   Trevenant   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] BREAKpoint Prerelease
XY127   Moltres   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fates Collide Prerelease
XY128   White Kyurem   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fates Collide Prerelease
XY129   Zygarde   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fates Collide Prerelease
XY130   Tyranitar   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fates Collide Prerelease
XY144   Yanmega   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Steam Siege Prerelease
XY145   Volcanion   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Steam Siege Prerelease
XY146   Clawitzer   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Steam Siege Prerelease
XY147   Hoopa   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Steam Siege Prerelease
11/108   Charizard   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolutions Prerelease
34/108   Gyarados   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolutions Prerelease
51/108   Mewtwo   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolutions Prerelease
59/108   Machamp   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolutions Prerelease
SM10   Shiinotic   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sun & Moon Prerelease
SM11   Bruxish   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sun & Moon Prerelease
SM12   Passimian   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sun & Moon Prerelease
SM13   Oranguru   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sun & Moon Prerelease
SM18   Alolan Sandslash   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Guardians Rising Prerelease
SM19   Oricorio   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Guardians Rising Prerelease
SM20   Mudsdale   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Guardians Rising Prerelease
SM21   Drampa   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Guardians Rising Prerelease
SM46   Seviper   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Burning Shadows Prerelease
SM47   Crabominable   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Burning Shadows Prerelease
SM48   Zygarde   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Burning Shadows Prerelease
SM49   Bewear   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Burning Shadows Prerelease
SM72   Alolan Raichu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Crimson Invasion Prerelease
SM73   Salazzle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Crimson Invasion Prerelease
SM74   Regirock   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Crimson Invasion Prerelease
SM75   Registeel   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Crimson Invasion Prerelease
SM94   Wash Rotom   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Ultra Prism Prerelease
SM95   Lucario   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Ultra Prism Prerelease
SM96   Heatran   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Ultra Prism Prerelease
SM97   Gumshoos   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Ultra Prism Prerelease
SM115   Pheromosa   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Forbidden Light Prerelease
SM116   Xurkitree   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Forbidden Light Prerelease
SM117   Malamar   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Forbidden Light Prerelease
SM118   Lycanroc   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Forbidden Light Prerelease
SM129   Kyogre   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Celestial Storm Prerelease
SM130   Manectric   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Celestial Storm Prerelease
SM131   Celesteela   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Celestial Storm Prerelease
SM132   Delcatty   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Celestial Storm Prerelease
SM149   Suicune   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Thunder Prerelease
SM150   Raikou   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Thunder Prerelease
SM151   Giratina   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Thunder Prerelease
SM152   Tapu Lele   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Thunder Prerelease
SM158   Charizard   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Team Up Prerelease
SM159   Zapdos   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Team Up Prerelease
SM160   Nidoqueen   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Team Up Prerelease
SM161   Jirachi   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Team Up Prerelease
SM179   Volcanion   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unbroken Bonds Prerelease
SM180   Stakataka   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unbroken Bonds Prerelease
SM181   Melmetal   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unbroken Bonds Prerelease
SM182   Persian   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unbroken Bonds Prerelease
SM202   Amoonguss   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unified Minds Prerelease
SM203   Tapu Fini   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unified Minds Prerelease
SM204   Necrozma   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unified Minds Prerelease
SM205   Terrakion   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Unified Minds Prerelease
SM218   Buzzwole   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmic Eclipse Prerelease
SM219   Entei   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmic Eclipse Prerelease
SM220   Phione   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmic Eclipse Prerelease
SM221   Blacephalon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Cosmic Eclipse Prerelease
SWSH006   Rillaboom   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sword & Shield Prerelease
SWSH007   Frosmoth   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sword & Shield Prerelease
SWSH008   Galarian Perrserker   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sword & Shield Prerelease
SWSH009   Cinccino   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sword & Shield Prerelease
SWSH022   Flapple   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rebel Clash Prerelease
SWSH023   Luxray   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rebel Clash Prerelease
SWSH024   Coalossal   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rebel Clash Prerelease
SWSH025   Garbodor   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Rebel Clash Prerelease
SWSH035   Decidueye   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Darkness Ablaze Prerelease
SWSH036   Arctozolt   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Darkness Ablaze Prerelease
SWSH037   Hydreigon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Darkness Ablaze Prerelease
SWSH038   Kangaskhan   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Darkness Ablaze Prerelease
SWSH066   Charizard   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Vivid Voltage Prerelease
SWSH067   Donphan   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Vivid Voltage Prerelease
SWSH068   Snorlax   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Vivid Voltage Prerelease
SWSH069   Lugia   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Vivid Voltage Prerelease
SWSH088   Cherrim   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Battle Styles Prerelease
SWSH089   Octillery   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Battle Styles Prerelease
SWSH090   Houndoom   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Battle Styles Prerelease
SWSH091   Bronzong   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Battle Styles Prerelease
SWSH112   Cinderace   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Chilling Reign Prerelease
SWSH113   Inteleon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Chilling Reign Prerelease
SWSH114   Cresselia   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Chilling Reign Prerelease
SWSH115   Passimian   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Chilling Reign Prerelease
SWSH122   Flaaffy   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolving Skies Prerelease
SWSH123   Galarian Articuno   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolving Skies Prerelease
SWSH124   Galarian Zapdos   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolving Skies Prerelease
SWSH125   Galarian Moltres   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Evolving Skies Prerelease
SWSH168   Oricorio   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fusion Strike Prerelease
SWSH169   Pyukumuku   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fusion Strike Prerelease
SWSH170   Deoxys   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fusion Strike Prerelease
SWSH171   Latias   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Fusion Strike Prerelease
SWSH185   Moltres   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Brilliant Stars Prerelease
SWSH186   Lucario   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Brilliant Stars Prerelease
SWSH187   Liepard   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Brilliant Stars Prerelease
SWSH188   Bibarel   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Brilliant Stars Prerelease
SWSH205   Hisuian Basculegion   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Astral Radiance Prerelease
SWSH206   Wyrdeer   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Astral Radiance Prerelease
SWSH207   Hisuian Samurott   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Astral Radiance Prerelease
SWSH208   Magnezone   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Astral Radiance Prerelease
SWSH240   Finneon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Origin Prerelease
SWSH241   Gengar   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Origin Prerelease
SWSH242   Comfey   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Origin Prerelease
SWSH243   Machamp   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Lost Origin Prerelease
SWSH269   Sunflora   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Silver Tempest Prerelease
SWSH270   Rapidash   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Silver Tempest Prerelease
SWSH271   Kirlia   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Silver Tempest Prerelease
SWSH272   Archeops   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Silver Tempest Prerelease

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