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| Pokémon Trading Card Game Online|
Logo of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online
|| Basic info
|| PC and Mac
|| 1-2, with unlimited in chat
|| Electrified Games, Sleepy Giant Entertainment, Plexipixel, Inversoft
|| The Pokémon Company International
| Part of:
|| Release dates
| North America:
|| March 24, 2011 (TC beta)
|| March 24, 2011 (TC beta)
|| March 24, 2011 (TC beta)
| South Korea:
Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is a downloadable game and the first Pokémon game of the MMOTCG (massively-multiplayer online trading card game) genre as well. The game released March 24, 2011, currently in its beta phase, is based on the TCG aspect of the Pokémon franchise.
The player begins his or her adventure at Game Store where Zach and Ella welcome him or her. The player is given three starter decks—each representing one of each starter Pokémon type (, , and ). The game revolves around three main Pokémon Leagues found in the Trainer Challenge option.
There are 4 different play modes available. These are Versus Mode, Trainer Challenge, Tournament Mode, and Quick Play. Tournament Mode is typically unavailable at the current time. Quick game is only selectable under the Single Player menu Item on the Landing page.
This is a single player mode similar to to the Practice Battle game type in Practice Battle but using a randomly selected Theme Deck that the player has unlocked. This mode is currently only accessible through the landing page.
In the Trainer Challenge, players must face various computer-controlled trainer characters using only Theme Decks, including Online-Exclusive Decks (Basic Red, Basic Green, Basic Blue, etc.), those unlocked by redemption codes from code cards, and those purchased with Trainer Tokens or Gems from the Shop. Code cards are obtained through purchase of a physical Theme deck from the Black & White Series onwards.
Players may battle in three leagues: Gold League, Platinum League, and City Championship. Each of the leagues has the option of changing difficulty: Easy, Medium, and Hard. Changing the difficulty setting changes the composition of the opponent's deck. A player must defeat a league before unlocking the next starting with Gold League ending with City Championship.
Players must defeat a number of different trainers (7 with basic decks and 12 with redeemed decks) with the same deck to fully unlock all the cards in deck with certain cards replaced automatically with each Trainer beaten.
Players can obtain 1 Trainer Token for beating each of the 36 Trainers first reward stage, 3 Trainer Tokens at the second reward stage, and 10 Trainer Tokens at the third reward stage for each unlocked theme deck as well. Additionally, players can also obtain a non-tradable Booster packs from the current Standard format by achieving 30,000 points on each Trainer as well as 3 more achieving 30,000 on every trainer in each league (45 Booster Packs in total). These Trainer Tokens and booster packs can only be obtained once per account.
Players are allowed to choose one of three opponent types (Random Battle, Friend Battle, or Play Testing), one of three play types (Standard, Unlimited, or Theme) and a deck applicable to these.
- Practice Battle - Found under Random Battle. This mode allows players to practice using their chosen deck against another randomly selected player and does not count toward a player's ranking or earn Trainer Tokens or the Bonus Wheel.
- Ranked Battle - Found under Random Battle. This allows players to play against another randomly selected player. Trainer Tokens can be earned if the match lasts at least 2 minutes (as of Hotfix 188.8.131.522, April 3, 2014), as well as earning a spin on the Bonus Wheel (which provides an opportunity to receive Trainer Tokens, Tournament Tickets, or a Mystery Box). Trainer Tokens and the Bonus Wheel are provided to both players regardless of the outcome of the match.
- Friend Battle - This mode allows players to play against other players added to their Friends List. Trainer Tokens and the Bonus Wheel cannot be earned in this mode.
- Play Testing - This mode allows players to practice using their chosen deck against a random computer-controlled trainer from the Trainer Challenge and does not count toward a player's ranking or earn Trainer Tokens or the Bonus Wheel.
- Standard format - Only decks composed of entirely cards from sets officially sanctioned for Play! Pokémon events are allowed in this play type. The list of allowed sets is updated with a game patch as soon as the official rotation is announced. Expansions are added to the Standard format as they are released, and the oldest legal expansions are rotated out of the Standard format on an annual basis. The Standard format was previously called the Modified format.
Tournament Mode is currently unavailable except during an occasional trail test, which occurs every few weeks. Notice of future tournament trials are posted in the Game Information section at the bottom of the log-in screen. Tournaments require Tournament Tickets and can be played in one of three play types (Standard, Unlimited, or Theme). Playing in a tournament provides the opportunity to win tradable Booster packs and gain a spin on the Bonus Wheel (which provides an opportunity to receive Trainer Tokens, Tournament Tickets, or a Mystery Box).
The player can earn achievements for completing various tasks:
- All Dressed Up. Customize your avatar
- Evolver. Play a Stage 2 Evolution card
- Legendary Trainer. Play a Legendary Pokémon
- Studious. View all Tutorials (not currently available)
- Technician. Play 3 Trainer - Item cards in one turn
- Trader. Trade a card
- Blade of Grass. Win 8 games with the Basic Green deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Firestarter. Win 8 games with the Basic Red deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Breaking Wave. Win 8 games with the Basic Blue deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Rallying Cry. Win 12 games with the Rallying Cry deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Daybreak. Win 12 games with the Daybreak deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Nightfall. Win 12 games with the Nightfall deck in the Trainer Challenge (not currently available)
- Green Tornado. Win 12 games with the Green Tornado deck in the Trainer Challenge (not currently available)
- Red Frenzy. Win 12 games with the Red Frenzy deck in the Trainer Challenge (not currently available)
- Blue Assault. Win 12 games with the Blue Assault deck in the Trainer Challenge (not currently available)
- Covering The Basics. Win one game with each color the three Basic decks
- Gold League Champ. Win all the games in the Gold League
- Platinum League Champ. Win all the games in the Platinum League
- Diamond League Champ. Win all the games in the Diamond League (not currently available)
- City Champion. Win all the games in the City Championship
- Triple Crown Champ. Win the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Leagues (not currently available)
- Game Mastery. Earn four stars in a single game in the Trainer Challenge
- League Mastery. Earn four stars in all 12 games in a single League in the Trainer Challenge
- Trainer Challenge Mastery. Earn four stars in all 12 games in three different Leagues in the Trainer Challenge
- All-Around Conditioning. Inflict all 5 special conditions on opposing Pokémon while playing the Daybreak PCD in the Trainer Challenge.
- Baffling. Confuse 5 opposing Pokémon in the same game.
- Incendiary. Burn 5 opposing Pokémon in the same game.
- Stunning. Paralyze 5 opposing Pokémon in the same game.
- Soporific. Put 5 opposing Pokémon to sleep in the same game.
- Venomous. Poison 5 opposing Pokémon in the same game.
Knock Outs based on history
- 50th Knockout. Knock Out 50 of your opponents' Pokémon
- 500th Knockout. Knock Out 500 of your opponents' Pokémon
- 1000th Knockout. Knock Out 1000 of your opponents' Pokémon
- 5000th Knockout. Knock Out 5000 of your opponents' Pokémon
- The Win of the Century. Win 100 games
- Triple Threat. Complete wins with all 3 victory conditions
Knock Outs based on a single match
- KO!. Knock Out a Pokémon
- Too Easy. Knock out a previously uninjured Pokémon in a single attack
- Two for One. Knock Out 2 Pokémon with one attack
- Hat Trick. Knock Out 3 Pokémon with one attack
- Quad Damage. Knock Out 4 Pokémon with one attack
- Full House. Knock Out 5 Pokémon with one attack
- Clean Sweep. Knock Out 6 Pokémon with one attack
- Eyes on the Prize. Win by drawing the last prize card
- Patient. Win by opponent running out of cards.
- Merciless. Win a game by knocking out your Opponent's last Pokémon
- Perfectionist. Win a game without your opponent getting a single Prize card
Damage dealt or healed in a single match
- First Blood. Deal 50 damage
- Super Effective. Deal 100 or more damage in a single attack
- Overwhelming. Deal 200 or more damage in a single attack
- Devastation. Deal 300 or more damage in a single attack
- Healer. Heal 100 or more damage in a single game
The Game Stats page allows game statistics to be viewed. The following statistics are currently shown:
- Total cards drawn
- Total damage dealt
- Total damage taken
- Total games played
- Game points
- Total hours played
- Tournament Points
- Total upset wins
- Percent Complete - percentage of cards obtained out of all cards available in the game.
- Different Cards Owned - number of different cards in a player's collection
- Total Cards Owned - total number of cards in a player's collection
- Set Nearest to Completion
- Complete Sets - enumeration of sets of which all cards are in a player's collection
- Most of One Card
- Foil Cards Owned - number of holo and reverse-holo rare cards
Currently players can customize their avatars' gender, face, and body(clothes) with the Avatar Creator. Players can select from several skin and hair colors, hair styles, facial features, and clothes. Players can also unlock various avatar items by redeeming codes in the Shop or by trading with other players. This feature is still under development and more additions to avatar selection will be made available in future updates.
This shows cards, unopened booster packs and decks, and avatar and gameplay items in a player's collection as well as those the player has tagged for trade, wanted or for review.
This allows the player to view, clone, edit or create decks using obtained cards and items. Decks can be created in either the Unlimited or Standard formats. Selecting a standard format deck filters out cards not sanctioned for official Pokémon Trading Card Game events. After selecting a set of 60 cards—a custom deckbox, coin, sleeve, and playmat can be selected. These gameplay items can be obtained by redemption codes from code cards or event codes.
Coins are items that can be used in-game when a move, status effect or ability requires a coin flip. The different coins have no special effects; their only difference is their appearance. Players start out with the Red Arceus coin. The Blue Energy coin is given to the player by completing certain in-game achievements. Additional coins are made available when a player redeems a purchased deck access code or event code.
The Bonus Wheel provides an opportunity to receive Trainer Tokens, Tournament Tickets, or a Mystery Box. Spins on the Bonus Wheel are earned through participation in a player vs player game in Versus Mode or a tournament in Tournament Mode. Mystery Box include both static rewards (25 Trainer Tokens, 4 Tournament Tickets, or 1 booster pack randomly selected from Standard-legal expansions) or items that are updated weekly (single expansion cards, promo cards, coins, sleeves, etc.).
This feature allows players to view and create public and private trade offers. Players can trade one or several items, cards, and packs in each transaction. Items, cards, and packs obtained from the Daily Login Bonus, the Trainer Challenge or with Trainer Tokens are not available for trade with other players to prevent players from accumulating these items from creating multiple accounts.
This feature allows players to redeem theme decks, booster pack, and gameplay & avatar items with either the Trainer Tokens or Gems as well as Purchase Gems with real currency. Redeeming codes is also done through this shop.
Redeem codes are unique codes which allow the player to unlock theme decks, booster packs and more. They can only be found on specially marked packs and decks. "Contains 1 code card" can be found on the back of booster packs which contain a redeem code card. For Theme Decks only decks that are clearly marked "Play This Deck Online" will contain codes. These unique redeem codes can only be used once.
However, there are generic redeem codes which can be used by all Pokémon TGCO users the following are confirmed codes which unlock decks, booster packs and avatar items.
- PlasmaFreeze - Rallying Cry deck
- PlasmaBlast - Rallying Cry deck
- PlasmaStorm - Rallying Cry deck
- BoundariesCrossed - Rallying Cry deck
- DragonsExalted - Pokémon EX Hat (Avatar Item)
- DarkExplorers - Pokémon EX Hat (Avatar Item)
- NextDestinies - Pokémon EX Hat (Avatar Item)
- Pokemontcg - Black Cap (Avatar Item)
The following are features still unavailable worldwide, with the game in its open-beta stage:
- Account History
Daily Login Bonus
This feature provides a bonus for playing the Pokémon TCG Online regularly. It consists of a track designed to help new players get started in the game, and a track that provides recurring bonuses for existing players. Each bonus unlocks first time that a player logs in each day based on GMT and does not require the player to log in on consecutive days to maintain progress on the track. Once a player completes the introductory New Player track they are migrated to the recurring Existing Player track. There is no limit to the number of times a player can complete the Existing Player track, as they are cycled back to the beginning of the track after receiving the bonus for the fifth day.
Daily Match Bonus
- The first PvP match that a player completes each day awards 10 Trainer Tokens, in addition to any other rewards from that match. The match must last at least 2 minutes for this bonus to be awarded.
There are four currencies available in the Pokémon TCG Online. These are Trainer Tokens, Gems, Booster Credits, and Tournament Tickets. Only Tokens are currently obtainable worldwide. Booster Credits are unobtainable as of July 2013.
Trainer Tokens can be used to redeem non-tradable 5-card booster packs (95 Trainer Tokens) and Theme Decks (500 Trainer Tokens) both from Standard-legal expansions of the game, as well as, Avatar and Gameplay items in the future. They can be obtained through various means, including the daily bonuses, Trainer Challenge, and PvP matches in the Versus Mode.
Trainer Tokens can also be obtained by playing various browser-based games pr by earning stamps on Pokémon.com. They can also be spent on various items for the player's Pokémon.com Trainer Avatars. This should not be confused with the Pokémon TCG Online Avatar.
5-card booster packs contain 3 common, 1 uncommon, and 1 rare cards from a given expansion.
Gems are currently only available to players in Canada for testing. Similar to Trainer Tokens, Gems can be used to redeem Booster Packs, theme decks, and Avatar and Gameplay items in the Pokemon TCG Online Shop or used as a currency for trading with other players. Gems can be obtained by purchasing them from the Shop or by trading with other players.
Booster Credits are used to purchase booster packs in game. They could be obtained from redeeming codes on code cards, available in Black & White booster packs and onward. Originally, code cards found in packs from this era, were redeemed for Booster Credits. Booster Credits could be redeemed for packs from HeartGold & SoulSilver through Boundaries Crossed sets. This method ended with the release of Plasma Storm when codes from Plasma Storm packs were only redeemable for packs from that set. This method continued with Plasma Freeze until the Booster Credit system was ended in July 2013. From July 2013 to December 2013, players with Booster Credits redeemed before July 2013 can redeem these credits for any pack from Next Destinies to Boundaries Crossed sets. The players who still have Booster Credits at the end of 2013 will have any remaining credits automatically redeemed for Boundaries Crossed packs. The current system redeems codes directly for packs from the respective set and the Booster Credit system has been rendered nearly obsolete.
Tournament Tickets are currently only available as a Daily Login Bonus or by spinning the Bonus Wheel. They are used to gain access to tournaments in Tournament Mode by redeeming a certain amount of tickets needed to enter a given tournament.
- Main article: List of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online decks
Currently, new players can have five theme decks exclusive to the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online available for multiplayer modes. These theme decks are composed of cards from various expansions of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Basic Orange was formally unlocked as the first Daily Login Bonus prior to the 184.108.40.2065 patch (August 13, 2014). It can no longer be unlocked. It is still accessible to players who have already obtained it. It is only playable in the Versus Mode if one has already obtained it.
Power Relay was formally unlocked by entering a special redemption code (e.g. "plasmablast") in the in-game Shop. It can no longer be redeemed. It is playable both in the Trainer Challenge and in the Versus Mode if one has already redeemed it.
Four other basic theme decks—Basic Red, Basic Yellow, Basic Green and Basic Blue—were available to players prior to the 1.8.0 patch (April 18, 2013). These decks are composed of cards from the HeartGold & SoulSilver series. Players with accounts created prior to this patch can access both these basic theme decks as well as the Black & White series basic theme decks.
Theme Decks corresponding to those from physical decks in the Black & White series onwards can also be unlocked in Pokémon Trading Card Game Online by redeeming the deck-access codes included in the theme deck box. Alternatively, some of these theme decks can also be redeemed with Trainer Tokens or Gems in the in-game Shop. Players can obtain 1 Trainer Token for beating each of the 36 Trainers in the Trainer Challenge once per theme deck. Additionally, players can also obtain a non-tradable Booster pack from the current Standard format by beating 12 Trainer once per theme deck. These Trainer Tokens and booster packs can only be obtained once per account.
- Redeeming 'plasmablast', 'plasmastorm', 'plasmafreeze', and 'boundariescrossed' gives the player a non-tradable copy of the Rallying Cry deck. This can be done as many times as desired.