This guide covers all methods of earning Tokens and Packs in PTCGO.
If your primary goal in PTCGO is to efficiently maximize your Collection, you should prioritize the following list:
Tutorial Mode - Complete Tutorial Mode
Trainer Challenge – Defeat all AI Trainers
Daily Challenge – Complete all active Daily Challenges
Versus – Play against other players online
Events/Tournaments – Play in Tournaments to win prizes
Completing the Trainer Challenge is the top-priority, after completing Tutorial Mode, when you start out in PTCGO.
However, once you do complete Trainer Challenge with 4-Star completions on all AI Trainers, you should move on to different methods for earning Tokens and Packs.
The Trainer Challenge is the most effective game mode to grind when you have a very limited card collection (or don’t have one at all). As an added bonus, you can earn 45 locked 10-card Booster packs if you achieve 4-Stars against all AI Trainers collectively in all difficulties.
There are 3 Leagues of increasing Trainer difficulty: Gold, Platinum, and City Championship. There are 12 Trainers in each League (for a total of 36 Trainer matches). To progress in the Leagues, you must defeat the Trainers in order. Every time you win a game against an AI Trainer, you will obtain a Star. There are 4 stars(wins) you need to complete against each AI Trainer.
You can go back and play against any Trainer as many times as you want if you would like. However, you will stop earning Tokens after a certain point.
Trainer Challenge Reward Mechanics
The following table summarizes all possible rewards and associated conditions in Trainer Challenge:
Daily Challenges promote deck variation, strategic creativity, and reward frequent play. Prioritize completing all feasible active Daily Challenges.
The Daily Challenge system rewards players with Tokens, locked Booster packs, and gameplay items for completing specific in-game objectives. You may accept a maximum of 1 new Challenge every day, as long as you have an available slot. Challenges do not expire, but you may abandon them. You can view your active Challenges in the Profile screen in the client.
Each Challenge is associated with a specific Pokemon Type and is given a different rarity depending on difficulty. As you complete Daily Challenges, you will have the opportunity to complete more difficult Challenges and unlock greater rewards.
Since you can only receive 1 new Challenge a day, the Daily Challenge system is not a sustainable option for extended Token grinding.
However, the reward highly justifies the amount of effort required, so completing Challenges is a great way to earn small chunks of Tokens every day.
Like Daily Challenges, Special Challenges promote deck variation, strategic creativity, and reward frequent play as well. Prioritize completing all Special Challenges, as they usually provide a better reward than most Daily Challenges. However, they will be a little bit more harder to complete.
Unlike Daily Challenges, Special Challenges appear very rarely in the game. If possible, you should grind these out as they will offer great rewards.
Daily Challenge EXP Mechanics
Every Challenge has an associated rarity, which determines magnitude of reward and frequency of appearance. Successfully completing a Challenge yields EXP towards the specific Energy Type for that Challenge (Example: completing an Uncommon Psychic Challenge yields 2 Psychic EXP). As you gain EXP for each Energy Type, you unlock gameplay items.
Player Level Mechanics
- Available Challenges
Meaning: number of Challenges you have to choose from at the beginning of the day.
*Note: No matter the number of Available Challenges you have to choose from, you can only choose 1 new Challenge every day.
- Total Active Challenges
Meaning: maximum number of Challenges you can work on at a time.
Example 1: Player is Level 2, and 0 current Active Challenges. Player accepts a Challenge, but does not complete it during the same day. The next day, Player will not receive a new Challenge.
Example 2: Player is Level 5, and 0 current Active Challenges. Player accepts a Challenge, but does not complete it during the same day. The next day, Player will receive a new Challenge.
No matter your Player Level, you can only accept 1 new Challenge per day, so work on completing your Active Challenge(s) every chance you get. Once you reach Player Level 3, you can choose between 2 or more Challenges to accept. Always accept the Challenge with the highest rarity that you are capable of completing. You’ll earn greater rewards and you’ll increase your Player Level faster.
Once you reach maximum EXP on an Energy Type (i.e. reach Energy Level 3 and receive the Energy Deckbox for that Type), try to avoid accepting future Challenges of that Energy Type, unless the other Challenges are of lower rarity. , and you want to increase your Player Level to give Challenges with better rewards.
Once you reach Player Level 8, you will almost always have the chance to accept at least 1 Uncommon or Rare Challenge each day. So if you keep up with your Challenges, you can easily rake in 500+ Tokens worth of rewards every week!
Versus is the main source of rewards in PTCGO. The more you play, the more your Collection will grow! You’ll spend most of your time in this mode.
In Versus, you play online against human opponents. You can play matches in the Standard, Expanded, Legacy, or Theme formats.
In the Standard, Expanded, and Legacy format, you must use a custom deck that you created in the Deck Manager.
In the Theme format, you must use a pre-constructed Theme deck.
Players are paired against opponents in a randomly assigned battle based on a match-making algorithm, though the details and criteria of the match-making algorithm are somewhat unknown. (Most likely W/L ratio of the deck you choose to use)
However, players are loosely paired against similar-skilled opponents. Players will still play in lopsided matches at times, but in general, opponents will be of approximately equal skill.
Daily Challenge Reward Mechanics
*In order to receive this reward, the following conditions must be met:
Match Result = Victory
Reward is always awarded
Match Result = Loss
If player forfeited: Match must have lasted at least 5:00 minutes
If player did not forfeit: Player must have put in “reasonable effort” to win game. Such as:
No “quick-loss” conditions (e.g. Super Scoop Up, AZ)
No “quick-turn” conditions (e.g. repeatedly ending turn without playing any cards)
Also in Versus, if you win against another player online, you progress through what is known as the "Versus Rewards Ladder". This is a Rewards based feature where you can acquire locked card, Trainer Tokens, Tournament Tickets, & Booster Packs!
Rewards are heavily favored towards winning. Thus, aim to spend the most amount of time playing “winning” matches and the least amount of time playing “losing” matches. When playing Random Battles, try to achieve the following list of objectives (in order of decreasing importance) in order to maximize your earned rewards.
No matter what strategy you employ during Random Battles, always keep in mind that you are playing against another person. Strive to treat your opponent with respect at all times.
- Choose An Advantageous Format.
Play a format for which you have the best-suited deck. If you don’t have many cards in your Collection yet, Theme may be the best format for you. If you have a strong constructed deck, then Standard/Expanded/Unlimited is likely the best format for you.
- Play Winning Decks.
Play a deck with which you have had success. Understand what your deck’s win conditions are and focus on achieving them.
- Play Fast Decks.
The faster you complete games, the more games you get to play. The more games you play, the more chances you have at spinning the Wheel and earning valuable Mystery Box rewards.
Don’t play decks that take a long time to search for cards in your deck, or decks that rely on Pokemon that take a long time to set up.
Example: Donphan (PLS) can often hit for 80 damage with Spinning Turn on Turn 2, and 140+ damage with Wreck by Turn 3/4. This often results in quick victories.
Example: Seismitoad-EX decks tend to slowly chip away at opponents for 30 or 50 damage each turn with Quaking Punch, and often have to draw through most of their deck before winning. This often results in slower victories.
- Forfeit Losing Games.
If the game has lasted at least 5 minutes and you have little or no chance to win, then forfeit and move on to the next game. You’ll still receive minimum rewards, and you can jump to another game in which you have a shot at more significant rewards.
Tournaments are the most competitive environment in PTCGO. If you have a strong deck and are knowledgeable in any certain format, you can earn the greatest rewards in this mode.
Tournaments offer rewards of Tokens, Tournament Tickets, Booster Packs, and other in-game items. Tournaments can be played in any format (Theme, Standard, & Expanded) and cost 4 Tickets, or 8 Tickets to enter. All Tournaments follow an 8-player single-elimination structure.
All rewards are tradeable. Rewards occasionally vary during Special Events.
- Only Play Tournaments If You Are Prepared.
In Tournaments, you will encounter players with polished decks and elite strategies. If you do not have a strong deck and a clear understanding of the format then you will likely waste your Tournament Tickets, or Tokens.
- Play A Format For Which You Have A Successful Deck.
Only play in formats that you know what you will be up against and with and only play with decks with which you are highly familiar.
Before entering a Tournament, you should know which decks are prolific in the format you are entering and have a strong understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your deck. You should confidently know how to approach favorable match-ups and have answers for unfavorable match-ups.
Play a large number of games with your deck in Random Battle before you play Tournaments with it.
Welcome To The Earning Tokens Guide!