What is the difference between a half art card and a full art card? This is a question often asked by people who are new to the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
What is a Half Art Card?
A half art card is a rare card with artwork that does not cover the entire card. On these cards most of the text is on a plain coloured background that matches the character’s energy type.
These cards are also referred to as: half body, regular art, ultra rare or ancient traits.
Half body refers to the fact that only a part of the body of the character is depicted. Regular art is used because these cards are more common than full art cards and also because cards have traditionally only had partial art.
Ultra rare refers to the fact that art cards are rarer than standard rare cards. In the XY Primal Clash expansion set, some characters were given special effects known as ancient traits. These cards were given special art work covering half the card.
Half art card characters can have the powers GX, EX or V.
What is a Full Art Card?
A full art card is one where the artwork covers the entire card apart from the borders.
Full art cards first appeared in 2011 with the release of the Black and White expansion set.
VMAX power was introduced in 2020 in the Sword and Shield expansion series. Characters with VMAX power are always full art cards.
Full art cards are quite rare. In general there are likely to be just 2 full art cards in a booster box of 36 booster packs.
There are different types of full art cards: ultra rare, secret rainbow rare and gold secret rare. Secret rare cards are extra cards and are numbered higher than the number of cards in that set.