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** Will from the upcoming Dream League/Cosmic Eclipse set allows you to flat-out choose the result of a coin flip

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**Another useless Slowbro was from Unbroken Bonds who has the attack three strikes: flip three coins, for each heads, deal 100 damage, up to 300. [[{{HopeSpot}} Sounds good right]]? Well if all three coins are tails '''You lose the game'''.

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* AloneAmongFamilies: Card art of the Pokemon Cubone often showcases the Pokemon's orphaned state, such as an image of one crying lonely on a bench while, in the background, several happy human families are shown enjoying their time together.


** "_____'s Pikachu" (more commonly known as "Birthday Pikachu") is banned due to the card requiring it to be the player's birthday.
** "Ancient Mew" is banned due to the card being written in Runic (and even if the card is deciphered, the card is all but unviable anyway).
** Jumbo Cards are banned due to their sheer size. Nothing's stopping you from playing the regular-sized versions of the cards, though.
** Most Imakuni? cards are straight up banned due to their outlandish nature (some of them do straight up tell you this).
** In the ''Phantom Forces'' expansion, there was a card called "Lysandre's Trump Card" which has each player shuffle every card in their discard pile except for the card that was just used into their deck. In June 2015, due to this card being ruled to create an unbalanced play environment, this card ended up being banned.

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** "_____'s Pikachu" (more commonly known as "Birthday Pikachu") is banned due to You're only allowed four of any card, but the card requiring exception is Basic Energy (Special Energy is still restricted). A deck that runs only four energy -- unless it has some major other gimmick to make up for it -- would be the player's birthday.
ridiculously slow and overly reliant on finding that energy.
** "Ancient Mew" is banned due The XY expansion features Professor Sycamore, whose effects (discard your hand then draw 7) were functionally identical to the card being written in Runic (and even if the card is deciphered, the card is all but unviable anyway).
** Jumbo Cards are banned due to their sheer size. Nothing's stopping you from playing the regular-sized versions
Professor Juniper of the cards, though.
** Most Imakuni? cards are straight up banned due to their outlandish nature (some of them do straight up tell you this).
** In
Black and White expansion. Keeping in line with the ''Phantom Forces'' expansion, there was above-mentioned "maximum four copies of a card called "Lysandre's Trump Card" which has each player shuffle every card in their discard pile except for one deck" rule, decks aren't allowed to run Juniper and Sycamore at the card that was just used into their deck. In June 2015, due to this card being ruled to create an unbalanced play environment, this card ended up being banned.same time.


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** Some cards are banned, due to either balance issues or other obvious reasons:
*** "_____'s Pikachu" (more commonly known as "Birthday Pikachu") is banned due to the card requiring it to be the player's birthday.
*** "Ancient Mew" is banned due to the card being written in Runic (and even if the card is deciphered, the card is all but unviable anyway).
*** Jumbo Cards are banned due to their sheer size. Nothing's stopping you from playing the regular-sized versions of the cards, though.
*** Most Imakuni? cards are straight up banned due to their outlandish nature (some of them do straight up tell you this).
*** In the ''Phantom Forces'' expansion, there was a card called "Lysandre's Trump Card" which has each player shuffle every card in their discard pile except for the card that was just used into their deck. In June 2015, due to this card being ruled to create an unbalanced play environment, this card ended up being banned.


* StandardStatusEffects: Akin to the games, Pokémon can be put to sleep, confused, paralyzed, poisoned, or burned. Unlike the games, status effects can be cured when the afflicted Pokémon retreats, and the specific effects are changed. The [[OneCurseLimit one-status limit]] has also been lifted, so you can stack several of these on a single Pokémon if you can set it up. All of these effects go away when the Pokémon is moved to the bench by a card effect.

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* StandardStatusEffects: Akin to the games, Pokémon can be put to sleep, confused, paralyzed, poisoned, or burned. Unlike the games, status effects can be cured when the afflicted Pokémon retreats, retreats or moves to the bench by a card effect, and the specific effects are changed. The [[OneCurseLimit one-status limit]] has also been lifted, so you can stack several of these on a single Pokémon if you can set it up. All of these effects go away when the Pokémon is moved to the bench by a card effect.


** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up]] and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX]], and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_%26_Braixen-GX_(Remix_Bout_8) Charizard & Braixen-GX]] as these cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.

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** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up]] and Up]], [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX]], and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_%26_Braixen-GX_(Remix_Bout_8) Charizard & Braixen-GX]] as these cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.


** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up]] and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX]], as both cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.

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** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up]] and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX]], and [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_%26_Braixen-GX_(Remix_Bout_8) Charizard & Braixen-GX]] as both these cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.



** [[PoisonousPerson Poison types]] were previously grouped in with grass types (which made some amount of sense, due to how many grass/bug types are also poison). At some point, they were moved into the Psychic category. The logic behind this seems to be "poison and psychic are both purple".

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** [[PoisonousPerson Poison types]] were previously grouped in with grass Grass types (which made some amount of sense, due to how many grass/bug Grass/Bug types are also poison).Poison). At some point, they were moved into the Psychic category. The logic behind this seems to be "poison "Poison and psychic Psychic are both purple".



** Some Pokémon have abilities that make energies of a certain type count as two energy instead of one.

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** Some Pokémon Pokémon, such as the [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Venusaur_(Shining_Legends_3) Shining Legends Venusaur]], have abilities that make energies of a certain type count as two energy instead of one.



* LimitBreak: GX attacks. You're only allowed one per game and only certain Pokemon can use them, but they're all rather powerful. Tag Team GX Pokemon take this to a whole new level; their GX moves have an optional additional energy requirement that, if fulfilled, enable an even stronger effect when used.

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* LimitBreak: GX attacks. You're only allowed one per game and only certain Pokemon can use them, but they're all rather powerful. Tag Team GX Pokemon take this to a whole new level; their GX moves have an optional additional energy or specific card usage requirement that, if fulfilled, enable an even stronger effect when used.



* NonNaziSwastika: One of the game cards, the Koga's Ninja Trick card, originally had the symbol on it in mirror image until people complained and it was altered.

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* NonNaziSwastika: One The artwork of the game cards, the Koga's Ninja Trick card, originally had the symbol on it in mirror image until people complained and it was altered.



** The three Unown cards from Lost Thunder all let their user instantly win if their (rather awkward) ability conditions are met. One has the condition of requiring a total of [[NumberOfTheBeast 66]] damage counters across all your Pokemon, another has the condition of needing 35 cards (which is just over half your whole deck) in your hand at once, and the third requires six Supporter cards to be in the lost zone.

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** The three Unown cards from Lost Thunder all let their user instantly win if their (rather awkward) ability conditions are met. One Unown DAMAGE has the condition of requiring a total of [[NumberOfTheBeast 66]] damage counters across all your Pokemon, another Unown HAND has the condition of needing 35 cards (which is just over half your whole deck) in your hand at once, and the third Unown MISSING requires six 12 Supporter cards to be in the lost zone.Lost Zone.
** The Three Strikes attack from the Unbroken Bonds Slowbro causes the player to automatically lose the game if all three of its coin flips are tails.



* RuleOfCool: One card ''Flashfire'' Mega Charizard X seems to have been designed with this in mind, as it's a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon-type]] version of BreakoutCharacter Charizard with the strongest attack in the game, to the point of being AwesomeButImpractical. Mega Charizard Y, Charizard-GX, and the Dragon-type Mega Rayquaza aren't too far off, having equally damaging attacks but lacking the whole "fan-requested typing" vibe.

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* RuleOfCool: One card ''Flashfire'' Mega Charizard X seems to have been designed with this in mind, as it's a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Dragon-type]] version of BreakoutCharacter Charizard with one of the strongest attack attacks in the game, to the point of being AwesomeButImpractical. Mega Charizard Y, Charizard-GX, and the Dragon-type Mega Rayquaza aren't too far off, having equally damaging attacks but lacking the whole "fan-requested typing" vibe.



* StandardStatusEffects: Akin to the games, they can be put to sleep, confused, paralyzed, poisoned, or burned. Unlike the games, status effects can be cured when the afflicted Pokémon retreats, and the specific effects are changed. The [[OneCurseLimit one-status limit]] has also been lifted, so you can stack several of these on a single Pokémon if you can set it up.

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* StandardStatusEffects: Akin to the games, they Pokémon can be put to sleep, confused, paralyzed, poisoned, or burned. Unlike the games, status effects can be cured when the afflicted Pokémon retreats, and the specific effects are changed. The [[OneCurseLimit one-status limit]] has also been lifted, so you can stack several of these on a single Pokémon if you can set it up. All of these effects go away when the Pokémon is moved to the bench by a card effect.

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** {{Averted}} with most of the ''Film/PokemonDetectivePikachu'' cards; some of them like Mewtwo, Charizard, and Greninja are all fairly useful, and their GX versions are about on par with normal GX cards. That being said, some of them like Snubbull and Charmander really aren't that great, but that's typically expected of Pokemon intended to be evolved up.


* ComebackMechanic: Most of the Pokémon-star cards had one attack that had pitiful strength but became overwhelming if the player is about to lose the game. Same with the additional attacks granted by the Mystery Plates in "Skyridge." A few attacks that have popped up here and there deal more damage the more Prize cards the opponent has taken, most notably Shaymin EX from "Next Destinies."

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* ComebackMechanic: ComebackMechanic:
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Most of the Pokémon-star cards had one attack that had pitiful strength but became overwhelming if the player is about to lose the game. Same with the additional attacks granted by the Mystery Plates in "Skyridge." A few attacks that have popped up here and there deal more damage the more Prize cards the opponent has taken, most notably Shaymin EX from "Next Destinies.""
** The N supporter card makes both players shuffle their hands into their deck and draw cards for each prize card they have remaining. Being on the verge of victory just before being N-ed down to 1 card is crippling and can cost the game. The Reset Stamp item does the same thing, but only applies its effects to your opponent.
** A distinct type of cards[[note]]Counter Energy, Counter Catcher, Counter Gain, etc.[[/note]] will only function if your opponent has less prize cards than you; i.e., they're closer to winning.



* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Battle_Compressor_(Phantom_Forces_92) Battle Compressor]], from the Phantom Forces expansion, which lets you search through your deck for three cards... and put them in the discard. Sounds useless on paper and will be without the right cards, but if used alongside cards that draw from, attach energy from, or otherwise rely on the discard pile to work, it suddenly becomes a very effective item to use.

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Anything that doesn't do anything but discard cards won't be useful outside of some potent decks that focus around it.
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[[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Battle_Compressor_(Phantom_Forces_92) Battle Compressor]], from the Phantom Forces expansion, which lets you search through your deck for three cards... and put them in the discard. Sounds useless on paper and will be without the right cards, but if used alongside cards that draw from, attach energy from, or otherwise rely on the discard pile to work, it suddenly becomes a very effective item to use.use.
** [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Spiritomb_(Team_Up_89) Spiritomb in the Team Up Expansion]] has a primary attack that lets you search your deck for four Pokémon and discard them. Again, useless, unless you pair it up with [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Zoroark_(Team_Up_91) Team Up Zoroark]] for example, which deals more damage for every Pokémon in the discard, or perhaps [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Greninja_%26_Zoroark-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_107) Greninja & Zoroark GX]], which 2 GX Pokémon on your bench ''without evolution'', given that said GX cards are already in your discard.



** [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Surprise_Box_(Unbroken_Bonds_187) Surpise Box]], from Unbroken Bonds, adds a card from the opponent's discard pile to their hand. This is especially unhelpful to the player, as the opponent can use the card they got back in a future turn, but Surprise Box can be comboed with other cards that rely on an opponent's hand cards, like Gengar & Mimikyu GX's Poltergeist attack.



* LightningBruiser: Donphan Prime from "HeartGold and SoulSilver" became popular for this reason. It had 120 HP (a very large amount for a Stage 1 at the time) and an ability that made it take 20 less damage from every attack, and could also attack for 60 damage for just one energy (again, a very large amount for the time).

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** [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Surprise_Box_(Unbroken_Bonds_187) Surpise Box]], from Unbroken Bonds, adds a card from the opponent's discard pile to their hand. This is especially unhelpful to the player, as the opponent can use the card they got back in a future turn, but Surprise Box can be comboed with other cards that rely on an opponent's hand cards, like Gengar & Mimikyu GX's Poltergeist attack.
* LightningBruiser: Donphan Prime from "HeartGold "[=HeartGold and SoulSilver" SoulSilver=]" became popular for this reason. It had 120 HP (a very large amount for a Stage 1 at the time) and an ability that made it take 20 less damage from every attack, and could also attack for 60 damage for just one energy (again, a very large amount for the time).

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* SelfDamagingAttackBackfire: Many cards require coin flips, and you sometimes get a negative effect on a tails. An example is Platinum Vigoroth's Reckless Charge, which inflicts 10 recoil damage on a failure (though the enemy still takes 30 damage).


** Flail, Destiny Bond, and Nightmare started out in the TCG before appearing in the second generation. However, TCG Nightmare is only similar in an "affects sleeping targets only" clause with game Nightmare.

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** Flail, Destiny Bond, Rain Dance, and Nightmare started out in the TCG before appearing in the second generation. However, TCG Nightmare is only similar in an "affects sleeping targets only" clause with game Nightmare.


** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up] and [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX], as both cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.

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** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [https://bulbapedia.[[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up] Up]] and [https://bulbapedia.[[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX], Charizard-GX]], as both cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.



** [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard GX], from Unbroken Bonds also qualifies. Despite having a hard-hitting, but expensive attack in Flare Strike, it has plenty of Fire-type support, like [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Welder_(Unbroken_Bonds_189) Welder], which attaches 2 Fire energy from the player's hand to one of their Pokemon in addition to drawing 3 more cards. Thus, decks built around this Tag Team aim to draw through most of their deck while accelerating energy at a fast rate.

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** [https://bulbapedia.[[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard GX], GX]], from Unbroken Bonds also qualifies. Despite having a hard-hitting, but expensive attack in Flare Strike, it has plenty of Fire-type support, like [https://bulbapedia.[[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Welder_(Unbroken_Bonds_189) Welder], Welder]], which attaches 2 Fire energy from the player's hand to one of their Pokemon in addition to drawing 3 more cards. Thus, decks built around this Tag Team aim to draw through most of their deck while accelerating energy at a fast rate.


** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle.

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** Charizard has traditionally been like this, with high HP and attacks that cause enormous damage (in the 100-300 range) but are way too slow to set up and usually have crippling drawbacks. However, Charizard cards tend to fetch high prices (despite their low competitive value) due to the big lizard's popularity combined with the "wow" factor of its damage output. A running joke in the community is that any new Charizard card is bound to be an unplayable "collector card" rather than one that can be used to good effect in battle. This is subverted with the [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Team_Up_14) Charizard from Team Up] and [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard-GX], as both cards have seen some degree of tournament success some time after their release.


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** [[https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Surprise_Box_(Unbroken_Bonds_187) Surpise Box]], from Unbroken Bonds, adds a card from the opponent's discard pile to their hand. This is especially unhelpful to the player, as the opponent can use the card they got back in a future turn, but Surprise Box can be comboed with other cards that rely on an opponent's hand cards, like Gengar & Mimikyu GX's Poltergeist attack.


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** [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_%26_Charizard-GX_(Unbroken_Bonds_20) Reshiram & Charizard GX], from Unbroken Bonds also qualifies. Despite having a hard-hitting, but expensive attack in Flare Strike, it has plenty of Fire-type support, like [https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Welder_(Unbroken_Bonds_189) Welder], which attaches 2 Fire energy from the player's hand to one of their Pokemon in addition to drawing 3 more cards. Thus, decks built around this Tag Team aim to draw through most of their deck while accelerating energy at a fast rate.

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