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Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted. PTCG or Pokémon TCG, is a collectible card game, based on the Pokémon video game series, first published in October 1996 by Media Factory in Japan. A collection of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Players assume the role of a Pokémon trainer and use their Pokémon to battle their opponents’.
Players play Pokémon to the field and attack their opponent’s Pokémon. A Pokémon that has sustained enough damage is knocked out, and the player who knocked it out draws a Prize card. There are usually six Prize cards, and the primary win condition is to draw all of them. The player going first cannot attack on their first turn. Players then shuffle their decks and draw seven cards, then play one Basic Pokémon onto the field.
Play alternates between players who may take several actions during their turn, including playing new Basic Pokémon, evolving their Pokémon, playing Trainer cards and Energy cards, and using Pokémon Abilities. A player may also retreat their Active Pokémon, switching the Active Pokémon with one on the Bench. At the end of their turn, a player may use one of their Active Pokémon’s attacks, provided the prerequisite amount and types of Energy are attached to that Pokémon. Basic Pokémon are the foundation of all decks.