Pokémon TCG Online

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Pokémon TCG Online
Pokémon TCG Online Logo.png
Developer(s)Dire Wolf Digital
Publisher(s)The Pokémon Company International
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, iPad, Android
March 24, 2011
May 15, 2012
November 5, 2012
September 30, 2014
April 7, 2016
Genre(s)Digital collectible card game
Mode(s)Multiplayer, single-player

Pokémon TCG Online (PTCGO) is the digital version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game developed by American studio Dire Wolf Digital, and is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, iPad and Android.[1] It was originally released in April 2011 as Pokémon Trainer Challenge. The game was only released in the west.


In the Trainer Challenge mode, the player competes against a range of computer-controlled characters using preconstructed theme decks. Winning a number of matches earns booster packs of cards.This is one of the easiest modes in the game, so is recommended for newer players.

In Versus Mode, human players compete. Winning earns tokens or tournament entry tickets, as well as Versus Points that contribute to earning prizes from a Versus Ladder that is reset every three weeks, adding new prizes and removing all Versus Points. There are four play modes. In Theme mode, only pre-constructed theme decks may be used. In standard mode the player's deck can only use cards which are legal in the current standard rotation (each year older cards are retired from play).[2] Expanded mode allows cards from the expanded rotation. In unlimited mode, any cards are allowed, however the unlimited mode has been restricted to only be a playable option with online friends in a Friend Battle or training against a NPC.[3]

Tournament mode involves eight players fighting through three rounds of a single–elimination style contest. The rewards increase in-line with the finishing position of the player. Winning at least one match in a ticket-entry ensures a tradeable booster pack as a reward.

Winning matches earns tokens which can be used to purchase items from in game shop such as non-special booster packs of cards, preconstructed theme decks or avatar customization items.

The game initially offered three starting decks, and featured more content after release. After April 6, 2011, players could buy cards from the Black and White series, which have a code to be digitally represented.[4] Players can also create a custom avatar.[5] There were booster pack codes which allow booster packs up to Black and White—Boundaries Crossed to be purchased from the online shop. However, as of Black and White—Plasma Storm, the code card within booster packs are now directly redeemed as online booster packs of their respective set.


GamesRadar praised the game, stating "Everything looks to be faithfully recreated, including the card mat, prize card layout, and even coins."[5]


  1. ^ "Pokemon TCG Online now available for iPad users in North America". Tech Times.
  2. ^ "Play! Pokémon 2015 Season Format Rotation". pokemon.com.
  3. ^ "Unlimited format removed from vs mode". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  4. ^ Matthew Kato (February 15, 2011). "Online Battles Start With Pokémon Trainer Challenge – News – www.GameInformer.com". Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  5. ^ a b Mark Raby (Feb 16, 2011). "Pokémon trading cards getting free browser-based game, Pokemon Black / White DS News". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2011-02-22.

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