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| Pokémon Trading Card Game Online|
Logo of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online
|| Basic info
|| 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:
| Hong Kong:
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 stage, 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, as well as three coins to choose from, featuring the Energy symbols, Shaymin, and Arceus. The game revolves around four main Pokémon Leagues found in the Trainer Challenge option.
There are 3 different play modes available. These are Versus Mode, Trainer Challenge, and Tournament Mode. Tournament Mode is currently unavailable.
Players can play against other users in three different game modes. "Practice Battle" mode allows a player to practice against a random computer-controlled trainer from Trainer Challenge and does not count toward a player's ranking. In "Practice Battle" mode the player has four choices of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Hard, and Expert. The second mode, "Player vs Player," allows a player to compete against another random player from around the world. This mode has two levels of difficulty: Novice and Expert. The final mode, "Friend Battle," is to play against other players added to the Friends List.
In the Trainer Challenge, players must face various opponents with only theme decks, which include Basic Blue, Basic Green, and Basic Red but may also include any theme decks unlocked by code cards. These code cards are attained through purchase of a physical Black & White Theme deck. Players may battle in three leagues: Gold League, Platinum League, and City Championship. Each of the leagues has the option of changing difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Hard, and Expert. A player must defeat a league before unlocking the next starting with Gold League ending with City Championship. If one defeats 8 different trainers with the same Basic deck, that deck will be unlocked to use in a player's collection and decks. One can unlock all three basic decks (Basic Blue, Green, Red) only through Trainer Challenge but cards unlocked from these decks cannot be traded and are marked by red numbers underneath each unlocked card.
In April 2013, The three basic decks were recreated with cards from the Black & White era; the recreated decks are titled Black & White- Basic Blue, Black & White- Basic Red and Black & White- Basic Green. These three decks were made available in Trainer Challenge on 18 April 2013.
Daily Login Bonus
This was a feature added in January 2013 that rewarded players for logging in daily with Trainer Tokens and random Booster Packs. The system originally had a timer built in that counted down 24 hours from the previous login to determine when a player's next bonus could be obtained. However, this method was revised in February of that year in exchange for a timer that is based on midnight GMT. Now the rewards are received the first time that a player logs in each day based on GMT.
Tournament Mode is currently unavailable. It will be used for tournament games in a future update.
In the forums, players may learn about the maintenance updates, create role plays, and chat with friends about Pokémon. The forums are partly visible when not logged in. When logged in, all the forums show.
Upon completing matches in Expert Mode, or selected matches in the 1P Mode, players obtain Trainer Tokens, for use in the Pokémon Trainer Club on Pokémon.com. The player can earn achievements for completing various tasks:
- All Dressed Up. Customize your avatar
- Evolver. Play a Stage 2 Evolution card
- Studious. View all Tutorials
- 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
- Daybreak. Win 12 games with the 'Daybreak' deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Nightfall. Win 12 games with the 'Nightfall' deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Green Tornado. Win 12 games with the Green Tornado deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Red Frenzy. Win 12 games with the Red Frenzy deck in the Trainer Challenge
- Blue Assault. Win 12 games with the Blue Assault deck in the Trainer Challenge
- 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
- City Champion. Win all the games in the City Championship
- Triple Crown Champ. Win the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Leagues
- 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
There are currently 8 different pre-made avatars to choose from, 4 male and 4 female. The feature is still under development and more additions to avatar selection will be made available in future updates.
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
Visitors or members of the site may choose to play through tutorials. Completing a tutorial rewards players with one or two token(s) each, depending on the tutorial chosen.
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. The three starting coins are a yellow Shaymin coin, a blue coin with the different Energy symbols, and a red Arceus coin. The opponent uses the red Arceus coin. Additional coins are made available when a player registers a purchased deck.
The following are features still unavailable worldwide, with the game in its open-beta stage:
- Tournaments & Tournament Keys
- Gameplay & Avatar Items
- Account History
There are four main currencies in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. These are Trainer Tokens, Gems, Booster Credits, and Tournament Keys. Only Tokens and Booster Credits are currently obtainable worldwide. However Booster Credits are unobtainable beginning July 2013.
Trainer Tokens are the major currency in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. They are available through various means, including the games playable on Pokemon.com, the Daily Rewards bonuses, Trainer Challenge, and the Versus Mode; the last three being features on the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. At the moment, Trainer Tokens are only redeemable for items to customize your Pokémon.com Trainer Avatar however, Trainer Tokens will eventually be able to be traded for cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.
Gems are currently unobtainable. They will be used to provide an alternative way to acquire booster packs in game in a future update.
In April 2013, the testing of gems began only in Canada. Gems were available directly for purchase from players. During the test, players could buy booster packs from the Pokemon Black & White era including Black & White, Emerging Powers, Noble Victories, Next Destinies, Dark Explorers, Dragons Exalted, Boundaries Crossed and Plasma Storm.
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 HeartGold & SoulSilver 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 Keys are currently unobtainable. They will be used to gain access to certain tournaments by redeeming the amount of keys needed to enter. It is currently unknown how these keys will be acquired.
- Main article: List of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online decks
Nine decks have so far been made available to players, with two decks each under the types Grass, Fire, and Water. Three, Basic Red, Basic Blue, and Basic Green, are available to use anytime. The other six, Red Frenzy, Green Tornado, Blue Assault, Night Hunter, Toxic Tricks, and Power Play are only available if players redeem codes from actual decks they have bought from stores. The first three decks have twelve cards that can be unlocked as players play through Trainer Challenge. These cards automatically replace certain cards in the deck the player used whilst in the Trainer Challenge, though they are still available in the Deck Builder. As actual decks are released, their online counterpart are also made available.
In all, over 3000 cards, including card variants, are listed on the website. The expansions currently supported cover HeartGold & SoulSilver through Plasma Freeze.
- When using the redemption code 'dragonsexalted', the player receives a male and female version of a Pokémon EX Hat, despite avatar items not yet being available.
- The same goes for the codes 'nextdestinies' and 'darkexplorers'.
- Redeeming 'plasmastorm' gives the player a Power Relay deck.