Pokemon TCG started coming out in the late 90s, spreading from Japan to the rest of the world. Back then, there weren’t a lot of cards because there weren’t a lot of Pokemon. Now, over 20 years later, we have thousands of cards, covering over 900 Pokemon.
With so many cards, some Pokémon are bound to have more appearances than others. In this list, we are going to take a look at the Pokémon with the most cards. This is based on single cards rather than reprints. First, let’s take a look at two Pokemon that are tied for last place.
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Ninetales and Rayquaza tied for last place, with 37 unique cards each. The English version of the Base Set was released in 1999 and introduced us to Ninetales. Since then, Ninetales have made 37 appearances, including Alolan Ninetales cards. While it’s not as many as the other original Pokemon that appear on our list, it’s still a considerable amount.
Rayquaza is a bit newer, debuting in 2003 as part of the EX Dragon expansion. As a Legendary Pokémon, Rayquaza is hugely popular, earning a spot alongside Ninetales.
Next we have Vulpix. Like Ninetails, it’s another Pokemon that was introduced in the base set. In general, Vulpix is a fan favorite, due to his cute appearance. This also includes cards for Alolan Vulpix, the icy white and blue version of this Fox Pokemon.
You can also find two variations of this card introduced in the Gym Heroes and Gym Challenge expansions, where Vulpix is owned by Blaine and Brock.
Lucario comes in at number eight, with 41 unique cards released since the PCG-P promo cards in 2005. Interestingly, this first appearance was part of a promotion with Meiji Chocolate, which is a Japanese chocolate brand.
As part of the Unbroken Bonds release in 2019, you can also find a card containing both Lucario and Melmetal. Unfortunately, Melmetal is not on our list, as this Pokémon only has eight unique cards.
Mewtwo needs no introduction; this iconic Pokémon was the focus of Pokémon: The First Movie, which, as the name suggests, was the first Pokémon movie to be released. Additionally, Mewtwo had a significant role in the 2019 Detective Pikachu movie.
Like Ninetails and Vulpix, Mewtwo was introduced in the base set. Mewtwo’s existence is due to Mew DNA, but this ancient Pokemon only has 36 cards.
Charizard is a classic Pokemon, often used to represent the franchise. Since its debut in the base set, there have been 46 unique Charizard cards. Based on his appearance in games, it’s no surprise that Charizard made it onto this list.
This fiery dragon is in almost every Pokemon game and has several different versions in video games and TCGs. With the release of Pokemon X and Y, there are also Mega Charizard cards, giving the Pokemon a blue and black appearance.
Meowth may be an unexpected addition to our roster, especially since it beats Charizard. This Pokémon was introduced in the Jungle expansion, which was released a few months after the base set in 1999.
With three forms (Galarian, Alolan, and Gigantamax), it’s no wonder Meowth has 47 cards. Additionally, Meowth is a member of Team Rocket, which comes with its own map builds.
While Raichu may not be as popular as Pikachu, this evolution has the fourth highest card count of any Pokemon. This basic Pokémon only has one form for the Alolan region, but due to its popularity and longevity, it has earned a spot on our list.
Interestingly, Raichu is also a popular choice among his rivals. For this reason, you can find cards such as “Lt. Raichu from Surge” and “Raichu from Jasmine”.
In third place we have Eevee. Debuting alongside the Meowth in the Jungle expansion, we have 60 Eevee cards. This is no surprise, due to the popularity of Eevee. When people think of Pokémon, they often think of both Eevee and Pikachu. Eevee is even the central Pokémon of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Eevee has base cards featuring only the Pokemon, as well as a team card featuring Snorlax. You can even find several special cards of Eevee wearing a poncho, which were released as part of the SM-P promo cards in 2017.
Second on our list is Unown, with an impressive total of 92 cards. If you had to guess who had the most cards, you might not have thought of Unown, but it makes sense considering the 28 variants of this Pokemon.
The 28 variations represent each letter of the alphabet, as well as a question mark and an exclamation point. Each of these variants counts as one map, so it’s no wonder there are 92 versions of Unown.
The Pokémon with the most cards is Pikachu, with 197 variants. That’s over 100 more than Unown, which came second on our list. If you know anything about Pokemon, this should come as no surprise.
Pikachu is literally the face of Pokémon. This Pokemon mouse is Ash’s sidekick, appearing in all games, as well as all Pokemon anime. Whenever The Pokemon Company promotes something, Pikachu is usually involved. Pikachu has several special cards in cute outfits; you can even find a Mario Pikachu card released in 2016 as part of a Mario crossover campaign.