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What Is a Pokemon Trainer Card?

Learn what a trainer card is from the Pokemon Trading Card Game pros at Comic Cafe in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Joe D'Andrea, a Pokemon professor at Comic Cafe in Warren New Jersey, and we're here to show you how to play the Pokemon trading card game.

Trainer cards help you things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to do in a game. For instance, a trainer card may help you search your deck for a special card, search for energy in your discard pile, force your opponent to switch their active Pokemon with a benched Pokemon, all kinds of things. Also, just like Pokemon there could be no more than four of the same trainer card in a 60-card deck. Now there are three types of trainer cards, there are item, support and stadium. First is item, items cards you can play as many times as you want per turn. When you finish playing them, you discard them, and it's very simple. Just follow the instructions on the card.

The second kind is a supporter card. These work just like trainer cards with one exception. You can only play one supporter per turn. The last kind of trainer card is a stadium card. Now this card works sort of like a supporter card in that you can only play once per turn, but with two important differences. One, it stays in play after the turn is over. And two, both players follow the instructions on the card. Also the stadium card stays in play until a different stadium card is played to take it out of play.

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