I want to be the very best,
Like no one ever was.
To catch them is my real test,
To train them is my cause.
I will travel across the land,
Searching far and wide.
Each Pokémon, to understand
The power that’s inside
Pokémon
Gotta Catch ’em all

If you know the song, if you know the words, and you know the difference between a Dratini and a Pidgey you are our kind of people! Planet JJs is excited to host Pokémon Trading Card Game Casual Play Afternoons, happening on the First Sunday of every month (from July 2022) between 15:00 and 17:00!

Bring your decks, select your Pokémon and battle other keen trainers – because we all want to be the best, like no one ever was! Book up today to secure your place (places will be limited), there is a charge of £4 per person.

Feel free to bring pre made decks or if you have built your own and want to try it out bring it along!

Where possible we will try to keep trainers with pre made decks together and trainers with built decks together but at times we may have to mix this up depending on numbers.

In store we do have a small number of pre made decks available for people to use!

Our Pokémon TCG Casual Play Afternoon is open to all; trainers who have never played, trainers who have played online, and those who are more experienced – the goal is to have fun, make friends, and let our Pokémon out for a bit!

If you are new to Pokémon TCG and want to get ahead of learning the game check out the official ‘How to play Pokémon The Trading Card Game’. And if you do want to build your own deck check out some useful information below.

What are the rules for building a Pokémon TCG deck?

The rules for building a Pokémon deck specify that a player’s deck must always have a total of exactly 60 cards, with no more than four cards of the same name. This applies to all types of cards, except energy cards.

For example, you might decide to have four Eevee cards, along with some of the Pokémon’s various evolutions – Vaporeon, Jolteon, etc. Although you couldn’t have more than four cards called just ‘Eevee’ – even if the cards’ artwork is different – you could then also have four copies of the Eevee & Snorlax Tag Team card from Pokémon TCG expansion Sun & Moon – Tag Team. That’s a lot of Eevees!

Although you can include any number of any type of card – Pokémon, trainer and energy – in your deck other than the rule above, it’s often recommended that beginners aim to have an even split of Pokémon cards, energy cards and trainer cards: 20 of each. More advanced players may change the amount of each card type they have in order to focus on a particular play style or strategy.

You also want to consider what types of Pokémon you will include, to plan for certain Pokémon types, strengths and weaknesses. You may decide to have conflicting types – Water and Electric, for instance – in order to defend against certain Pokémon types. Of course, you should make sure you have the correct number and type of energy cards needed for your Pokémon to perform their attacks and abilities.

Often, the best plan for building a Pokémon TCG deck is to look into what cards you think would be most effective using the Pokémon website’s official trading card database.

Check Out Our ‘What’s In Store’ Site

There you will find what lovely items we have to sell In Store
including Board Games, D&D, MTG, Accessories, and Warhammer.

See what we have, buy online and collect in store. Easy as that!