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Coin (TCG)

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Official TCG Coin from Diamond & Pearl Theme Decks

A coin, in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, is used in a variety of ways, from Energy cards to Pokémon attacks. Many attacks say "Flip a coin. If heads, _____________________. If tails, ____________________." The coin flip is often the main point of the attack, as it decides the effect that the attack had on the Defending Pokémon: For example, these effects can succeed or fail in attacking the opponent, pick one of two possible status conditions to inflict on the opponent, or succeed in the attack or counter on the user. Sometimes, the attack's effectiveness depends on the number of successive heads-flips. A point to be noted is that the majority of coin-flips require a heads for a good effect on the user, and nothing or a bad effect if tails.

Types of coins

A coin can be a real, monetary coin, a special metal, or a cardboard disc with a Pokémon on it, or any small, flat object that has the same chance of landing on either of two sides when flipped. Coins that are not official Pokémon merchandise and supplied expressly for use in the Trading Card Game are not allowed in sanctioned events.

Sometimes, the player may prefer to use a die rather than a coin, with even numbers representing heads and odd numbers representing tails. Current Play! Pokémon rules state that a die used as a coin must have the following characteristics: "distinguishable from dice used as damage counters, be transparent or translucent, have well rounded edges, and have six sides with a cube shape." Dice are generally preferred over coins by tournament players because of their ease of use.

Official Pokémon dice to be used in lieu of coins are often distributed at larger organized play events, such as State/Province/Territory Championships and Regional Championships.

A special plastic coin is distributed to all pre-constructed decks, such as the starter decks and theme decks and excluding the Championship decks and Generation II sets by Wizards of the Coast as the Johto series sets came with a silver, metal Lugia coin. There will be a Pokémon or a symbol on top (representing heads) and a logo and/or copyright on the back (representing tails). The Pokémon or symbol usually represents in some way the set that the pre-constructed deck came from, but sometimes it's just the game in general, like the coin that depicts all the elements, before the Darkness and Metal types were introduced. There is usually more than one type of coin per set, featuring a different Pokémon or symbol on top, and can be distributed based on the deck purchased, or otherwise at random. Most of the Wizards of the Coast sets only had one coin with a seemingly random Pokémon on front.

Aside from the metal Lugia coin, a silver, metal Pikachu coin was also made for the Base Set 2 also released by Wizards or the Coast. These metal coins were the only actual metal, TCG coins that came with the decks. The rest are plastic.

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In the games

In Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, there are several collectible coins that can be obtained by the protagonist, Mark or Mint. These coins are used as proof of achievements within the game, much like Gym Badges from the core series or the Medals from the previous TCG Game Boy game. Besides marking achievements, the player may choose one of their coins to use in duels for coin flips in place of their original coin. The appearance and purpose of these coins mimic the real-life collectible coins.

List of available coins

TCG Island coins

Name How to obtain
Chansey Coin Coin Chansey GB2.png The Chansey Coin, the first obtainable coin in the game, is given to Mark or Mint by Dr. Mason after completing the tutorial at the beginning of the game.
GR Coin Coin GR GB2.png The GR Coin is obtained in four parts, and once assembled, grants the user access to GB2 Island.
These four parts are obtained from winning against four Great Rocket executives, which are scattered about the Medal Clubs on TCG Island.
Oddish Coin Coin Oddish GB2.png When meeting Nikki for the first time at Mr. Ishihara's House, Mark or Mint will receive the Oddish coin.
Charmander Coin Coin Charmander GB2.png Club Master Ken will give the Charmander Coin to Mark or Mint after they rescue him
from the Team Great Rocket executive who has taken over the Fire Club.
Starmie Coin Coin Starmie GB2.png Amy will give the Starmie Coin to Mark or Mint after they rescue her from the Team Great Rocket executive who has taken over the Water Club.
Pikachu Coin Coin Pikachu GB2.png The Pikachu Coin is given by Club Master Isaac to winners of the Lightning Club.
Alakazam Coin Coin Alakazam GB2.png The Alakazam Coin is given by Murray to winners of the Psychic Club.
Kabuto Coin Coin Kabuto GB2.png The Kabuto Coin is given by Gene to winners of the Rock Club.

GR Island coins

Name How to obtain
Golbat Coin Coin Golbat GB2.png The Golbat Coin is given to winners of the GR Grass Fort. It is required to open the GR Lightning Fort.
Magnemite Coin Coin Magnemite GB2.png The Magnemite Coin is given to winners of the GR Lightning Fort. It is required to open both the GR Fire Fort and the GR Water Fort.
Magmar Coin Coin Magmar GB2.png The Magmar Coin is given to winners of the GR Fire Fort. It is one of two coins required to unlock the GR Fighting Fort.
Psyduck Coin Coin Psyduck GB2.png The Psyduck Coin is given to winners of the GR Water Fort. It is one of two coins required to unlock the GR Fighting Fort.
Machamp Coin Coin Machamp GB2.png The Machamp Coin is given to winners of the GR Fighting Fort. It is required to unlock the remainder of the island,
which includes Mr. Ishihara's Villa, the Team GR Castle, the GR Psychic Stronghold, and the Colorless Altar.
Snorlax Coin Coin Snorlax GB2.png The Snorlax Coin is given to winners at the Colorless Altar. It is one of two coins required to unlock the Team GR Castle.
Mew Coin Coin Mew GB2.png The Mew Coin is given to winners of the GR Psychic Stronghold. It is one of two coins required to unlock the Team GR Castle.
Togepi Coin Coin Togepi GB2.png The Togepi Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after they have defeated King Biruricchi twice.

Special coins

Name How to obtain
Ponyta Coin Coin Ponyta GB2.png The Ponyta Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after they have won the Challenge Cup ten times.
Horsea Coin Coin Horsea GB2.png The Horsea Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after they have won the Rocket Challenge Cup ten times.
Arbok Coin Coin Arbok GB2.png Mark or Mint will receive the Arbok Coin after participating in one Pokémon Dome tournament, regardless of whether or not they actually won.
Jigglypuff Coin Coin Jigglypuff GB2.png The Jigglypuff Coin can be purchased for 500 chips at the Game Center.
Dugtrio Coin Coin Dugtrio GB2.png The Dugtrio Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after 50 consecutive wins at the Duel Machine in Dr. Mason's lab.
Gengar Coin Coin Gengar GB2.png The Gengar Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after 50 consecutive wins at the Duel Machine in the GR Island Challenge Hall.
Raichu Coin Coin Raichu GB2.png The Raichu Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after 50 wins in link matches. It is also used by Ronald.
Lugia Coin Coin Lugia GB2.png The Lugia Coin will be awarded to Mark or Mint after 100 wins in link matches. It is also used by the Ghost Masters in the Sealed Fort.

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