Rarity Guide for Pokémon TCG
Rarity in Pokémon TCG determines the chances you have of pulling a card and therefore its value.
There are 3 main rarities in Pokémon TCG and they are denoted by these symbols at the bottom of each card (excluding promo cards):
Common cards are marked with a circle symbol.
They usually consist of basic, unevolved Pokémon.
Uncommon cards are marked with a diamond symbol. They usually consist of both evolved and unevolved Pokémon.
Rare cards are marked with a star symbol.
They usually consist of both evolved and Legendary Pokémon.
There are several subclasses of rare.
Promotional cards are marked with a star with "PROMO" symbol.
They can be obtained through events or certain merchandise such as tins.
Ultra Rare (sometimes known as Super Rare) Pokémon cards are a subclass of rare and retain their “star” symbol. These cards often have unique game mechanics or provide an extra ability. Some have been discontinued and replaced with other rarities.
There are many types of Ultra Rares and some include:
Pokémon EX cards were introduced in Next Destinies are identified by the "EX" next to their name.
MEGA Pokémon EX
MEGA Pokémon EX cards were introduced in XY are identified by the "M" before and the "EX" after their name. They are feature more health and are stronger than Pokémon EX cards.
Pokémon ex cards were introduced in EX Ruby & Sapphire are identified by the "ex" next to their name.
Pokémon GX cards were introduced in Sun & Moon are identified by the "GX" next to their name.
Pokémon LV.X cards were introduced in Diamond & Pearl as a replacement for Pokémon ex and Pokémon Star. They can be identified by the "LV. X" next to their name.
Pokémon LEGEND cards were introduced in HeartGold & SoulSilver as a replacement for Pokémon LV.X. These cards come in pairs.
Pokémon Tag Team GX
Pokémon GX cards were introduced in Team Up are identified by the "GX" next to and "Tag Team" under their name.
Pokémon Star cards were introduced in EX Team Rocket Returns are identified by the star symbol next to their name and the Pokémon feature alternate colouration.
Pokémon Prime cards were introduced in HeartGold & SoulSilver are identified by their unique card design featuring the Pokémon close-up and distinctive border.
Pokémon V cards were introduced in Sword & Shield are identified by the "V" next to their name.
Pokémon VMAX cards were introduced in Sword & Shield are identified by the "VMAX" next to their name.
Pokémon Prime cards were introduced in BREAKthrough are identified by their gold CGI pokemon and "BREAK" next to their name.
Secret Rare cards are cards whose collection number exceed the listed number of the set.
For example; the Charizard has "100/97" in the bottom right.
Foils / Holos
Holographic cards are cards which have a holofoil effect and depending on what they are, can drastically increase the value.
Normal Print does not have any holofoil and are the most common.
Holo Rare are Rare cards with holofoil effect in the artwork.
Reverse Holo cards have holofoil effect in the background of the card and not the artwork. Common and Uncommon cards can have Reverse Holo prints.
Full Arts / Half Arts
Full art cards are cards without a text box over the artwork while half arts have a text box.