How to Play the Pokémon Trading Card Game

Become a Pokémon Trainer and battle against another Trainer using awesome Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG! Trainers use attacks to knock each other’s Pokémon out and claim Prize cards. The first to take all six Prize cards to win the game.

Get started in the Pokémon TCG with this set of easy-to-follow videos that will walk you through the basics of the game. When you're done watching, hopefully you'll be ready to battle on your own!

The Next Steps

Want to keep going? Check out more ways to learn and play the Pokémon TCG:

Pokémon TCG Rulebook

These rules will tell you everything you need to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Your deck of cards represents your Pokémon as well as items and allies that help you on your adventures. Download the most recent rulebook for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

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Play the Pokémon TCG Online

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online is an online version of the Pokémon TCG! The rules are the same for both the paper and online versions, so the Pokémon TCG Online is a great way to continue the fun when your friends aren’t around or your favorite game store has closed for the evening.

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Find a Pokémon League!

If you're looking to test your Pokémon TCG skills, there's no better way than at Play! Pokémon events. You can play for prizes and work toward an invitation to compete at the Pokémon World Championships! Events are open to players of all ages and skill levels, and they're a great way to experience the fun of the Pokémon TCG with other players.

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