Favorite EX-Era Set

Given the rise in popularity of EX-Era Sets and with Scarlet/Violet bringing the EX mechanic back, I was curious which EX-Era Set is your favorite and why.

My favorite is EX Team Rocket Returns. From an aesthetics perspective, I think the set is near-perfect. The artwork is vibrant and follows a unique theme, the reverse holo stamp is menacing in dark red, the set was the first to include gold stars, and it contains some of my favorite artworks in all of Pokemon.

Favorite EX Set
  • EX Ruby and Sapphire
  • EX Sandstorm
  • EX Dragon
  • EX Team Magma VS Team Aqua
  • EX Hidden Legends
  • EX FireRed and Leaf Green
  • EX Team Rocket Returns
  • EX Deoxys
  • EX Emerald
  • EX Unseen Forces
  • EX Delta Species
  • EX Legend Maker
  • EX Holon Phantoms
  • EX Crystal Guardians
  • EX Dragon Frontiers
  • EX Power Keepers

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Ex Team Rocket Returns

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Team rocket returns and frlg are both really cool sets

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Gotta give my Gen 3 starters some love. Ruby Sapphire for the win.

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Either Dragon or Team Magma vs. Team Aqua.

Dragon has beautiful holos, awesome EXs and the Charizard line Secret Rares. Just absolutely brilliant set design. One of the best set designs in the history of the TCG, in my opinion.

Magma vs. Aqua has more of the same. Just a fantastic set.

The only thing I dislike about those two sets are the style of reverse holos.

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I think it would be Unseen Forces if the stolen gold stars wasn’t a thing, but is an enormous fly in the ointment for me. I also think they could have gotten rid of a couple of ex.

Ultimately I voted for Dragon Frontiers. I know TRE gets a lot of love, but it’s too many dark Pokemon imo.

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A man of good taste! Aside from the reverse holos, Dragon and TMTA are just top, top-knotch.

TMTA gets a lot of hate because of the repeats of basic/stage 1 Pokemon and GameCube CGI, but the set just stands out. Not to mention that it has arguably two of the most beautiful cards from the entire era in the Jirachi secret rare + Suicune ex. Such a glorious end to the e-Reader era!

I voted for Dragon, myself. That set just has everything. Humungous improvement over both Ruby and Sandstorm (which is saying something because Ruby and Sandstorm are both great).

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I love the TMTA secret rares!

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Jirachi takes the cake for me, but both are amazing for sure! The Absol is (subjectively) slightly outclassed by its EX Dragon predecessor:

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Two 11/10 cards of the same Poke back to back. Gotta love EX era!

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I might prefer TMTA Absol to EX Dragon Absol! But both are leagues better than Power Keepers’ Absol EX :upside_down_face:

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Honestly can’t decide so Ill just go with SS for the wailord

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I’m so glad to see the E-card EX sets getting some love. While the gold stars and top-tier ex cards are what this era is known for, some of the best artwork imo comes from Ruby & Sapphire through Dragon (and the Absol/Jirachi/Suicune ex in Magma/Aqua). Many of them are on par with Expedition through Skyridge and I’ve been enjoying picking up copies whenever a good deal comes up.

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Kagemaru Himeno, Atsuko Nishida, and Ryo Ueda are some of my favorite artists. I love their styles across the EX-Era. :heart_eyes_cat:

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I’m glad someone mentioned Ruby Sapphire, it really is a banger set.

I love the repetition found in the early sets, I don’t mind multiple cards of the same Pokemon at all:



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I like the reverses from RS-TMTA way more than the stamped ones. And getting a 10 of any of those is a Herculean task which is fun

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TMVTA hell yeah. Unseen forces second :wink:

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Hard to judge the entire ex era all together. For me, of the early ex era with those gorgeous big borders EX Dragon is the best and it’s not particularly close. In the gold star era, Rocket Returns is the safe answer, but FRLG is also very good.

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Ex era is amazing, check out this thread from a few years ago where people posted their opinions! I had a nice essay on why Dragon Frontiers is the best :wink:

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