Elements of a Pokémon Card
Every Pokémon card has six main parts. Take a look!
Become a Pokémon Trainer
in No Time!
One of the easiest ways to learn to play the Pokémon Trading Card
Game or to find new opponents in the Pokémon video games is to visit
stores or League locations and find out when they hold their Pokémon
Earn Cool Prizes!
The prizes at Pokémon Leagues include special promo cards and
cool Pokémon items, and you can earn some of them just by
showing up! Other prizes are reserved for the winners, for players
who have attended multiple Tournament nights, or for local and
Learn to Play!
Many shops hold a Pokémon night once a week. It’s a great way to meet
new people and learn to play—and win prizes for playing! To find a local
League location, check online at
More than 70
locations in the UK offer League and Tournament play!
Test Your Skills!
Once you know the basics, step up and join the community of
players at the official Pokémon Tournaments for the TCG and
video games. These tournaments take place all year round,
and provide a challenge for a city or country—even the
As you might expect, the rewards at the larger tournaments are
correspondingly bigger, including trophies, cool Pokémon gear,
trips, and even a scholarship at the World Championships!
to find local gatherings and
tournaments, and to learn about the rewards you can earn!
is a Basic Pokémon. No known Pokémon-
evolve into Stage 1 Pokémon.
Pokémon can be one of 10 types: Grass , Fire , Water , Lightning , Psychic , Fighting , Colorless , Darkness ,
Metal , or with the release of
Black & White—Dragons Exalted,
Dragon type ! Kyurem-
is aWater-type Pokémon.
has a lot of HP, so it is tough to Knock Out!
FrozenWings and Hail Blizzard are the Pokémon’s attacks in the game.
Weakness, Resistance, and Retreat:
is in trouble when facing Metal-type Pokémon—they do double damage!
can retreat for a cost of any 3 Energy.
Collector Number and Rarity:
Each card in the set has a number, so you’ll know when you have them all. You can also find checklists online or in
special booster packs. The rarity symbols tell you how hard it is to find some cards. The most often-seen rarities are common cards (
rare cards (
rare Ultra cards (
and Holo rare cards (
which are easily identified by the shiny foil look on the entire card.