The Pokémon Trading Card Game Card Database (https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg/pokemon-cards/) is a powerful tool for finding cards. The basic search function is pretty simple in that it relies on just a card name or keyword to produce results. But if you're looking for a specific card (or a card that meets specific qualifications), the advanced card search is unrivaled in its usefulness.
The advanced search page is broken down into a bunch of categories, allowing you to search for cards in a staggering number of ways. To find out what all the categories mean, check out the list of terms below.
Note: Text that appears on the card that is not essential to gameplay is not searchable in the database. For example, searching for "No. 125 Eletric pokemon Ht:3'07'' WT 66.1 lbs" will not return results for Electabuzz cards.
- Card Name & Keyword – Enter either the name of the card or any words you expect to find in the card’s description. You can also choose a specific part of the card to search in, such as Attack descriptions or special rules.
- Card Type – Select what type of card you’re searching for. Choose a specific card type, or choose “Check All” to search for any of the cards in a specific category.
- Energy Type – Select the Pokémon’s type, identified by the icon in the top-right corner of the card (applies only to Pokémon cards).
- Rarity – The rarity symbol is found in the lower-right corner of the card. Use this section to search by a card’s rarity.
- Pokémon Evolution – Search for a Pokémon card by looking for its pre-evolved form. For example, search for “Aron” to find all of the Lairon cards that can be used to Evolve Aron.
- Format – Select what tournament format the card is legally playable in.
- Expansions – Search for a card by what set it appears in. You can identify a card’s expansion set by the icon in the bottom-right corner of the card.
- Hit Points – The number in the top-right corner of a Pokémon card that tells you how much damage the Pokémon can take before it is Knocked Out.
- Retreat Cost – To retreat, you must discard Energy from the retreating Pokémon equal to the Retreat Cost of the Pokémon. This cost appears in the lower right-hand corner of the card. You can only retreat once per turn.
- Total Attack Cost – Most attacks require a certain amount of Energy to be attached to the Pokémon, indicated by icons to the left of the attack. Use the sliders to identify cards that have attacks within the specified range.
- Attack Cost Energy Type – Many attacks need specific types of Energy to be attached to the Pokémon. Check one or more type of Energy to search for cards with attacks that fit the description.
- Weakness – If a Pokémon has Weakness, it takes more damage when attacked by Pokémon of a certain type. The Pokémon’s Weakness type and effectiveness are located in the bottom-left corner of the Pokémon card.
- Resistance – If a Pokémon has Resistance, it takes less damage when attacked by Pokémon of a certain type. The Pokémon’s Resistance type and effectiveness are located in the bottom-center of the Pokémon card.
- Card Illustrator – Search by the name of the artist who illustrated the image on the card.
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