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How Many Pokemon Cards Are There? All Sets, Listed

The Pokemon Trading Card Game has been around since 1999, and the community is still going strong today. So naturally, everyone wants to collect them all, especially the rare ones with a high-value rate. With fans anticipating the release of the Pokemon Go collection, now is the perfect time to look back at the history of the popular Trading Card Game. Specifically, how many Pokemon cards there are and a complete list of each set.

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Total Number of Pokemon Cards

As of right now, there are approximately 13,429 Pokemon cards, except for future ones to come. Promotional Pokemon cards, such as Movie exclusives and McDonald’s promotions, are not included in this amount since there are far too many to record the exact number.

You can find a list of officially released English-language sets here:

All Pokemon Sets Listed

Base Set Series:

  • Base Set 1: 102 cards (Jan. 1999)
  • Jungle: 64 cards (June 1999)
  • Fossil: 62 cards (Oct. 1999)
  • Base Set 2: 130 cards (Feb. 2000)
  • Team Rocket: 83 cards (April. 2000)

Gym Heroes Set:

  • Gym Heroes: 132 cards (Aug. 2000)
  • Gym Challenge: 132 cards (Oct. 2000)

Neo Genesis Series:

  • Neo Genesis: 111 cards (Dec. 2000)
  • Neo Discovery: 75 cards (June 2001)
  • Neo Revelation: 66 cards (Sept. 2001)
  • Neo Destiny: 113 cards (Feb. 2002)

Legendary Collection Series

  • Legendary Collection: 110 cards (May 2002)

e-Card Series

  • Expedition Base Set: 165 cards (Sept. 2002)
  • Aquapolis: 186 cards (Jan. 2003)
  • Skyridge: 182 cards (May 2003)

EX Ruby & Sapphire Series:

  • EX Ruby & Saphire: 109 cards (June 2003)
  • EX Sandstorm: 100 cards (Sept. 2003)
  • EX Dragon: 100 cards (Nov. 2003)
  • EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua: 97 cards (Mar. 2004)
  • EX Hidden Legends: 102 cards (June 2004)
  • EX FireRed & LeafGreen: 113 cards (Aug. 2004)
  • EX Team Rocket Returns: 111 cards (Nov. 2004)
  • EX Deoxys: 108 cards (Feb. 2005)
  • EX Emerald: 107 cards (May 2005)
  • EX Unseen Forces: 145 cards (Aug. 2005)
  • EX Delta Species: 114 cards (Oct. 2005)
  • EX Legend Maker: 93 cards (Feb. 2006)
  • EX Holon Phantoms: 111 cards (May 2006)
  • EX Crystal Guardians: 100 cards (Aug. 2006)
  • EX Dragon Frontiers: 101 cards (Nov. 2006)
  • EX Power Keepers: 108 cards (Feb. 2007)

Diamond & Pearl Series:

  • Diamond & Pearl Base Set: 130 cards (May 2007)
  • Mysterious Treasures: 124 cards (Aug. 2007)
  • Secret Wonders: 132 cards (Nov. 2007)
  • Great Encounters: 106 cards (Feb. 2008)
  • Majestic Dawn: 100 cards (May 2008)
  • Legends Awakened: 146 cards (Aug. 2008)
  • Stormfront: 106 cards (Nov. 2008)

Platinum Series:

  • Platinum Base Set: 133 cards (Feb. 2009)
  • Rising Rivals: 120 cards (May 2009)
  • Supreme Victors: 153 cards (Aug. 2009)
  • Arceus: 111 cards (Nov. 2009)

HeartGold SoulSilver Series:

  • HeartGold & SoulSilver Base Set: 124 cards (Feb. 2010)
  • Unleashed: 96 cards (May 2010)
  • Undaunted: 91 cards (Aug. 2010)
  • Triumphant: 103 cards (Nov. 2010)

Call of Legends Series:

  • Call of Legends: 106 cards (Feb 2011)

Black & White Series:

  • Black & White Base Set: 115 cards (April 2011)
  • Emerging Powers: 98 cards (Aug. 2011)
  • Noble Victories: 102 cards (Nov. 2011)
  • Next Destinies: 103 cards (Feb. 2012)
  • Dark Explorers: 111 cards (May 2012)
  • Dragons Exalted: 128 cards (Aug. 2012)
  • Boundaries Crossed: 153 cards (Nov. 2012)
  • Plasma Storm: 138 cards (Feb. 2013)
  • Plasma Freeze: 122 cards (May 2013)
  • Plasma Blast: 105 cards (Aug. 2013)
  • Legendary Treasures: 138 cards (Nov. 2013)

XY Series:

  • X & Y Base Set: 146 cards (Feb. 2014)
  • Flashfire: 109 cards (May 2014)
  • Furious Fists: 113 cards (Aug. 2014)
  • Phantom Forces: 122 cards (Nov. 2014)
  • Primal Clash: 164 cards (Feb. 2015)
  • Roaring Skies: 110 cards (May 2015)
  • Ancient Origins: 100 cards (Aug. 2015)
  • BREAKthrough: 164 cards (Nov. 2015)
  • BREAKPoint: 123 cards (Feb. 2016)
  • Generations: 115 cards (Feb. 2016)
  • Fates Collide: 125 cards (May 2016)
  • Steam Siege: 116 cards (Aug. 2016)
  • Evolutions: 113 cards (Nov. 2016)

Sun & Moon Series:

  • Sun & Moon Base Set: 163 cards (Feb. 2017)
  • Guardians Rising: 169 cards (May 2017)
  • Burning Shadows: 169 cards (Aug. 2017)
  • Shining Legends: 78 cards (Oct. 2017)
  • Crimson Invasion: 124 cards (Nov. 2017)
  • Ultra Prism: 173 cards (Feb. 2018)
  • Forbidden Light: 146 cards (May 2018)
  • Celestial Storm: 183 cards (Aug 2018)
  • Dragon Majesty: 78 cards (Sept. 2018)
  • Lost Thunder: 236 cards (Nov. 2018)
  • Team Up: 196 cards (Feb. 2019)
  • Detective Pikachu: 18 cards (Mar. 2019)
  • Unbroken Bonds: 234 cards (May 2019)
  • Unified Minds: 258 cards (Aug. 2019)
  • Hidden Fates: 163 cards (Aug. 2019)
  • Cosmic Eclipse: 271 cards (Nov. 2019)

Sword & Shield Series:

  • Sword & Shield Base Set: 216 cards (Feb. 2020)
  • Rebel Clash: 209 cards (May 2020)
  • Darkness Ablaze: 201 cards (Aug. 2020)
  • Champion’s Path: 80 cards (Sept. 2020)
  • Vivid Voltage: 203 cards (Nov. 2020)
  • Shining Fates: 195 cards (Feb. 2021)
  • Battle Styles: 183 cards (Mar. 2021)
  • Chilling Reign: 233 cards (June 2021)
  • Evolving Skies: 237 cards (Aug. 2021)
  • Celebrations: 50 cards (Oct. 2021)
  • Fusion Strike: 284 cards (Nov. 2021)
  • Brilliant Stars: 187 cards (Feb 2022)
  • Astral Radiance: 246 (May 2022)

This list of Pokemon sets shows just how much the franchise has changed, particularly the increase in the number of cards throughout the years. The Fusion Strike is the most extensive set, with 284 collectible Pokemon cards.

Many sought-after cards aren’t in the sets provided, including the ultra-rare card Pikachu Illustrator, which was released one year before the Trading Care game even began. But, with so many cards, games, movies, and TV shows, the franchise is here to stay.

Now that you know how many Pokemon cards there are with the list of each set, you can see how many you’ve collected and which ones you need to potentially collect them all. For more Pokemon content, check out the relevant links below and keep up with the latest news and updates on Twinfinite.


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