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Some Bulbapedia members have formed a project to better organize efforts to write and improve articles about the Pokémon Trading Card Game. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page or the Bulbapedia forum.

Project TCG

Scope and aims

Project TCG covers all entries and articles about Pokémon cards, Trainer cards, and Energy Cards from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Its goal is to produce the most comprehensive database available on all Pokémon Trading Cards, from basic information to the most technical aspects possible.


To join the project, simply add your name to the bottom of this list:

A name in italics is for an active admin; a name in bold is for an active user. Also, active users who know a lot about the project are at the top under the founder.


  1. Create concise articles on all aspects of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  2. Working to ensure all articles covering individual cards match the current standard (see to-do list).

To-do list

  • Improve the quality of the main Pokémon Trading Card Game article.
  • Update all Pokémon card articles that currently use the {{Graytable}} template for Pokédex entries and replace it with the {{Carddex}} template.
  • Add Japanese text and/or translations to Pokédex entries, attacks, or abilities that still require them.
  • Add good quality images for cards that still require them and where possible, replace Japanese card images with English ones.


Main card articles

The standard structure for each Pokémon card article is listed below; good example articles are Charizard and Dark Metal Energy.

The article should start off with the relative Infobox template. For example, a Pokémon card would use the PokémoncardInfobox template. The name of the card should follow, then a brief summary of the card that may include type, stage, class, or the set it was released in. Afterwards, all cards should follow the format as detailed below.
==Card text==
Any Pokémon Powers, Poké-Bodies, Poké-Powers, Abilities, Attacks or effects as detailed on the card are put under this heading.

===Pokédex data===
Statistics, such as the Pokémon's number, Height, Weight, and Pokédex entry as detailed on the card are put here.

==Release information==
In the event of a particular card being reprinted or promotional cards, information regarding other expansion(s) the card was released in, or how the card was distributed, including text/art changes should be detailed here.
Any useful or interesting facts about the card, including for example, limited numbers or errata should be detailed here. Multiple facts should be separated with bullet points.

Attacks, Pokédex entries, characters, or items that originate from, or are derived from the Pokémon games are detailed here.

Cards by Pokémon articles

These pages are designed to serve as definitive references for all variations of each Pokémon species that has been featured on a card. Each page should start with how many card iterations of that Pokémon there has been (using the expression {{#expr: {{PAGESINCATEGORY:{{{Card Name}}}}} - 1}}), followed by the expansion it debuted in and any special sets it has been the main focus of. A good example article is Pikachu, as it covers all eras of the TCG. Ensure that the article also references the relevant Pokédex number in the category link at the bottom of the page.

Card images

Ideally, any images should be of a high enough quality so that the main artwork can be clearly seen and all text can be discerned. The preferred format for card images is .jpg. All card images from expansion sets or half decks should conform to the standard naming convention, which constitutes of Pokémon name (as it is on the card), the set name, and the set number with no spaces. For example, the Charizard card from Base Set is named CharizardBaseSet4.jpg. Ensure that no watermarks or other obtrusive marks are present and if possbile, the card is not skewed.

Key templates

When entering information into any of the infoboxes, ensure that you preview before saving the page, as minor mistakes in spelling may make portions of them not work. Instructions on how each of the infoboxes work can be found on their respective discussion pages. As the TCG is a constantly evolving game, new parameters may be added to accomodate new game mechanics. Refer to these pages, or inspect the templates themselves to see new changes.

Pokémon cards

Trainer cards

Energy cards

Cards by Pokémon articles

Other templates

What to include What it makes Notes
{{Project TCG notice}}
Project TCG logo.png This article is part of Project TCG, a Bulbapedia project that aims to report on every aspect of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
To be used at the bottom of every TCG-related article.
{{User Project TCG}}
Project TCG logo.png This user is a member of Project TCG.
For project participants to place in their user profile.
{{TCG Unreleased}}
JPCardback.jpg This article is about a Japanese Pokémon Trading Card Game card which has not yet been officially released in English and, hence, may not be released outside of Japan. As such, this article may contain translated Japanese terms instead of English terms. TCG Card Back Japanese.jpg

To be used on cards translated from a Japanese, either prior to their English release or whether it remains exclusive to Japan. This is used at the top of such articles.
{{TCG Pre-prerelease}}
KyuremEXNextDestinies38.jpg This article is about an English Pokémon Trading Card Game card which has not yet been officially released. As such, the card information may contain information taken from a scan or image from the {{{1}}} website and not from a physical copy of the card.

To be used on English card articles before the actual release of an expansion, with the source URL in the template. This is used at the top of articles, typically replacing the TCG Unreleased template.

Link templates

These link templates are particularly useful for making lists of the cards available in the different sets or theme decks.

  • {{TCG}} - This link template is for cards which appear widely in the game, such as energy cards. To use this link template, type in {{TCG|Card Name}}. For example, {{TCG|Dark Metal Energy}} would result in Dark Metal Energy.
  • {{TCG ID}} - This link template is for cards which appear in only certain sets, such as Pokémon cards and trainer cards. To use this link template, type in {{TCG ID|Set Name|Card Name|Number}}. For example, {{TCG ID|Base Set|Charizard|4}} would result in Charizard.
  • {{ct}} - This link template is to link to the TCG types, much like the {{type}} template links to types from the handheld games.

Other projects

Parent project

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