Ancient Trait (TCG)

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If you were looking for the "Ancient" category of cards introduced in the Paradox Rift expansion, see Ancient (TCG).

An example of a Pokémon with an Ancient Trait

Ancient Traits (Japanese: 古代能力(こだいのうりょく) Ancient Power) are special attributes given to certain Pokémon, starting in the Primal Clash expansion. They are not Abilities, and as such, effects that would prevent Abilities from activating (such as Wobbuffet's Bide Barricade or Garbodor's Garbotoxin) do not apply. Ancient Traits do not count as rule boxes either.

The Ancient Trait bar and text is placed at the top of the card, beneath the Pokémon's name. Apart from Pokémon-EX, Ancient Trait cards have artwork that differs from normal cards— the artwork extends down into the moves and fades into the bottom quarter, which is colored depending on the Pokémon's type. As the artwork takes up most of the space available, the basic information of the Pokémon (Pokédex number, species, height and weight) is not shown.

Ancient Trait cards are treated as regular cards in play; they can be evolved from and into regular cards along its evolutionary line. A Pokémon's Ancient Trait does not depend on its type or rarity, though certain Ancient Traits are unique to the super-ancient Pokémon (Δ Wild and θ Max).

Whenever a non-Pokémon-EX card with an Ancient Trait appeared in a TCG set, a regular and usually weaker card of the same Pokémon was released as well. Many of their attacks also take advantage of its Ancient Trait, such as α Growth Kingdra and Primal Kyogre-EX which attacks remove Energy cards from themselves.

List of Ancient Traits

α Recovery

α Recovery (Japanese: α回復(かいふく) α Recovery) is featured in the Primal Clash expansion. When a Pokémon with α Recovery recovers HP, the amount recovered is doubled.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
37/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ludicolo Water Rare
64/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Eelektrik Lightning Rare
71/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacool Psychic Uncommon
104/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Azumarill Fairy Rare Holo
117/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bidoof Colorless Uncommon
 


α Growth

α Growth (Japanese: αグロウ α Grow) is featured in the Primal Clash expansion. When an Energy card is attached to a Pokémon with α Growth from the player's hand without using an attack, Ability or Trainer card, a second Energy card may be attached if the player has one in their hand.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
36/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Swampert Water Rare Holo
41/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Whiscash Water Rare
52/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gorebyss Water Rare
55/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Kyogre-EX Water Rare Holo ex
108/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kingdra Dragon Rare Holo
 


Ω Barrage

Ω Barrage (Japanese: Ω連打(れんだ) Ω Barrage) is featured in the Primal Clash expansion. A Pokémon with Ω Barrage may attack twice in a turn. If the first attack Knocks Out the opponent's Active Pokémon, the second attack hits the new one.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
26/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Torchic Fire Uncommon
69/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoqueen Psychic Rare
81/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Medicham Fighting Rare
97/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Excadrill Metal Rare Holo
121/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bunnelby Colorless Uncommon
 


Ω Barrier

Ω Barrier (Japanese: Ωバリア Ω Barrier) is featured in the Primal Clash expansion and on Regirock, an XY Black Star Promo. The effects of the opponent's Trainer cards (other than Pokémon Tools and Stadium cards) do not apply to any Pokémon with Ω Barrier.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
9/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sceptile Grass Rare Holo
24/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magcargo Fire Rare
60/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electrike Lightning Uncommon
77/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Rhyperior Fighting Rare Holo
86/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Groudon-EX Fighting Rare Holo ex
XY49 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Regirock Fighting
 


Δ Plus

Δ Plus (Japanese: Δプラス Δ Plus) is featured in the Roaring Skies expansion. When a Pokémon with Δ Plus Knocks Out an opposing Pokémon due to damage from its attacks, the player takes one extra Prize card.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
8/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dustox Grass Rare
17/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Articuno Water Rare
28/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Natu Psychic Common
52/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonite Dragon Rare Holo
72/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Swellow Colorless Rare
 


Δ Evolution

Δ Evolution (Japanese: Δ進化(しんか) Δ Evolution) is featured in the Roaring Skies expansion and on two XY Black Star Promos. A Pokémon with Δ Evolution may be played to evolve a Pokémon during that player's first turn or the same turn it was put into play.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
32/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Banette Psychic Rare
46/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Togekiss Fairy Rare Holo
74/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Altaria Colorless Rare
76/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Colorless Rare Holo ex
81/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Unfezant Colorless Rare
XY57 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fearow Colorless
XY59 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Salamence Dragon
 


Δ Wild

Δ Wild (Japanese: Δワイルド Δ Wild) is exclusively featured on M Rayquaza-EX, released in the Roaring Skies expansion. Due to this Ancient Trait, it takes 20 less damage from attacks from the opponent's Grass, Fire, Water, and Lightning Pokémon.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
61/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Dragon Rare Holo ex
 


θ Stop

θ Stop (Japanese: θストップ θ Stop) is featured in the Ancient Origins expansion and on three XY Black Star Promos. Pokémon with θ Stop are unaffected by opposing Pokémon's Abilities.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
8/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Sceptile-EX Grass Rare Holo ex
18/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Volcarona Fire Rare
32/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Baltoy Psychic Common
35/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golurk Psychic Rare
67/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon-Z Colorless Rare Holo
XY58 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Malamar Darkness
XY92 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sableye Psychic
XY93 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Celebi Grass
 


θ Double

θ Double (Japanese: θダブル θ Double) is featured in the Ancient Origins expansion. A Pokémon with θ Double may have up to 2 Pokémon Tool cards attached to it.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
11/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Vespiquen Grass Rare
15/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Entei Fire Rare Holo
21/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gyarados Water Rare Holo
43/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Tyranitar-EX Darkness Rare Holo ex
50/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metagross Metal Rare
 


θ Max

θ Max (Japanese: θマックス θ Max) is featured in the Ancient Origins expansion. When a Pokémon in play evolves into a Pokémon with θ Max, all damage is healed from it.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
96/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Kyogre-EX Water Rare Holo ex
97/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Groudon-EX Fighting Rare Holo ex
98/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Colorless Rare Holo ex
 


See also

In other languages

Ancient Trait

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 古代能力(こだいのうりょく) Ancient Trait
France Flag.png French Trait Antique
Germany Flag.png German Ewige Gabe
Italy Flag.png Italian Tratto antico
South Korea Flag.png Korean 고대능력 Godae Neungryeok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Traço Ancestral
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rasgo Antiguo

α Recovery

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese α回復(かいふく) α Recovery
France Flag.png French Régénération α
Germany Flag.png German α Genesung
Italy Flag.png Italian Recupero α
South Korea Flag.png Korean α회복 α Hoebok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese α Recuperação
Spain Flag.png Spanish Recuperación α

α Growth

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese αグロウ α Grow
France Flag.png French Croissance α
Germany Flag.png German α Wachstum
Italy Flag.png Italian Crescita α
South Korea Flag.png Korean α그로우 α Grow
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese α Crescimento
Spain Flag.png Spanish Crecimiento α

Ω Barrage

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Ω連打(れんだ) Ω Barrage
France Flag.png French Offensive Ω
Germany Flag.png German α Offensive
Italy Flag.png Italian Offensiva Ω
South Korea Flag.png Korean Ω연타 Ω Yeonta
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Ω Barragem
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ráfaga Ω

Ω Barrier

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Ωバリア Ω Barrier
France Flag.png French Barrière Ω
Germany Flag.png German Ω Barriere
Italy Flag.png Italian Barriera Ω
South Korea Flag.png Korean Ω배리어 Ω Barrier
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Ω Barreira
Spain Flag.png Spanish Barrera Ω

Δ Plus

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Δプラス Δ Plus
France Flag.png French Plus Δ
Germany Flag.png German Δ Plus
Italy Flag.png Italian Extra Δ
South Korea Flag.png Korean Δ플러스 Δ Plus
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Δ Mais
Spain Flag.png Spanish Plus Δ

Δ Evolution

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Δ進化(しんか) Δ Evolution
France Flag.png French Évolution Δ
Germany Flag.png German Δ Entwicklung
Italy Flag.png Italian Evoluzione Δ
South Korea Flag.png Korean Δ진화 Δ Jinhwa
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Δ Evolução
Spain Flag.png Spanish Evolución Δ

Δ Wild

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Δワイルド Δ Wild
France Flag.png French Jungle Δ
Germany Flag.png German Δ Natur
Italy Flag.png Italian Natura Δ
South Korea Flag.png Korean Δ와일드 Δ Wild
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Δ Selvagem
Spain Flag.png Spanish Salvaje Δ

θ Stop

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese θストップ θ Stop
France Flag.png French Stop θ
Germany Flag.png German θ Stopp
Italy Flag.png Italian Blocco θ
South Korea Flag.png Korean θ스톱 θ Stop
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese θ Pare
Spain Flag.png Spanish Stop θ

θ Double

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese θダブル θ Double
France Flag.png French Double θ
Germany Flag.png German θ Double
Italy Flag.png Italian Doppio θ
South Korea Flag.png Korean θ더블 θ Double
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese θ Duplo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Doble θ

θ Max

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese θマックス θ Max
France Flag.png French Max θ
Germany Flag.png German θ Max
Italy Flag.png Italian Max θ
South Korea Flag.png Korean θ맥스 θ Max
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese θ Max
Spain Flag.png Spanish Máximo θ


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