In the Pokémon TCG, there are three basic types of cards players can use to build their decks. Any combination of these is allowed, however, to be playable and legal, several other notes must be followed.
- Main article: Pokémon (TCG)
Pokémon cards are cards that depict one of the 649 creatures themselves, and make appearances in one of four distinct evolutionary levels. Every Pokémon card has some combination of attacks and/or Pokémon Powers.
- Main article: Trainer card (TCG)
- Main article: Energy card (TCG)
Energy cards provide the power needed to use Pokémon attacks. They come in eight basic types, which provide both their type and Colorless, and a variety of special kinds which have additional effects or provide multiple types of Energy.