Trainer Card

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This article is about the identification card used by Pokémon Trainers in the core series. For a type of card used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, see Trainer Card (Pokémon Trading Card Game).

A Trainer Card is an ID that all Pokémon Trainers use in the main Pokémon series of video games. They first appear in Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (released internationally as Pokémon Red and Blue Versions). The information on a Trainer Card updates as the Pokémon Trainer progresses in their adventure. The information shown includes, but is not limited to, the IDNo., the Pokémon Trainer's name, and their amount of Pokémon Dollars. The Gym Badges won by the player are displayed at the bottom. A photo of the Pokémon Trainer is shown on the right side of the card.

History[edit]

Pokémon Red and Blue Versions / Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition[edit]

In Pokémon Red and Blue Versions and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, the Trainer Card is very basic, and it only displays the player character's name, their amount of Pokédollars, and total time played. The badges are displayed at the bottom, although a badge has not yet been obtained, the Gym Leader's face is displayed instead.

Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions[edit]

In Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions, the Trainer Card received minimal changes. Some differences include the addition of the Trainer's IDNo. in the Trainer Card, and a Gym Badge shown in front of the respective Gym Leader's face.

Pokémon Crystal Version[edit]

In Pokémon Crystal Version, another type of Trainer Card was introduced for the girl player character. Its only difference in design is the border color. The boy's Trainer Card is nearly the same as in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions, with the only difference being that his sprite on the right side shows him doing a different pose.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions[edit]

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions, the Trainer Card now has a back side that displays more information, most of it pertaining to interacting with other players via multiplayer, such as the number of wins and losses in Link Battles and the number of times the player character has traded Pokémon over a Game Link Cable. If the player character has entered the Hall of Fame, the Trainer Card also shows how much play time it took up before entering it.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions[edit]

A silver Trainer Card in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions

The Trainer Card in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions resembles the one in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions, although the information on the back of the card is different. The back of a Trainer Card includes the trainer's Hall of Fame debut time, Link Battles win/loss record, number of Pokémon trades, number of Union Room trades and battles, and the trainer's Berry Crush record. The back also has three spaces for stickers in the top-left corner. These stickers are applied to the Trainer Card by a man on Four Island, and they are based on defeating the Elite Four, egg hatching, and Link Battle victories. The color of the sticker depends on how many times the requirement has been met:

Red sticker Blue sticker Yellow sticker Dark gray / black sticker
Elite Four victories 1 40 100 200
Eggs hatched 1 100 200 300
Link battle victories 1 20 50 100

Pokémon Emerald Version[edit]

In Pokémon Emerald Version, the Trainer Card retains its design from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions but uses smaller font akin to the one used in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions. The player character's sprite was changed to match their updated design.

Once the player character reaches the Battle Frontier, the player's symbols earned there are displayed, including a map of it. At the corner, the Trainer Card could be zoomed to be watched normally.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions[edit]

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Versions, additions to the Trainer Card includes the total time played and the date of when the player character began their journey. The badges are shown on the Touch Screen. If the badges have not been checked for a few days, they become dirty, but the player can clean them using the stylus.

Stars[edit]

Starting with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions, if the player character acheives a certain requirement, a star appears on their Trainer Card, which also changes color. A trainer begins its journey with no stars, and can obtain up to four or five, depending on the game.

Ruby and Sapphire

  • Green Card (0 stars) - Available from the start
  • Bronze Card (1 star) - The player gets a star by beating the Elite Four for the first time.
  • Copper Card (2 stars) - The player gets another star by completing the Hoenn Pokédex (excluding Jirachi and Deoxys).
  • Silver Card (3 stars) - The player gets another star by winning 100 consecutive times in the Battle Tower.
  • Gold Card (4 stars) - The last star is acquired by beating all five type of contests at the Master Rank level.

FireRed and LeafGreen

  • Blue Card (0 stars) - Available from the start
  • Bronze Card (1 star) - The first star is obtained by beating the Elite Four.
  • Copper Card (2 stars) - The player gets another star by completing the Kanto Pokédex (excluding Mew).
  • Silver Card (3 stars) - The third star is obtained after completing the National Pokédex (excluding Mew, Celebi, Jirachi and Deoxys).
  • Gold Card (4 stars) - The fourth star can be obtained by getting 200 points on two of the Joyful Game Corner minigames, Pokémon Jump and Dodrio Berry Picking.

Emerald

  • Green Card (0 stars) - Available from the start
  • Bronze Card (1 star) - The player gets a star by beating the Elite Four for the first time.
  • Copper Card (2 stars) - The player gets another star by completing the Hoenn Pokédex (excluding Jirachi and Deoxys).
  • Silver Card (3 stars) - The player gets another star by getting the gold symbols of all Frontier facilities.
  • Gold Card (4 stars) - The last star is acquired by beating all five type of contests at the Master Rank level.

Diamond and Pearl

  • Red Card (0 stars) - The player has this card when he or she starts the game.
  • Blue Card (1 star) - The first star is obtained by beating the Elite Four.
  • Bronze Card (2 stars) - The third star is acquired by beating all five type of contests at the Master Rank level.
  • Silver Card (3 stars) - Obtained by completing the Capture the Flag minigame at least once.
  • Gold Card (4 stars) - The fourth star is obtained after completing the National Pokédex (excluding Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin and Arceus).
  • Black Card (5 stars) - This star is acquired by winning 100 battles in the Battle Tower
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