Here's Everything We Know About Pokémon Trading Card Game Live

By Natalie Schmidt

September 20, 2021

The Pokémon Company International announced the retirement of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, making way for the Pokémon TCG Live app. The new desktop and mobile app will completely revamp the digital trading card game – here’s what we know.

Set to launch later this year, the Pokémon TCG Live app will be available to players on iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs. Free to play, the app lets players continue all the favorite parts of the collectable card game, but with updated visuals and gameplay.

The announcement of the new game comes with the retirement of the 2012 Pokémon TCG Online, where players were first able to play the tabletop card game online. Though TCG Online will shut down its servers just prior to the new game’s release, players will be able to transfer their current data to TCG Live.

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What’s New In The Pokémon TCG Live App

TCG Live will be a welcome update to TCG Online, providing a greater range of card decks more games in the franchise, as well as a host of varied customization options for new 3D avatars. Alongside the new avatars, the game will also feature updated visual effects, modernizing the old game UI for more exciting visual gameplay.

Additionally, Pokémon TCG Live brings a new card logic system that will respond to player gameplay more effectively. With a heavy focus on fluid mechanics, a stronger logic system will lead to more challenging matches and updated strategies. Players can also look forward to a Ranked Ladder, as well as a Battle Pass and duplicate card protection for game Credits.

Character Customization Screen

Most exciting, however, is the upcoming cross-platform play. With TCG Live being available on both desktops and mobile devices, players can build decks and battle others on the go. A new app format also means that TCG Live will have periodic updates, bringing new frequent content post-launch.


Players will be able to transfer and play all the cards from the Sword & Shield SeriesSun & Moon—Lost Thunder, and Sun & Moon—Cosmic Eclipse at Pokémon TCG Live app’s launch.

Cards from the earlier games in the franchise, like Sun & MoonXY, and Black & White Series are transferrable, but won’t be playable at launch quite yet. Upcoming post-launch updates will, however, ensure that these cards will be playable for Trainers. Unfortunately, HeartGold & SoulSilver cards will be unavailable to the game at the start.

Aside from the main cards, players can also transfer the following:

  • Accessories
  • In-game Currency
  • 4 copies of a unique Pokémon TCG card
  • 1 copy of ACE SPEC and Prism Star cards
  • 59 copies of a basic Energy card

By combining the nostalgia of collectable cards with the modern convenience of smartphones, Pokémon TCG Live keeps Pokémon‘s roots alive. Though no specific release date has been announced, there will be a Canadian soft launch as well as a global open beta for PCs and Macs.

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Natalie Schmidt

Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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