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Pokémon TCG Reveals Pokémon Card 151: Nidoking Illustration Rare

Nidoking features on one of the first Illustration Rares to be revealed from the next set coming from Pokémon TCG Japan, Pokémon Card 151.

Pokémon TCG Japan has revealed details for the upcoming set Pokémon Card 151, an expansion based on the original 151 Pokémon introduced in the Kanto region. This set is notable in that it will be the first time we have seen a new Kadabra card in 21 years. Kadabra has been absent from the Pokémon TCG ever since magician Uri Geller sued the company for Kadabra's design, which he felt was inspired by his spoon-bending technique. Just three years ago, Geller withdrew his complaint and publicly apologized to Pokémon fans for the limits that had been placed on the use of Kadabra due to this highly popularized lawsuit. Outside of the return of Kadabra, this expansion is notable in that it will be in Pokédex order, where normal sets are ordered by type first and foremost. This set will be released on June 16th in Japan, and there are currently no details regarding the English-language release. I tend to think that this will be the first special set of the Scarlet & Violet era for English-language collectors, but as of now, there is no way to tell how Pokémon Card 151 will show up in the states. Today, let's take a look at look at another Illustration Rare from this set.

Kanto cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG
Kanto cards. Credit: Pokémon TCG

Nidoking appears on one of the first Illustration Rares to be revealed from Pokémon Card 151 following yesterday's Pikachu. Nidoking stands on a rock, looking appropriately regal as he looks out at a mossy jungle. The artwork here comes courtesy of Misaki Hashimoto. Hashimoto has had an interesting track record in the Pokémon TCG. They have only contributed two cards so far, and both cards had years in between them while still being the same card time. Hashimoto's first card was the Wishiwashi Character Rare from Sun & Moon – Cosmic Eclipse. Their second was Flapple Character Rare from Sword & Shield – Astral Radiance. Now, Hashimoto is back with this Illustration Rare to continue a streak of popping in for a beautiful card and then dipping out for years.

Japanese sets often give us early ideas of what the English-language sets may include, so be sure to keep an eye on our coverage. You can stay tuned for previews of Scarlet & Violet cards as well as updates on everything Pokémon TCG right here at Bleeding Cool.

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