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Not to be confused with the Game Boy Color video game of the same name.

Official logo of the Pokémon Trading Card game in the US.

Pokémon Trading Card Game, or TCG (Japanese: Pokémon Card Game (ポケモンカードゲーム, Pokemon Kaado Geemu)) is a collectible card game that is based on the Pokémon series. It was first published by Media Factory in October 1996 in Japan and has been published by Wizards of the Coast since December 1998. Nintendo took over the publishing of the card games since June 2003.

The playing card game became internationally popular and is holding tournaments around the world where fans can battle against different challengers from different countries. Also, they can play against each other online and even a video game has been based on the playing card game series.


Each player has a deck that contains 60 cards. Each player shuffles your deck and draws seven cards as a starting hand. If the starting hand does not contain a basic Pokémon, the player puts the seven cards back in their deck, reshuffles their deck, and again draws 7 cards, until one obtains a starting hand containing at least one basic Pokémon. Then each player places one Pokémon card as an active one face-down at the zone: "Active Pokémon" and then you must place 5 more active Pokémon on your bench. Each player then deals out six cards face down, to be prize cards. To start the battle, flip a coin with your opponent to decide who will start first. Then reveal your face-down active Pokémon card and begin the battle.

Ways to Win the Game

  1. If your opponent is required to draw a card from their deck, but has no more cards in their deck.
  2. If you win all of your six prize cards.
  3. If you knock out your opponent's active Pokémon, and your opponent has no bench Pokémon with which to replace it.
  4. Lost world

Pokémon Arena Zones

Pokémon Battle Zones.

As both players are dueling with each other, they must place the card in zones. There are 5 different kind of zones containing: Deck – where you must place your deck, as already stated a deck starts off with 60 cards, Active Pokémon – the Pokémon you are using against your opponent, Bench – A zone where you can place 5 cards that can be your back-up, Discard Pile – Where you place cards that are out of play which can be Pokémons, Energy or Trainer cards and Prize Cards – 6 random cards dealt from each player's deck before the battle starts.

Each player's deck starts off with 60 cards, not less or more. The deck must be placed face down at the left on the field. The opponent or you cannot look at decks for the purposes of predicting what cards will be drawn. You must shuffle your deck first before you start drawing your cards.
Active Pokémon
Each player must start with one active Pokémon. If you draw only trainer or energy cards, then you must shuffle your deck and redraw again. You and your opponent must always have one active Pokémon as in the field or bench. If your opponent does not have an active Pokémon in play (either in the field or on the bench), then you win the game.
At the bottom of the zone: "Active Pokémon" there is a zone named: "Bench" which each player may have up to 5 Pokémon, Trainer, Energy cards after each turn. If your active Pokémon has lost the battle, then you can pick up another active Pokémon that you have on the bench. Same counts for Active Pokémon, if you have no Pokémon in play then your opponent will win the game.
Discard Pile
Each player has their own discard pile. The discard pile is meant for cards that are out of play which means if a Pokémon is knocked out, it is placed in the discard pile which also includes energy cards that were attached to the Pokémon. This can also be undone if there is a card that prevents the Pokémon from fainting.
Prize Cards
Prize Cards are six face down cards that each player deals at random from their deck at the start of the game. Each time a player knocks out one of their opponent's Pokémon, the player can take one prize card and place it in their hand. When a player takes their sixth and final prize card before their opponent, the player wins the game.

Types of Cards

There are three types of cards: "Pokémon", "Trainer", and "Energy" cards. These three are used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game to trade or to challenge your opponent.

Pokémon Cards

Card Information.

Pokémon cards are the important cards of the game, but are useless to attack if there are no energy cards attacked. You start with basic Pokémon cards and there are cards containing: "Stage 1" and "Stage 2" which means a certain Pokémon can evolve. There are important parts at a Pokémon card, such as: HP or Ability.

Pokémon Type

Cards can contain the type of the Pokémon which can be one of the 10 energy cards. The eleven types are: Colorless, Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, Fighting, and Psychic. Later on, the Darkness, Metal, Dragon, and Fairy types were introduced. However, the Fairy type was later removed and is not scheduled to appear on any future cards.

Heal Points (HP)

Those are the Pokémon energy of battling. If they are attack with the points of the Pokémon attack, they will lose some Heal Points. If they got attacked and lost all of their Heal Points then the Pokémon is knocked out and sent to the discard pile, with all energy cards that were attached to the Pokémon.


Some Pokémon that contains "basic" got evolution forms. If there is a Pokémon with Stage 1 or Stage 2, then it means that it is the evolved type of Pokémon. But only if the Pokémon in the picture of the evolved Pokémon can be evolved.

Trainer Cards

Energy Cards

Energy Cards can be attached to Pokémon so that the Pokémon can use its attacks. (you may only attach 1 energy card to 1 Pokémon per turn)

TCG series (English)

Original series

Neo series

  • Neo Genesis
  • Neo Discovery
  • Neo Revelation
  • Neo Destiny


  • Legendary Collection


  • Expedition Base Set
  • Aquapolis
  • Skyridge

EX series

  • Ruby & Sapphire
  • Sandstorm
  • Dragon
  • Team Magma vs Team Aqua
  • Hidden Legends
  • FireRed & LeafGreen
  • Team Rocket Returns
  • Deoxys
  • Emerald
  • Unseen Forces
  • Delta Species
  • Legend Maker
  • Holon Phantoms
  • Crystal Guardians
  • Dragon Frontiers
  • Power Keepers

Diamond & Pearl series

Platinum Series

  • Platinum
  • Rising Rivals
  • Supreme Victors
  • Arceus

Heartgold Soulsilver Series

  • HeartGold SoulSilver
  • Unleashed
  • Undaunted
  • Triumphant
  • Call of Legends

Black & White

Black & White Series
Set № Set Image Set Name Set Icon Set Release Date
BW 1
Black & White Set Image.png
Black & White N/A April 25th 2011
BW 2
Emerging Powers Set Image.png
Emerging Powers N/A August 31st 2011
BW 3
Noble Victories Set Image.png
Noble Victories N/A November 16th 2011
BW 4
Next Destinies Set Image.png
Next Destinies N/A February 8th 2012
BW 5
Dark Explorers Set Image.png
Dark Explorers N/A May 9th 2012
BW 6
Dragons Exalted Set Image.png
Dragons Exalted N/A August 15th 2012
BW 6.5
Dragon Vault Set Image.png
Dragon Vault N/A October 5th 2012
BW 7
Boundaries Crossed Set Image.png
Boundaries Crossed N/A November 7th 2012
BW 8
Plasma Storm Set Image.png
Plasma Storm N/A February 6th 2013
BW 9
Plasma Freeze Set Image.png
Plasma Freeze N/A May 8th 2013
BW 10
Plasma Blast Set Image.png
Plasma Blast N/A August 14th 2013
BW 11
Legendary Treasures Set Image.png
Legendary Treasures N/A November 6th 2013


XY Series
Set № Set Image Set Name Set Icon Set Release Date
XY 0
XY Kalos Starter Set Image.png
XY Kalos Starter Set N/A November 8th 2013
XY 1
XY Set Image.png
XY N/A February 5th 2014
XY 2
Flashfire Set Image.png
Flashfire N/A May 7th 2014
XY 3
Furious Fists Set Image.png
Furious Fists N/A August 13th 2014
XY 4
Phantom Forces Set Image.png
Phantom Forces N/A November 5th 2014
XY 5
Primal Clash Set Image.png
Primal Clash N/A February 4th 2015
XY 5.5
Double Crisis Set Image.png
Double Crisis N/A March 25th 2015
XY 6
Roaring Skies Set Image.png
Roaring Skies N/A May 6th 2015
XY 7
Ancient Origins Set Image.png
Ancient Origins N/A August 12th 2015
XY 8
Break Through Set Image.png
Break Through N/A November 4th 2015
XY 9
Break Point Set Image.png
Break Point N/A February 3rd 2016
XY 9.5
Generations Set Image.png
Generations N/A February 22nd 2016
XY 10
Fates Collide Set Image.png
Fates Collide N/A May 2nd 2016
XY 11
Steam Siege Set Image.png
Steam Siege N/A August 3rd 2016
XY 12
Evolutions Set Image.png
Evolutions N/A November 2nd 2016

Sun & Moon

Sun and Moon Series
Set № Set Image Set Name Set Icon Set Release Date
Sun & Moon Set Image.png
Sun & Moon
February 3rd 2017
Guardians Rising Set Image.png
Guardians Rising
May 5th 2017
Burning Shadows Set Image.png
Burning Shadows
August 4th 2017
SNMN 3.5
Shining Legends Set Image.png
Shining Legends N/A October 6th 2017
Crimson Invasion Set Image.png
Crimson Invasion N/A November 3rd 2017
Ultra Prism Set Image.png
Ultra Prism N/A February 2nd 2018
Forbidden Light Set Image.png
Forbidden Light N/A May 4th 2018
Celestial Storm Set Image.png
Celestial Storm N/A August 3rd 2018
SNMN 7.5
Dragon Majesty Set Image.png
Dragon Majesty N/A September 7th 2018
Lost Thunder Set Image.png
Lost Thunder N/A November 2nd 2018
Team Up Set Image.png
Team Up N/A February 1st 2019
SNMN 9.5
Detective Pikachu Set Image.png
Detective Pikcachu N/A March 29th 2019
Unbroken Bonds Set Image.png
Unbroken Bonds N/A May 3rd 2019
Unified Minds Set Image.png
Unified Minds N/A August 2nd 2019
SNMN 11.5
Hidden Fates Set Image.png
Hidden Fates N/A August 23rd 2019
Cosmic Eclipse Set Image.png
Cosmic Eclipse N/A November 1st 2019

Sword & Shield

Sword & Shield Series
Set № Set Image Set Name Set Icon Set Release Date
Sword & Shield Set Image.png
Sword & Shield
February 7th 2020
Rebel Clash Set Image.png
Rebel Clash
May 1st 2020
Darknes Ablaze Set Image.png
Darkness Ablaze
August 14th 2020
SWSH 3.5
Champions Path Set Image.png
Champions Path
September 25th 2020
Vivid Voltage Set Image.png
Vivid Voltage
November 13th 2020
SWSH 4.5
Shining Fates Set Image.png
Shining Fates
February 19th 2021
Battle Styles Set Image.png
Battle Styles
March 19th 2021
Chilling Reign Set Image.png
Chilling Reign
June 18th 2021
Evolving Skies Set Image.png
Evolving Skies N/A August 27th 2021
SWSH 7.5
Celebrations Set Image.png
Celebrations N/A October 8th 2021
Fusion Strike Set Image.png
Fusion Strike N/A November 12th 2021
Brilliant Stars Set Image.png
Brilliant Stars N/A February 25th 2022