Pobody's Nerfect. That's why there are mistakes on
numerous cards found in Pokémon. On this page, you
will see the most complete list of errors found on every
English Pokémon TCG card, and in most cases, we will
provide you a picture of them. Score! First though, read the
Errors FAQ. .... Heh, give thanks
to my keen eye for most of these. It's not my fault, errors
just stick out like a sore thumb!
Play - (1st Edition Kakuna & Bulbasaur;
These two cards had "Length Length" instead of
Pikachu Fiasco - (1st Edition Pikachu; Base
A number of Pikachu cards have a number of small
errors in their flavor text and images.
Flavor Text Errors - (1st Edition Voltrob;
This card refers to Poké Balls as "Monster
Balls". Obviously a result of a direct translation.
Turvy - (Unlimited Diglett; Base Set)
Some Diglett have their attack energy cost symbol
rotated 90 degrees.
Out - (1st Edition Metapod & Caterpie, and
all Vulpix; Base Set)
Some Metapod, Caterpie, and Vulpix cards are listed
as "HP XX" instead of "XX HP".
- WHAT?! No
Damage?! - (VERY FEW Base Set Ninetales; Base
A rare number of Base Set Ninetales lack the damage
done for their attacks.
- This Card Has An Error - (1st Edition Sandshrew;
Sandshrew's attack saus "this attack does nothing"
when its supposed to say "that attack does nothing".
- Catch-22 Evolution - (Wartortle; Base Set)
Apparently some Wartortles have a picture of
Wartortle in its evolution box.
Evolution - (Any Seaking & Rapidash;
Seaking and Rapidash are Stage 1 Pokémon but
the text tell you to "Put XXX on the Stage 1
- Plan B
from Edition D - (1st Edition Butterfree;
Due to a bubble in the printing ink, a number of
Butterfree are "Edition d" instead of "Edition 1".
Personality - (1st Edition Nonholo Electrode;
Some Jungle Electrode have the image of their Base
You Seen This Symbol? - (Some Unlimited Jungle
Some Jungle cards during the last few Jungle print
runs were printed without a Jungle Symbol.
Cutting Out - (1st Edition Holo Zapdos;
Some Fossil Holo Zapdos cards have an Evolution
symbol punched out of the holo, even though Zapdos is a
- Back to the
Future! - (Any Dark Arbok; Team Rocket)
Dark Arbok was first printed with the copyright
- Bloody Reversal - (Any Dark Golbat; Team
The English Pokémon Power mentions "Apply
Weakness and Resistance". Per the Master Rulings
Document, the Japanese Dark Golbat's Pokémon power
says "Don't apply Weakness and Resistance." ... Plus
there's no space between the words "Pokémon" and
"Apply". (Reads "Pokémon.Apply")
Deep - (Any Holo Dark Dragonite; Team
The attack cost symbols for Holo Dark Dragonite are
Mask - (Any Grimer; Team Rocket)
English TR Grimers' Poison Gas attack puts
Pokémon to sleep, even though the Japanese version
Mistake - (Any Dark Rapidash; Team Rocket)
Dark Rapidash's stats lacks the word "Length".
to Fighting - (Any Holo Dark Vileplume; Team
Holo Dark Vileplumes have a weakness of Fighting,
even though it's supposed to be Fire.
- To Be
Holo, or Not To Be Holo - (VERY FEW Dark
Dragonites; Team Rocket)
About 5000 Holo Dark Dragonites were actually printed
I'm Not THAT Dark... - (Dark Raichu; Team
Dark Raichu's Evolution Box is colored light grey (as
opposed to the dark grey found on other Dark
Pokémon). Plus it tells you to "Put Raichu on the
Basic Pokémon" instead of "Put Dark
Fire With Fire - (Blaine's Charizard; Gym:
Some Blaine's Charizards have a Fighting symbol
instead of the Fire symbol that's supposed to be
Real Rocket Sneak Attack - (Rocket's Minefield
Gym; Gym: Challenge)
This card lacks how many damage counters to put on a
Pokémon for an unsucessful flip (for the record,
it's 2 damage counters).
- Wal-Mart's Cutting Attack Damages! - (Giovanni's
Pinsir; Gym: Challenge)
Pinsir's "Snapping Pincers" attack is supposed to do
20+ damage and not 10+ damage.
With Damage - (Slowking & Typhlosion; Neo
These card's damages are off center.
- Down With
Energy - (Horsea; Neo Genesis)
The attack cost energy symbol for Horsea is oddly
- Blame It On
the Black Text - (Meganium; Neo Genesis)
The Pokémon Power title text is black instead
- Out Of Focus - (Focus Band; Neo Genesis)
The picture on Focus Band has a white bar beneth it,
as if the picture wasn't properly positioned when they
were doing the layout on the computers.
Bug - (Kakuna; Neo Discovery)
The copyright text of all Neo Discovery cards is
"©1999-2001". But for some reason, this card's
copyright is "©1999-2000". On a side note, this is
probably the most punn-ish title for any of these
Problem - (Unown O; Neo Discovery)
There is an obvious grammar error on Unown O.
- Add to
Misery - (Scizor; Neo Discovery)
The attack's damage done is "20+" when it's supposed
to be "20x". For the record, you play it as "20x".
- Its Eyes
Were Bigger Than Its Stomach - (Umbreon; Neo
The Psychic symbol in Umbreon's resistance is bigger
Your Symbol If You're Present - (Delibird; Neo
The energy cost for Delibird's attack is off
- Big Bold
Raichu - (Raichu; Neo Revelation)
The "Put Raichu on the Basic Pokémon" text is
unnecessairly bold and italic.
Ultimate Resistance - (Zubat; Neo
Zubat's resistance lacks the "-30".
- Why Were We
Born To Feel Pain? - (Suicune; Neo
This card was a mistake to begin with. Nuff said.
(If you didn't notice, this is a joke post.
- Rockets Breed
Good - (Dark Croconaw; Neo Destiny)
Doesn't Croconaw have only 48 teeth in its
mouth? The card says it has 49. Whooo!
- Don't Shoot The Executo--
err.. Messenger! - (Dark Exeggutor; Neo
There's an unneeded C in the name.
- 8 On Your Bench? No
Problem! - (Dark Haunter; Neo Destiny)
Dark Haunter's Call Back attack's clause leave out
the word "opponent's". (Therefore I can keep putting Baby
and Basic Pokémon on my opponent's bench as long
as I don't have a full bench! :P)
- Capital Error -
(Light Flareon; Neo Destiny)
The "b" in "benched" is supposed to be
- I Don't Have A Punny Title
For This - (Togepi; Neo Destiny)
The "(before applying Weakness and Resistance)" text
should be in italics.
- Flying Energy -
(Gligar; Neo Destiny)
The energy symbols on Gligar is not in the correct
- It Hust A Spelling
Error - (Shining Tyranitar; Neo Destiny)
The word "hust" in its flavor text is supposed to be
"just". Lousy keyboards sticking the H and J close to
- Metaphysical Style
- (Unown C; Neo Destiny)
Unown C's Chase power adds a useless "Apply Weakness
and Resistance" considering the power doesn't do
- Scraping The Bottom of the
Barrel - (Unown P; Neo Destiny)
There's an extra space in Basic Pokémon title
on Unown P. XD
- No Silly Title Here, Sorry - (Reverse Holo
Exeggcute; Legendary Collection)
Normally on Reverse Holos, the Energy costs for
attacks aren't reflective. On Exeggcute, they are.
- Darkness Goes Evil - (Darkness Energy;
The card text implies that you can do extra damage to
Benched Pokémon (considering that normally you
- Tilted Text - (Alakazam; Expedition)
The "This power stops working if..." text is
italicized when it's not supposed to be.
- Quick 'Volvin' Charizard - (Charizard #39;
This card tells you to "Put Charizard on the
Basic Pokémon". Hmmm!
- Lazy Text (Gengar; Expedition)
Gengar's Chaos Move Pokémon Power game
text has a few spots where the text could obviousl go up
- Big Fists (Dugtrio; Expedition)
Like the Umbreon error with the oversized Psychic
symbol, Dugtrio's attack's Energy cost's symbols are
larger than they should be.
- WANI--- Er... TOTO! (Totodile #134;
When you scan in Cyndaquil's card into the E-Reader
for GBA, you can use a "Cynda!" sound for your Melody
Box. However when you scan in the Totodile card, you get
"Wani!" instead of "Toto!". "Wani" is in reference to
Totodile's Japanese name "Waninoko". Now either Totodile
is the error, or Cyndaquil is. [shrugs]
- Read Error - (Multi Technical Machine 01 &
Energy Removal 2; Expedition)
When you scan in these two cards in your E-Reader for
GBA, the TM01 card tells you that you can use the
"Paralyzing Stare" attack (when the card attack name is
really Paralyzing Gaze), and the reader refers to "Energy
Removal 2" as just "Energy Removal".
- Holo Punch Out - (Pretty Much All The Holo Rares;
For some reason, the bottom most holo "cut out" on
the left side of the card is not holofied. As in the mask
for the holo wasn't correctly... masked.
- Imperfect Crystal - (Crystal Nidoking;
The Crystal Type power mentions
Grass/Lightning/Fire energy, but the attacks only use
Grass/Lightning/Fighting energy. Hmmm....
- Mysterious Body - (Reverse Holo Lanturn #20;
For some God-awful reason, there's a PokéBody
icon on it. Why? I don't know.
- Can't Draw Well On Metal Pokémon -
(Magenemite #52; Aquapolis)
The text on this card is quite, quite faded. As
opposed to other Metal Pokémon in the set.
- Akward Text - (Weakness Guard; Aquapolis)
This isn't an error, per se. But I found it strage
that they put the "Attach this card..." text in it's own
seperate paragraph, unlike other cards in the past.
- Last Minute Changes - (Ariados; Aquapolis)
Funny how the holo-rare and nonholo-rare cards differ
greatly from each other. One in particular is Ariados; in
it's Spider Force attack, the holo version says
"defending Pokémon" while the nonholo
version says "Defending Pokémon". I could
write a book on these sorts of differences. :D
- The Rarest Card Ever - (Prerelease Raichu)
Rumors fly. Does this card exist? Does it not? Me
thinks it's an error card where they stuck the
"Prerelease" symbol on a bunch of Raichu cards, but
caught it before it was delivered to anyone.
- The Second Rarest Card Ever - (Promo Pikachu #1;
Promo Pikachu #1 was accidently released with 1st
Edition Jungle, with a 1st Edition symbol on it when it
wasn't supposed to.
- I Seriously Thought This Was A Fake - (Promo
Meowth #10; Promo Card)
Well, the HP is too far over to the left, and the
attack cost symbols are much smaller than they should
Out - (Promo Eevee #11; Promo Card)
Promo Eevee's Pokémon Power text lacks the
accent mark ( ' ).
Form - (Promo Persian #17; Promo Card)
Some Promo Persian cards lack an HP. More
interesting, the MTM, MTP, and DMTM will deny its
existance. Well they would, I mean because it IS one of
my fake cards! ;)
Space... I Got Nothin'. - (Team Rocket's
Meowth #18; Promo Card)
TR's Meowth type is listed as "Scratchcat" instead of
- Where Do We
Even Begin.... - (Promo Marill #29; Promo
As Wizards first Neo card, there are a few errors on
It's stats is listed as "Height" instead of
It's Water Gun attack lacks a Water energy symbol
(for the record, you play it as it's written)
It's 20+ damage done is off center.
- Unslashed - (Promo Scyther #45; Promo Card)
Scyther's game text in (parenthesis) isn't in italics
when it should be.
- We're CONFUSED Why This Card Took So Long To Come
Out - (Promo Mew #47; Promo Card)
"Lily Pad" Mew's attack Confused when it was supposed
- Aaaaaaaye! - (Promo Celebi #50; Promo Card)
The art is credited to "Hajime Kusajim", although the
name is spelt "Hajime Kusajima". And if you'll also
notice, the copyright text on Celebi is listed as
"Pokémon/Nintendo" instead of "Pokémon /
Nintendo".... as in that there is no space seperating the
two names on Celebi as opposed to other Card-E Cards.
- What's An Inch Between Kings? - (Slowking;
Slowking's length is listed as 6' 8" instead of 6' 7"
(which is what it's supposed to be).
- Retiring Champ - (Hitmonchan; Best Promo)
Hitmonchan's HP is 60 when it's supposed to be
- Can't Demand Perfection First Time 'Round - (Promo
Kyogre and Groudon #1 & 2; Nintendo Promos)
These card's text says "Does damage..." when it's
supposed to say "This attack does...".
After this though, I pretty much stopped counting.
Anything after EX: Ruby & Sapphire is a complete
mystery to me.
THE NOT-QUITE ERRORS - Significant
differences that might have been intentional
- Before The Shadows - (First and Second? printings
of Base Set)
All of the cards in 1st Edition Base Set, as well as
one or two printings afterwards are different looking
from the cards found in Jungle and after. They lack a
shadow under the images, have thinner looking HP's, and
have any number of minor layout differences. These aren't
- Let's Do
The Time Warp! - (Virtually every card in Neo
The copyright for all NR card is "©1999-2000",
even though NR was released halfway through 2001.
(It's not quite an error because Neo Destiny cards are
afflicted with the same thing. We believe that most
likely what's when the Pokémon licencing dates
were or something.)
- A Very
Transparent Error - (Feraligatr; Neo
The Pokémon Power title text is somewhat
transparent. Plus part of the Feraligatr's image isn't
transparent as it's supposed to be. (It's not
quite an error because other Water types with
Pokémon powers also have a somewhat transparent
Pokémon Power title text. Probably for the best,
making it a bit easier to read.)
- Make Up Your Mind! - (Any Card With a "Flip a
coin. If heads, If tails" type attack)
A number of cards in the history of the
Pokémon TCG have had "Flip a coin. If heads.... If
tails..." type attacks. For some reason, Wizards switches
between "If heads. If tails." and "If heads; if tails."
Note the use of a period or a semi-colon, and how the
"if" is some upper case or lower case. (It's not quite
an error because it switches between the two every so
often... so whether or not Wizards can make up their mind
is not really an error-worthy find.)
- Ain't No
Master At Gramma' - (Master Ball; Gym:
"Show it your opponent." If you speak American
English, there's a grammar error. If you speak British
English, then there's no error. If you don't speak
English, then learn it! .... Anyways, I'm on good
authority that this card text, although awkward sounding
in American English is correct, in British English. But
then this card was produced by Wizards of the Coast in
Seattle Washington USA. So... I think there's an error. I
really got nothin' this time.
- Back From The Shadows Again - (Trainer Cards from
Neo Genesis and Discovery)
For some reason, Wizards decided to give all Trainer
cards from Genesis and Discovery a more bolder title than
- Missing Info - (Most Reverse Holos from
Most Expedition cards lack their Stats, mostly
because you can scan in the card to get them. Holo-rare
cards on the other hand have them on the card because
there is no Dot-Code for its stats, mostly because the
E-Reader can't read Dot-Codes on glossy surfaces. The
only problem is that the Reverse Holos are glossy as well
(and thus have no Dot-Code for their stats), but lack
their stats on the card when they really should have had
them. Now we're not sure of this was intentional or a
down right error.....
- Black Ink Problems
In Expedition as well, there seems to have been a
little error at the printers; the black layer of every
card has shifted up a tinsy bit. You can see it in the
Expedition symbol, the one on the bottom-right hand
side... the "e" isn't centered inside the white circle.
However the holo rares don't seem to have suffered this
dilemma as the black symbol is centerd exactly within the
white circle. How odd....
- Another Expedition Question
For some reason on every Expedition trainer card, the
copyright text of those Trainer cards have shifted up and
to the left relative to Pokémon and Energy cards.
It's as if this error occured when Wizards designers were
actually working on the orginal blanks, and wasn't
noticed until too many Trainer cards were made to jusfity
a change. Hmmm!
Hmmm... that's about all that we have. We know that there
is more however. There are probably dozens of other errors,
but none of them stand out more than with these. Oh well.
BTW, this page is not meant to be a mockery of Wizards
editing skills. We at PA! in fact congratulate Wizards and
Nintendo for doing their best to avoid ALL their cards from
looking like this. Of course, Nick15 IS quite a sticker
about errors. That's his own problem though.