While most of the promotional cards released in Japan during the e-Card era made their way overseas, a few did not. Below are some of the more interesting promos that the rest of the world missed out on.
Tail Wrap: 10
Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Paralyzed.
Stretch Tongue: 20
Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon. This attack does 20 damage to that Pokémon. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by Weakness or Resistance.
Few solid stalling Pokémon existed during the e-Card era and even though this Kecleon pales in comparison to Jungle’s Lickitung, it could buy the turns needed to set up powerful Evolved Pokémon.
All damage done to Slowbro by Evolved Pokémon (both yours and your opponent’s) is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness & Resistance).
Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Asleep.
Slowbro’s ability to reduce attacks by 20 make it a potential partner for Expedition’s Gengar, offering a Pokémon to absorb attacks after Gengar moves safely to the Bench.
Poké-Power: Test of Luck
Once during your turn (before your attack), if Slowking is your Active Pokémon, you may have your opponent guess whether the top card of your deck is an Energy card, a Trainer card, or a Pokémon (Basic or Evolution) card. Flip the card over. If your opponent guessed right, discard the card. If your opponent guessed wrong, put the card into your hand. This power can’t be used if Slowking is affected by a Special Condition.
Does 30 damage plus 10 more damage for each Energy attached to Slowking.
It’s a shame this card was never released outside of Japan. Not only is it fun, but it adds another element of strategy to the game. (Your opponent will likely want to choose whatever type of card he or she believes is most valuable to you, but this isn’t always obvious!)
Pokémon Center Tokyo
Your opponent chooses a Basic Pokémon from his or her discard pile and puts it onto his or her bench, then you do the same. (A player can’t do this if his or her Bench is full.)
The only other way to get Basic Pokémon back in the e-Card sets was to play Town Volunteers. This Trainer allows you to get a Basic Pokémon straight back to the Bench, without using up your Supporter for the turn.
Pokémon Center Osaka
Choose 2 of your Benched Pokémon (1 if there is only 1) and flip a coin for each. For each heads, remove 2 damage counters from that Pokémon.
The second of two Pokémon Center promos, you’re probably still better off with the more reliable Potion in your deck.
To view all promotional cards from the e-Card era, visit Bulbapedia: