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English citations of Basic Pokémon and Basic Pokemon
Noun: a Pokémon Card (of Pokémon TCG) that does not require evolution to become the Active Pokémon
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1999, Brian Brokaw, Mark MacDonald, J. Douglas Arnold, Mark Elies, Pokemon Trainer's Guide, edition revised, illustrated, Sandwich Islands Publishing, ISBN 9781884364259:
- In the event you get a Mulligan (fail to get a Basic Pokémon in your initial cards), you will need to pick all those prizes back up and reshuffle your entire deck.
- 2000, Hudson Soft, Pokémon Trading Card Game, Nintendo:
- [said by the character "SAM" in "MASON LABORATORY"] THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF POKÉMON CARDS: BASIC POKÉMON, STAGE 1 POKÉMON AND STAGE 2 POKÉMON. SQUIRTLE IS A BASIC, WARTORTLE A STAGE 1 AND BLASTOISE A STAGE 2 POKÉMON. BASIC POKÉMON ARE THE ONLY CARDS THAT CAN BE PUT DIRECTLY INTO PLAY. A BASIC POKÉMON IN PLAY CAN BE EVOLVED TO A STAGE 1 POKÉMON. A STAGE 1 POKÉMON IN THE PLAY AREA CAN THEN BE EVOLVED TO A STAGE 2 POKÉMON. THEREFORE, SQUIRTLE IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO PLAY WARTORTLE, AND WARTORTLE IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO PLAY BLASTOISE.
2000, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Collecting Pokémon: An Unauthorized Handbook and Price Guide, edition illustrated, Schiffer Pub., ISBN 9780764310751:
- The Basic Pokemon cards provide the first creatures used to battle your opponents. Evolution cards represent "evolved" forms of the basic Pokemon, larger and stronger combatants.
- When you start a game without Basic Pokémon in your hand, show your hand to your opponent, shuffle it back into your deck, and draw seven new cards.
2006, John Kaufeld, Jeremy Smith, Trading Card Games for Dummies, edition illustrated, For Dummies, ISBN 9780471754169, page 84:
- Onix, shown in the Figure 6-2, is a basic pokémon — that means you can play him straight onto the board without requiring any other specific pokémon to be in play first. Many other pokémon, on the other hand, say Stage 1 or Stage 2 just below the picture; this means that they're evolution pokémon — you need to have the pokémon specified next to the stage number in play before you can play the Stage 1 or 2 pokémon.
- All Basic Pokémon will have the words "Basic Pokémon" printed at the top of the card. Baby Pokémon are treated like Basic Pokémon for these purposes.
- When you're ready to evolve a Pokémon, just play the Evolution Card right on top of the Basic Pokémon Card.
2008, Kyle Sucevich, “Kingdra”, Pokemon Anime Table Top Card Game, accessed on 2010-11-14:
- Well, Pachirisu essentially has no use past making the deck more consistent. With Call For Family, you can grab all the Basic Pokemon you need right away, ensuring a quick Kingdra swarm. In addition, playing four Pachirisu reduces mulligans and odds of starting with undesirable Pokemon, such as Regice.
2008, Ninjomewtwo, “Deck Building Guide”, Legendary Pokémon, accessed on 2010-11-14:
- Your first thing to do when building a deck is to choose the Pokémon that the deck will be based on. Usually, it's gonna be your main sweeping Pokémon. That Pokémon must be able to deal some good damage and still able to get out in the battle quickly. [...] If your main Pokémon is a Basic Pokémon, you'll want to have 4 copies of it in your deck.
2008, Stephen P. Clouse, “Pokémon TCG Comprehensive Rules”, accessed on 2010-11-14:
- There are nine card types: Baby Pokémon, Basic Pokémon, Evolution, Level Up, Trainer, Supporter, Stadium, Basic Energy, and Special Energy. Baby Pokémon, Basic Pokémon, Evolution, and Level Up cards are collectively called Pokémon (or Pokémon cards). Basic Energy and Special Energy are collectively called Energy.
2010, Pokémon Organized Play, “Pokémon Organized Play Official Tournament Formats”, Pokemon.com, accessed on 2010-11-14:
- Players may put up to 2 Basic Pokémon into play, face down, at the beginning of the game.
- 2010, “Pokémon Trading Card Game”, English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, revision 395273360:
- The two types of Pokémon cards are Basic Pokémon and Evolved Pokémon. Basic Pokémon are Pokémon that have not evolved, and can be played directly onto the Bench. Each deck must have at least one Basic Pokémon to be considered legal.