Pokemon cards were officially introduced in October 1996 in Japan after the success of the video game – and the collectable card game as grown astronomically since then, with over 9000 unique cards in circulation. To help you stay one step ahead of other trainers, Magic Madhouse have available a leading range of the latest Pokemon Booster Packs, Booster Boxes and special Card Tins to help you build the ultimate deck in order to challenge the elite.
There are three main types of playable card, trainer cards, energy cards and of course, Pokemon cards, each with their own subsets and game mechanics. Each player has a deck of 60 Pokémon cards, a combination of the three functional card types above. Each of your Pokemon will have a designated type and a set amount of hit points, and will faint if your opponents has inflicted enough damage to reduce your Pokemon’s HP to zero.You’ll start with Basic Pokemon, which can deal out damage with an array of exciting attacks and techniques, which require you to attach a varying amount of energy cards to perform.
Energy Pokemon cards are attached to a Pokemon to enable it to attack and come in a range of basic energy card types including as; fire, fighting, grass, psychic, electric, steel, darkness and water. Your Pokemon’s attack requirements will dictate the combinations of energy Pokemon cards you’ll need to play in order to attack. Each turn, a player can put down one energy card, however, some trainer cards will allow you to put down multiple energy Pokemon cards at one time, giving you a huge advantage as you seek to land that critical hit or set-up a nightmarish poison trap. Speaking of Trainer Cards, they’re are used to perform various functions to affect the in-game play and can drastically alter the shape of the battle. There are many different attributes that trainer Pokemon cards can possess, including but definitely not limited to; damage removal, energy removal and revival. It’s important to seek to piece together a Pokemon deck which utilises Pokemon, Trainer and Energy cards in a cohesive way to suit your playing style and outfox your opponent.
As mentioned, each Pokemon is categorised by a set ‘type’, which traditionally included; water, lightning, psychic, fighting, dark, metal and normal; however the game has evolved to include many additional Pokemon types and even dual types. It’s important to have a basic understanding of Pokemon type before you lock eyes and challenge another trainer to a battle; as they can swing a match in your favour if you can exploit a weakness in your opponent’s line-up. Whether you’re conquering the Elite Four or traversing Mt. Moon, it’s important that you take good care of your playing cards, choose from our full range of protective deck boxes, card sleeves, Pokemon binders and playmats.