Team Rocket Strategy Guide (TCG)

Team Rocket Strategy Guide
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ISBN: 0786917628
Published: May 2000
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Author: Michael Mikaelian

Team Rocket Strategy Guide is the official companion book to the Team Rocket expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Published by Wizards of the Coast in May 2000, it was written by Michael Mikaelian, who was also one of the cowriters of Pokémon Made Simple!, an introductory book to the TCG also published by Wizards of the Coast.


Welcome to the World of Pokémon

After a brief foreword by Professor Oak, there is an introductory section called "Welcome to the World of Pokémon". This serves as a brief overview of the rules of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and an explanation of how to identify Energy symbols, Weakness, Resistance, etc.

Here Comes Team Rocket

This section introduces the premise of the Team Rocket expansion set and an overview of some of the new cards included. The book compares some new Pokémon cards to their first appearances in the TCG, for example, the advantages of using the original Base Set Machop vs the advantages of the new Team Rocket Machop.

The section also provides "Cool Combos", creating new strategies by combining moves or Pokémon Powers of new Team Rocket cards with older cards from Base Set, Jungle and Fossil; for example, a combo of Rattata's Pokémon Power "Trickery" with Mankey's Pokémon Power "Peek". The section closes with the writers' "Top Ten Team Rocket Cards", which the author considered the best of the set.

Cool Decks

This section focuses on "Cool Decks You Can Build", custom deck configurations focusing on the new Team Rocket cards. There are two decks listed for each TCG type: one "easy-to-build" deck and one advanced deck. Strategies for using each deck in gameplay are also included.

List of decks

Team Rocket Card Encyclopedia

This section provides an image, description and strategy guide for every card in the Team Rocket expansion, including the box topper, Dark Raichu. All cards are presented in alphabetical order.

Fossil Card Encyclopedia

As a bonus, this book also includes a guide for all the cards in the Fossil expansion, which came out prior to the Team Rocket expansion. Like the Team Rocket Encyclopedia, all cards are presented in alphabetical order with images and strategy guides.

The Complete Pokémon Checklist

The closing section of the book is a collectors' checklist of all the Pokémon cards released in English up to the time of publication. This includes Base Set, Base Set 2, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket and Wizards Black Star Promos.

External links

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

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