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Pokemon trading card game

How does the game work?

You and your opponent take on the role of Pokémon trainers competing against each other. On each of your turns, you can play Energy cards to boost your Pokémon, use Trainer cards, and evolve your Pokémon into stronger versions. Your goal is to defeat the opposing Pokémon with your own in the Gym.

What you need to play

You and your opponent each need their own deck of 60 cards, a coin to flip, and some tokens to track the damage on your Pokémon. You can use the game mat that comes with a 2-player theme deck or trainer kit to learn proper card placement. After a few games you won’t need them anymore.

What cards are there?

Before we start the game itself, let’s look at the different card types.

Pokemon cards

These cards are the main players in the game, which can exist as Basic Pokémon or Evolution cards. (If it’s a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Pokémon, it’s an Evolution card.) Evolution cards work just like Basic Pokémon—they’re just usually stronger.

energy cards

Energy cards give your Pokémon the Energy they need for their attacks. Some attacks require a specific energy type, and others can use any energy. Unless otherwise noted on the card, Energy cards stay attached to the Pokémon after an attack!

trainer cards

When you play a trainer card, you follow the instructions on the card and then discard it.

supporter cards

Supporter cards are similar to Trainer cards, but you can only play one of them each turn.

Stadium Cards

Stadium cards represent special battle arenas that remain in play until a new Stadium card is played. Pokémon TCG: The Basic Rules Page 2 of 4

start of the game

  • Shake hands with your opponent.
  • Shuffle your 60-card deck and put 7 cards in your hand.
  • Make sure you’ve drawn at least one Basic Pokémon.
  • Discard a Basic Pokémon facedown in front of you as the Active Pokémon.
  • Put up to 5 Basic Pokémon face down on your Bench.
  • Set aside your 6 prize cards. To do this, place the top 6 cards of your deck face down in your prize card area without looking at them.
  • flip a coin The player who wins the coin toss begins.
  • Reveal your Active Pokémon and Benched Pokémon.

Here we go!

During the game you take turns with your opponent. During your opponent’s turn, you don’t do anything other than replace your Active Pokémon if it is Knocked Out.

What you can do during your turn:

  1. Draw a card.
  2. Now you can perform the following actions in any order:
    • Bench a Basic Pokémon (as many times as you like)
    • Evolve (any number of) Pokémon in the game.
    • Attach an Energy card to a Pokémon (only once per turn).
    • Play Trainer Cards (any number), Supporter Cards, and Stadium Cards (maximum one of each).
    • Retire your Active Pokémon (only once per turn).
    • Use Poké-Power (as many as you want)
  3. Attack!
    • Check if your Active Pokémon has enough Energy cards attached to it to make the attack.
    • Check the opponent’s Pokemon’s Weakness and Resistance.
    • Put damage counters on your opponent’s Pokémon.
    • Check if your opponent’s Pokémon is Knocked Out.
    • Take a Prize (if your opponent’s Pokemon is Knocked Out).
  4. Your turn is now over.

What happens after each player’s turn

After each player’s turn, a poisoned Active Pokémon gains damage counters. It may gain damage counters when burned. And if it’s asleep or paralyzed, it may be able to recover. Then the next player’s turn begins.

How to win the game

You win the game if one or more of the following conditions are met:

  • You’ve got all your Prize cards in hand (you may put one of your Prize cards in hand for each opponent’s Pokemon that is Knocked Out.).
  • You Knocked Out your opponent’s last Pokémon. Pokémon TCG: The Basic Rules Page 3 of 4
  • Your opponent has no cards left in their deck when they have to draw a card at the start of their turn.

How do Special Conditions work?

Some attacks cause the Defending Pokémon to be Asleep, Burned, Confused, Paralyzed, or Poisoned. These conditions are called “Special Conditions”. They don’t affect Benched Pokémon, only Active Pokémon. It even removes all Special Conditions when a Pokemon goes on the Bench. Also, all Special Conditions lose their effect when a Pokémon evolves.

Sleep

If a Pokémon is Asleep, it cannot attack or retreat. Once it’s asleep, turn the Pokémon card horizontally to the left to show that it’s asleep. After each player’s turn, flip a coin. If heads, the Pokémon wakes up (turn the card back upright), but if tails, it stays asleep and you have to wait until after the next turn before you can try to wake it up again.

burned

If a Pokémon is burned, put a “burn counter” on it to show that it’s burned. As long as it’s burned, flip a coin after each player’s turn. If tails, put 2 damage counters on the Pokémon, ignoring Weakness and Resistance. If an attack would burn a Pokémon that’s already burned, it won’t be double burned. The new burn state replaces the old one instead. Make sure your “combustion counters” look different than your damage counters.

Confused

If a Pokemon is confused, you always have to flip a coin if you want to attack with it. Turn a Confused Pokémon upside down to indicate that it is Confused. A Confused Pokémon can retreat to the Bench normally, where it then loses all Special Conditions.

If you attack with a confused Pokemon, you have to flip a coin. If heads, the attack is normal. If tails, you must put 3 damage counters on the confused Pokemon and the attack has no effect. The Confused Pokemon gets the 3 damage counters even if the attempted attack doesn’t do any damage (like Geckarbor’s Poison Breath).

Paralyzed

When a Pokémon is Paralyzed, it cannot attack or retreat. Turn the Pokémon card horizontally to the right to indicate that it is paralyzed. When an Active Pokémon is Paralyzed, it recovers after its player’s next turn. Then turn the card back to the vertical position. So if your Pokémon becomes Paralyzed, it will be out for your entire next turn, and then it’ll be fine again.

Poisoned

When a Pokemon is Poisoned, put a “Poison Counter” on it to show that it’s Poisoned. As long as it remains Poisoned, after each player’s turn, put a damage counter on that Pokémon, ignoring Weakness and Resistance. If an attack would poison a Pokémon that’s already poisoned, it won’t be doubly poisoned. The new poison replaces the old poison instead. Make sure your “poison counters” look different than your damage counters.

Can your Pokemon be asleep and confused at the same time?

If a Pokémon is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed, and a new attack against that Pokémon puts it to Sleep, Confused, or Paralyzed, the previous condition is wiped out and only the new condition counts. But these three conditions are the only attack effects that cancel each other out. For example, a Pokémon can be confused and burned at the same time.

What’s new in the Pokémon TCG: Platinum expansion?

The Pokémon TCG: Platinum expansion awaits you with a newly discovered Pokémon: Shaymin – in its land form and zenith form and even as Pokémon LV.X! Each Shaymin has unique attacks and abilities, making the first chapter of the next great Pokémon adventure a particularly exciting experience. Also new in this expansion are the new Pokémon SP. On each Pokémon SP card, you’ll find two different symbols: the SP sign and an image of a special trainer—a Pokémon SP is a Pokémon specially trained by that trainer. Some Pokémon SP have a in their name identifying them as Team Galactic Pokémon. And now the most exciting thing: Some Pokémon now have attacks or Poké-Powers that allow you to Putting your opponent’s Pokémon or cards attached to them into a whole new play area: the Nowhere! Cards that are in the nowhere (which is off the field next to your prize cards) are discarded there face up, but unlike cards in the discard piles, are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! the nowhere! Cards that are in the nowhere (which is off the field next to your prize cards) are discarded there face up, but unlike cards in the discard piles, are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! the nowhere! Cards that are in the nowhere (which is off the field next to your prize cards) are discarded there face up, but unlike cards in the discard piles, are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! those that are in the nowhere (which is off the field next to your prize cards) are discarded there face up, but unlike cards in the discard piles, are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! those that are in the nowhere (which is off the field next to your prize cards) are discarded there face up, but unlike cards in the discard piles, are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! however, unlike cards in the discard piles, they are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! however, unlike cards in the discard piles, they are completely out of play for the rest of the game and cannot be retrieved from there. Any player can look at these cards at any time. Pokémon LV.X first appeared in Diamond & Pearl—and now you can find more of these powerful Pokémon in Platinum’s boosters! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play! The Pokémon LV.X give new abilities and attacks to a Pokémon in play. The Poké-Power, Poké-Body and attacks from the previous level are still available, which opens up many new ways to play!

What else you should know

In the Pokémon TCG, learning the basics is very important. Then, the more you play, the more experience you will gain to become a master trainer. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can check out the advanced rules, join a Pokémon league, or experiment with new strategies to take your game to the next level!

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