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Welcome New Trainer!

Welcome to the world of Pokemon the Trading Card Game Online, or PTCGO for short.

In order to play the game, you must sign up for a Trainer account and download the client at http://www.pokemontcg.com/download

Please check some common FAQs  brought to you by the PTCGO staff.

This wiki page was made to help introduce you on accessing various functions through the client being used at this time! So let's get started! YATTA!

You may be wondering what to do first. It is understandable that you are confused when you first play on PTCGO. Should you go off and fight? Make a deck? Trade? Well, lets go through some of the items:


Challenging NPCs (Non-Player Characters) and Players

Play
First, click the play button as shown.

Upon clicking, you'll come across three choices:


Trainer Challenge

This is where you challenge NPCs (aka AIs [artificial intelligence]). Some bonuses in completing the trainer challenges includes obtaining free booster packs!


Selecting a League ( & earning booster packs)

There are three leagues present: gold league, platinum league and the city championship. You can select the difficulty of the NPCs in these leagues from either Beginner, Intermediate, Hard or Expert. The harder the difficulty, the more points you earn through battling an opponent.

Why is this information important? If you get at least 30,000 points against a trainer (4 stars on the "Total Trainer Score" bar), you unlock a free random booster pack. Completing the trainer score challenge in each league will get you 3 additional packs per league. As with all free in-game giveaway, the cards you get are locked.


Available Decks

Unfortunately, there is a limited number of decks available initially: Black & White - Red/Blue/Green. These decks are the latest rotated decks; players present before this rotation may have unlocked the Basic RGB decks which, as noted, is no longer available to new players.

If you buy or redeem a deck from the PTCGO store, these deck may be available as one of your options against the NPC!

Unlocking the deck

As you may see, these initial decks are not initially present when you are making a custom deck. In order to unlock these decks, which you can use the cards to make your own custom deck, you must beat a certain number of NPCs - typically 11 unique opponents - with that specific deck.

Each time you beat a unique opponent with a "locked" deck, the deck will swap out a card. Once you get the reach the maximum unlock value (typically 11), these deck will now be available in the Deck Management section (which is mentioned later).


Versus Mode

There are three opponent options here:

Practice Battle

You face off against an NPC based on the difficulty you chose. The play type can only be se as Unlimited which maens any type of deck can be used.

Player vs Player

This is pretty straight forward. Select the difficulty as either novice or expert and you will face another player who chose the same option! Get 10 Trainer coins as a daily bonus when you face someone (once per day).

Friend Battle

You must have a person added as a friend. Select the person one your friend list and get ready to rumble!


Tournament Mode

This option is currently disabled. It is planned to be in a beta release soon, which you can read some of the forum entries by staff members here and here,

Making a Deck

Deck manager

Click the Deck Manager as shown.

You can either create a deck from scratch or clone an existing one. This is pretty straight forward!


Theme decks

Once you fully unlock (11/11) one of the starter decks from the Trainer Challenge, that deck will appear here.

Other ways to obtain a deck is by redeeming or buying a theme deck through the shop or have the deck be given to you as a reward (such as the Basic Yellow deck which was given to beta players back in the old web-client version).

As a tip, try redeeming the name of booster packs without a space such as plasmafreeze / plasmastorm :)

Trading

Trade

Making a Trade

This is pretty straight forward. Click the Trade button and pick whatever suits you.

The first thing you may see at the beginning are public trades nearly ending where you have an unlocked card that the person wanted. 


Untradable cards

Please note that the card must be tradable in order to, well, trade.

Free cards you obtain through the daily bonus, trainer challenge and some redeemable codes (as mentioned above) are untradable. This can be seen through the red lock icon by the amount of card you have. 

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Card quantity as of Version: 2.19.0.439



For example, this image to the left shows you that there's 17 of the (thundershock) Pikachu are untradable (locked); only 2 of it are tradable! 

The Pikachu card to the right, however, is not tradable - all of it is locked!

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Trading Terminology

In the chatroom, you may see people stating acronyms and wonder what they mean. Here is a list of some common terms:

Terminology Meaning
Binder These are cards people marked for trade. Look at the next section (below) which focuses on this aspect.
BC Boundaries Crossed
FA Full Art
FT For Trade
LF Looking For
PF Plasma Freeze
PS Plasma Storm
SR

Secret Rare

(typically has a white star [note that a normal star for dark Pokemon do appear white which may not mean its a SR; look at the rarity at the top right of the card])

Unlimited/Modified

Modified is the set currently allowed in the Pokemon Tournament in real life; currently, it is the Black White (BW) series as of this update.


Unlimited means any series of cards can be used, including Heart Gold / Soul Silver (HGSS)

Binders

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The centre Pikachu tagged for trade. The other tagged as wanted & for review


Making a Binder

A binder is a list of cards you are interested in trading. To make your binder, go to your Collection (left of the Deck Manager) then view all cards you have. Select the card you are interested in and click the option at the bottom as Tag for Trade (which can be seen in the above picture).

That's all :) The card now should have a small icon. Note that I set the center Pikachu for trade and the one on the right as both wanted and review (you can use these tags to help get to your favourite cards faster :D)


Viewing a Binder

To view a binder, you must 

  1. Go to the trade section 
  2. Click on the 'New Private Trade' tab
  3. Often you will need to look a person up so click the "Public" tab under the 'Select your Partner' and search for the person of interest
  4. Click "Add" where it says that "X is Offering Me"
  5. Disable the "Show only items I want" so you can see the full cards that X has listed for trade in its binder.
  6. You may want to disable the Like for Like trading when adding your cards. If active, you will be trading for the same rarity.

Making Friends

Friend

Found somebody you liked talking to on the chat? Or want to battle them? Well, this is what you do:


  1. Click the Friends icon as shown above
  2. Click on the "Public" tab
  3. Type in the person name
  4. Click the Add button (+ sign)


And it is a simple as that :D

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