Team Rocket (TCG)

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Team Rocket
SetSymbolTeam Rocket.png
Team Rocket Logo.png
Cards in set English: 83
Japanese: 65
Set number English: 5
Japanese: 4
Release date English: April 24, 2000
Japanese: November 21, 1997
Theme Decks

Devastation (GrassWater)
Trouble (PsychicGrass)

Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Leaders' Stadium

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. It is the fourth main expansion of the Pokémon Card Game in Japan. The set continues to feature Generation I Pokémon in the card game.


Team Rocket's on the Loose!

The number of criminal incidents involving Pokémon has been on the rise. Some suggest it may have something to do with the rash of Pokémon kidnappings that have been occurring recently.

Pokémon breeders believe that to properly raise and evolve a Pokémon, you have to treat it with love and attention. But what happens if a Pokémon isn't treated properly? Will it evolve differently? What's the secret behind this new threat to Pokémon and their trainers?


Team Rocket is the name given to the fifth main expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Rocket Gang, the fourth expansion in the Pokémon Card Game. It is based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green, featuring Generation I Pokémon and Team Rocket. The English expansion was released on April 24, 2000, while the Japanese expansion was released on November 21, 1997. Subsequently all other language releases for Team Rocket were July of 2000.

Team Rocket introduced Dark Pokémon, a type of Pokémon. Dark Pokémon cards have a brown and black artwork window, Evolution box and Pokédex box. Dark Pokémon have higher attack damage and lower HPs compared to those of normal Pokémon, likely due to the highly offensive nature of the Trainer. Some Evolution Pokémon feature Ken Sugimori's Red and Blue artwork of their previous Stage, instead of the usual Red and Green artwork. It also introduced Secret cards, a card whose collection number is greater than the listed number of cards in the expansion. In the Japanese release, Secret cards have the "Super Rare" rarity. Lastly, it also introduced Holofoil Trainer and Energy cards.

Team Rocket was also the first set not to be packaged in cardboard backed blister packs. Note however, that this was not the case for the Italian release.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
8/82   Dark Gyarados   Pokémon League Prerelease promo
19/82   Dark Arbok   Hong Kong Pokémon League W Promo
32/82   Dark Charmeleon   Kraft Giveaway W Promo (Australia)

Corrected error cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
5/82   Dark Dragonite   Missing Holofoil

Set lists

Team Rocket
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/82   Dark Alakazam     Promotion
2/82   Dark Arbok     Promotion
3/82   Dark Blastoise     Promotion
4/82   Dark Charizard     Promotion
5/82   Dark Dragonite     Promotion
6/82   Dark Dugtrio     Promotion
7/82   Dark Golbat     Promotion
8/82   Dark Gyarados     Promotion
9/82   Dark Hypno     Promotion
10/82   Dark Machamp     Promotion
11/82   Dark Magneton     Promotion
12/82   Dark Slowbro     Promotion
13/82   Dark Vileplume     Promotion
14/82   Dark Weezing     Promotion
15/82   Here Comes Team Rocket! T   Promotion
16/82   Rocket's Sneak Attack T   Promotion
17/82   Rainbow Energy   E   Promotion
18/82   Dark Alakazam     Promotion}}
19/82   Dark Arbok     Promotion}}
20/82   Dark Blastoise     Promotion
21/82   Dark Charizard     Promotion
22/82   Dark Dragonite     Promotion
23/82   Dark Dugtrio     Promotion
24/82   Dark Golbat     Promotion
25/82   Dark Gyarados     Promotion
26/82   Dark Hypno     Promotion
27/82   Dark Machamp     Promotion
28/82   Dark Magneton     Promotion
29/82   Dark Slowbro     Promotion}}
30/82   Dark Vileplume     Promotion
31/82   Dark Weezing     Promotion
32/82   Dark Charmeleon     Promotion
33/82   Dark Dragonair     Promotion
34/82   Dark Electrode     Promotion
35/82   Dark Flareon     Promotion
36/82   Dark Gloom     Promotion
37/82   Dark Golduck     Promotion
38/82   Dark Jolteon     Promotion
39/82   Dark Kadabra     Promotion
40/82   Dark Machoke     Promotion
41/82   Dark Muk     Promotion
42/82   Dark Persian     Promotion}}
43/82   Dark Primeape     Promotion
44/82   Dark Rapidash     Promotion
45/82   Dark Vaporeon     Promotion
46/82   Dark Wartortle     Promotion
47/82   Magikarp     Promotion
48/82   Porygon     Promotion
49/82   Abra     Promotion
50/82   Charmander     Promotion
51/82   Dark Raticate     Promotion
52/82   Diglett     Promotion
53/82   Dratini     Promotion
54/82   Drowzee     Promotion
55/82   Eevee     Promotion
56/82   Ekans     Promotion
57/82   Grimer     Promotion
58/82   Koffing     Promotion
59/82   Machop     Promotion
60/82   Magnemite     Promotion
61/82   Mankey     Promotion
62/82   Meowth     Promotion
63/82   Oddish     Promotion
64/82   Ponyta     Promotion
65/82   Psyduck     Promotion
66/82   Rattata     Promotion
67/82   Slowpoke     Promotion
68/82   Squirtle     Promotion
69/82   Voltorb     Promotion
70/82   Zubat     Promotion
71/82   Here Comes Team Rocket! T   Promotion
72/82   Rocket's Sneak Attack T   Promotion}}
73/82   The Boss's Way T   Promotion
74/82   Challenge! T   Promotion
75/82   Digger T [R]   Promotion
76/82   Imposter Oak's Revenge T   Promotion
77/82   Nightly Garbage Run T [R]   Promotion
78/82   Goop Gas Attack T   Promotion
79/82   Sleep! T [R]   Promotion
80/82   Rainbow Energy   E   Promotion
81/82   Full Heal Energy   E   Promotion
82/82   Potion Energy   E   Promotion
83/82   Dark Raichu     Promotion

Rocket Gang
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Ekans     Promotion
  Zubat     Promotion
  Oddish     Promotion
  Grimer     Promotion
  Koffing     Promotion
  Dark Gloom     Promotion
  Dark Muk     Promotion
  Dark Arbok     Promotion
  Dark Golbat     Promotion
  Dark Vileplume     Promotion
  Dark Weezing     Promotion
  Charmander     Promotion
  Ponyta     Promotion
  Dark Rapidash     Promotion
  Dark Charmeleon     Promotion
  Dark Flareon     Promotion
  Dark Charizard     Promotion
  Squirtle     Promotion
  Psyduck     Promotion
  Magikarp     Promotion
  Dark Wartortle     Promotion
  Dark Golduck     Promotion
  Dark Vaporeon     Promotion
  Dark Blastoise     Promotion
  Dark Gyarados     Promotion
  Magnemite     Promotion
  Voltorb     Promotion
  Dark Electrode     Promotion
  Dark Jolteon     Promotion
  Dark Magneton     Promotion
  Abra     Promotion
  Slowpoke     Promotion
  Drowzee     Promotion
  Dark Kadabra     Promotion
  Dark Alakazam     Promotion
  Dark Slowbro     Promotion
  Dark Hypno     Promotion
  Diglett     Promotion
  Mankey     Promotion
  Machop     Promotion
  Dark Primeape     Promotion
  Dark Machoke     Promotion
  Dark Dugtrio     Promotion}
  Dark Machamp     Promotion
  Rattata     Promotion
  Dark Raticate     Promotion
  Meowth     Promotion
  Dark Persian     Promotion
  Eevee     Promotion
  Porygon     Promotion
  Dratini     Promotion
  Dark Dragonair     Promotion
  Dark Dragonite     Promotion
  Sleep! T [R]   Promotion
  Digger T [R]   Promotion
  Goop Gas Attack T   Promotion
  Nightly Garbage Run T [R]   Promotion
  Challenge! T   Promotion
  Imposter Oak's Revenge T   Promotion
  The Boss's Way T   Promotion
  Rocket's Sneak Attack T   Promotion
  Here Comes Team Rocket! T   Promotion
  Potion Energy   E   Promotion
  Full Heal Energy   E   Promotion
  Rainbow Energy   E   Promotion


English Gyarados pack
English Jessie and James pack
English Giovanni pack
English pack with all three
Japanese Rocket Gang
booster pack
English Team Rocket
booster box
Japanese Rocket Gang
booster box
The Sneak-Peek Tins
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Languages this set is released in

The Rocket Gang set is released in Japanese, all with rarity symbols. The Team Rocket set is released in German, French, and Italian, in both 1st and unlimited edition.

In other languages

Language Title
  French Team Rocket
  German Team Rocket
  Italian Team Rocket

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Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Pokémon Demo GameTrainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Pikachu World Collection 2000
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack