Pokémon cards are part of a collectible card game based around the video games series which was originally introduced in Japan in 1996 and subsequently in North America in 1998. Pokémon cards remain as one of the last remaining links to, Japanese media giant, Nintendo’s heritage as a playing card company. Being one of the largest trading card games to hit the western hemisphere, part of the success of Pokémon cards has derived from the popularity of the Pokémon video game and animated series.
The Pokémon cards were officially introduced in October 1996 in Japan after the success of the video game – the collection contained 102 Pokémon cards and became very popular. Once released overseas Pokémon cards began to grow as more and more different cards were being released to compensate the demand.
There are five main types of Pokémon cards; Energy, Stadium, Supporter and Trainers. Each player has a deck of 60 Pokémon cards, a combination of the functional five cards stated. Each card depicts a Pokémon from the video game series and you may only have 6 active Pokémon on the playing field at any given time. Each Pokémon card has a name, a type, amount of Hit Points, level of evolution, attack, weakness, resistance, retreat cost and text. The majority of Pokémon cards inflict damage on the opposing player’s card, however, there are some that don’t. These cards still perform a function that will aid the position of its owner. The majority of attacks peformed require energy, which comes in the form of energy cards and there are many different types of energy cards available.
Energy Pokémon cards are attached to a Pokémon to enable it to attack and come in a range of basic cards such as; fire, fighting, grass, psychic, electric, steel, darkness and water. Depending on the type of attack you will need certain combinations of energy Pokémon cards. Each turn, a player can put down one energy card, however, some trainers allow you to put down multiple energy Pokémon cards.
Trainer Pokémon cards are used to perform various functions to affect the in game play and hopefully push things in your favour. There are many different attributes that trainer Pokémon cards can posses such as; damage removal, energy removal or reviving. In the case of a game it is important to carry influential trainer Pokémon cards that will coincide with your strategy to help you win the game.
The Pokémon characters can be simplified into an easy to follow system of TCG type; grass, fire, water, lightning, psychic, fighting, dark, metal and normal. From this you will be able to determine which Pokémon cards you are stronger in depending on your collection. From what we offer here at Magic Madhouse we offer a wide range of different character Pokémon cards as well as trainers and energy cards. If you are interested in Pokémon cards then you may want to browse through our Ultra Pro Pokémon portfolios.
You may also like to try our Magic the Gathering cards that we have to offer.