How to Play Pokemon Trading Card Game : Weaknesses & Resistances in Pokemon TCG

How to Play Pokemon Trading Card Game : Weaknesses & Resistances in Pokemon TCG


Let’s talk about weakness and resistance.
When you attack or when you are defending your Pokemon has a resistance. Your Pokemon
are located on the bottom of the card called the retreat card. If you look my Pokemon here
has a weakness of fighting type and has a resistance to metal type Pokemon. Unless there
is a number beside it the weakness or resistance is automatically 20. In this Pokemon’s case
I actually have a resistance to metal of 30. So let’s say my opponent attacks me with this
Nideran which is actually a metal type Pokemon. It makes his attack, and scratches for 10.
I have a resistance of 30 which means I don’t take any damage at all because I take 30 off
whatever the number is they attack with. If he were attacking for 40 for 30 points of
damage then I would only take 10 because my resistance is 30 and this is where the math
plays a big part. If the Pokemon that is attacking is one that I have a weakness to that means
that I automatically take 20 more damage than what the Pokemon is attacking with. So if
this Rhyhorn is hitting me with its horn drill, I am going to take 40 points of damage, not
just 20.

100 thoughts on “How to Play Pokemon Trading Card Game : Weaknesses & Resistances in Pokemon TCG

  • April 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm
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    I play by the old-school rule = Weakness means you take double damage (i.e., 30 base damage becomes 60).

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  • April 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm
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    also Ice is translated to Water-type. Dragons and Flying types are Colorless, Rock and Ground are fighting, Poison and Bug are Grass, and Ghosts are Psychic-type.
    Also, that 'Steel/Electric Charizard' is probably a Delta-Species.

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  • April 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm
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    That Nidoran is a 'Delta-Species' card. The 'Delta-Species' and 'Holon Legends' sets introduced the aspect.

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  • May 12, 2009 at 7:46 am
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    No… You take double the amount of damage from the hit of a pokemon who is the type of your weakness. Not just +20.

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  • May 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm
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    why is it that some pokemon have a x2 weakness like my Mewtwo lv X and does it mean times 2 like it says on the card

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  • May 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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    horn drill is a 1 hit k.o

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  • June 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm
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    lol, i've been wondering how the heck do i play this crazy and confusing game?!

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  • June 15, 2009 at 12:08 am
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    how could he if hes fucking dead you retarded mental asylum reject

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  • June 17, 2009 at 2:55 am
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    In the card series, the game series effects don't take place. The reason why Nidoran is a steel type is because it is a Delta Species (it is right next to the name).

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  • June 17, 2009 at 5:15 am
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    In before someone someone points out that she said Nidoran female was a he.

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  • June 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm
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    I still don't quite understand how the weaknesses work… Does the attack being used against the defending pokemon have to be the type that its weak to, or the attacking pokemon's type?

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  • June 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm
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    xxneoplaguexx they changed the rules last year so pokemon weakness viars form 10+ 20+ 30+ and in some cases 40+ and there is the normal x2 weakness

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  • June 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm
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    Yeah those deltas are rare but i've got a Fire type Latias,a grass type Trapinch and even a steel type magikarp

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  • June 27, 2009 at 3:56 am
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    is metel steel becouse there is no such thing as a metal type sorry to burst your bubble =,c

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  • June 27, 2009 at 3:57 am
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    but i think you're right becouse well…. you are a master =]

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  • June 27, 2009 at 4:01 am
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    anyway cool plusel and you're probebly right about the metal type sorry i asked =l

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  • June 29, 2009 at 2:49 am
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    i should start thinking about getting some pokemon cards as a side to magic the gathering.

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  • July 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm
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    what is the retreat cost

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  • July 11, 2009 at 12:09 am
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    pokemon is gay

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  • July 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm
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    epic fail. Unless marked, the weakness is x2, not +20

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  • July 20, 2009 at 3:43 am
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    yea, and fun too

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  • July 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm
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    nidoran is NOT a metal type pokemon is a ground poison type man how could u confuse that??? DUMB ASS

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  • July 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm
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    LOL they still have pokemon card tournaments WOW the new pokemon suck it's all about the 1st originals #1-151…. pokemon now look Stupid and it's hard to pronounce their names lol……I feel sorry for the kids today they will never know what pokemon truly is : (

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  • July 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm
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    Yeah, now it varies by the card. it says what it is next to the weakness symbol.

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  • July 29, 2009 at 3:53 am
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    drumguy, that Nidoran card was a metal card. The reason for that was because it was one of the Delta Species cards, which alter the type.

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  • August 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm
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    so…you used to be able to own with zapdos, but now when someone beats you with another card its bullshit? gtfo

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  • September 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm
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    Do you have to play with the crap new cards? I still have my old decks and don't really feel like buying tons of new cards…

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  • October 27, 2009 at 3:05 am
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    so if the fighting type attacked with a normal type move weakness wouldn't apply?

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  • December 2, 2009 at 8:33 am
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    Nidoran a STEEL card??
    What the hell?
    Delta Species??
    Who devised this idea? Freaky!!

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  • January 8, 2010 at 9:45 am
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    holy crap, this video is awesome.

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  • February 20, 2010 at 8:55 am
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    I love ur vids they really would help ppl who will want 2 start pokemon TCG ( GREAT VIDS !!!!!)

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  • March 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm
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    i don't think there is ground or rock in the tcg
    and in the games metal….is steel

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  • April 10, 2010 at 1:31 am
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    @xiFLaWLeSs damn, i always tought it was Normal-Poison

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  • April 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm
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    I thought in the 3 gen cards your pokemon's weakness is + 10 damage.

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  • May 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm
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    thanks 🙂

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  • June 3, 2010 at 2:48 am
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    @OneAndForAll are you still 6! because thats a male nidoran, the female is blue!

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  • June 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm
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    @xiFLaWLeSs delta species

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  • June 16, 2010 at 11:13 am
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    @xiFLaWLeSs I hav 1 🙂

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  • June 20, 2010 at 3:15 am
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    what if its x2 and what if its not an attack that used a fighting energy and you are weak against fighting will it will do 20 more

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  • June 30, 2010 at 12:46 am
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    its fucking delta species XD

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  • July 11, 2010 at 3:40 am
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    last time i checked nideran was poison :/

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  • July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm
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    Pokemon Is Awsome 😀
    Specially the old ones 😛

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  • July 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm
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    @xiFLaWLeSs delta species

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  • July 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm
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    My nidoran is leaf! :O

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  • July 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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    @Scy48 me and my cuzin use to do the same thing when we were like 8 and 7 years old lol

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  • July 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm
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    Screw these new peices of shit…. all of the new ones vs the orginal 150 the orginal ones would FUCK IM UP

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  • July 28, 2010 at 8:34 am
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    @xiFLaWLeSs same here, I thought it was a normal/grass type -_-

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  • July 30, 2010 at 5:35 am
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    @xiFLaWLeSs there are pokemon like that i think there called delta speis a have a few of them like a fire type ralts

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  • August 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm
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    @leotamer5 me too i have the fire ralt i have bagon fire and bagon metal

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  • August 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm
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    @Morphae hey bud the new cards are definetly not crap and this is comin fom a pokemon fan ever since it came out. but answering to your question yes and no yes you have to new cards if your gonna play in modified tournaments and no you dont have to for pokemon leugue and open/unlimited tournaments/games

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  • August 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm
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    they got they facts wrong
    normally nidoran (not sure if that is spelt correctly) is a fighting poison type normally they give it it's main attribute so it will be fighting or poison not steel

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  • August 28, 2010 at 1:29 am
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    what if it says +20. does it mean 40 or 20?

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  • August 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm
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    please die

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  • September 17, 2010 at 4:14 am
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    @xiFLaWLeSs it is a delta species card which means the pokemon is a different type

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  • October 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm
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    last time i checked it was still based off the attack energy required not the pokemons actual type for when weakness and resistance come into play but then again i haven't played since the pkmn tcg for the gameboy pocket….

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  • November 24, 2010 at 12:19 am
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    this new pokemon is BS ! …. i wish they stayed at about 150 or so pokemons.

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  • November 26, 2010 at 10:31 pm
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    @LEGITxGENGAR WEAKNESS X2?! what the f**k are you saying?! the automatic value is 20, X2 is really RARE, and it has to SAY that it is X2 not +20!

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  • November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm
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    @xiFLaWLeSs There were cards off the delta series which were made with different types for example a thunder type flarigator

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  • November 30, 2010 at 1:32 am
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    I tried playing this when I was younger, but the types of monster/weakness/resistance is off a lot so I never could really get into it.

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  • November 30, 2010 at 11:02 pm
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    @xiFLaWLeSs DELTA SPESIES

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  • December 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm
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    weakness the type figth no the type fire

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  • December 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm
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    No, no, no. When the Nidoran attacks your Pichu you GAIN 20 HP 😛

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  • December 30, 2010 at 2:01 am
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    @Morphae no you don't i have a first gen mew card i use all the time : )

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  • January 28, 2011 at 2:50 am
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    In all my old games nidoran was a poison type what happened /:

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  • February 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm
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    hey….. hang on a sec. since when Nidoran is a metal type?? o.o

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  • February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm
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    @realar hey i got a lightning type charmander

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  • February 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm
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    @MegaPrinnyDood So strange.

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  • March 2, 2011 at 9:29 am
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    Now I remember why I stopped playing this.
    The weaknesses and types are all screwed up!

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  • March 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm
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    nidoran is a normal type

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  • March 27, 2011 at 7:30 am
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    so it doubles from type eakness unless the card says otherwise?

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  • April 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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    @warriors1029 hitpoints that's where you subtract the attack damage from (after considering weakness, resistance…), you have to keep an account of how much hp is left . 0 hp means knocked out, thus you'll have to discarde that pokemon.

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  • April 26, 2011 at 10:52 am
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    wow! this helps me so much to become a very good player‼‼‼‼‼

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  • May 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm
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    seiously teach me how to play….

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  • May 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm
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    @gohaster Think twice. All cards older than diamond and pearl (that means rocket, fossil, jungle, base, gym challenge, heroes, Neo destiny, revelation, discovery, genesis, skyridge, aquapolis, expedition, power keepers, dragon frontiers, crystal guardians, holon phantoms. legend maker, delta species, unseen forces, emerald, deoxys, rockets return, frlg, hidden legends, magma&aqua, dragon, sandstorm and Ruby&Sapphire) hase weakness x2. nor +20. +20 is a "new" thing because x2 sucks…

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  • May 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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    HORN DRILL IS 1 HIT K.O

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  • May 16, 2011 at 3:35 am
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    im not playing this ima stay with collecting

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  • May 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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    @shedinjasweeper 2 things to reply: 5 MONTHS AGO 2: i have 5 freaking rulebooks. read an old rulebook idiot ¬¬

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  • May 29, 2011 at 2:27 am
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    @vazztheninjahedgehog no, x2 is not ''ass'', x2 means 2 times 2…

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  • May 29, 2011 at 3:46 am
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    @vazztheninjahedgehog that's exactly what i said… X2 = 2 TIMES 2! and your is NOT you are. dumbass.

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  • May 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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    @vazztheninjahedgehog LOL can't you see i'm f**king messing around with you? stop repeating obvious s**t!

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  • June 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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    @2XxBOOMxX8 You do need a energy to attack like if you had her Plusle and you wanted to use the move "Body Bolt" you would need to 2 Electric energys cards Attached to "your" Plusle before you could attack. You can tell what kind or How many energys you need by just looking to the left of that attack And it will show you. Hope this helped.

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  • June 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm
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    @crabsinthebucket No Nidoran is a poison type But some pokemon cards have a different element than a normal card. Such as a steel type pikachu or a electric type charmander, Or in this case a steel type nidoran.

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  • June 16, 2011 at 2:32 am
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    @gohaster Really? I got a lot of x2 o.o

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  • June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm
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    @StarcraftGuys well, in the new expansions almost every single card is x2… that's why i prefere the (not too) old expansions

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  • July 11, 2011 at 11:49 am
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    Just saying- I think that Pluse is fake.

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  • September 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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    Step 1: Quit because its retarded
    Step 2: Why the fuck didnt you quit….

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  • October 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm
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    WHAT THE FUCK. I've been in that basement before. Is that conspeariacy comics?

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  • December 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm
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    @Kwrlyon There is..it was release when the Diamond and Pearl series(correct me if I`m wrong)

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  • January 16, 2012 at 8:10 am
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    @BoyMisteryo63 No, that's steel, and it's been around since Gen 2 (Gold + Silver). Metal is just the name they gave the energy.

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  • January 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm
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    Needs a new pokemon trading card game with ALL sets, for 3DS and/or PS vita.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm
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    yeah but it used to be default x2 back in the day when pokemon was popular

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  • July 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm
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    i play migic tcg thats so much better than this game like if you play magic

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  • September 19, 2012 at 3:00 am
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    Cool thx I just got back into Pokemon and I needed a refresher

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  • January 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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    when you attack do u discard that energy

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  • February 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm
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    dafuq nidorans energy is leaf from the beggining not metal :S

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  • March 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm
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    i love migic

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  • March 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm
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    ok so lets say the attacking pokemon is water type and the defending pokemon is fire type and has a weakness to fighting, if the attacking pokemon uses a move that requires a fighting energy does that move apply the weakness damage for fighting even if its not a fighting type?

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  • January 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm
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    what about on the weakness when it says times 3

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