Pokemon TCG Live Guide and Tips for Beginners


The Pokemon Companythe latest addition to the game industry is now The Pokemon Trading Card Game for android mobiles. The physical card game with a lot of nostalgic feelings was digitized some time ago, however, it was only available for Android tablets. Now with the regional test in progress for the canadian server, the game can also be played on mobiles. In this Pokemon TCG Live Beginners Guide article, we would be talking about the basics of the mobile version of the game. If you’re not used to the physical Pokemon card game, read till the end, Pokemaniacs.

Introducing Pokemon TCG Live Basics

The Pokemon TCG involves 2 players battling it out with their own set of 60 cards. Said cards can be of several types, which are discussed in the last part of this piece. The goal is to damage and stun your opponents’ Pokemon cards and earn the Prize cards (discussed later) for victory. Here are some basic things to know about the game:

Each player would have an individual 60 card deck made up of Pokemon Cards, Trainer Cards, and Energy Cards. These 3 types of cards have their respective varieties, which will be discussed later. The bridge would be according to the user’s choice and modified or improved.

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On the card mat or space where card battles would take place, there would be 1 active Pokémon in the active area and spaces for 5 benched Pokémon. The Active Pokemon would be the one that inflicts damage on the opposition with its move or abilities. The Benched Pokémon’s role is to replace the Active Pokémon whenever necessary.

So, just like an anime Pokemon battle (where trainers can keep a maximum of 6 Pokemon with them), there would be the main Pokemon fighting a battle, while the other 5 are kept in reserve. However, it’s worth noting that Benched Pokemon can be susceptible to damage, despite being unable to deal damage.

Understanding Card Types in Pokemon TCG Live

There are several types of cards in the game, which you should know about in this Pokemon TCG Live Beginners guide. The next section will introduce you to these types of cards.

1. Pokemon Cards

To start with the basics, there is Basic Pokemon Cards who enter the active zone or bench to play. After that, depending on how many evolutions it undergoes, it can have stage 2 and 3 cards. Consider the example given here, the Charmander card is the basic one and can move into the active area justifiably. The two successive evolutions can only come into play if Charmander is already there.

Pokemon TCG evolution-Cards
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To evolve Charmander, simply place the Map of Charmeleon on its top, and Charmeleon takes the game from there and so on. Place a Charizard card on it to bring Charizard into battle. Remember that any item card attached to the previous Pokemon remains after it evolves, as does any damage taken. It’s only moves, HP, and the Pokemon itself that get better.

2. Trainer Cards

Pokemon Item Cards and Tools

The most basic type of Trainer card, which gets along well with Pokémon cards. You can attach as many Item cards to your Pokémon before it attacks. It is really important to patiently read what is written on each item sheet, to plan strategies accordingly. A Pokemon tool card is a special type of Item Card that, when attached to a Pokémon, stays with it until the end of the game, increasing its powers accordingly. When the Pokémon is stunned, the tool card goes to the discard pile with it.

Pokemon TCG Live Item Cards
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Supporter cards

You are named after characters from the anime and they are very powerful types of trainer cards. Players can only play one Supporter card per turn.

Stadium Cards

Stadium cards are those that affect the playing area and influence both players. Only one Stadium card can be placed at a time. If placed once, it remains until the end of the game, until another Stadium card replaces it.

3. Energy Cards

There are Nine types of energy cards available in the game. They are Grass, Fire, Water, Electric, Psychic, Combat, Dark, Steel, and Fairy. These cards must be attached to the Pokemon to trigger moves.

Pokemon TCG Live Energy Cards
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Each Pokémon card has the required number of energy cards written on it in addition to the respective moves. If there’s a colorless Energy sign on the Pokémon card, that means any type of Energy card can be used there. Note that, you can only attach one Energy card to the Pokémon per turn and are discarded when the Pokémon retreats.

Starting Your Game in Pokemon TCG Live

The game begins with a coin toss and the winner decides who plays first. Then both players draw 7 cards each from their own deck of 60 after shuffling and searching for a Pokemon BASIC card. The term BASIC is written in the upper left corner of a Pokémon card and only these base cards have the eligibility to play first on the active zone.

  • If you have raised more than one base card, place the other base cards on the bench area. If you haven’t drawn any base cards, you must make a Mulligan. A mulligan is an action to perform if you have not raised any base cards. In this case, reveal your 7 drawn cards to your opponent and shuffle them into your deck. Repeat Mulligans until you draw a base card. The opponent should then draw the same number of cards from their deck, the number of times you had a mulligan. These functions are all automated in the game, so you don’t have to worry more, just make sure you know the basic rules.
  • Now with 1 active base pokemon in play, and the Bench cards (if any) all placed face up on the table for both players, players must now pick up the next 6 cards from their deck and keep them aside as prize cards. These reward cards can be earned after knocking down the opposing Pokemon. For each KO bet of the opposing Pokémon, you gain 1 Prize card.

Once all these formalities have been completed, reveal your Active and Benched Pokémon and let the match begin.

take your turns

Regardless of who has the first turn, on each turn a player can have 3 possible actions during their own turn:

  • Draw a map.
  • Perform certain actions, such as evolve, add items, or
  • Attack the opponent.

Players may keep as many cards on hand, depending on the situation (except 1 Active Pokémon and Maximum 5 Benched Pokémon). After drawing a card each turn, the following Actions are available to a player:

  • Play a Basic Pokémon
  • Evolve a Pokemon
  • Attach an energy card
  • Play a Trainer card
  • Retreat your active Pokemon, or,
  • Use the Pokémon’s ability.

After these actions, the player can attack the opponent with the active Pokemon or end the turn. Also, keep in mind that, if you go first, on the very first turn, you can do as many actions as he wants, but you can’t play Trainer cards, evolve his Pokémon, or attack the opponent on the first turn..

Pokemon TCG Live Beginner’s Guide: Tips and Tricks

The game is totally based on individual strategies. This basic guide is for beginners only, who are wondering what to do in Pokemon TCG Live. Here is an overview of tips and tricks that beginners should keep in mind.

  • A player wins the match if he wins all 6 prize cards. In the event that a player has no Active or Benched Pokémon left at all, the opponent may also win. Also, if a player has no cards to draw from their deck, i.e. their deck is cardless, their opponent would be the winner of the match.
  • To win prize cards, eliminate your opponent. Some cards also have instructions on whether the winner takes 1 or more prize cards, so act accordingly.
  • The HP or hit points in the upper right of each Pokemon card is the maximum amount of damage it can take before being knocked out.
  • Instead of trying to attack with weaker Pokemon, try attaching as many Object sheets as possible, evolve your Pokémon, stack the Energy cardsand attack with one powerful move at a time.
  • Take screenshots and study the cards in your deck in your free time. If possible, memorize the functions of all cards for best results.

Final Thoughts

The already successful Pokemon Company is now trying to bring the Pokemon TCG to mobiles. Little by little, we hope that it will be available everywhere in the world. No Poke fan should be deprived of playing this fantastic strategy game. If you are new, hope this article helped you. So go ahead and try it! If you’re having trouble, feel free to fall back on this Pokemon TCG Live Beginners Guide for advice.

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