Pokemon Basics Explained: How to Play Pokemon TCG Online

For over 8 years now, the Pokemon franchise has offered its loyal fan base a streamlined way to play the trading card game that they know and love.

Back in April 2011, they released a platform known as Pokemon Trainer Challenge which we know today as the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online. Thanks to this, you can build decks, trade cards, and battle opponents from anywhere in the world.

It's grown in popularity over time and is now one of the most enjoyable and competitive ways of competing.

If you're relatively new to it, here are some Pokemon basics to get you started!

What Is PTCGO?

The Pokemon Trading Card Game Online (PTCGO for short) is essentially the physical trading card game that trainers have come to know brought to a simulation format.

There are several reasons why someone would play this game. You can prepare for a competition, try out custom decks that you've built, and play as many games in a row as your heart desires.

It also provides a great way for those of you trainers out there that don't live close to any Pokemon Training Card Competitions. You can partake in events going on in PTCGO to get your fix.

This game also provides a fair bit of customization on things such as your account's avatar, trade with millions of players around the world and build custom decks you wouldn't otherwise be able to.

All in all, it's a phenomenal experience for those out there interested in growing their knowledge and skill in the Pokemon Trading Card Game. You'll never run out of things to do as they're constantly adding new features.

Pokemon is dedicated to its Trading Card Game and will always service the trainers that play it.

How to Play PTCGO

This game is made to be played up to the goals that you've set for yourself. Whether those goals are beating all of the game modes it offers or just competing once or twice a day is up to you.

In its simplest form, the PTCGO is meant for you to build a deck and compete with it in various game modes. However, there's a lot that goes into both of those parts.

You start off building a deck by earning cards and tokens (used to purchase other cards).

Gaining tokens can be as easy as logging into the game each day and as difficult as completing lofty goals the game sets for you. As with any game, you'll hit these in time, so for now, just focus on building the best deck possible.

If you're nervous about where to start, don't worry. The game gives you a starter deck after you've completed the initial Trainer Challenge.

Trading Card Game Codes

After you've beaten the trainer challenge, you can use tools such as Pokemon TCG codes to acquire strong cards and build a formidable deck. These will give you much more control over the deck that you've built.

If you're unfamiliar with the Trading Card Game entirely, you might be wondering what the benefits are of TCG Codes over tokens in the game.

The codes will give you access to certain cards that you're looking for. Thousands, if not millions of Pokemon cards have been created since the game first went worldwide in 1999.

They've been categorized by certain booster packs, theme decks, league promotions, blister packs, etc. The tokens in the game can't hold up to the control and variety that the TCG codes will offer you, you'll want to have plenty as you grow your collection.

Looking for specific holo cards for your deck and collection? Of course, you are! Fortunately, there are Pokemon TCG Codes for Holos as well, stock up to get yourself ahead of the competition.

Types of PTCGO Cards

As you may know, there are several different types of cards that you'll come across as you collect.

Here are a few of them and a brief description of their place in the game.

1. Normal Cards

Pikachu PTCGO Card

This one's pretty self-explanatory, but it's worth highlighting anyways. Normal cards are the common cards of the game, the ones you'll run across on several occasions.

However, don't underestimate their importance! Normal cards provide depth to any deck that you build, you're only as good as your weakest card, so consider any normal card you're using carefully.

For example, you may have a killer Eelektross holo card in your deck, but that means you need to consider how many Tynamo (first evolution) and Eelektrik (second evolution) to place in your deck.

2. GX Cards

Shiny Metagross GX

Simply put, GX Cards are powerful cards that can only use their GX attacks once per game.

They serve just as powerful a purpose in collecting cards because of their unique, card-filling design and holographic detail.

Don't take these lightly, they can be the difference-maker in your deck and the staple of your collection.

3. Holo Cards

Battle City BW39

The holographic aspect of rare cards is a pretty common occurrence among most major card titles such as Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh.

These are rare and powerful cards that serve as the brute force of any deck that you create.

Often times the difference between a win and a loss can be who's able to draw a holo card and fully-evolve it the quickest to take out the other party.

Holo cards are the centerpiece of any Pokemon Card collection, for obvious reasons.

4. Non-Holo Cards

Sometimes the rare cards in your booster packs will be holographic, and sometimes they won't be.

Non-Holo cards are what are referred to in the Pokemon TCG as the powerful and rare care that isn't holographic. They boast all the same HP and attacks as their holo counterparts but lack the shine that collectors love.

Often times, you can take advantage by purchasing them at a cheaper rate than the holographic version but still gaining access to all its power... who said trainers shouldn't be cost-effective?

The Key Is in the Pokemon Basics

Now that you've seen the Pokemon basics of the PTCGO game, you'll undoubtedly want to get your adventure started!

Looking to get ahead of the game? Be sure to read up on how you can pre-order upcoming Pokemon cards (and the codes within their packs).

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