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.
On your turn, you may want to do one of several things before you attack, and one of these is evolving your Pokemon. Pokemon have three stages of evolution: basic, stage 1, and stage 2. To evolve your Pokemon, you must go from basic to stage 1, or stage 1 to stage 2. The only way you can go from basic all the way up to stage 2 is to play the rare candy card. All cards previously attached must stay on the Pokemon as it evolves, and you can't use any attacks on the Pokemon you evolved from, only the Pokemon you evolved to. Also, if your Pokemon has any special conditions, such as ""asleep"" or ""confused"" or ""paralyzed"" and so on, they disappear when you evolve. Now, this is really important: you cannot evolve a Pokemon that you just played to your bench. For example, if I place a Pokemon down to my bench, I cannot evolve it on the same turn. I have to wait until my next turn in order to evolve it. Even if you have rare candy, you still have to wait until your next turn if you've played that Pokemon to your bench. This is why players can't evolve Pokemon their first turn. Because they just placed the Pokemon down their bench, they have to wait another turn before they start evolving their Pokemon.