in your opinion, what pokemon has (at least one of) the best rookie card(s)? i know there can be no real winner because it is subjective, but it’ll be fun to see. bonus points if it isn’t umbreon or espeon
Absol (Ruler of the Heavens/EX Dragon)*
I feel like this captures everything I love about this pokemon’s design while also being extremely aesthetic compositionally.
*It is possible the Forina’s Absol promo came out sooner. both were released in June 2003, but I cannot find an exact date of when the promo was available. Also, this would have been the first appearance in english, so I think it still stands.
I have some more I could mention, but I’ll give others a chance to share
i’m still waiting on someone to share a certain pair of pokemon who debuted in a movie promotional deck…
in the meantime, i’ll share a later movie promo deck from 2005… once again, this one is a bit fuzzy bc there was a promotion cycle the same year for lucario’s movie, but i’m fairly certain this it’s first card. not as much of a personal favorite as absol, but gotta admit, this is just about as perfect of an intro to lucario’s “vibe” imaginable.
lucario wasn’t the only gen 4 mon to receive a gen 3 card. there were others from this deck alone including munchlax, bonsly, mime jr, and weavile. Manaphy and i believe a few others also received gen 3 cards in the manaphy movie promo deck.
I hope we will one day get these sorts of movie promos. I’d like to believe the reason the Koko movie promo’s were so lackluster is because it was during covid and they couldn’t do as much as they’d like. /copium
Imagine you get your rookie sets in the eseries gen of artwork (months apart from the legends like aquapolis and skyridge), and then on top of that you have the most stacked dex of all time, with all the best artists fully in their groove…