During the Card-E era, namely between Expedition Base Set in 2002 and EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua in 2004, Pokédex info wasn’t actually written on the cards themselves, but were encoded within the Dot Code bars on the bottom of every card. Some cards also had extra mini-games and other fun features stored on Dot Code bars located on the left-side of the card. Curiously tho, very little information about what those games are and what information was encoded on the Dot Code bars is available… but that is about to change! This page will make every attempt to capture, record and catagorize every piece of information that has been locked away in those Dot Code bars.

Specifically, the bottom Dot Code bar used in all Pokémon TCG Card-E cards is essentially the “Pokédex Flavor Text” box for those cards. When you scan them into the e-Reader utility, you would get the following “Viewer” window (left), which can be switched to the Evolution Info window by pressing “B” (right):

That said, this page collects all the various Pokémon sprites seen when you scan in a Pokémon TCG Card-E card into a Nintendo e-Reader. If you want to read the actual Pokédex entries—as well as any other information stored on each specific card—check out the e-Reader Entries page.

When you visit the Evolution Info page, you will see that Pokémon and its Evolution info. However, that info will only show the single immediate prior and/or subsequent evolution of its line. For example, Charmander will only show that it evolves to Charmeleon, while Charizard will only show that it evolves from Charmeleon, but Charmeleon itself will show that it evolves from Charmander and evolves to Charizard. However, only the main Pokémon that has been scanned will show its full 40×40 sprite; the Pokémon it evolves to/from will only be shown as a 16×16 icon. This therefore allows for a Pokémon to have two different unique, Card-E-only artwork: one of its main sprite, and one of its mini-icon. This page aims to collect each any every Card-E artwork possible.

However, there are just a few wrinkles to this plan. If the background is colored black, then it’s due to have a main sprite and/or mini-icon. But if its background is colored differently, that means:

  • Green background: while most Pokémon should at least have a main sprite, some Basic-only Pokémon will not have a mini-icon. This is because, as a Basic-only Pokémon, nothing evolves to or from it.
    • So Pokémon like Mew, Mewtwo, Absol, Sneasel, etc, will only have a main sprite and no mini-icon.
  • And even then, a few Pokémon may not have either a sprite or mini-icon. This is because either:
    • Yellow background: their Card-E era card never had a Dot Code bar on them—such as Jirachi, or any other Pokémon which only existed as a holo-only card—or;
    • Grey background: that Pokémon straight-up never even had a card released during the Card-E era—such as many legendaries like the Regis and Deoxys
  • Finally, a Red background represents a weird situations where one Pokémon got a Card-E card, but its evolution(s) never did, only because their cards were released between the crossover between the end of the Card-E era and the post-Card-E sets… so there’s a weird situation where only a sprite OR mini-icon exists for certain Pokémon.
    • A perfect example of this is with Snorunt and Glalie; Snorunt was released in EX Dragon, but its evolution—Glalie—didn’t get a card until EX Hidden Legends, which was the first set after the Card-E-era ended. In this case, Snorunt has a main sprite and Glalie has a mini-icon, but no Glalie Card-E card was released to give Glalie its main sprite nor a mini-icon for Snorunt.
  • (Anything with a Blue background is “to be determined”.)

Again, these colors will help signify why that particular Pokémon’s main sprite and/or mini icon is missing. Such is what happens when a good product dies before its completion. It does therefore make me wonder if there is a vault somewhere within Nintendo that has all this sprite work just sitting dormant on a hard drive somewhere… just waiting to be rediscovered…

Pokédex # Pokémon Main Sprite Mini Notes
#000 MissingNo. Sorry, this isn’t real… I made these up as a placeholder, but I kinda like how it looks.
#001 Bulbasaur
#002 Ivysaur
#003 Venusaur
#004 Charmander
#005 Charmeleon
#006 Charizard
#007 Squirtle
#008 Wartortle
#009 Blastoise
#010 Caterpie
#011 Metapod
#012 Butterfree
#013 Weedle
#014 Kakuna
#015 Beedrill
#016 Pidgey
#017 Pidgeotto
#018 Pidgeot
#019 Rattata
#020 Raticate
#021 Spearow
#022 Fearow
#023 Ekans
#024 Arbok
#025 Pikachu
#026 Raichu
#027 Sandshrew
#028 Sandslash
#029 Nidoran♀
#030 Nidorina
#031 Nidoqueen
#032 Nidoran♂
#033 Nidorino
#034 Nidoking
#035 Clefairy
#036 Clefable
#037 Vulpix
#038 Ninetales
#039 Jigglypuff
#040 Wigglytuff
#041 Zubat
#042 Golbat
#043 Oddish
#044 Gloom
#045 Vileplume
#046 Paras
#047 Parasect
#048 Venonat
#049 Venomoth
#050 Diglett
#051 Dugtrio
#052 Meowth
#053 Persian
#054 Psyduck
#055 Golduck
#056 Mankey
#057 Primeape
#058 Growlithe
#059 Arcanine
#060 Poliwag
#061 Poliwhirl
#062 Poliwrath
#063 Abra
#064 Kadabra
#065 Alakazam
#066 Machop
#067 Machoke
#068 Machamp
#069 Bellsprout
#070 Weepinbell
#071 Victreebel
#072 Tentacool
#073 Tentacruel
#074 Geodude
#075 Graveler
#076 Golem
#077 Ponyta
#078 Rapidash
#079 Slowpoke
#080 Slowbro
#081 Magnemite
#082 Magneton
#083 Farfetch’d This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era. This is the only Kanto Pokémon with this fate. Actually, no! Why did I think this was the case?? Anyways, for the record, EVERY Kanto Pokémon exists as a Card-E card. Neat!
#084 Doduo
#085 Dodrio
#086 Seel
#087 Dewgong
#088 Grimer By the looks of things, they accidentally swapped Grimer and Muk’s mini-icon with one another. However, I’ve only scanned one of each Pokémon, so I’ll later check and see if this mix-up is part of other Grimer/Muk cards. But like, when you scan in Grimer and Muk’s cards, it shows Grimer evolving into a Muk which is clearly Grimer
#089 Muk …while Muk is shown evolving from a Grimer which is clearly a Muk. Eh wot?? That said, I’m keeping them as-is for the sake of keeping things accurate to the original card scans… because hey, maybe this WAS intentional. Maybe the Muk that Grimer evolves to is having a bad day, or the Grimer that Muk evolves from just won big at Vegas? I’m not here to judge.
#090 Shellder
#091 Cloyster
#092 Gastly
#093 Haunter
#094 Gengar
#095 Onix
#096 Drowzee
#097 Hypno
#098 Krabby
#099 Kingler
#100 Voltorb
#101 Electrode
#102 Exeggcute
#103 Exeggutor
#104 Cubone
#105 Marowak
#106 Hitmonlee
#107 Hitmonchan
#108 Lickitung
#109 Koffing
#110 Weezing
#111 Rhyhorn
#112 Rhydon
#113 Chansey
#114 Tangela
#115 Kangaskhan
#116 Horsea
#117 Seadra
#118 Goldeen
#119 Seaking
#120 Staryu
#121 Starmie
#122 Mr. Mime
#123 Scyther
#124 Jynx
#125 Electabuzz
#126 Magmar
#127 Pinsir
#128 Tauros
#129 Magikarp
#130 Gyarados
#131 Lapras
#132 Ditto
#133 Eevee
For some reason, while most of the -Eon evolutions use the Eevee icon on the top, some (but not all) Espeon and Umbreon uses the Eevee icon on the bottom. Here, take a look! I think that bottom Eevee icon was an older version which was later updated to the top version, but that update didn’t propagate out to those few Espeon and Umbreon cards. It also makes me wonder what other different icons are out there…
#134 Vaporeon
#135 Jolteon
#136 Flareon
#137 Porygon
#138 Omanyte
#139 Omastar
#140 Kabuto
#141 Kabutops
#142 Aerodactyl
#143 Snorlax
#144 Articuno
#145 Zapdos
#146 Moltres
#147 Dratini
#148 Dragonair
#149 Dragonite
#150 Mewtwo
#151 Mew
#152 Chikorita
#153 Bayleef
#154 Meganium
#155 Cyndaquil
#156 Quilava
#157 Typhlosion
#158 Totodile
#159 Croconaw
#160 Feraligatr
#161 Sentret
#162 Furret
#163 Hoothoot
#164 Noctowl
#165 Ledyba
#166 Ledian
#167 Spinarak
#168 Ariados
#169 Crobat
#170 Chinchou
#171 Lanturn
#172 Pichu
#173 Cleffa
#174 Igglybuff
#175 Togepi
#176 Togetic
#177 Natu
#178 Xatu
#179 Mareep
#180 Flaaffy
#181 Ampharos
#182 Bellossom
#183 Marill
#184 Azumarill
#185 Sudowoodo
#186 Politoed
#187 Hoppip
#188 Skiploom
#189 Jumpluff
#190 Aipom
#191 Sunkern
#192 Sunflora
#193 Yanma
#194 Wooper
#195 Quagsire
#196 Espeon
#197 Umbreon
#198 Murkrow
#199 Slowking
#200 Misdreavus
#201 Unown This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era. Unown was the only Johto Pokémon—and truly the first Pokémon up to this point—to suffer this fate.
#202 Wobbuffet
#203 Girafarig
#204 Pineco
#205 Forretress
#206 Dunsparce
#207 Gligar
#208 Steelix
#209 Snubbull
#210 Granbull
#211 Qwilfish
#212 Scizor
#213 Shuckle
#214 Heracross
#215 Sneasel
#216 Teddiursa
#217 Ursaring
#218 Slugma
#219 Magcargo
#220 Swinub
#221 Piloswine
#222 Corsola
#223 Remoraid
#224 Octillery
#225 Delibird
#226 Mantine
#227 Skarmory
#228 Houndour
#229 Houndoom
#230 Kingdra
#231 Phanpy
#232 Donphan
#233 Porygon2
#234 Stantler
#235 Smeargle
#236 Tyrogue
#237 Hitmontop
#238 Smoochum
#239 Elekid
#240 Magby
#241 Miltank
#242 Blissey
#243 Raikou
#244 Entei
#245 Suicune
#246 Larvitar
#247 Pupitar
#248 Tyranitar
#249 Lugia
#250 Ho-Oh
#251 Celebi
#252 Treecko
#253 Grovyle
#254 Sceptile
#255 Torchic
#256 Combusken
#257 Blaziken
#258 Mudkip
#259 Marshtomp
#260 Swampert
#261 Poochyena
#262 Mightyena
#263 Zigzagoon
#264 Linoone
#265 Wurmple
#266 Silcoon
#267 Beautifly This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era, therefore it only has a mini-icon from its prevolutions.
#268 Cascoon
#269 Dustox This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era, therefore it only has a mini-icon from its prevolutions.
#270 Lotad
#271 Lombre
#272 Ludicolo This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era, therefore it only has a mini-icon from its prevolutions.
#273 Seedot
#274 Nuzleaf
#275 Shiftry
#276 Taillow
#277 Swellow
#278 Wingull
#279 Pelipper
#280 Ralts
#281 Kirlia
#282 Gardevoir This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#283 Surskit This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#284 Masquerain This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#285 Shroomish
#286 Breloom
#287 Slakoth
#288 Vigoroth
#289 Slaking This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#290 Nincada
#291 Ninjask
#292 Shedinja This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#293 Whismur
#294 Loudred This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#295 Exploud This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#296 Makuhita
#297 Hariyama
#298 Azurill
#299 Nosepass
#300 Skitty
#301 Delcatty
#302 Sableye This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#303 Mawile This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#304 Aron
#305 Lairon
#306 Aggron This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#307 Meditite
#308 Medicham This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#309 Electrike
#310 Manectric
#311 Plusle This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#312 Minun This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#313 Volbeat
#314 Illumise
#315 Roselia This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#316 Gulpin This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#317 Swalot This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#318 Carvanha
#319 Sharpedo
#320 Wailmer Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#321 Wailord This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#322 Numel
#323 Camerupt
#324 Torkoal This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#325 Spoink Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#326 Grumpig This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#327 Spinda This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#328 Trapinch
#329 Vibrava
#330 Flygon
#331 Cacnea Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#332 Cacturne This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#333 Swablu Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#334 Altaria This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#335 Zangoose This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#336 Seviper This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#337 Lunatone This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#338 Solrock This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#339 Barboach
#340 Whiscash
#341 Corphish
#342 Crawdaunt
#343 Baltoy
#344 Claydol This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#345 Lileep Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#346 Cradily This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#347 Anorith Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#348 Armaldo This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#349 Feebas This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#350 Milotic This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#351 Castform This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#352 Kecleon
#353 Shuppet Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#354 Banette This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#355 Duskull Since its evolution never had a Card-E card, this Pokémon doesn’t have a mini-icon.
#356 Dusclops This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#357 Tropius This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#358 Chimecho This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#359 Absol This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#360 Wynaut
#361 Snorunt Since its evolution—Glalie—never had a Card-E-era card, there is no mini-icon for Snorunt.
#362 Glalie Since this Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era, only its mini-icon exists.
#363 Spheal This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#364 Sealeo This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#365 Walrein This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#366 Clamperl This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#367 Huntail This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#368 Gorebyss This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#369 Relicanth This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#370 Luvdisc This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#371 Bagon
#372 Shelgon
#373 Salamence
#374 Beldum This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#375 Metang This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#376 Metagross This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#377 Regirock This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#378 Regice This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#379 Registeel This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.
#380 Latias Only one card released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#381 Latios Only one card released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#382 Kyogre Only one card released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#383 Groudon Only one card released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#384 Rayquaza None of its cards released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#385 Jirachi None of its cards released during the Card-E era had a Dot Code bar to scan.
#386 Deoxys This Pokémon never had a Pokémon TCG card released during the Card-E era.

That’s about it for now! But this is still a work in progress, so keep an eye out on the main page for any updates to the list.