The HP (Japanese: HP), short for Hit Point (Japanese: ヒットポイント Hit Point), represents the health of each Pokémon card. This value is based on the Pokémon's HP from the games.
The Trading Card Game Rulebook usually uses the abbreviation "HP" in running text rather than "Hit Points". In the latest 2020 version of this rulebook, "Hit Points" is not used outside of the Glossary section explaining Pokémon TCG terms. Both words in "Hit Points" start with capital letters in official material.
The "HP" abbreviation is seen with the HP value in Pokémon cards. In some cases, the "HP" abbreviation is also used in the text explaining the card's effects, such as in the cards Heat F Energy ("The Pokémon this card is attached to gets +20 HP."), Shedinja ("Put damage counters on your opponent's Active Pokémon until its remaining HP is 10."), Galarian Stunfisk V, Hero's Medal, and so on.
Ditto is the only card that mentions "Hit Points" instead of "HP" in its English text. The "Hit Points" are mentioned in the description of Ditto's Transform attack: "treat it as if it were the same card as the Defending Pokémon, including type, Hit Points, Weakness, and so on".
Each Pokémon card has an HP value printed at the top-right corner. This value is a multiple of 10. Different Pokémon cards often have a different HP even if they represent the same Pokémon species. For instance, several Pikachu cards have 40, 50, 60, or 70 HP, depending on the card.
A Pokémon's damage is tallied up by way of damage counters, each counter representing 10 damage. For example, if a Pokémon with 120 HP has 3 damage counters, that is equivalent to 30 HP damage, with 90 HP still remaining for this Pokémon. If a Pokémon has lost all their HP (for instance, a Pokémon with 120 HP with twelve or more damage counters on it), it is Knocked Out. Once a Pokémon card is Knocked Out, it and all cards attached are sent to the discard pile, and the opponent takes one of their Prize cards.
Some Abilities and Pokémon Tool cards increase a Pokémon's HP, although these effects are usually temporary and only give an extra 10-30 HP.
List of cards by HP
List of Pokémon cards by HP
Each Pokémon card has between 30 and 340 HP. There is currently no Pokémon card with exactly 290 base HP.
Some Pokémon cards with low HP include unevolved Pokémon such as Magikarp, as well as Baby Pokémon. Some Pokémon cards with high HP include Pokémon-EX, Pokémon-GX, Pokémon LV.X, and Pokémon VMAX cards.
This is a list of how many Pokémon cards there are for each HP value. This list does not include reprints of the same cards.
List of Trainer cards by HP
Some Trainer cards can also be played like Pokémon cards. These Trainer cards have some HP as well. If they are Knocked Out, they don't count as Knocked Out Pokémon, and the opposing player does not get a Prize card.
The Japanese card Dance! Neo Imakuni? includes an HP number, but cannot be played as a Pokémon. The word "ウソ" (lie) points to the card's HP, indicating that the HP is a lie.
|10||Mysterious Fossil (prior to EX Legend Maker), Clefairy Doll|
|30||Lillie's Poké Doll, Robo Substitute|
|40||Claw Fossil, Root Fossil|
|50||Mysterious Fossil (EX Legend Maker onwards), Dome Fossil, Helix Fossil, Old Amber, Armor Fossil, Skull Fossil|
|2000||Dance! Neo Imakuni?|
List of Pokémon Tool cards that change a Pokémon's HP
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|-100||Island Challenge Amulet||The Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX this card is attached to gets -100 HP, and when it is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack, that player takes 1 fewer Prize card.|
|Hero's Medal||The Pokémon VMAX this card is attached to gets -100 HP, and if it is Knocked Out by damage from an attack from your opponent's Pokémon, that player takes 1 fewer Prize card. You can't attach this card to a Pokémon VMAX that has 100 HP or less remaining.|
|+20||Expert Belt||The Pokémon this card is attached to gets +20 HP and that Pokémon's attacks do 20 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance). When the Pokémon this card is attached to is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 1 more Prize card.|
|Giant Cape||The Pokémon this card is attached to gets +20 HP.|
|Heavy Boots||If the Retreat Cost of the Pokémon this card is attached to is 3 or more, that Pokémon gets +20 HP and can't be Confused. (If that Pokémon is currently Confused, remove that Special Condition.)|
|+30||Big Charm||The Pokémon this card is attached to gets +30 HP.|
|+40||Bodybuilding Dumbbells||The Stage 1 Pokémon this card is attached to gets +40 HP.|
|Fighting Fury Belt||The Basic Pokémon this card is attached to gets +40 HP and its attacks do 10 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance).|
|+50||Cape of Toughness||The Basic Pokémon this card is attached to gets +50 HP, except Pokémon-GX.|
|Buff Padding||If the Pokémon this card is attached to has a Retreat Cost of exactly 4, it gets +50 HP.|
In video games
Trading Card Game series
In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, the maximum HP of a Pokémon card is shown at the top-right corner.
When a Pokémon card is used in a duel (either as the Active Pokémon or in the Bench), its HP is shown as group of circles. White circles represent 10 HP with no damage, and black circles represent 10 HP damage.
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