Southern Islands (TCG)

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Southern Islands
SetSymbolSouthern Islands.png
Cards in set English: 18
Japanese: 18
Release date English: July 31, 2001
Japanese: July 17, 1999

The Southern Islands Collection (Japanese: サザンアイランド Southern Islands) is the name given to a special set of cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


In Japan, the Southern Islands set was initially released with the second Pokémon movie in two promo folders, each with 9 cards per set (Rainbow and Tropical Island) and decorated artwork. The collection was also released as 3-card box sets. These box sets focused on a particular region from one of the two Southern Islands: Tropical Island and Rainbow Island. The English version came as a decorated folder and included the cards, postcards and 3 booster packs. Even though Wizards compiled the collection into one set, all of the original artwork including the islands and the full picture of each region (which was split into three to provide the card art) were featured on the folder.


    The English set symbol
    While in the Japanese version the cards have the old Base-Rocket design, the English release saw them in a Neo series design. Interestingly, this made the Generation II Pokémon featured in the set the only ones of their generation to have Base-Rocket-styled cards, and Slowking the only non-Generation I evolved Pokémon to have had a square evolution box (all later card styles retained the circular evolution box).
  • This was a very desired collection when it first came out in Japan. Its English release is a rare example of a promotional TCG product that has retained everything, including its original artwork, after localization.
  • None of the cards have rarity symbols, as they are part of a fixed set. The English cards were numbered in the same fashion as Wizards Black Star Promos, while the Japanese cards remained unnumbered.
  • The set symbols of the Japanese and English releases are different, with the Japanese symbol as one block colour, while the English symbol is striped along the trunk of the tree.






Tropical Island set, illustrated by Naoyo Kimura Jungle postcard Beach postcard Sea postcard





Rainbow Island set, illustrated by Keiko Fukuyama Sky postcard Riverside postcard Fields of Flowers postcard

Card lists

Southern Islands
No. Image Card name Type
1/18   Mew   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
2/18   Pidgeot   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
3/18   Onix   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
4/18   Togepi   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
5/18   Ivysaur   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
6/18   Raticate   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
7/18   Ledyba   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
8/18   Jigglypuff   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
9/18   Butterfree   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
10/18   Tentacruel   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
11/18   Marill   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
12/18   Lapras   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
13/18   Exeggutor   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
14/18   Slowking   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
15/18   Wartortle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
16/18   Lickitung   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
17/18   Vileplume   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
18/18   Primeape   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion

Tropical Island
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
  Vileplume   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Jungle
  Lickitung   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Jungle
  Primeape   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Jungle
  Exeggutor   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Beach
  Slowking   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Beach
  Wartortle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Beach
  Tentacruel   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sea
  Marill   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sea
  Lapras   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sea

Rainbow Island
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
  Mew   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sky
  Pidgeot   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sky
  Onix   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Sky
  Togepi   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Riverside
  Ivysaur   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Riverside
  Raticate   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Riverside
  Ledyba   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Field of Flowers
  Jigglypuff   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Field of Flowers
  Butterfree   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Field of Flowers






Complete English set Set insert Tropical Island insert Rainbow Island insert





An opened Tropical Island set Japanese Jungle set Japanese Beach set Japanese Sea set





An opened Rainbow Island set Japanese Sky set Japanese Riverside set Japanese Fields of Flowers set

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova
KalosAlolaGalar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra)
Paldea (Kitakami)
Side series White CityOrre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Ryme CityPasioRanseiFerrumLental
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube IslandAeos Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolonParallel Worlds
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Ranger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

Languages this set is released in

The Tropical Island and Rainbow Island sets are exclusively released in Japanese, only available in unlimited edition. The Southern Island set was only released in English.

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.
Neo Series
Neo Genesis: HotfootCold Fusion
Neo Discovery: Brain WaveWallop
Southern Islands
Tyranitar Half Deck
Neo Revelation
Neo Destiny: DarkLight
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

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