B&W/X&Y Era Full Art-Work Ranking

Was having a discussion with a friend today about which FA Artwork was the best for the B/W Era of Pokemon Cards. So I thought it might be fun, for those of you who are fans of the B/W Series and/or the FA Artwork (regular EX artwork is trash) to share which we think is/was the best and which was the worst.

I have decided to keep it strictly to the actual Pokemon and not included the Character FAs, although I love Skyla.

You can do any sort of ranking system you want. I am going to go with the tiered system.

Elder God Tier


God Tier

Xerneas, Landorus, Entei, Groudon, Keldeo, Blastoise

High Tier

Yveltal, Reshiram(ND), Zekrom(ND), Virizion(NV), Terrakion(NV), Cresselia, Darkrai, Mew, Terrakion(DRX), Rayquaza, Victini(PS), Deoxys, Virizion(PB), Reshiram(LT), Zekrom(LT), Mew(RC), Reshiram(RC)

Middle Tier

Zekrom(B&W), Thundurus(EP), Victini (NV), Cobalion(NV), Kyurem, Mewtwo, Raikou, Celebi, Black Kyurem, White Kyurem, Articuno, Cobalion(PS), Thundurus(PF), Latias, Latios, Genesect, Dialga, Skarmory, Venusaur

Bottom Tier

Reshiram(B&W), Tornadus(EP), Shaymin, Regigigas, Tornadus(DE), Registeel, Lugia, Heatran, Tornadus(PF), Jirachi, Palkia, Meloetta(RC), Shaymin(RC), Emolga(XY)

Absolutely Atrocious Tier

Kyogre, Giratina, Emolga(RC)

The friend I was discussing this with loves it as well.
I am sure there are people who think some of my high ranking ones are terrible.

Well, I am not that fond of Giratina. :stuck_out_tongue:

My favorite is without a doubt Mewtwo (huge bias), but I also love Regigigas and Blastoise.

My favorites
mew (not radiantc!), mewtwo, lugia, Japanese exclusive (firey!) rayquaza (man I want that card!), toxicroak (love the coloration), and mew radiant collection

I don’t have a least favorite but do find it weird they never made FAs for suicune, regirock, regice, zapdos, or moltres.

BW: Reshiram > Zekrom
EP: Thundurus > Tornadus
NV: Victini > Terrakion > Virizion > Cobalion
ND: Mewtwo > Skymin > Regigigas > Reshiram > Kyurem > Zekrom
DEX: Entei > Raikou > Groudon > Darkrai > Kyogre >>>> Tornadus
DRX: Mew > Ho-oh > Terrakion > Giratina > Rayquaza > Registeel
BC: Cresselia > Keldeo > Celebi > Black Kyurem > White Kyurem >>> Landorus
PS: Victini > Lugia > Articuno > Cobalion
PF: Latias > Latios > Deoxys > Heatran >>> Thundurus > Tornadus
PB: Jirachi > Virizion > Dialga > Genesect > Palkia
LT: Meloetta > Reshiram > Emolga > Mew > Skymin > Reshiram > Zekrom
Supporter FAs: Bianca > N > Juniper > Iris > Skyla > Cheren > Ghetsis > Colress

Top three: Meloetta (LT), Mew (DRX) and Reshiram (LT) :3

Favorite FA? I would have to say these 3:

  1. Darkrai

  2. Deoxys

  3. Genesect

The Darkrai art looks amazing. I like the way Deoxys pops out at you as well and the Genesect as awesome color scheme. Mew is one of my favorites but these 3 have a special place.

When I first stared doing PSA submissions I bought 3 boxes to get some cards to grade. I bought a DEX (for 113!), PF and PB from DAcardworld. I pulled all the best from each set which was those 3 cards. All 3 of them got Gem Mint too and look fantastic next to my psa 10 mewtwo FA.

I still really want that Mew FA in PSA 10.

Top 3 would have to be Ho-oh, Darkrai, and Dragon blast mew

I don’t even collect FA’s but definitely like the fact how badass some of them look. :stuck_out_tongue:

  1. Rayquaza EX / Dragons Exalted

  2. Mew EX / Dragons Exalted

  3. Mewtwo EX / Next Destinies

  4. Groudon EX / Dark Explorers

Pokemon center lady!!! :grin:

EDIT: my bad just saw doing pokemon only.

Cresselia FA is beautiful. Easily my favorite FA :blush: