Most of us have played the traditional Pokemon games with the cards on a playing field. You would throw your cards down and have a chance to catch 'em all. Those aren't the only games though, now a lot of kids are playing games online using Pokemon booster packs. These are special packs of cards that come with the game, as well as a deck of Pokemon cards. And they usually come with a deck of cards that can be used to play the game.
There are several different types of Pokemon cards out there, but basically they all have one thing in common. They have four basic Pokemon in them, which are Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Wartice. Now here's a little bit about each of those Pokemon, so you can get a better understanding of these Pokemon cards.
The first type of cards is the basic Pokemon cards. These are the very first cards that you see when you open a new pack of Pokemon cards. Basically, this is what it says - the starter pack. Now of course, since this is the most basic pack out there, we can pretty much assume that it won't contain anything special.
The second type of cards are the 'other cards' in a Pokemon card game. Now, these aren't as common as the starter packs, but they can be found in almost any store that sells Pokemon cards. Basically, these other cards are what make Pokemon cards special - they come with special rules and tips for playing the card game. Of course, the more rare or unique the card is, the more you'll pay for it - and as such you want to know exactly what you're getting when you buy them.
The last type of Pokemon cards are the 'trophies'. Now, trophies are trophies, right? Well, these trophies are exactly that - a unique way to show off your expertise with the card game, showing off your skills and knowledge in playing the game as well as your ability to follow all of the rules and regulations while playing.
So what are these things that are on each card of the Pokemon series? Basically, the starting hand, which is the top card in the deck. This card represents you as a player and basically gives you the starting hand you'll be playing with. The seven cards following this represent every single Pokemon in the deck (yes, even the legendary Pokemon).
Then there are the non-evolved Pokemon cards - the rest of the deck, including the second, third, fourth and fifth rows. These are the 'mons' of the deck, and the starting hand will always be played with, but you can switch out your starter hand any time you like. All of these cards have the standard mechanic of having to evolve them, but they also have an energy card. The energy card helps you keep track of how many Pokemon you have in your deck, what they evolve to, and even what move each one can take. These are the most basic Pokemon cards and after mastering all of the rules you'll soon discover that they provide an easy to understand way of playing the game.
Each of the basic Pokemon cards has several parts, and it is important to get these parts in order. The first part is the card face, which usually has two different colored squares on it. Each of these squares can have any number of items on them, and you'll want to make sure to count these items up before using them on your Pokemon. After the squares have been used up, the top card in your deck will change, revealing the bottom 8 cards in your deck - the 'active' Pokemon cards.
Now, the second part is the rule book - which tells you the rules of the game, and the various actions that you can perform in your turn. You must remember at all times that your hand must be able to attack freely and must not block the opponent's Pokemon. There are some special rules that only certain Pokemon can use their 'ability' on, so it is important to learn these if you want to play the game correctly. Finally, the top card in your deck is the prize that you will get for winning the battle, and this is usually the Pokemon that you get for playing the game. Of course, this doesn't always work, but it is the main means of getting new people into the game.
After these parts, the deck will now be considered 'active', and you can start trying to do things with it. You can attack other trainers, battle other trainers, and even use the power cards that each trainer has. Basically, the point of a Pokemon deck is to allow you to do much more with it than just throw things onto it and hope that they work out. With the right rules, a lot of the complexity of the Pokemon game can be completely avoided. So get yourself a starter Pokemon deck, and get into the game!