This guide will show you all the ways to earn rewards (Trainer tokens, Tournament Tickets, and Booster Packs) from the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) Online.
If you need a refresher, check out the other guides:
Types of Rewards
First of all, there are several types of rewards or currencies in The Pokemon TCG Online. Lets briefly go over each one, their purpose, and how to earn them.
The main in-game reward is called Trainer Tokens
You can spend tokens on most any item in the in-game Shop. Youll primarily be using tokens in the Shop for Theme Decks, limited-time Bundles, locked Booster packs (10-cards), as well as cosmetic items, like deck boxes, card sleeves, coins, and avatar items to customize your character.
- Theme Decks cost 500 tokens
- Locked Booster Packs cost 200 tokens
- Limited-time Bundles rotate every week and usually cost 600-865 tokens, up to 1,200 tokens.
- Deck Boxes, Sleeves, and Avatar items vary and cost between 50-250 tokens or so.
Your Tokens will sync with your Trainer Club account at the Pokemon.com website to spend on even more avatar items.
Tokens are also used to post Trades in the Trading Post. Each time you offer a trade itll cost 1 token per hour on the Trading Post, either 8 hours, 24 hours, or 48 hours. It doesnt cost any tokens to accept a public trade, or to make or accept a private trade between friends.
Lastly tokens can be used for entering token Tournaments. Token Tournaments cost 89 tokens and youll have a chance at earning some additional Tournament Tickets.
Tournament Tickets are used for (you guessed it!) entering Tournaments. Tournaments are the primary way of earning unlocked booster packs for trading (more on those later).
Besides the 89 token Tournaments, Ticket Tournaments vary in cost, rewards, and Format.
There are always on-demand tournaments available 24-7 for the various Formats:
- Theme Format (4 Tickets)
- Standard Format (8 Tickets)
- Expanded Format (8 Tickets)
- Legacy Format (8 Tickets)
Each week one of the first 3 formats (Theme, Standard, or Expanded) will be selected to be an 89 token Tournament, rewarding only tokens and Tickets (no Boosters). The remaining 2 Formats and the Legacy Format cost 4 or 8 Tickets and will offer unlocked Booster packs. The cost rotates weekly on a 3-week cycle.
Occasionally (normally on weekends), a special 24 Ticket Tournament will be held that offers even more rewards!
Booster Packs come from the various expansion sets of the game, and normally contain 10 additional cards.
Individual cards, as well as Booster Packs in the Pokemon TCG Online, can be either locked or unlocked.
Locked vs Unlocked Boosters and Cards
Locked cards and booster packs are yours forever and cannot be traded.
Unlocked cards and booster packs can be traded.
The majority of cards and booster packs youll earn by playing the game will be locked. This measure was put in place to discourage players from creating multiple accounts and trading cards to themselves.
Anything you purchase using tokens in the shop, such as Theme Decks and Boosters, or earn from Versus Mode and the Versus Ladder, will be locked.
Unlocked Boosters are also used as the games currency. Most players will accept unlocked booster packs in exchange for virtually any card, other pack, deck box, card sleeves, or avatar item youd like on the Trading Post.
For more information about the different ways of obtaining Unlocked Booster Packs and a general overview of the games flow, check out the companion guide: Beginners Overview.
Dont open your unlocked booster packs! Save them for trading.
If youre looking for a specific card from a set, say a Shaymin-EX from Roaring Skies, you can instead save your unlocked packs to trade for one. Its very unlikely that youll find one by opening the same number of packs its worth in the Trading market.
Gems (Canada Only)
Gems are a method of in-game purchases, currently available only in Canada. Items purchased from the Shop using Gems instead of tokens will be unlocked for trade.
100 Gems = 200 Tokens.
Most players in Canada dont commonly use Gems due to their extremely high cost. Gems have been in an extended beta test in Canada and due to their poor reception, are unlikely to be released in other countries.
How to Earn Rewards in Pokemon TCG Online
The first objective when starting the game is to complete the tutorials.
Theres 5 total, and yes they can be skipped, but youll earn some decent rewards if youre patient. Heres the rewards for each one:
- 1st Tutorial: 25 tokens
- 2nd Tutorial: 50 tokens
- 3rd Tutorial: 75 tokens
- 4th Tutorial: 100 tokens
- Final Tutorial: 1 Random, Locked Booster Pack
Thats a total of 250 tokens and 1 locked booster.
The Trainer Challenge allows you to play various Theme Decks against different computer-controlled (AI) opponents.
Youll notice in the Trainer Challenge that there are 3 different Leagues: Gold, Platinum, and City Championship. For each League youll find 12 different trainers with different types of decks.
There are also 3 different difficulty levels which change the strength of the opponents decks. Also, the points you earn for defeating a trainer depend on the difficulty. The AI still makes questionable choices and tends to use every possible card in his/her hand each turn, even to their disadvantage. Because of this, I recommend you play on the Hard difficulty.
Your first goal is to unlock the 3 Basic Theme Decks (online-exclusive): Born of Fire, Crushing Current, and Hidden Depths.
Unlocking Basic Theme Decks
Youll need to play each of the 3 Basic Theme Decks against 7 different trainers in any one of the Leagues, and win to unlock them. After each win, up to 7, youll gradually unlock some new cards for the Deck.
Once youve won against a Trainer using a certain Theme Deck, youll see a green check-mark filled in under their name.
After youve won 7 times with a Basic Theme Deck (7 green check-marks), its fully unlocked the cards are added to your collection and you can play it in Versus Mode or in a Theme Tournament.
Youll also notice that for each of the 12 Trainers in each League have a number of stars. The more you play (and win) against each trainer, the more points youll receive. Earn enough points and gain a star.
Here are the rewards for each star you earn against each of the 12 Trainers in a League:
- 1 star (1,000 points): 1 token
- 2 stars (5,000 points): 3 tokens
- 3 stars (14,000 points): 10 tokens
- 4 stars (30,000+ points): 1 locked, random booster
You can repeat this for each of the 12 trainers in a League and youll receive a bonus of an additional 3 locked boosters. Rinse and repeat for each of the 3 Leagues for a total of:
- 504+ tokens
- 45 locked boosters
Once youve 4-starred each of the Trainers (which will take quite a while), you wont be able to repeat these rewards, except for a single token for each win. Therefore, the Trainer Challenge is essentially a one-time reward.
Earning Boosters from Theme Decks
In addition to the above rewards for 4-starring trainers, theres another way to earn more locked booster packs. For each Theme Deck you get from the Shop (for 500 tokens), if you win against 12 different trainers, youll get a locked booster pack from that Theme Decks expansion set.
Each set has 2 Theme Decks (some older, unavailable sets have 3), so youre able to get at least 2 more locked boosters per set through the Trainer Challenge.
Currently there are 14 Theme Decks available in the Shop, for an additional 14 locked booster packs.
Versus Mode is where youll spend most of your time in the TCG online. After youve finished the Tutorial and the Trainer Challenge, youll be able to play matches against real people online, anytime.
In Versus Mode, you can play in the Theme Format, Standard, Expanded, or Legacy. If youre a beginner, odds are you dont have many cards or have built any competitive decks, so its highly recommended that you start playing Versus Mode in the Theme Format.
You can chose any of the Theme Decks youve unlocked or purchased from the Shop. The most popular Theme Decks are the following:
- Crushing Current
- Hidden Depths
- Battle Ruler
In addition to these decks, you may see other players use XY Basic Green/Blue/Red/Yellow. These Theme Decks have been retired and are no longer available to new players. Another popular Theme Deck is Dark Hammer, which is from an older (now in Expanded format) set that was removed the Shop in September 2016.
In Versus Mode there are two main ways to earn rewards: from the Versus Ladder and from the Victors Wheel/Mystery Box Prizes.
The Versus Ladder has numerous rewards that you can earn by earning versus points.
You earn 10 points for every Versus Match you win, and 15 if you win and were at a disadvantage (determined by your player rank and rough skill compared to your opponent).
If you lose a match, you get 1 Versus Point for each Prize card you took (0-5). Win more games in a row to increase your Win Streak. The higher your Win Streak, the more Versus Points youll earn!
Points are also reset every 21 days, along with a change in the available prizes.
You earn progressively better rewards the more points you receive in the 21-day ladder, up to a Full Art Supporter Card at 2,000 points.
Here’s a list of the total rewards you can get from finishing a Versus Ladder (2,000 points in 21 days):
- Tokens: 1,000
- Tickets: 16
- Boosters: 9 Current-Set Boosters, locked
- Chests: 6 (5 Uncommon, 1 Holo, locked)
- Cards: 10 (7 regular, 2 EX, 1 FA Trainer, locked)
For more in-depth information about the Versus Ladder Rewards read the main article.
Victors Wheel and Mystery Box Prizes
Note: The Victors Wheel for Versus Mode has been retired. Instead, a simpler Daily Versus Reward system is in place. See below this section for more information.
Each time you win a match in Versus you get to spin the Victors Wheel. The Victors Wheel has ten different wedges and 10 different prizes you can get.
Each wedge has a Mystery Box Prize as well as 1, 3, or 5 tokens.
So, for each time you win a match, youre guaranteed 1-5 tokens, plus an additional token if you win and were at a disadvantage.
For the first match of each day, win or lose, youll also get 10 tokens.
The Mystery Box prizes can only be obtained once a day, and theres 10 available each day. If you spin the wheel and it lands on a spot youve already been on today, youll earn the 1, 3, or 5 tokens, but not the Mystery Box Prize.
Each Mystery Box Prize can contain one of the following rewards:
- 25 tokens
- 50 tokens
- 100 tokens
- 375 tokens
- 1 Ticket
- 2 Tickets
- 4 Tickets
- 1 Random, Locked Booster
As you can see with a little luck, you can easily get plenty of trainer tokens (and Tickets) from Mystery Box Prizes!
Each prize has different odds, and you can only get up to 10 a day. For more information, read my post about Mystery Box Prizes.
Daily Versus Reward
To replace the Victors Wheel in Versus Mode, a simpler system was created. Instead of spinning a wheel (and possibly getting a spot for a win that resulted in no prize), now youll get a set reward for each win!
For your first 11 wins each day, youll get a total of 5 Mystery Boxes, 1 Tournament Ticket, and 65 tokens! For each win after that, youll get an additional 5 tokens.
This reward system ensures that youll get a reward for each win, but fewer possible Mystery Boxes each day. Just as before the Daily Rewards have a point of diminishing return to discourage prolonged playing in one day. Instead, players are encouraged to play for a relatively short amount of time each day.
Note: Just like the Victors Wheel for Versus Mode, this system has been retired. Instead you will no longer get 1, 3, or 5 tokens for a loss, but a Versus Point for each Prize Card you took.
If you lose a match and didnt concede, youll get a chance to spin the Defeat (or Losers) Wheel. The Defeat Wheel has a chance to get 1, 3, or 5 tokens, but no Mystery Box Prizes.
If you conceded a match, it must have lasted at least 5 minutes (total time for both you and your opponent) in order to spin the Defeat Wheel.
Also, regardless if you conceded or not, there needs to have been no quick-turn or easy-loss conditions, such as if you repeatedly pass your turn without playing cards, attaching energy, etc.
Events: Token and Ticket Tournaments
All tournaments consist of 8 participants over 3 rounds, single-elimination style. Online tournaments are also available on demand, 24/7. When you join a tournament youll briefly wait until 8 players have joined, and the first round begins!
The players are paired up and begin a match. The victor moves on to the next round, while the loser is eliminated.
After each round, win or lose, each player gets to spin the Tournament Wheel.
The Tournament Wheel is shown after each tournament round, whether you win or lose, and regardless of Tournament format and cost.
The Tournament Wheel has 10 wedges and can reward you with the following:
- 40%: 25 tokens
- 40%: 1 Ticket
- 20%: 1 Mystery Box Prize (25, 50, 100, 375 Tokens, or 1, 2, 4 Tickets, or 1 Random Unlocked Booster)
- 1st Place: 3 Tickets
- 2nd Place: 2 Tickets
- 3rd/4th: 1 Ticket
- 5-8th: 1 Uncommon Chest
4-Ticket Tournament (Theme Only)
- 1st Place: 2 Current Set Boosters, 1 Random, Standard Booster
- 2nd Place: 1 Current Set Booster, 1 Random, Standard Booster
- 3rd/4th: 1 Random, Standard Booster
- 5-8th: 1 Uncommon Chest
8-Ticket Tournaments (Standard and Expanded)
- 1st Place: 3 Current Set Boosters, 3 Random, Standard Boosters
- 2nd Place: 2 Current Set Boosters, 2 Random, Standard Boosters
- 3rd/4th: 1 Current Set Booster, 1 Random, Standard Booster
- 5-8th: 1 Uncommon Chest, 50 tokens
The Legacy Tournaments usually cost 8 Tickets and instead offer rotating Legacy and Expanded Boosters.
24-Ticket Tournaments (Special Events)
- 1st Place: 12 Current Set Boosters, 8 Random, Standard Boosters
- 2nd Place: 8 Current Set Boosters, 4 Random, Standard Boosters
- 3rd/4th: 4 Random, Standard Boosters
- 5-8th: 4 Uncommon Chests, 200 tokens
Tournament Rotation Schedule
Tournaments rotate once a week on Mondays at 12:00 PM PDT.
- Standard, 8 tickets
- Expanded, 8 tickets
- Legacy, 8 tickets
- Theme Deck, 89 tokens
- Standard, 89 tokens
- Expanded, 8 tickets
- Legacy, 8 tickets
- Theme Deck, 4 tickets
- Standard, 8 tickets
- Expanded, 89 tokens
- Legacy, 8 tickets
- Theme Deck, 4 tickets
The prizes for Legacy tournaments rotate every Monday as well.
Daily Challenges are available each day at 12:00 AM UTC. You can only accept 1 Daily Challenge a day, regardless of your Player Level.
Daily Challenges each have a type (for each of the 11 Pokemon types) and a number of EXP they give or rarity, either 1, 2, or 3.
The first 4 Daily Challenges are pre-determined. After those, youll be able to accept a random daily challenge each day. The higher your level, the more the Challenges will reward you, and the more youll have to choose from.
Your first Daily Challenges
- Win a Match using a Water Theme Deck, provides 2 Water EXP and 25 tokens
- Win a Match using a Fire Theme Deck, provides 2 Fire EXP and 25 tokens
- Win a Match using a Lightning Theme Deck, provides 2 Lightning EXP and 25 tokens
- Knock out 2 Pokemon using your Psychic Pokemon, random locked booster.
Random Daily Challenges
- The common challenges provide 1 EXP and some trainer tokens. They require you to do a certain amount of damage using that type of Pokemon.
- The uncommon challenges provide 2 EXP and more trainer tokens. Youll have to evolve a certain number of that type of Pokemon.
- Finally, the rare challenges provide 3 EXP and a random booster pack. Youll have to Knock Out a certain number of Pokemon using that type of Pokemon.
The higher your Player Level, the more each of the challenges provide in rewards, as well as the number of challenges youll have to choose from and can have active at the same time. Remember you can only ever accept 1 Daily Challenge per day.
For Player Level 0-5
- Common Challenge (1 EXP): Do 500 Damage using <,Type>,. Reward: 25 tokens
- Uncommon Challenge (2 EXP): Put 5 <,Type>, Evolution cards into play. Reward: 50 tokens
- Rare Challenge (3 EXP): Knock out 5 opposing Pokemon using your <,Type>, Pokemon. Reward: Locked, Random Booster
For Player Level 6-15
- Common Challenge (1 EXP): Do 750 damage to opposing Pokemon with your <,Type>, Pokemon. Reward: 30 tokens.
- Uncommon Challenge (2 EXP): Put 7 <,Type>, Evolution cards into play. Reward: 55 tokens.
- Rare Challenge (3 EXP): Knock out 12 opposing Pokemon using your <,Type>, Pokemon. Reward: Locked, Random Booster
For Player Level 16-30 (max)
- Common Challenge (1 EXP): Do 1,000 damage to opposing Pokemon with your <,Type>, Pokemon. Reward: 35 tokens.
- Uncommon Challenge (2 EXP): Put 10 <,Type>, Evolution cards into play. Reward: 60 tokens.
- Rare Challenge (3 EXP): Knock out 16 opposing Pokemon using your <,Type>, Pokemon. Reward: Unlocked, Random Booster
Player Level and Type Levels
Your Player Level determines the type of Daily Challenges you can get. You level up your player 1 level each time you level up one of the 10 types (Normal type isnt included).
Each Pokemon type can be leveled up to 3. Theres 10 different types, so a max Player Level of 30.
To start, each player has a Player Level of 0. Youll get 1 random Daily Challenge per day and can have 1 Active challenge at a time.
- Level 0: Choose 1 Daily Challenge a day, 1 Active at a time
- Common: 25 tokens | Uncommon: 50 tokens
- Level 3: Choose 1 from 2 Daily Challenges a day, 1 Active at a time
- Level 5: Choose 1 from 2 Daily Challenges a day, 2 Active at a time
- Level 6: Daily Challenges difficulty and rewards increase.
- Common: 30 tokens | Uncommon: 55 tokens
- Level 8: Choose 1 from 3 Daily Challenges a day, 2 Active at a time
- Level 10: Choose 1 from 3 Daily Challenges a day, 3 Active at a time
- Level 16: Daily Challenges difficulty and rewards increase.
- Common: 35 tokens | Uncommon: 60 tokens
- Rare Challenges now have Unlocked Random Boosters for a reward.
- Level 30: Max Level! (No special rewards)
Occasionally (some times once a week), and for every major update to the game, theres an additional Special Challenge.
Special Challenges normally take much longer to complete than Daily Challenges, but generally offer much better rewards. Theyre also timed, from 1 day to 5 days. Normally every player will have the same Special Challenge(s) when theyre available.
Special Challenges can be completed alongside Daily Challenges, and dont count towards your limit of having so many simultaneous active Challenges.
Some past rewards have included 2 Locked Boosters from a specific set, 300 tokens, 2 Tickets, and some random, locked boosters.
Some Special Challenges have multiple parts, so are really multiple challenges each with their own rewards, completed one at a time.
Daily Login Bonus
Each day by simply logging into the game (and clicking on the bouncing Pokeball on the main page), youll get a reward!
Your first few rewards a pre-set, and then follow a 5-day cycle.
First Daily Login Rewards
- Online-exclusive Theme Deck, currently Mental Might (Psychic) (Mental Might is no longer available to new players.)
- 25 tokens
- 5 Locked, Random Boosters (from standard sets)
Daily Login Bonus Rewards
- 5 tokens
- 10 tokens
- 15 tokens
- 1 Ticket
- Locked, Random Booster
Earning Tokens at Pokemon.com Website
You can also earn tokens on the Pokemon.com website. Tokens are synced between the Pokemon TCG Online and the website.
Earn tokens online by playing some browser-based games or by earning badges, such as by viewing News articles, using the Pokedex, or watching the anime online for free.
There is a max limit of earning 15 tokens using the website per week.
You can spend your tokens on the website, which has a much larger selection of avatar customization items. You cannot spend tokens on the website for Theme Decks, Boosters, Bundles, or other in-game Shop items.
Its time to check out some more in-depth game mechanics, including how to get the real rewards, unlocked booster packs. Read the Beginners Overview.