Ancient Trait

Ancient Traits are special effects given to certain Pokémon, starting in the Primal Clash expansion. They are not Abilities, and as such, effects that would prevent Abilities from activating (such as Garbodor's Garbotoxin or Wobbuffet's Bide Barricade) do not apply.

The Ancient Trait bar and text is placed at the top of the card, beneath the Pokémon's name. Apart from Pokémon-EX, Ancient Trait cards have artwork that differs from normal cards— the artwork extends down into the moves and fades into the bottom quarter, which is colored depending on the Pokémon's type. Because the artwork takes up most of the space available, the basic information of the Pokémon (Pokédex number, species, height and weight) is not shown.

Ancient Trait cards are treated as regular cards in play; they can be evolved from and into regular cards along its evolutionary line. A Pokémon's Ancient Trait does not depend on its type or rarity, though certain Ancient Traits are unique to the super-ancient Pokémon (∆ Wild and θ Max).

Whenever an Ancient Trait card appears in a TCG set, a regular card of the same Pokémon appears as well (except for Pokémon-EX with Ancient Trait). Ancient Trait cards are usually stronger than their regular counterparts. Many of their attacks also take advantage of its Ancient Trait. Examples include α Growth Kingdra and Primal Kyogre-EX (which discard two energy each turn) or α Recovery Eelektrik and Azumarill (which causes recoil damage and attacks more effectively with more HP).

List of Ancient Traits

α Recovery

Description: When this Pokémon is healed, double the amount healed.

Effect: When the Pokémon recovers HP, the amount recovered is doubled.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
37/160   Ludicolo    
64/160   Eelektrik    
71/160   Tentacool    
104/160   Azumarill    
117/160   Bidoof    

α Growth

Description: When you attach an Energy card from your hand to this Pokémon (except with an attack, Ability, or Trainer card), you may attach 2 Energy cards.

Effect: When an Energy card is attached to the Pokémon from the player's hand without using an Attack, Ability or Trainer card, a second Energy card may be attached if the player has one in their hand.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
36/160   Swampert    
41/160   Whiscash    
52/160   Gorebyss    
55/160   Primal Kyogre-EX    
108/160   Kingdra    
XY39   Kingdra  

Ω Barrage

Description: This Pokémon may attack twice a turn. (If the first attack Knocks Out your opponent's Active Pokémon, you may attack again after your opponent chooses a new Active Pokémon.)

Effect: The Pokémon may attack twice in a turn. If the first attack Knocks Out the opponent's Active Pokémon, the second attack hits the new one.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
26/160   Torchic    
69/160   Nidoqueen    
81/160   Medicham    
97/160   Excadrill    
121/160   Bunnelby    

Ω Barrier

Description: Whenever your opponent plays a Trainer card (excluding Pokémon Tools and Stadium cards), prevent all effects of that card done to this Pokémon.

Effect: The effects of the opponent's Trainer cards (other than Pokémon Tools and Stadium cards) do not apply to the Pokémon.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
9/160   Sceptile    
24/160   Magcargo    
60/160   Electrike    
77/160   Rhyperior    
86/160   Primal Groudon-EX    
XY49   Regirock  

Δ Plus

Description: If your opponent's Pokémon is Knocked Out by damage from an attack of this Pokémon, take 1 more Prize card.

Effect: When the Pokémon Knocks Out an opposing Pokémon, the player takes one extra Prize card.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
8/108   Dustox    
17/108   Articuno    
28/108   Natu    
52/108   Dragonite    
72/108   Swellow    

Δ Evolution

Description: You may play this card from your hand to evolve a Pokémon during your first turn or the turn you play that Pokémon.

Effect: The Pokémon may be played to evolve a Pokémon during the same turn it was put into play, or on the player's first turn.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
32/108   Banette    
46/108   Togekiss    
74/108   Altaria    
76/108   M Rayquaza-EX    
81/108   Unfezant    
XY57   Fearow  
XY59   Salamence  

Δ Wild

Description: Any damage done to this Pokémon by attacks from your opponent's  ,  ,  , or   Pokémon is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

Effect: The Pokémon takes 20 less damage from  ,  ,  , and   Pokémon.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
61/108   M Rayquaza-EX    

θ Stop

Description: Prevent all effects of your opponent's Pokémon's Abilities done to this Pokémon.

Effect: The Pokémon is unaffected by opposing Pokémon's Abilities.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
8/98   M Sceptile-EX    
18/98   Volcarona    
32/98   Baltoy    
35/98   Golurk    
67/98   Porygon-Z    
XY58   Malamar  
XY92   Sableye  
XY93   Celebi  

θ Double

Description: This Pokémon can have 2 Pokémon Tool cards attached to it.

Effect: An extra Pokémon Tool can be attached to the Pokémon.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
11/98   Vespiquen    
15/98   Entei    
21/98   Gyarados    
43/98   M Tyranitar-EX    
50/98   Metagross    

θ Max

Description: When 1 of your Pokémon becomes this Pokémon, heal all damage from it.

Effect: When the Pokémon evolves from a Pokémon in play, all damage counters are removed from it.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
96/98   Primal Kyogre-EX    
97/98   Primal Groudon-EX    
98/98   M Rayquaza-EX    

See Also

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