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[[Image:ProfessorJuniperBlackWhite101.jpg|thumb|right|A Supporter card, a subclass of Trainer cards, as of the BW era of the TCG.]]
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A '''Trainer card''' is one of three types of card found in the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]], alongside {{TCG|Pokémon}} and {{TCG|Energy card}}s. While Pokémon cards do the direct attacking of an opponent's cards and Energy cards power their attacks, Trainers provide a more supportive role, allowing a player to search through their deck, draw cards, or other special effects. During a player's turn, he or she may play a Trainer card from his or her hand, follow its instructions, and then discard it.
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A '''Trainer card''' is one of three types of card found in the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]], alongside {{TCG|Pokémon}} and {{TCG|Energy card}}s. While Pokémon cards do the direct {{TCG|Attack|attacking}} of an opponent's cards and Energy cards power their attacks, Trainers provide a more supportive role, allowing a player to search through their deck, draw cards, or other special effects. During a player's turn, they may play a Trainer card from their hand, follow its instructions, and then discard it.
   
 
==Types==
 
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===Item===
 
===Item===
The original type of Trainer, a player can use as many Item cards as desired during his or her turn. Item cards have a wide range of effects and are useful at any point in the game. Trainer cards before {{TCG|Black & White}} that are not Supporters or Stadiums have been redefined as Item cards.
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The original type of Trainer, a player can use as many Item cards as desired during his or her turn. Item cards have a wide range of effects and can be useful at any point in the game. Trainer cards that are not Supporters or Stadiums released before {{TCG|Black & White}} have been redefined as Item cards.
   
 
===Stadium===
 
===Stadium===
 
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{{main|Stadium card (TCG)}}
Introduced in the {{TCG|Gym Heroes}} expansion, Stadium cards represent the field of play. When a player uses a Stadium card, it remains on the field indefinitely and may have an effect on both players. A Stadium card can usually only be removed from play when another Stadium card with a different name comes into play. Starting in the {{TCG|Diamond & Pearl}} expansion, Stadium cards became their own class of card, though they are still often grouped with Trainers by players, and no distinction is made from Trainer cards when they are compiled into an English set list. Starting in {{TCG|Black & White}}, however, Stadium cards once again became a subclass of Trainer cards.
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Introduced in the {{TCG|Gym Heroes}} expansion, Stadium cards are used to affect the field of play. When a player uses a Stadium card, it remains on the field indefinitely and can usually only be removed from play when a new, different Stadium card is played, or if another card or effect says to discard the Stadium. When the {{TCG|Diamond & Pearl}} expansion was released, Stadium cards became their own class of card, separate from regular Trainer and Supporter cards. However, this was reversed upon the release of {{TCG|Black & White}}, and Stadium cards once again became a subclass of Trainer cards.
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===Pokémon Tool===
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{{main|List of all Pokémon Tool Cards}}
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When the main series introduced [[held item]]s in [[Generation II]], Pokémon Tools were likewise introduced with the first Generation II set, {{TCG|Neo Genesis}}. Pokémon Tools are a special type of Item cards which function like held items; while a Pokémon Tool card is attached to a Pokémon, it provides the player or Pokémon with a special benefit. However, a Pokémon may have only one Pokémon Tool card attached to it at a time, and it may not be removed unless specifically instructed.
   
 
===Supporter===
 
===Supporter===
 
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{{main|Supporter card (TCG)}}
Like Stadium cards, Supporter cards were formerly a subclass of Trainer cards until Diamond & Pearl, and at the release of Black & White they once again became a subclass of Trainer cards. Supporter cards often help the player draw cards, and as such, a player may only use one per turn.
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Supporter cards were introduced to international players in the {{TCG|Expedition}} Base Set. They are usually much more powerful than regular Item cards, and as such, a player may only use one Supporter card per turn. Like Stadium cards, Supporter cards were initially a subclass of Trainer cards until Diamond & Pearl, where it became its own class of card, only to once again become a subclass of Trainer cards with the release of {{TCG|Black & White}}.
   
===Rocket's Secret Machine===
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===Technical Machine===
Cards with this subclass will usually depict a device used for [[Team Rocket]]'s evil acts. They have usually been released in expansions with a focus on Team Rocket, the first of which was {{TCG|Team Rocket|named for the organization}}.
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{{main|List of all Technical Machine Cards}}
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Also introduced to international players in the {{TCG|Expedition}} Base Set, Technical Machine cards playing a similar role to the [[TM|items of the same name]] in the main series games by giving a Pokémon a new attack to use. The Technical Machine card itself has an attack listed on it, and when it is attached to a Pokémon, that Pokémon can use that attack as its own during that turn. However, whether or not the Pokémon uses that attack, the Technical Machine card is generally discarded at the end of the player's turn.
   
===Pokémon Tool===
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===Ace Spec===
In another similarity to the games' [[held item]]s, which were introduced in [[Generation II]], the Pokémon Tools released since the {{TCG|Neo Genesis}} expansion are attached to a Pokémon. A Pokémon may only have one Pokémon Tool attached to it, and it may not be removed unless specifically instructed.
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{{main|Ace Spec card (TCG)}}
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Introduced in the {{TCG|Boundaries Crossed}} set, Ace Spec cards represent some of the most extremely powerful Trainer cards in the game. However, they come with a special drawback: there can only be one Ace Spec card in a deck. There are currently 13 Ace Spec cards.
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===Rocket's Secret Machine===
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{{main|List of all Rocket's Secret Machine Cards}}
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Cards with this subclass will usually depict a device used for [[Team Rocket]]'s evil acts. They are usually released in expansions with a focus on Team Rocket, the first of which was the set {{TCG|Team Rocket|named after the organization}}. However, Rocket's Secret Machine cards are otherwise normal Items cards, with no special ruling or effects unique to them.
   
 
===Goldenrod Game Corner===
 
===Goldenrod Game Corner===
While not much different from a standard Trainer card, cards in this subclass are based on games played in the [[Goldenrod Game Corner]], and thus their effect is largely based on luck. Only two cards in this subclass exist.
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{{main|List of all Goldenrod Game Corner Cards}}
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While not much different from a standard Trainer card, cards in this subclass are based on games played in the [[Goldenrod Game Corner]], and thus their effect is largely based on luck. Like Rocket's Secret Machine cards, Golden Game Corner cards are normal Items cards and have no special ruling or effects unique to them. Only two cards of this subclass exist.
   
===Technical Machine===
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Playing a similar role to the [[TM|items of the same name]] in the games, a Technical Machine may be attached to a Pokémon card, and that Pokémon may then use the attack on the card as its own. Like in the games, most have a compatibility requirement (such as only being able to be used by cards of a certain {{TCG|Elemental types|type}}, or only by evolved Pokémon) and all those released before {{TCG|Legends Awakened}} are to be discarded from the Pokémon at the end of the turn they were played, no matter if the player had actually used the attack in question or not. These cards first saw a release in {{TCG|Pokémon VS}}; however, international audiences did not have access to them until the {{TCG|Expedition Base Set}}.
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* [[List of English Trainer cards]]
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* [[List of Japanese Trainer cards]]
   
==Related Articles==
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[[Category:Trainer card classifications|*]]
 
*{{TCG|List of all Trainer cards}}
 
*[[List of all Supporter cards]]
 
*[[List of all Rocket's Secret Machine Cards]]
 
*[[List of all Pokémon Tool Cards]]
 
*[[List of all Goldenrod Game Corner Cards]]
 
*[[List of all Technical Machine Cards]]
 
 
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[[Category:Trainer cards|*]]
 
[[Category:Trainer cards|*]]
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Latest revision as of 17:16, 20 September 2019

The layout of a Supporter card since the Black & White Series

A Trainer card is one of three types of card found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, alongside Pokémon and Energy cards. While Pokémon cards do the direct attacking of an opponent's cards and Energy cards power their attacks, Trainers provide a more supportive role, allowing a player to search through their deck, draw cards, or other special effects. During a player's turn, they may play a Trainer card from their hand, follow its instructions, and then discard it.

Types

Trainer cards can be divided into several different types.

Item

Main article: Item card (TCG)

The original type of Trainer, a player can use as many Item cards as desired during his or her turn. Item cards have a wide range of effects and can be useful at any point in the game. Trainer cards that are not Supporters or Stadiums released before Black & White have been redefined as Item cards.

Stadium

Main article: Stadium card (TCG)

Introduced in the Gym Heroes expansion, Stadium cards are used to affect the field of play. When a player uses a Stadium card, it remains on the field indefinitely and can usually only be removed from play when a new, different Stadium card is played, or if another card or effect says to discard the Stadium. When the Diamond & Pearl expansion was released, Stadium cards became their own class of card, separate from regular Trainer and Supporter cards. However, this was reversed upon the release of Black & White, and Stadium cards once again became a subclass of Trainer cards.

Pokémon Tool

Main article: List of all Pokémon Tool Cards

When the main series introduced held items in Generation II, Pokémon Tools were likewise introduced with the first Generation II set, Neo Genesis. Pokémon Tools are a special type of Item cards which function like held items; while a Pokémon Tool card is attached to a Pokémon, it provides the player or Pokémon with a special benefit. However, a Pokémon may have only one Pokémon Tool card attached to it at a time, and it may not be removed unless specifically instructed.

Supporter

Main article: Supporter card (TCG)

Supporter cards were introduced to international players in the Expedition Base Set. They are usually much more powerful than regular Item cards, and as such, a player may only use one Supporter card per turn. Like Stadium cards, Supporter cards were initially a subclass of Trainer cards until Diamond & Pearl, where it became its own class of card, only to once again become a subclass of Trainer cards with the release of Black & White.

Technical Machine

Main article: List of all Technical Machine Cards

Also introduced to international players in the Expedition Base Set, Technical Machine cards playing a similar role to the items of the same name in the main series games by giving a Pokémon a new attack to use. The Technical Machine card itself has an attack listed on it, and when it is attached to a Pokémon, that Pokémon can use that attack as its own during that turn. However, whether or not the Pokémon uses that attack, the Technical Machine card is generally discarded at the end of the player's turn.

Ace Spec

Main article: Ace Spec card (TCG)

Introduced in the Boundaries Crossed set, Ace Spec cards represent some of the most extremely powerful Trainer cards in the game. However, they come with a special drawback: there can only be one Ace Spec card in a deck. There are currently 13 Ace Spec cards.

Rocket's Secret Machine

Main article: List of all Rocket's Secret Machine Cards

Cards with this subclass will usually depict a device used for Team Rocket's evil acts. They are usually released in expansions with a focus on Team Rocket, the first of which was the set named after the organization. However, Rocket's Secret Machine cards are otherwise normal Items cards, with no special ruling or effects unique to them.

Goldenrod Game Corner

Main article: List of all Goldenrod Game Corner Cards

While not much different from a standard Trainer card, cards in this subclass are based on games played in the Goldenrod Game Corner, and thus their effect is largely based on luck. Like Rocket's Secret Machine cards, Golden Game Corner cards are normal Items cards and have no special ruling or effects unique to them. Only two cards of this subclass exist.

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