Questions tagged [pokemon]

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 system and are needed to use a Pokémon's attacks. Cards in play are always face-up.

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can i have multiple copies of a single pokemon?

i was looking to build an Eevee deck for my niece, who is really into pokemon tcg at the moment- and i know you can only have 4 copies of any card, but saw somewhere that the exception is if it is a ...
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Do I take two prize cards when a Pokemon-EX is discarded?

When using the Cursed Shovel trainer card and you remove two cards from your opponent’s deck, if one of the discarded cards is a Mega Mewtwo EX, does it entitle me to take two prize cards?
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What types go well together in a Pokémon deck?

Which types combine well with water types in Pokémon? I have water types, so I need to know which types go well with them so I can make a good deck.
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Establishing number of secret Pokemon cards per quarterly release

How is it ever proven or demonstrated as to the final number of secret Pokemon cards in a series? These are the cards that are numbered higher than the set number e.g. 194/192 and tend to be holos, ...
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Poisoning as an attack in Pokemon TCG

The item card Bent Spoon prevents all effects of attacks apart from damage. Toxapex GX had an attack that causes 100 damage instead of 10 between turns. Does this damage class as an effect of an ...
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How does the whole EX/GX thing work? (Pokemon TCG)

So I'm new to the Pokemon TCG, atleast when learning how to play the game itself. I've gotten confused to what distinguishes EX and GX cards. I looked it up and all I found was that GX are majorly ...
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How do you identify what series a Pokemon card is from?

Just from looking at the Pokemon card, is it possible to determine what series the card is from e.g. Hidden Fates, Steam Siege etc.? The copyright states the year but not which release quarter the ...
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Pokémon energy cards with circled numbers

I have these Grass type energy cards in my collection, they're from 2017, fairly new. But I have no idea why they're numbered. I can't even remember where I got them from. The numbers are on each card ...
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When you return an evolved pokemon to your hand, and you put it back into play, do you have to evolve the pokemon again?

For example, when amoonguss is returned to the hand, and you take it's stage one devolved form with it (foongus), and then you want to put it back into play, do you place amoonguss back in, or foongus?...
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Defeating Final Evolution Pokemon

I'm a very new player to the Pokemon TCG, and have picked up two themed decks to play with (Ultra Prism). So far in my experience however it seems that if one player gets their active Pokemon to its ...
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Does damage of Echoed Voice (Toucannon SUM) increment each turn?

My brother and I were playing another round of Pokémon TCG, and we encountered an argument that we can't solve involving Toucannon's Echoed Voice attack. Me: Echoed Voice does 60 damage on the first ...
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What is the use of the return label in Pokémon TCG?

In the image below, the trainer card "Return Label" states that you can put a card from your opponent's discard pile on the bottom of their deck. What is the use of this card? You wouldn't want your ...
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Can you have the same Pokemon with different names [duplicate]

I was thinking about a character in the TV show during one episode of sun and moon Ash meets a trainer who just loves Pikachu and I wanted to make a deck baced on her so I understand you can only have ...
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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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Rules or constraints for assembling the cards in your Pokemon deck

Trying to learn Pokemon TCG. My understanding is that, as a Pokemon TCG player, its your responsibility to assemble your own deck (stack of Pokemon cards) prior to coming to the game/match/fight/...
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In the Pokémon TCG, is there a combination of cards that prevents you from milling out?

One way to lose in the Pokémon TCG is to have no cards left to draw at the beginning of your turn. Is there an combination of cards that prevents you from ever running out of cards to draw?
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Do benched Pokemon heal?

I'm trying to learn Pokemon TCG so I can play with my kids; and I'm trying to figure out whether benched Pokemon heal or not? If so: are there any constraints ("healing rate", etc.) which apply to ...
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Can Mewto and Mew Tag Team GX's Perfection ability be prevented from using by using Golduck's amnesia attack?

In Pokemon tcg, I got a card named "Mewto and Mew GX", and the "Perfection" ability looks cool. But when I put it into combat, I encountered a problem. For example, golduck's attack amnesia does 20 ...
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Pokemon cards with the same name and different features

I have noticed that some Pokémon have the same name but different features (be it hit points, attacks or abilities). How does this work? I am accustomed to card games where the same card, even with ...
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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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Does Mewtwo-EX's Damage Change exchange or move damage counters?

Mewtwo-EX from BREAKthrough has a Damage Change attack: Damage Change Switch all damage counters on this Pokémon with those on your opponent's Active Pokémon. The Damage Change attack states ...
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Pokemon Gliscor GL 62/111

I have a Gliscor card from the Rising Rivals Pokemon set which says it's an 'Elite Four's Pokemon' but on the top left-hand side it's written GL (Gym Leader) instead of the usual Elite Four icon (see ...
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Does Incineroar's ability, Strong Cheer, affect attacks that normally deal no damage?

I have a benched Incineroar (Unbroken Bonds 29) with Strong Cheer ability. Strong Cheer Your Pokémon's attacks do 30 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and ...
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what happens to an injured pokemon shuffled back into the deck

Heracross can perform an attack which forces the opponent to »shuffle his active pokemon back into his deck«. What happens if this pokemon is already injured? I did not find the rules adequate about ...
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How to tell whether a Pokémon Card is fake or not

Recently, I have obtained many Pokémon cards, but I do not know how to tell if they are real. For example, some seem more shiny on the back then others, and there seem to be many typos like Caterpie ...
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How can I defend against Pokémon Cinccino “Fluffy Tail”

I’m trying to learn how to play the Pokémon tcg and can’t find an answer that makes sense online. My opponent used Cinccino’s Fluffy Tail attack, which does 30 damage, and also puts the defending ...
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Can I play basic attacks of an evolved Pokemon?

If I have evolved a Pokemon by placing a Stage 1 or Stage 2 card on top of it, can I play attacks from the basic form?
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What's a good item card to get water energy out of a deck in pokemon?

I'm trying to make a deck for my Blastoise but I can't find/figure out what good item /pokemon card to draw water energy from my deck. This is my main card.
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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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What type of Pokémon coins are these?

I have no idea where they came from or what they are, if any one knows I would greatly appreciate an answer.
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Pokémon attacks which deal no damage

I am learning to play pokemon tcg since my 7yo kid is interested into it and with his friends play a completely random version of the rules. At least I can try to give him some meaning and have fun in ...
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Are effects from attacks mandatory or optional?

Very new Pokémon tcg player (father trying to learn the rules here). I wonder if the effects of an attack are mandatory or optional. Like I have a Alolan Sandslash whose Smash Turn attack (requires ...
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When do you flip a coin for conditions

I understand that you flip a coin to check if a pokemon wakes up. Assume that my son puts my active Pokémon to sleep (he has a Litwick which does this very easily). At the end of his turn do I get to ...
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What is the difference between add damage counters and attack damage

On Dusclops(Flashfire 39/106), on the moved cursed drop it says that i can put 4 damage counters on my opponent's pokemon in any way I like. What is the difference from saying this as in do 40 damage ...
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How should damage counters be put on a Pokémon?

Who gets to choose how damage counters get put on, or are there rules for it? I have a Primeape with the attack: Karate Chop Does 80 damage minus 10 damage for each damage counter on this ...
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What are some house rules to improve Pokémon Master Trainer? [closed]

This past week's game of the week was the '99 (first) version of the Pokémon 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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Pokemon TCG: is there a way to remove energy from your own pokemon?

I'm starting to get into Pokemon TCG with my daughter and after the first few games I already have some questions to which I cannot find an answer in the official rulebook. One of them is - is there a ...
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Can Alolan Muk use Tri Hazard GX attack even if opponent has no benched Pokémon?

If the opponent only has the Active Pokémon left and no benched one, can the Tri Hazard GX attack still be used even if there is nobody on the bench?
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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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How to defeat Alolan Nintales with Guzzlord-GX deck [closed]

I play the Pokémon TCG, and this is the deck I run: 3x Guzzlord-GX 4x Talonflame (Steam Seige 96) 1x Bridget 3x Wishful Baton 2x Repel 47x Darkness energy In theory, this is how the deck should work:...
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Can You Play Two Search Cards at Once in Competitive Play

Say I have two Profrssor’s Letters which allow me to search for two basic energy cards then shuffle my deck afterwards. In competitive play, are you able to play two of those cards or similar cards at ...
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Is there a card similar to Lugia from Fates Collide that targets GXs instead of EXs?

I've dabbled in the Pokémon TCG on and off for a few years now - the main reason why I buy packs is not for the cards themselves, but for the collectible pins some of them come with. Recently, I ...
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What is the maximum allowed number of repeats in a Pokémon deck?

I've realised that, when playing Pokémon, the trick to winning is to evolve your Pokémon. 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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What is the definitive source of rulings for the Pokemon TCG?

I'm looking for what the definitive site for searching rulings for Pokémon TCG cards is, similar to MTG's Gatherer. Searching for specific cards comes up with various different answers, but most are ...
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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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Why don't ground-types (fighting) in Pokemon TCG have resistance to electric?

I don't play the Pokemon TCG, and most of my exposure comes from collecting cards from the first three sets when I was a kid (which I've long since gotten rid of). I decided recently to pick up a ...
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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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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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Pokemon Asleep Status

I have looked all over for this and can't find any good information on the sleep status, even in the rule book. This came up because in a game recently with a friend: I was put to sleep with an ...
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Has Ash ever appeared on any Pokémon TCG cards?

Ash Ketchum is the star of the Pokémon anime. Has he ever appeared on any TCG cards to date? I know the cards tend to follow the game universe, but I'm wondering if over the 20+ years the lines ...