What do the symbols on Pokemon cards mean?
A tiny symbol on the bottom right-hand corner will let you know the rarity of a card. A circle on your card means it's common, a diamond indicates that your card is uncommon, and a star means it's rare. For example, hologram cards will always have stars on them.
What does it mean when a Pokemon card says promo?
Exclusive cards for promotional events such as tournaments, special events or through Pokémon-related merchandise. These all have a black star with the word "PROMO" written across it where the expansion symbol would normally occur, giving them their name as Black Star Promos.
What is a damage counter in Pokemon cards?
Damage on a Pokémon is represented by damage counters. Each counter represents 10 damage. Damage is permanent unless it is removed by an effect or modifier or that Pokémon leaves play. Damage counters keep track of the amount of damage a Pokémon has taken.
What does a Pokemon do in a Pokeball?
When the ball hits a Pokémon, they are converted into a form of energy, and are sent flying inside of it — at least, that's the case in the anime. In the games, Pokémon visibly shrink into the balls. Either way, they are sucked inside of the ball.
Why does it matter what ball a Pokemon is in?
To answer your question of whether the ball matters to catching shiny Pokemon, it's better to use a Ultra Ball on them versus any others because a shiny could run away at any time and you want to catch them as quickly as possible.
What does the 2 on a Pokemon card mean?
However, usually only the 2nd printing is referred to as “shadowless,” as it is easier to differentiate the 1st printing by its “Edition 1” logo. The image below shows a shadowless (left) and shadowed (right) card side-by-side.