EX Team Rocket Returns (TCG)

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EX Team Rocket Returns
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Cards in set English: 111
Japanese: 85
Set number English: 22
Japanese: 24
Release date English: November 8, 2004
Japanese: October 15, 2004
Theme Decks

Jessie (GrassPsychicFighting)
James (GrassWaterLightning)

Clash of the Blue Sky
Rocket Gang Strikes Back
Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean

Pokémon TCG: EX Team Rocket Returns (Japanese: ロケット団の逆襲 Rocket Gang Strikes Back) is the name given to the seventh main expansion of cards from the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It is the third main expansion from the PCG Era of the Pokémon Card Game in Japan. The set continues to feature Pokémon-ex in the card game.



The return of Team Rocket is trouble for your opponents. Jessie and James are back and up to old tricks, with some of the most ruthless Pokémon ever at their side. If you can master Team Rocket's way, their all-new Dark Pokémon and Pokémon-ex can carry you to victory!


EX Team Rocket Returns is the name given to the seventh main expansion of the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Rocket Gang Strikes Back, the third expansion in the Pokémon Card Game PCG Era. It is seemingly based on the return of Team Rocket, as depicted in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. It features both Generation I and Generation II Pokémon. The English expansion was released on November 8, 2004, while the Japanese expansion was released on October 15, 2004.

EX Team Rocket Returns introduced Pokémon ☆, a type of Pokémon with different coloration to what is usual for its species. Pokémon ☆ had part of the Pokémon out of the artwork window border and the rarity symbol was gold foil.

Rocket's Pokémon-ex had spikes on the border of the artwork window and for the base of the Pokémon type symbol. The Team Rocket logo was displayed on the bottom right of the attack box. Reverse Holofoil from this expansion onward featured the set logo on the bottom right corner of the artwork. Reverse Holofoil versions of the Rare and Rare Holo cards have gold foil name text and rarity symbol.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
1/109   Azumarill   Non Holo James Theme Deck exclusive
7/109   Dark Marowak    Non Holo Jessie Theme Deck exclusive
15/109   Dark Dragonite   Cosmos Holo James Theme Deck exclusive
20/109   Dark Tyranitar    Cosmos Holo Jessie Theme Deck exclusive
37/109   Dark Houndoom    "Prerelease" stamp Prerelease promo

Set lists

EX Team Rocket Returns
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/109   Azumarill     Promotion
2/109   Dark Ampharos      Promotion
3/109   Dark Crobat      Promotion
4/109   Dark Electrode      Promotion
5/109   Dark Houndoom      Promotion
6/109   Dark Hypno      Promotion
7/109   Dark Marowak      Promotion
8/109   Dark Octillery      Promotion
9/109   Dark Slowking      Promotion
10/109   Dark Steelix      Promotion
11/109   Jumpluff     Promotion
12/109   Kingdra     Promotion
13/109   Piloswine     Promotion
14/109   Togetic     Promotion
15/109   Dark Dragonite     Promotion
16/109   Dark Muk      Promotion
17/109   Dark Raticate     Promotion
18/109   Dark Sandslash      Promotion
19/109   Dark Tyranitar     Promotion
20/109   Dark Tyranitar      Promotion
21/109   Delibird     Promotion
22/109   Furret     Promotion
23/109   Ledian     Promotion
24/109   Magby     Promotion
25/109   Misdreavus     Promotion
26/109   Quagsire     Promotion
27/109   Qwilfish     Promotion
28/109   Yanma     Promotion
29/109   Dark Arbok      Promotion
30/109   Dark Ariados      Promotion
31/109   Dark Dragonair     Promotion
32/109   Dark Dragonair     Promotion
33/109   Dark Flaaffy      Promotion
34/109   Dark Golbat      Promotion
35/109   Dark Golduck      Promotion
36/109   Dark Gyarados      Promotion
37/109   Dark Houndoom      Promotion
38/109   Dark Magcargo      Promotion
39/109   Dark Magneton      Promotion
40/109   Dark Pupitar      Promotion
41/109   Dark Pupitar      Promotion
42/109   Dark Weezing      Promotion
43/109   Heracross     Promotion
44/109   Magmar     Promotion
45/109   Mantine     Promotion
46/109   Rocket's Meowth     Promotion
47/109   Rocket's Wobbuffet     Promotion
48/109   Seadra     Promotion
49/109   Skiploom     Promotion
50/109   Togepi     Promotion
51/109   Cubone     Promotion
52/109   Dratini     Promotion
53/109   Dratini     Promotion
54/109   Drowzee     Promotion
55/109   Ekans     Promotion
56/109   Grimer     Promotion
57/109   Hoppip     Promotion
58/109   Horsea     Promotion
59/109   Houndour     Promotion
60/109   Houndour     Promotion
61/109   Koffing     Promotion
62/109   Larvitar     Promotion
63/109   Larvitar     Promotion
64/109   Ledyba     Promotion
65/109   Magikarp     Promotion
66/109   Magnemite     Promotion
67/109   Mareep     Promotion
68/109   Marill     Promotion
69/109   Onix     Promotion
70/109   Psyduck     Promotion
71/109   Rattata     Promotion
72/109   Rattata     Promotion
73/109   Remoraid     Promotion
74/109   Sandshrew     Promotion
75/109   Sentret     Promotion
76/109   Slowpoke     Promotion
77/109   Slugma     Promotion
78/109   Spinarak     Promotion
79/109   Swinub     Promotion
80/109   Voltorb     Promotion
81/109   Wooper     Promotion
82/109   Zubat     Promotion
83/109   Copycat T [Su]   Promotion
84/109   Pokémon Retriever T [R]   Promotion
85/109   Pow! Hand Extension T [R]   Promotion
86/109   Rocket's Admin. T [Su]   Promotion
87/109   Rocket's Hideout T [St]   Promotion
88/109   Rocket's Mission T [Su]   Promotion
89/109   Rocket's Poké Ball T   Promotion
90/109   Rocket's Tricky Gym T [St]   Promotion
91/109   Surprise! Time Machine T [R]   Promotion
92/109   Swoop! Teleporter T [R]   Promotion
93/109   Venture Bomb T [R]   Promotion
94/109   Dark Metal Energy   E   Promotion
95/109   R Energy   E   Promotion
96/109   Rocket's Articuno ex     Promotion
97/109   Rocket's Entei ex     Promotion
98/109   Rocket's Hitmonchan ex     Promotion
99/109   Rocket's Mewtwo ex     Promotion
100/109   Rocket's Moltres ex     Promotion
101/109   Rocket's Scizor ex     Promotion
102/109   Rocket's Scyther ex     Promotion
103/109   Rocket's Sneasel ex     Promotion
104/109   Rocket's Snorlax ex     Promotion
105/109   Rocket's Suicune ex     Promotion
106/109   Rocket's Zapdos ex     Promotion
107/109   Mudkip       Promotion
108/109   Torchic       Promotion
109/109   Treecko       Promotion
110/109   Charmeleon     Promotion
111/109   Here Comes Team Rocket! T [Su]   Promotion

Rocket Gang Strikes Back
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
001/084   Ekans     Promotion
002/084   Zubat     Promotion
003/084   Grimer     Promotion
004/084   Koffing     Promotion
005/084   Ledyba     Promotion
006/084   Ledian     Promotion
007/084   Hoppip     Promotion
008/084   Skiploom     Promotion
009/084   Jumpluff     Promotion
010/084   Yanma     Promotion
011/084   Treecko       Promotion
012/084   Dark Arbok      Promotion
013/084   Dark Golbat      Promotion
014/084   Dark Muk      Promotion
015/084   Dark Weezing      Promotion
016/084   Dark Crobat      Promotion
017/084   Magmar     Promotion
018/084   Houndour     Promotion
019/084   Magby     Promotion
020/084   Torchic       Promotion
021/084   Dark Houndoom      Promotion
022/084   Horsea     Promotion
023/084   Seadra     Promotion
024/084   Marill     Promotion
025/084   Azumarill     Promotion
026/084   Wooper     Promotion
027/084   Quagsire     Promotion
028/084   Qwilfish     Promotion
029/084   Remoraid     Promotion
030/084   Delibird     Promotion
031/084   Mantine     Promotion
032/084   Kingdra     Promotion
033/084   Mudkip       Promotion
034/084   Dark Octillery      Promotion
035/084   Voltorb     Promotion
036/084   Mareep     Promotion
037/084   Dark Electrode      Promotion
038/084   Dark Flaaffy      Promotion
039/084   Dark Ampharos      Promotion
040/084   Slowpoke     Promotion
041/084   Drowzee     Promotion
042/084   Misdreavus     Promotion
043/084   Dark Hypno      Promotion
044/084   Dark Slowking      Promotion
045/084   Sandshrew     Promotion
046/084   Onix     Promotion
047/084   Cubone     Promotion
048/084   Heracross     Promotion
049/084   Swinub     Promotion
050/084   Piloswine     Promotion
051/084   Dark Sandslash      Promotion
052/084   Dark Marowak      Promotion
053/084   Rattata     Promotion
054/084   Sentret     Promotion
055/084   Furret     Promotion
056/084   Togepi     Promotion
057/084   Togetic     Promotion
058/084   Dark Raticate     Promotion
059/084   Rocket's Meowth     Promotion
060/084   Rocket's Hitmonchan ex     Promotion
061/084   Rocket's Scyther ex     Promotion
062/084   Rocket's Snorlax ex     Promotion
063/084   Rocket's Zapdos ex     Promotion
064/084   Rocket's Mewtwo ex     Promotion
065/084   Rocket's Wobbuffet     Promotion
066/084   Rocket's Scizor ex     Promotion
067/084   Rocket's Sneasel ex     Promotion
068/084   Rocket's Entei ex     Promotion
069/084   Rocket's Suicune ex     Promotion
070/084   Dark Tyranitar     Promotion
071/084   Rocket's Celebi     Promotion
072/084   Dark Steelix      Promotion
073/084   Pow! Hand Extension T [R]   Promotion
074/084   Swoop! Teleporter T [R]   Promotion
075/084   Surprise! Time Machine T [R]   Promotion
076/084   Venture Bomb T [R]   Promotion
077/084   Pokémon Retriever T [R]   Promotion
078/084   Copycat T [Su]   Promotion
079/084   Rocket's Admin. T [Su]   Promotion
080/084   Rocket's Mission T [Su]   Promotion
081/084   Rocket's Hideout T [St]   Promotion
082/084   Rocket's Tricky Gym T [St]   Promotion
083/084   R Energy   E   Promotion
084/084   Dark Metal Energy   E   Promotion
085/084   Here Comes Team Rocket! T [Su]   Promotion


English Scyther pack
English Gyarados pack
English Mewtwo pack
English Tyranitar pack
Japanese Rocket Gang
Strikes Back pack
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Languages this set is released in

The Rocket Gang Strikes Back set is only released in Japanese, in both 1st and unlimited edition. The EX Team Rocket Returns set is only released in English and Portuguese, with cards also available as Reverse Holofoils. The non-holo Uncommons in the Japanese, English, and Portuguese sets are available with two different codes at the bottom-left; the non-holo Commons in the Japanese set are available with four different codes at the bottom-left; and the non-Holo Commons in the English and Portuguese sets have three different codes available. The purpose of these different codes is still unknown, but occurred throughout the first halve of the EX era.

In other languages

Language Title
  Brazilian Portuguese EX O Retorno da Equipe Rocket

External links

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EX Emerald: HydrobloomWildfire
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