Pokémon Card GB Official Guidebook

Pokémon Card GB Official Guidebook
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ISBN: 4889918019
Published: January 29, 1999
Publisher: Media Factory
Author: Shūsuke Motomiya and One Up
Preceded By: N/A
Succeeded By: Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! Official Guidebook

(Japanese: ポケモンカードGBオフィシャルガイドブック Pokémon Card GB Official Guidebook) is a strategy guide for the Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color. It also contains an overview for rules of the TCG in general. It was authored by 元宮秀介 Shūsuke Motomiya and ワンナップ One Up under the supervision of Creatures, Inc.. This book came with the promotional card Venusaur.


Playing Manual

The opening section of the book overviews the premise of the Pokémon Trading Card Game video game. It introduces concepts such as the Auto Deck Machines, Club Members, Club Masters, new features like Card Pop! and the ability to print out cards with the Game Boy Printer, Game Boy-exclusive new cards, the different expansion sets included in the game, and also shows a demonstration on how a real-life card transitions to the Game Boy game.

Rule Book

This section overviews the rules of the Pokémon Trading Card Game using screenshots from the video game as visual aids. It also explains the rules of how to build a deck, explaining things such as limits on how many of the same card may be included in a deck.

World Guide

This section contains a walkthrough of the Pokémon Trading Card Game video game. It has a guide for each area, beginning with the Mason Laboratory, each of the eight Clubs, the Grand Masters and Ronald; as well as guides for the Challenge Hall, encountering Imakuni? and trading with Mr. Ishihara. At the end of this section, there is a page showing the four Legendary Cards and the two Phantom Cards, with spaces for players to place stickers of their cards printed out on the Game Boy Printer.

Communication with Pokémon Card GB

This section explains the various connectivity features of the game which use the Game Boy Color's infrared port and the Game Boy Game Link Cable. It further details how Card Pop! works, including the ability to obtain the Phantom Cards, sending and receiving cards and deck configurations via infrared, dueling other players via the Game Link Cable, and the various print-out possibilities with the Game Boy Printer.

This section also shows comparison photos of various Club Members and Club Masters which were based on real-life people, followed by interviews with several of the creators of the game, many of which appear in-game as characters.

Data File

The final section of the book is a database of all the cards in the game, organised by their type in the TCG, followed by Trainer cards and Energy cards. Promo cards, Legendary Cards, and Phantom Cards are each listed separately following the Energy cards. Finally, all the expansions in the game are listed, as well as a guide on how to obtain each promo card in the game.

Publications relating to the Pokémon Trading Card Game
Strategy guides: Pokémon Trading Card Game Strategy GuideThe Official Pokémon Trading Card Game Guide
Pokémon Trading Card Game Player's GuidePokémon Trading Card Game Fossil Expansion Player's Guide
Pokémon Trading Card Game Volume 3: Team RocketPokémon Made Simple!Let's Play Pokémon
Team Rocket Strategy GuideGym Heroes Strategy GuideGym Challenge Strategy Guide
Platinum Player's GuidePlasma Storm Player's GuidePlasma Blast Player's GuideXY Player's Guide
Quick Guide to Fire-Type PokémonFurious Fists Player's GuidePhantom Forces Player's GuidePrimal Clash Player's Guide
Roaring Skies Player's GuideAncient Origins Player's GuideBREAKthrough Player's GuideBREAKpoint Player's Guide
Fates Collide Player's GuideGenerations Player's GuideSteam Siege Player's GuideEvolutions Player's Guide
Sun & Moon Player's GuideGuardians Rising Player's GuideBurning Shadows Player's GuideThe Making of Shining Legends
Crimson Invasion Player's GuideUltra Prism Player's GuideForbidden Light Player's GuideCelestial Storm Player's Guide
Dragon Majesty Player's GuideDragon Majesty: Dragons Then and NowLost Thunder Player's GuideTeam Up Player's Guide
Unbroken Bonds Player's GuideUnified Minds Player's GuideHidden Fates Player's GuideCosmic Eclipse Player's Guide
Sword & Shield Player's GuideRebel Clash Player's GuideDarkness Ablaze Player's GuideVivid Voltage Player's Guide
Shining Fates Player's GuideBattle Styles Player's GuideChilling Reign Player's GuideEvolving Skies Player's Guide
Celebrations Player's Guide
Collectors' guides: Beckett Unofficial Guide to Pokémon: 2008 Price GuideBeckett Unofficial Guide To Pokémon Diamond & Pearl
Collecting Pokémon: An Unauthorized Handbook and Price GuidePokémon Collector's Value Guide
Pokémon Unofficial Card Collector's GuideUnofficial Beckett Pokémon Collector Price Guide
Magazines: Beckett Pokémon Unofficial CollectorMonthly Coin Toss: Pokémon Card MagazinePokémon Official Magazine
PoJo's Unofficial Pokémon News & Price Guide MonthlyPokémon Card Fan Club
Manga: Pokémon Card GB The ComixHow I Became a Pokémon CardHimemaru: Pokémon Card ExplorerAim to Be a Card Master!!
Pokémon Card Game Battle ComicExciting Victory! Pokémon Card Game!!Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game XY!
Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game! Sun & Moon ArcLet's Play the Pokémon Card Game! Sword & Shield Arc
Let's Play the Pokémon Card Game! Scarlet & Violet Arc
Video game guides: Official Pokémon TCG Perfect GuidePokémon Card GB Final Tactical BookPokémon Card GB Official Guidebook
Pokémon Card GB2 Official GuidebookPokémon TCG: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
Pokémon TCG: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
Other: Pokémon Card Official Book 2000Pokémon Card Game BW National Illustrated Encyclopedia
Pokémon Card Game BW WorkbookIllust Story

Core series: Pokémon Gold and Silver
Pokémon Ruby and SapphirePokémon FireRed and LeafGreenPokémon Emerald
Pokémon Platinum
Pokémon Black and White (Encyclopedia) • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Spin-off Pokémon games: Pokémon Trading Card GamePokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!My Pokémon Ranch

  This article is part of both Project TCG and Project Merchandise, Bulbapedia projects that, together, aim to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise.