In honor of this week's release of Skrelp in Pokémon GO, let's take a look back at some of the most iconic Skrelp cards from the Pokémon TCG. Well… let's be honest here. We're looking at the only Skrelp cards ever released in the TCG. We normally invite you to tell us your favorites but… well, you're looking at 'em.
5ban Graphics are sometimes criticized for artwork that looks a bit too computer-generated, and there is sometimes validity to that critique. However, here, with this first Skrelp card from Flashfire back in the XY era, they've created a bright and weird atmosphere that acts as a nice, simple backdrop to this first Skrelp card.
Looking at XY-era artwork makes me miss these. Man, oh man what a nice time for the Pokémon TCG. It was before the blow-up in popularity and before the number of secret rares in a set ballooned to what is now often twenty or more. Anyway, I'm taking the spotlight away from Skrelp and, unfortunately, this Pokémon gets featured very infrequently in the Pokémon TCG so let's shift focus back to this Poison/Water-type little guy which is drawn here by Yukiko Baba. Beautiful atmosphere, terrific depiction.
Now, we move to the Sun & Moon era with Mina Nakai's Skrelp from Forbidden Light, and this is my favorite of the bunch. Here, Skrelp has a look in its eyes that tells a story. The subtle incline of its head toward the light can make you think it's looking for prey, but personally, I get the sense that it's just enjoying the way the sun glitters through the water. A beautiful card.
Finally, the last published Skrelp card to date comes in the epic and beautiful final Sun & Moon-era set, Cosmic Eclipse. Here, Skrelp as illustrated by artist Sui dives through the water. The style of this card would look perfect as a holo, especially in the galaxy-style foil used for promos. Maybe, one day, Skrelp will get a promo. Until then, we have these four cards… well, and a Japanese-language promo never released in English. Man, Skrelp gets no love!