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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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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 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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Do the 'Charizard EX' sets automatically come with a Mega Charizard EX card?

My nine-year-old has asked for a 'Mega Charizard EX set' of Pokémon cards. I googled that. I found the individual Mega Charizard EX card for $20-$25 and I found the Charizard EX set of Pokémon cards. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Brigette Supporter: Does Pokemon GX considered EX?

When using Brigette supporter card, how many basic GX should I search? Do I need to search only (1) considering it an Ex or (3) considering it as non-EX basic? I have GX pokemons in my deck and don't ...
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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 Psychic ...
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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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Pokemon Evolution across types

Are you allowed to evolve a pokemon to a different type? For example, I have a leaf Burmy. I have a leaf Wormadam and a metal Wordamam. Can I evolve my leaf Burmy to a metal Wordamam?
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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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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 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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Playing Pokemon TCG with more than two players

I want to play Pokemon with my brother and sister. The only problem is that there will be three people playing, which means it would be hard to alter rules so that they do not give other players an ...
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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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How to defeat an active Digglet Pokemon when oppenent has an additional on bench

The Digglet from XY - Evolutions protects itself as long as it's on the bench. How is it possible to defeat the active Diglett if there's also a second one on the bench, causing each to protect itself?...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Damage using Professor Kukui in Pokemon TCG

Professor Kukui adds 20 damage to the Active Pokemon during an attack. Does this still occur if you attack a benched Pokemon? I know it shouldn't be added on if you poison the Active Pokemon as this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Pokemon cards banned in unlimited

In the new pokemon Ban List it says that FoGP and Archeops are banned in Expanded. It kind of makes sense to say that, since they're not in Standard, but does that mean they're not banned in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Pokemon, is the 'Attack' action the last action that is performed on your turn?

Is the 'Attack' action the last action you take during your turn or can you take other actions after this is done?
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Why isn't resistance a case of halving any damage taken?

In the Pokémon TCG, there is something called Resistance and Weakness. Like this: For example, for some games, you have multipliers like 1x for 'Neutral Attacks' that aren't affected by Resistance ...
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Should A Big Parasol on a Decidueye Protect me from Dragapult VMAX Shred

Can anyone help clear up an discussion I'm having with my son as to whether a big parasol stops a dragapult's shred getting through Deep Forest Camo. The Text on Decidueye's Deep Forest Camo ability ...
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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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Can Alolan Pokémon evolve to non-Alolan or vice versa?

If I have a regular Ninetales in my hand and an Alolan Vulpix on my bench, can I evolve the Alolan Vulpix into the regular Ninetales?
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Pokemon TCG Starting Decks

My son and I are new to Pokemon TCG. We purchased the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy and have been enjoying it. It came with three complete decks: electric, fire, and psychic. Each one came ...
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Is there a way to rate Pokemon decks so that players can be evenly matched?

I took the kids to a local game store for a casual pokemon tournament. I was disappointed to see the vastly superior decks the other players had built. Every pokemon in their decks was V, Vmax, V-Star,...
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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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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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Can any card named exactly "Pikachu" evolve into "Raichu"? [duplicate]

There are many different pokemon cards named exactly "Pikachu". (I am not asking about Alolan versions, etc.) If I have a Raichu card that says "evolves from Pikachu", can I evolve ...
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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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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 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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