What is the Pokémon TCG Live App?
The Pokémon TCG Live app was announced in September 2021 as a new innovation that would allow players to play the Trading Card Game Live on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. It was first available in Beta form and eventually launched on June 8th 2023 when it replaced the Pokémon TCG Online.
Pokémon have been quick to stress that his is not a move to replace the traditional table-top version, rather it will sit side by side with the traditional game.
The image below, released in September 2021, is a screen shot of the smartphone version of the game showing how the traditional playmat has been adapted for the smaller screen.
Getting started with the game
The app will be available to download for free via App stores, Google Play and Pokemon.com.
Cards can be obtained by purchasing online booster packs or by scanning online code cards. Pokémon are also planning daily quests where players can gain additional cards.
Players can customize their avatars and build their preferred decks from their card collection.
Pokémon believe the new format will be attractive to new and established players. For those new to the Trading Card Game a set of videos have been produced that explain the basics of the game.
The image above shows the desktop/laptop layout for the game.