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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.

All Ancient Trait cards except for Pokémon-EX with Ancient Trait have artwork that differs from normal cards. The artwork takes up the top 3/4 of the card; it then fades into the bottom 1/4, which is colored depending on the Pokémon's type. For example, an Entei card would have its bottom 1/4 colored red. They are commonly referred to as "half art cards" for this reason.

The Ancient Trait bar and text is placed at the top of the card, beneath the Pokémon's name. 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 Weather Trio (∆ 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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Ludicolo Water Rare
64/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Eelektrik Lightning Rare
71/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Tentacool Psychic Uncommon
104/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Azumarill Fairy Rare Holo
117/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bidoof Colorless Uncommon

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Swampert Water Rare Holo
41/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Whiscash Water Rare
52/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gorebyss Water Rare
55/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Kyogre-EX Water Rare Holo ex
108/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kingdra Dragon Rare Holo
XY39 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Kingdra Dragon

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Torchic Fire Uncommon
69/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Nidoqueen Psychic Rare
81/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Medicham Fighting Rare
97/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Excadrill Metal Rare Holo
121/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Bunnelby Colorless Uncommon

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sceptile Grass Rare Holo
24/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Magcargo Fire Rare
60/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Electrike Lightning Uncommon
77/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Rhyperior Fighting Rare Holo
86/160 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Groudon-EX Fighting Rare Holo ex
XY49 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Regirock Fighting

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dustox Grass Rare
17/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Articuno Water Rare
28/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Natu Psychic Common
52/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Dragonite Dragon Rare Holo
72/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Swellow Colorless Rare

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Banette Psychic Rare
46/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Togekiss Fairy Rare Holo
74/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Altaria Colorless Rare
76/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Colorless Rare Holo ex
81/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Unfezant Colorless Rare
XY57 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Fearow Colorless
XY59 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Salamence Colorless

Δ Wild

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

Effect: The Pokémon takes 20 less damage from Grass, Fire, Water, and Lightning Pokémon.

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
61/108 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Dragon Rare Holo ex

θ Stop

Description: This Pokémon cannot be affected by your opponent's Pokémon's Abilities.

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

Card list
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
XY58 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Malamar Darkness
XY92 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Sableye Psychic
XY93 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Celebi Grass
8/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Sceptile-EX Grass Rare Holo ex
18/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Volcarona Fire Rare
32/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Baltoy Psychic Common
35/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Golurk Psychic Rare
67/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Porygon-Z Colorless Rare Holo

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Vespiquen Grass Rare
15/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Entei Fire Rare Holo
21/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Gyarados Water Rare Holo
50/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Metagross Metal Rare
43/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Tyranitar-EX Darkness Rare Holo ex

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 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Kyogre-EX Water Rare Holo ex
97/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png Primal Groudon-EX Fighting Rare Holo ex
98/98 TCG2 A01 Bulbasaur.png M Rayquaza-EX Colorless Rare Holo ex

See Also

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