How to Play Pokemon Cards

Do you like Ash and Pikachu’s tight bond? They seem cool and inspiring, right? Why don’t you become a Pokémon trainer yourself in this fun trading card game that will let your imagination run wild as much as it does for anime or video games?

This Trading Card Game is a great way to bring back the magic of Pokémon and compete with your friends. You can also learn about how these cards work through our guide! Although it’s up to you on what strategy will win, this game offers tons of creativity for every trainer out there.

We’ll start with the basic introduction of the cards, so we can even keep the new players in the loop. However, if you know what they are, you can switch this initial part and move on to the advanced level stuff in this guide.

What is Pokémon TCG?

Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game) is a card game featuring different Pokémon Monsters from anime and video games. Energy cards, Trainer cards, and Pokémon cards are the three card categories that make up this game.

If you always wanted to play the Pokémon role, this Trading Card Game is a great opportunity for that. It works in similar ways as the original series and allows friends to get involved too! Our guide will help you understand how these cards work so if there are any basics you don’t know we’ll fill them up here. This game can be really fun once it gets more complicated with strategising but using your own style every trainer plays different games anyway!

Pokémon cards – These cards have different species of Pokémon on them. From Pikachu to Dragonite, you’ll find every Pokémon here.

Trainer Cards – Just like, what a trainer is expected to do in the anime, these cards have different characteristics, traits, trainers, and themes, which can shape up the powers of Pokémon

Energy Cards – They provide an immediate boost to the Pokémon with different power actions, which affect a particular battle.

Apart from playing, the cards are also great collectibles for the fans. Besides, they are a trading commodity too. Once you figure out the spirit and playing rules, you’ll know which cards to trade and which ones to keep.

How to play Pokémon TCG?

This card game is famous amongst the fan of Pokémon irrespective of age. So, you might have seen teenagers partner with kids for playing or trading, which is quite normal and fair too. 

You just need the right strategy. And we can help you with the basic idea here. To start the Pokémon cards game, each of the two players needs to have 60 cards in the deck. Here are the rules regarding the selection of these cards:

· Players can manage their deck on their own from the cards they have.

· These 60 cards should be a combination of Pokémon cards, Trainer cards, and Energy cards.

· But you can only have four same cards, except for the basic energy ones.

· You can find the complete trainer packs ready with all the cards you’ll need to play the game. This is helpful for newbies to start this Trading Game. However, you can buy booster packs and individual cards as well, as you go up the ladder in the game.

· Half-deck matches are also feasible in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In such games, 30 cards are available for each player with only two same cards.

· You might see some other card selection rules on some other websites, but they aren’t the official version. However, you can explore them to see if such methods are more fun. That’s up to you.

Who gets the first turn?

Well, this is simple like any other game. You can decide this via coin or dice (where the Even number is Heads; the Odd number is Tails). The player winning the toss would be able to choose who gets the first turn.

While selecting the turn, keep in mind that the player going first cannot ATTACK in that particular turn. So, this could be a disadvantage. This means that winning the toss is essential.

Setting Up:

When everything else is sorted, you need to set up for the MATCH. MATCH is the game that both players would be playing with each other. So, for each player, you need to set up a FIELD. This is the area around the players; you can divide it in half, and each player can take the location closest to them.

Shuffle the deck. And place it upside down by each of the players in the respective areas. Now it is time to draw cards. Each player has to draw seven cards from their deck to their HAND. From these cards, one Pokémon card is to be put at the front with its face down as the ACTIVE Pokémon.

In case the cards in HAND have more than one Basic Pokémon card, the rest can be placed in the BENCH. It is the area below the Active Pokémon card. At a particular instant only, five Pokémon can be part of the BENCH for each player.

What if there is no Basic Pokémon card in the first seven cards? 

Well, in that condition, the player without the Basic Pokémon card would have to reshuffle the entire deck and get seven new cards. Meanwhile, the other player would get an extra card from the deck in their hand for each reshuffle. There is no limit to the reshuffle. 

You’ll have to do it until the time both the players don’t have a basic Pokémon as their active Pokémon.

Now, both the players have to draw six more cards face down, and put them separately. These six cards, for each player from their decks, are known as the Prize Cards.

When all this setup is finished, both the players reveal their Active and Bench Pokémon.

What to do in each turn?

Here are a series of events that each player is expected to follow.

Draw a card from your deck.

· Use an energy card to ATTACH energy to one of the Pokémons you have set on the battlefield. It can be either an active Pokémon or the BENCH Pokémon.

· Use that Pokémon (with which you have attached energy) to play with the BENCH.

· Evolve any of the Pokémon you wish to pursue PLAYING.

· But, if you’ll choose any Pokémon from the Bench, you’ll have to retreat your Active Pokémon. This is only possible if the energy cost can be managed for the retreat.

· Use one of the trainer cards from the HAND by focusing on the rules mentioned on that card. Once used, the Trainer card goes to the DISCARD PILE.

· You can use the abilities and powers present on the Active Pokémon card.

· Once you are done with all these steps, you get a chance to ATTACK the other player, if the energy cards attached with your Pokémon allow so.

After the Attack, the turn of a player ends. This Attacking option is not available to the player having the first turn in the first go. It is possible to perform these activities in any order. 

However, drawing the card and ATTACK is to be carried on as the first and last activity of your turn, respectively.

When one player is done with his turn, now it is the time for the second payer. These turns can keep going until one player wins the game.

How to determine the damage?

On each Attack, damage occurs to the Pokémon, or in some conditions, special conditions may attach. The damage counter helps in determining the damage. When the damage exceeds the Hitpoints of the Pokémon, that particular Pokémon get knocked out. 

The knocked-out Pokémon has to be replaced with another Pokémon from the Bench. The player who has knocked the other players’ Pokémon will get the facedown prize cards of the opposite player too. The player can keep them in HAND.

The knocked-out card has to be put in the Discard Pile facing upwards.

How to find the winning player?

In this game, the player wins if:

· They knock out the Pokémon of the other players and get the prize cards.

· If there is no remaining Pokémon (Active or Bench) with the other player

· If there are no cards available with the opponent to draw as the first move on their turn

By following these rules of games, you can have fun with the other Pokémon lovers, and we are sure you’ll become a great player one day.

Where to get the Pokémon TCG cards?

There are two main ways to get these TCG cards. These include:

Buy these cards

There are multiple ways of collecting Pokémon TCG cards. These include purchasing them online from other websites. There are different combinations of cards and boosters available that players can choose from.

The selection procedure of cards at an advanced level isn’t simple. Multiple levels of uniqueness are present in these cards. The categorisation of these cards includes Common, Uncommon, Rare, Rainbow Rare, Secret Rare, and Ultra Rare categories. So, make your choice wisely.

Trade these cards:

You can even trade these cards. Pokémon card sellers might want to get into trading with you. Or you might get in touch with the other card player for the trade.

Make sure you are getting a justifiable deal.

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