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New Pokémon board game teaches you how to play the trading card game

Putting premade decks into a box makes it a board game?

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The box for Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, which is red and features a Pikachu and Charizard battling Image: The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

If you ever wanted to learn Pokémon’s trading card game, you can do that easily with Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, a board game adaption of the original card game.

The game comes with three premade decks, one featuring Mewtwo, one featuring Pikachu, and another featuring Charizard. It also comes with a game board, which functions as a playmat and comes with guides on how to play, as well as other accessories to play the game. While there are no details on what the accessories specifically are, they’re likely damage counters and coins.

It’s a little confusing what this game has to offer, specifically, since folks can buy a premade themed deck with 60 cards, a playmat, coins, damage counters, and rules for around $13 on their own. No price was given for the board game, so it may more cost efficient than buying three decks separately.

Buying decks premade can be understandingly intimidating, and this board game format may help make learning a little less painful for all parties.

The board game will be available to purchase starting on June 21 at Target locations in the U.S. and on July 31 worldwide.

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