In Japan, this card was available as an insert with Volume 12 of Pokémon Card Trainers magazine, released in July 2001. The English version of this card was released at BattleZone events in March 2003. Two versions were released, one had a gold "Winner" stamp in the bottom right corner of the artwork and the other did not. A Jumbo version of the card was also released with the winner logo.
This card was the second of only two VS-style cards to see release outside Japan, the other being Rocket's Sneasel, and the only VS-style card to see release outside Japan that wouldn't be a Basic Pokémon in a traditional style.
At the same time, like several other VS-styled cards, this card could technically have been an evolution card, as a card of Rocket's Scyther had been previously released.