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.
There are three ways to win the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
The first is if you take all six of your prize cards. Now, the prize cards are on the left side of your play area. You don't know what they are at the start of the game. As you play, each time you knock out a Pokemon, you take a prize card. If you take all six, you've won!
A second way to win the game is if your opponent has no more Pokemon in play.
Say you knock out your opponent's Pokemon. They then take a Pokemon from their bench and move it into the front active position. If they can't do that, then there's no way for them to battle, and you win.
The third way to win is if your opponent cannot draw a card at the start of their turn. This is called ""decking out."" Every player starts with a deck of 60 cards placed on the right side in a North-South direction. At the start of each turn you draw a card. Now, you can't look at the rest of your deck, unless of course, another card ""lets you."" Say, a trainer card or a supporter card.
Now, there is a fourth way to win, and it's called the Lost World Mechanic.
This involves two things: One, it involves a stadium card called Lost World, the second is an area right above your prize cards called the Lost Zone. The Lost Zone is sort of like the discard pile, except cards the go to the Lost World never come back into the game.
When the Lost World Stadium card is in play, if your opponent has six or more cards in the lost zone, you may declare yourself the winner.