Top 5 Pokemon Cards of All Time

Pokemon Trading Card Games (TCG) came out in 1996 and since then, thousands upon thousands of cards have been printed. The first generation of Pokemon had 151 species. Now there have been seven generations in total and the Pokedex has expanded to include 807 species of Pokemon. That’s a lot of Pokemon! 


It’s hard to create a comprehensive list of the “best” Pokemon cards of all time because it all depends on how they’re played – and how you define “best.” If you’re a collector, you may be looking for extremely rare cards in perfect condition. If you’re a player, you want a card with special powers like extra damage or HP. 


We know that it’s impossible to get the entire pokemon community to agree on what the “best” Pokemon cards are, but after careful consideration – and some heated arguments! – we’ve narrowed down our favorites to a list of some objectively hardcore awesome cards.

Charizard EX – XY Black Star

Charizard is one of the best known and most beloved pokemon among players. And this version of the firey lizard lives up to expectations. Charizard EX (XY Black Star) has an HP of 180 and two active moves. 


The first move for Charizard EX is called Stoke. Stoke requires only one colorless energy card to play, and if you get “heads,” you’re allowed to take 3 basic energy cards from the deck and attach them to your Charizard. That’s a wicked cool move!  


The second move is the main attacking move called Fire Blast. This move deals damage of up to 120. After using Fire Blast you have to discard an energy card (which you have plenty of if you started off with Stoke!). To use Fire Blast, you must have three colorless energy cards and one fire energy card.   


Shining Mew

Mew is the unevolved version of Mewtwo, the most powerful Pokemon in the first generation. This Mew is considered “shining” because of its color. While the original Mew is purple, this Mew is blue. 


One of Shining Mew’s moves is an attach move called Mimicry. Mimicry is about what it sounds like – it allows Mew to mimic an attack from your opponent’s Pokemon. However, there are drawbacks – Mimicry won’t work if you don’t have the energy cards required for that particular attack.


In our opinion, the much cooler move available to Shining Mew is the Rainbow Wave. The Rainbow wave required that you attach a water energy card and any basic energy card. The attack deals 20 points of damage to every opponent Pokemon with the same energy type as the basic energy card you attached. This damage also applies to benched Pokemon (although resistance and weakness don’t apply for them)! 


Rayquaza C Lv. X

Rayquaza is a legendary dragon Pokemon and this evolved version has some super sweet moves. Rayquaza C Lv. X starts with 120 HP and when it’s your active Pokemon, it can use a Dragon Spirit move which allows you to take an energy card from the discard pile and attach it to itself. This move only applies if Rayquaza is attacked but not knocked out. This means that you can easily stock up on energy cards without wasting several turns. 


Rayquaza C Lv. X also has an extremely powerful attack called Final Blowup. Final Blowup deals 200 points of damage! However, unless you have no cards in your hand, you have to discard all energy cards after the attack. So use Final Blowup wisely!


Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia is a Lugia Pokemon that has been corrupted by the criminal organization Cipher. It’s considered to be the ultimate Shadow Pokemon and is completely immune to purification. Unlike the other Shadow Pokemon, who look like themselves with a shadowy aura, Shadow Lugia looks completely different from its original form.


Of all the Pokemon cards printed, Shadow Lugia is the only Pokemon with a truly absurd 1,000 points of damage.  Its only attack is Shadow Storm, which requires four psychic energy cards to use. But once Shadow Storm is unleashed, it’s pretty much unstoppable. Add to that Shadow Lugia’s HP of 300 and it may be in the running for most OP Pokemon in the deck!


But speaking of decks… Shadow Lugia was released as a Jumbo card which means it cannot be used in official tournaments or events. But that doesn’t make it any less cool! 



Mega Venusaur EX

This Grass/Poison-type pokemon was introduced in generation one. In the past, many third stage Pokemon couldn’t mega evolve, but when the option was introduced much later, Venusaur made the list!


Mega Venusaur EX starts with 230 HP.  It only has one attack move – Crisis Vine. Crisis Vine only requires three leaf-energy cards and one colorless energy card to deal out 120 damage! Oh, and did we mention that Crisis Vine leaves the opponent’s active Pokemon paralyzed and poisoned? Pretty freaking cool, right?


Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list. And it’s entirely possible that out of the 807 existing Pokemon, we’ve forgotten a few super cool ones. But we hope at the very least you learned something new or got a grin out of reading this article. 


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