How to play Pokemon TCG
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0:00 – Objective
0:16 – Deck Requirements
0:34 – Types of Cards
0:55 – Starting a game
1:10 – Table Layout
1:50 – Picking starting Pokémon
2:38 – Starting the game
3:03 – Play Pokémon
3:09 – EvolvePokémon
3:59 – Attach Energy
4:13 – Play Trainer Cards
4:47 – Pokémon Tools
5:04 – Retreating
5:45 – Abilities
6:12 – Attacking
8:26 – Checkup Phase
8:47 – Asleep
9:00 – Burned
9:12 – Confused
9:31 – Paralyzed
9:45 – Poisoned
9:57 – Special Conditions
10:20 – Advanced Rules
The object of the game is to be the first player to either take all your Prize cards, knock out all your opponent’s pokemon, or to not run out of cards in your deck before your opponent. Each player provides their own deck of exactly 60 cards. When you are building a deck, you can only have 4 copies of a card with the exact same name, even if the image is different, except for basic Energy cards; and you must have at least one Basic Pokémon in it. There are 3 types of cards: Pokemon, which come in basic, stage 1, and stage 2; Energy, of which there is basic and special; and trainer, which contain itens, supporters, and statiums. Each player shuffles their deck. No one can look at or change the order of the cards in either player’s deck unless a card says so. Flip a coin and the winner decides who goes first.
Each player draws 7 cards from their deck to form their hand. Players may not look at their opponent’s hand unless a card says so. In the center of the table is the “In-play zone” which is shared by the players. On your half, you have your active spot, bench, deck, discard pile, and prize cards. Each player starts with, and must always have, one Active Pokémon. If your active pokemon is knocked out, move one pokemon from your bench to your active spot. You may only have one Active Pokémon at a time. If you run out of active pokemon, then you lose the game. Each player has their own discard pile located below their deck. Cards taken out of play go to the discard pile, unless a card specifically says otherwise. Typically, when a Pokémon is Knocked Out, that pokemon and all cards attached to it, go to their owner’s discard pile.
After drawing your hands, in turn order, each player places one basic pokemon from their hand face down in their active spot. If you don’t have any basic pokemon, show your hand to your opponent then return it to your deck, shuffle, then draw 7 new cards. This is called a mulligan. Repeat this process until you have a playable pokemon. Your opponent may draw 1 card for mulligan you took.
Each player may have up to 5 Pokémon on their Bench at any one time. Pokemon in the active spot and on the bench are considered “in-play”. Any Pokémon in play, other than the Active Pokémon, must be on the Bench. After each player has a basic pokemon in play, you may now, in turn order, play up to 5 additional basic pokemon face down to your bench, if you want.
After that, both players set aside the top 6 cards from their deck, face down to their prize area. When you Knock Out an opponent’s Pokémon, you take one of your Prize cards, at random without looking at them first, and put it into your hand. If you’re the first player to take their last Prize card, you win.
Both players now flip their active and benched pokemon face up and the game begins. On your turn you must first draw 1 card. If your deck is empty and you are unable to draw, then you lose the game. After you draw, you can perform any of the following actions any number of times, unless otherwise stated, in any order:
-Play a pokemon. Put a basic Pokémon from your hand face up onto your Bench.
-Evolve your Pokémon. If you have a pokemon card in your hand that says “Evolves from…” then the name of a pokemon you already had in play since the beginning of your turn, then you may play that card from your hand on top of that Pokémon. This is called “evolving”. You may evolve a Basic Pokémon to a Stage 1 or a Stage 1 to a Stage 2. You may not evolve a pokemon the same turn you put it in play or a pokemon you just evolved. When a Pokémon evolves, it keeps all cards attached to it and any damage counters on it. All effects from attacks or Special Conditions on it—such as Asleep, Confused, or Poisoned…
One qualm I have – for confusion I believe, it’s damage and can be prevented with cards like protect cube, I think?
Finally I can play that stupid game now
My 10yr grandson wants me to play but it's nothing like this
The TCG is way more confusing than the G
No card sleeves?
you lost me at 1:50
"unless a card says so"
This doesn't look like chess at all 😂
Also maybe try do Vanguard haha
Now do a 4-hour long video for yugioh
7:15 shouldnt it be the attack type and not the pokemon type?
I can't wait for him to explain Yu-Gi-Oh
I'm assuming this is a very slow game.
Nooooooooooo~ wheres the card proteecccttorrrr!!
Thank you bro
Idk man if my girantina deck is viable the drapion one is superior
I'm just glad I collected the cards and never played, this seems so complicated to play.
Bruh now there is genshin tcg as a mini-game inside its open world game
My on my way to ruin some beginners day with the bdif
Ty I have so many Pokémon cards but I never knew how to actually play it
I used to play back when sun and moon was the most recent region, but they’ve added some stuff to the game I think. Anyways, I’m gonna have to teach some kids how to play with the new cards they get from Christmas. (Their mom asked me to help lol) Wish me luck! 😅
I never knew how to play pokemon cards since it came out. Has it advanced like yugioh or is it still simple and fun to play?
Can I have your moew card😀🥺
what if all my pokemon attacks cost energy and I dont have any energy cards
There should be a do the Urkel card.
"If you want to do the Steve Urkel dance, all you gotta do is hitch up your pants. Bend your knees and stick out your pelvis. I'm tellin' ya baby, it's better than Elvis."
=Pokemon is confused and scarred for life.
I watched this and im already a pokemon expert.
Thank you for making this tutorial!
Instructions unclear; still cannot summon Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon
Hello how to play gold Pokémon card game
Say you have a full bench and your in play pokemon gets knocned out. You move one to play from your bench, then add another pokemon to your bench?
Anyone else kinda make their own version closer to how it is in the games when you where younger
Can I always add to my bench or only 6 total for the whole game ?
I don't even have a single energy card. Is there a way to play without energy cards.
But what if you don’t got no stadium
10:27 Is that a mega card?
But what does a $10k card do tho
Btw tools are gonna be it's own trainer card type and not a sub-type of items
THIS was the video I was looking for, very well explained and cleared all my questions, thanks !!
A pretty good summary. While starter decks are easy to come by, I see a few comments that mention using their own collection. With that in mind, I think it'd be good to have a video about deck composition. How many energy cards should you have, the proportion of basic, stage 1, and stage 2 pokemon, etc. It's not a firm set of rules, but it would really help players move on from preassembled decks.
as a guy who loves to play this, i must say this is well explained🙂
but there ARE some more advanced rules i think
It's just like vanguard
could you make a video about the digimon tcg rules ?
This is not true
I like playing with the homebrew rules where you pick your oponent's prize cards instead of your own. If Your oponent run out of pokemon or cards in their deck, you get all the remaining prize cards. Winner gets to keep all 6 prize cards from their oponent, Loser get to keep any prize cards they took from you, if they were able to get any.
Da Cynthia card tho
better read the rulebook first
You know I really to play Pokemon card but I don't have any friends I am just the single 🙁
I remember that my brother jeff collecting all the Pokemom Card