After two decades, Pokemon is back on the map and better than ever. What started as successful videos game franchise eventually turned into a global sensation complete with toys, anime series and movies, and eventually a successful app. However, in between there, the popularity really exploded with the addition of a collectible card game that is still going strong to this very day. To learn more about the Pokemon Trading Card Game, please go to Blue Leaf Arts And Design and keep reading below.
Pokemon started moving to non-digital platform by introducing a collectible card game in the late 90’s. Like the video games, they focused on two people or “trainers” who battle each other with their teams of Pokemon. The popularity grew so much that there are numerous tournaments, both official and non-official, held with players from all over the world.
The game starts with a coin toss, and the winner who goes first, while both choose one Pokemon from their deck to be active, and they randomly choose six face-down cards to be their Prize cards. The game then goes round by round with each player drawing a card and doing a variety of things from attaching Energy cards to launch powerful attacks, building up a bench of standby allies, playing Trainer cards, etc. After your opponent’s Pokemon faints, or their Hit Points (HP) reach zero, you turn over one of your Prize cards and add it to your deck. The winner is whoever is the first to turn over all their Prize cards or knock out all their opponent’s active and benched Pokemon, whichever comes first.
Energy cards are the type-specific cards that are used to execute attacks from each Pokemon card. Trainer cards featured trainers from the game or show and featured all kinds of effects that could turn the tide of battle. Later on, there were Item cards that could be attached to add special defense or attacks,, Stadium cards that could affect Pokemon of certain types, and some other ones.
There are many theme boxes available that come with specific cards that match the theme, damage counters, a specialty coin, and usually instructions on how to play. These were great for new players as they could get a deck started right away. The player could also easily use these boxes to learn the ropes of the game.
The themes mainly came from the games and shows, such as Water, Fire, Normal, etc., but they could also be related to specific trainers from their media or just refer to the species from specific locations. These types also have set strengths, weaknesses and sometimes resistances, and later on, special abilities.
There are also packs of cards that could be bought separately known as “booster packs.” These are popular because they are additions to the theme boxes, and you never knew what you were going to get, making them popular for their element of surprise.
For those not into non-digital card games, there is an official free version of this game online. It has the same rules but the computer shuffles and provides special effects. You can either play against computer trainers or against actual trainers.
As you can see, there is a lot to the Pokemon Trading Card Game. There is so much more than what was mentioned above. It’s a great game of strategy and almost anyone can learn to play it either against family, friends, or in competitions.