Pokémon Trading Card Game is a two-player trading card game based on the popular franchise. Players select Pokémon, who have various types and abilities, and try to defeat the opponent's Pokémon. Trainer cards provide various supporting and disrupting effects. Energy cards are this game's resource ...

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What is a good Pokemon deck ratio?

My son really likes Pokémon, and owns a lot of cards. He mostly plays the video games and reads the books, but wants to build a Pokemon deck to play as well. We understand the basic rules. I know ...
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What are the differences within/between Pokemon series?

My kids are getting interested in Pokemon TCG, so I'm trying to figure out the different series and sets. I played Magic the Gathering for a little while, which has helped me understand some of the ...
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What is the maximum allowed number of repeats in a Pokemon deck?

I've realised that, when playing Pokemon, the trick to winning is to evolve your Pokemon. This takes a bit of luck, in that you have to have the first level Pokemon on the table, then you have to ...
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Why are the old Pokémon TCG sets not allowed in modern tournaments?

I've heard that the Pokémon TCG cards from the old sets, like base, jungle, fossile etc, aren't allowed in tournaments anymore. Why are they forbidden? The old cards seem to be consistently weaker, so ...
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What card game is popular today, fun for kids, and is a worthy investment at a reasonable cost to my wallet? [closed]

So my son, who is 8 years old, is just noticing his friends getting into card games like Pokemon. I collected sports cards when I was his age and still do. I never got into the card games like D&...
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House rules to improve Pokemon Master Trainer

This past week's game of the week was the '99 (first) version of the Pokemon Master Trainer board game. It was not the strategic challenge that I am used to, does anyone have any knowledge of ...
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Best way to get into Pokemon?

So I'd like to introduce my son to a basic card game like Pokemon since he loves the creatures, etc. When I go to a store and look at all the 'starter' decks, and packs, etc I'm a little confused. ...
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Is there a complete database of Pokémon data?

I'm looking for a database (in whatever format) that contains all official Pokémon data (~PokéDex). A good example is the data serebii.net has, but the owner of the site doesn't seem to be eager to ...
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Is there a maximum amount of energy that can be attached to one Pokémon?

I bought the Mewtwo EX tin and he has an ability called "Shatter Shot". This attack does 30 damage multiplied by the amount of "psychic" energy you have on this Pokémon. I have a bunch of ...
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What to do when you “return a Pokemon to your hand”

I have several Pokemon that have the ability to return them to your hand as part of an attack. For example: Phione: Auqa Boomerang - 20 damage - Return this Pokemon and all cards attached to it ...
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Is there any complete downloadable Pokémon TCG text database?

I'm aware those guys have such a database, but I couldn't find any way to download it. Not even access it by an API. Is there any one of those available for download?
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How are holographic trading cards printed in an industrial setting?

Are printing techniques trade secrets? I'm wondering what type of printer, foil, cardboard, etc., is required to print holographic cards of the sort you might see in Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh. I can find ...
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If I use a trainer card that removes damage, can I remove less than that amount of damage?

If a trainer card states that it removes 60 points of damage, can you use it to remove 50 points or less of damage? I have one card that says up to 30 points of damage, so I know I can use it to ...
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Brand new Pokemon Cards bent in packaging!

I just opened my new Enchanted Echo starter deck and found two fairy energy cards bent in the box! These cards are completely unusable and buying this deck was primarily for getting the fairy energy ...
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Are the Pokémon TCG “Team Rocket” sets balanced against XY cards?

My daughter received Pokémon XY cards for Christmas, and I have been thinking about buying a deck to play with her. She has the XY trainer set, and I was looking at the other XY cards to buy. Then, ...
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Is there fan-made version of gbc-version exclusive pokemon cards?

Are somewhere on Internet available fan-made versions of cards which are exclusive to Pokemon Trading Card Game for GBC? I mean fake cards, which are looking as real-game cards. It doesn't have to be ...
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Are Item Finder and Dowsing Machine the same card?

Item Finder is a card from the original Pokemon TCG Base Set. Dowsing Machine is a card that has the same effect, but was printed as an Ace Spec in the much more recent Plasma Storm set. I would like ...
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Is a Pokémon energy card with no numbers normal?

I have a Pocket Monster (Pokémon) card in Japanese. It is a fire energy with no numbers in the bottom right corner. Is this normal?
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Was there ever a non-1st Edition version of the Machamp found in the 2-player Starter Set?

Back when I collected Pokémon cards, I received a 2-Player Starter Set, which included a 1st Edition Holographic Machamp. As far as I know, everybody who got this set received the same 1st Edition ...
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How can I find what basic and stage 1 Pokémon cards can evolve to?

My son just got a Breakthrough Elite Trainer Box. He's got several basic and stage 1 Pokémon and I'd like to find out what Pokémon those cards evolve to. What's the best way to find out how basic and ...
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Older Pokemon cards

I can tell by checking sites that older Pokemon cards are most likely not allowed in a tournament setting. Would that include energy and training cards? They should seem to be generic and okay.
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Pokemon Japanese Pocket monster cards?

enter image description here Does anyone know what kind of cards these are?
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Pokemon Call of Legends Starter Cards

My son got a bunch of Pokemon cards. One set he bought used was the Call of Legends expansion. The instructions say that there are two preset decks that you can use to start with to understand the ...
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Can my opponent really have no benched pokemon, even with a Pyroar?

My opponent has a Pyroar and when it's in play he doesn't place any other pokemon on his bench so I can't have him switch out. Is that allowed?
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1st Edition missprints on base set pikachu

Hello there I've trying to get my hands on a rare miss printed base set pikachu. Where the 1st edition symbol is faded, aka the (ghost print). I just wondered is the pikachu on the right is a (ghost ...
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Ursaring Adrenalash clarification

Move Adrenalash says add 50 damage on next turn. Does that mean every other turn or every next turn while he's active?
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Failure to take a call for step in Pokemon

If a mistake is made in a Pokemon game, and neither player catches it, does the player who failed to do the correct action lose the game, or is the game a draw, or do you continue to play the game ...
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Pokemon damage multiplied

When a pokemon card says 20x the number of energy do you do 20 damage if there is no energy on a pokemon or would it be zero? Mewtwo for example, is it 20 plus the number of energies?
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What energy type does poison use and does it stack?

I am new to Pokemon but not TCGs in general. I have a Skrelp (Psychic Type) which has a Spit Poison ability (also Psychic Energy) that it used on Honedge which has a resistance -20 to Psychic ...
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How do I build a Pokémon TCG deck? [closed]

It's a bit hard to build a deck. There's so many cards I can barely think of an idea, or how I'm supposed to build one! Could anyone lend me a hand on this?
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Pokemon base set 2 cards [closed]

Does anyone know how much cards like these would sell for? I couldn't find any that looked like this on the internet. None had the same shiny finish.