Pokémon TCG: Team Rocket (Japanese: ロケット団Rocket Gang) is the name given to the fifth main expansion of cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The set continues to feature Generation I Pokémon in the card game.
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Team Rocket is the name given to the fifth main expansion of the Pokémon TCG. In Japan, it was released as Rocket Gang. It features Generation I Pokémon, themed around the exploits of Team Rocket, and introduces Dark Pokémon. The English expansion was released on April 24, 2000, while the Japanese expansion was released on November 21, 1997. The English release was stalled for six months since the release of the Fossil expansion, due to Wizards of the Coast having to await for approval from Nintendo to print Dark Raichu.
The prefix "Dark" was preferred over original viable translations, like "Bad" or the potentially sensitive prefix, "Evil". This expansion was the first to include a Secret card (a card whose collection number is greater than the listed number of cards in the set), Dark Raichu, the first to be created by Wizards. Dark Raichu was later released in Japan in the Crossing the Ruins... expansion. This expansion was also the first Japanese expansion to include a Super Rare rarity (signified by a white star); Here Comes Team Rocket!. Finally, this expansion is also the first to feature a Holofoil Trainer card and Energy cards. Several cards were misspelled with the plural form of Pokémon names by adding an unneeded s to the end of species names in Attacks or Pokédex entries.