In the Pokémon trading card game, from Wizards Of The Coast, one of the goals is to collect each of the cards. Not all Pokémon cards are as easy to collect as others. The energy cards are the most basic and most common cards. The Pokémon, Evolution, and Trainer cards come in four different varieties. Common cards are marked on the bottom right-hand corner with a symbol. Uncommon cards are marked on the bottom right-hand corner with a symbol. Rare cards are marked on the bottom right-hand corner with a symbol. Some of the rare cards are ultra-rare holographic foil cards (designated as URH below). These are the hardest of all to find. Currently there are eight card sets available in America: Pokémon Base Set, Pokémon Jungle, Pokémon Fossil, Pokémon Base Set 2, Pokémon Team Rocket, Pokémon Gym Heroes, Pokémon Gym Challenge, and Pokémon Neo Genesis.
To play the game you and your opponent will each need a deck of 60 cards, a coin to flip, and damage counters to make damage on your Pokémon. You and your opponent take turns playing cards from you hands. Some of these cards are Basic Pokémon. You can use Evolution cards to grow them into bigger Pokémon and use Energy cards to power them. Trainer cards allow you to do specialized things with your deck or cards.
For more detailed play instructions, see the Pokémon Play Info portion of this web site.