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    Encyclopedia of Pokemon Terminology

    Orange Soda found this on the old Wizards Forum, so I saved him the trouble of posting it.;)
    -Swampert


    NRG - Energy
    Para - Paralyzed
    PKMN - Pokémon
    PSN - Poison

    HP - Hit points or Health Points
    PP - Pokemon Power

    C - Colorless (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    D - Dark (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    F - Fighting (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    G - Grass (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    L - Lightning (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    M - Metal (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    P - Psychic (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    R - Fire (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    W - Water (Energy card / Pokémon type)

    Darkness - Dark (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    Evil - Dark (Energy card / Pokémon type)
    Steel - metal (Energy card / Pokémon type)

    BS - Base Set
    TR - Team Rocket
    GH - Gym Heroes
    GC - Gym Challenge
    NG - Neo Genesis
    Neo1 - Neo Genesis
    ND - Neo Discovery (disaperas when Neo Destiny is released?)
    Neo2 - Neo Discovery
    NR - Neo Revelations
    Neo3 - Neo Revelations
    Neo4 - Neo Destiny
    SI - Southern Island
    Black Star Promos - Series of consecutively numbered promo cards. These include the Pokemon TCG cards given away at the Movies (except Ancient Mew) and earned in tournaments (reverse holo Rainbow energy isn't numbered either).
    Ex- Expedition
    Aq-Aquapolis
    Sk-Skyridge
    R/S-Ruby & Sapphire
    SS-Sandstorm (Note: another abbreviation for Sandstorm is Sand.)

    CPU - Computer Search
    DCE - Double Colorless Energy
    Elm - Professor Elm
    ER - Energy Removal
    FHE - Full Heal Energy
    GB - Gold berry
    GOW - Gust of Wind
    HCTR - Here comes team rocket!
    IF - Item Finder
    IOR - Imposter Oak's Revenge
    LSSM - Lt. Surge's Secret Mission
    NGR - Nightly Garbage Run
    Oak - Professor Oak
    TRT - The Rocket's Trap
    PE - Potion Energy
    PP - Plus Power
    PTC2007 - Pokémon Trivia Contest 2007
    PTC2009 - Pokémon Trivia Contest 2009
    RSA - Rocket's Sneak Attack
    RTrap - The Rockets' Trap
    SER - Super Energy Removal
    TV- Town Volunteers

    'Buzz - Electabuzz
    'Canine - Arcanine
    DVile - Dark Vileplume
    Feral - Feraligatr
    'Gatr - Feraligatr
    Rk9 - Arcanine
    RZap - Rocket's Zapdos
    M2 - Mewtwo
    Mew2 - Mewtwo
    MPM2 - Movie Promo Mewtwo
    NPM2 - Nintendo Power Mewtwo (w "Telekenesis")
    Sab's - Sabrina's
    T-Tar - Tyranitar
    'Tuff - Wigglytuff

    BBP - Big Basic/Bad Pokemon
    FTK - First Turn Kill
    FTKO - First Turn Knockout
    KO'd - Knocked out
    OHKO - One Hit Knockout

    GB - Game Boy
    00ber - Pokemon in GB game of exceptional power and capabilities, normally considered as a 'cheap' method of winning when used in battles.

    CCG - Collector Card Game
    TCG - Trading Card Game
    RPG - Role Playing Game
    Appr - Apprentice; A free download that lets you play Magic the Gathering over the internet, which can be fixed to play Pokémon TCG with the aid of a special patch.
    DCI - Duelist Convocation International
    HP - Harry Potter
    MtG - Magic the Gathering
    MT's - Master Trainers (the Wizards employees who run the chats, issue rulings and put together all the various Wizards-sponsored Pokemon events)
    PA! - Pokemon Aaah! (website containing, among other things, fan made fake Pokémon TCG cards)
    Pojo - The magazine writers/website designers for pojo.com, who were responsible enough to sustain and keep up with the interest in Pokémon with articles and deck reviews (now defunct)
    PIRN - Pokémon Internet Radio Network
    RTC - Random Topic Center
    Weekly ruling chat - Chat held every week on Wizard's chat host on thursdays from 3-5 (Pacific time).
    SoCal - Southern Californian team
    TC - Team Compendium (the guys who maintain the online Rules Compendium)
    TE <name> - Team Europe member
    TO - Tournament Organiser
    TPC - The Pokémon Company
    WotC - Magicians near the sea? http://archivedboards.wizards.com/tcg/wink.gif Wizards of the Coast
    Zeo - Pokemon Zeo (website containing, among other things, fan made fake Pokémon TCG cards)

    BDS - Big Daddy Snorlax
    DMTM - Dark Master Trainer Mike
    DAS - Dark Aprentice Steve
    'Mom - SD_Pokemom
    MTM - Master Trainer Mike
    MTP - Master Trainer Pat
    'Pop - PokéPop
    'Sensei - PokéSensei

    Mize - To completely crush the oponent.
    n00b - A player unexperienced in the game.
    Scrubs - A player who engages in a number of bad behaviors. Most scrubs are new players, but some are experienced. Some of the bad behaviors are deck copying, bad sportsmanship, and whining about "broken" cards in Pokemon (seriously).
    Veteran - A seasoned knowledgable player of Pokémon

    15/3 format - A format tried at the ECSTS 2000. Decks were restricted to 15 trainers (unlimited in other formats) and no more than 3 cards of one type (4 in other formats). Wasn't well recieved and therefore scrapped.
    Draft format - Players don't bring their own deck to the tournament, but are given booster packs and can borrow basic energy cards at the venue. The players (preferably 8) sit down at a table with 5 booster packs each of Pokémon cards. Packs should be from two different sets that compliment each other (Base 2-only drafts also work fine). Meaning they have evolution chains that work for both sets. All players open their first pack of cards at the same time. Everyone then takes one card from the pack they just opened and passes the rest of the cards in that pack to the person on their right who picks a card and passes the rest on to the right etc until the cars run out (Basic energy cards are discarded). Then the players open a second pack and repeat the process, but this time passing to the left instead of the right. Deck size is smaller than ususal (40 cards - 4 prizes).
    Modified format - Also known as the E-on (Expedition-on) format. Cards that were released prior to the Expedition exspansion are not allowed in this format, but anything after that is fare game, except and promo's of said cards. Black Star Promo's are not allowed (except for the numbers 001-on). Re-released cards are aloud (ie, Switch, Potion etc.).
    Unlimited- All cards except Birthday Pika and Anciect Mew
    STS - Super Trainer Showdown
    STSQ - Super Trainer Showdown Qualifier
    ECSTS - East Coast Super Trainer Showdown
    WCSTS - West Coast Super Trainer Showdown
    Professor - a professional/15+ player that has undergone a specific test to become a Professor. ("Professional Pokémon TCG player"?)
    711 - The room you (originally Seena Ghazaiskar and Matt Moss?) stayed in at hotel when you've won a major tournament

    Baby Killer - An attack or Pokémon that can damage an opponent's benched Pokémon for 30 or more damage.
    Broken Card - A card that "breaks" the carefully balanced playing environment in a TCG. In theory, any card that exceeds the average power given its circumstances. In practice, it refers to cards that have severely disporportionate power compared to the amount of effort needed to play the card. Neo Genesis Sneasel is by many regarded as a broken card (at least in the Modified format), but not everyone agrees with this. Among certain players, broken is simply used to mean "really good or effective".
    Crutch - An easy to use card, particularly when such cards are heavily used. NG Sneasel is a perfect example. The term is derived from the fact that a player depends on the crutch cards to carry their bad deck to victory, much like a person uses a real crutch to carry themselves around on a bad leg.
    Metagame - What everyone is playing in the area in question. If a good deck(type) is established, other "counter"-decks will develop to try to break the dominance.
    Pull - Slang for getting a card in a booster (e.g. "I pulled a 1st Ed. Charizard!!!")
    Tech - A card that is put in a deck in a quantity of 1 or 2 to deal with specific threats (such as putting in Pichu to a non-PP deck to deal with common PPs or Wooper/Magmar in a Grass deck to deal with Weakness/Resistance).
    Undermetagamed - When a decks against a certain dominating decktype haven't been developed so that the dominating deck is able to run rampant.
    Whammy - A card that does major Energy damage (Hoo-hoo... How about Super Energy Removal, Misty's Golduck, or Shining Gyarados?)
    Bling-Bling- Reverse Holofoil

    Archetype deck: A particular distinctive type of deck. There may be a vast ammount of different ones but they'll all have the same core strategies, i.e. Raindance.
    Precon: Preconstructed Deck, which Wizards of the Coast usually releases with a new expansion to demonstrate new mechanics.
    Rogue deck: A deck that not only isn't an archetype, but is deliberately trying to do something different and unexpected.
    Xerox deck: A deck which is a blatant copy of one found in numerous online deck garages/listings

    Below are few archetype decks, more have been mentioned, but I'm only listing the "major" and well defined decks.

    Big Fire deck: A Big Fire deck usually refers to one based on Blaine's Arcanine who has a huge 120 point attack and uses the Fire Recharge Typlosion.

    Feral deck: Based around Feraligatr (DownPour) together with Trash Exchange, Misty's Wrath, Double Gust & Focus Band. The idea is to keep moving water energy cards to the discard pile, as the Feraligatr attack "Riptide" does 10 damage plus ten times the number of water energy cards in the discard pile. After the attack the Water energy cards in the discard pile are shuffled into the deck... A subvariant is Gatrsect deck that uses Neo Revelations Parasect which has a Pokémon Power that makes all cards stay in the discard after Riptide.

    Cleaner / Turbo Pup Deck: Centered around Arcanine's attack Take Down. Sometimes Canine is brought out early and healed w/ Gold Berry while consistently using Take Down. Pokemon: Growlithe, Arcanine, Fossil Magmar, Electabuzz, R. Oddish( sometimes), Scyther, Rocket Zapdos, Lickitung, Ditto, etc.

    Haymaker deck: Focuses on big basic Pokémon (BBP) with quick, energy-efficient attacks and relatively high HP. It was named after Hitmonchan, the original basis of the deck, "Haymaker" is Hitmonchans first attack when translated from Japenese. (A haymaker is a general term for a Knockout punch in boxing.) Main Pokemon: Hitmonchan, Scyther, Electabuzz, Sneasel, Gligar, TR Zapdos, Fossil Magmar, Sometimes TR Scyther, Farfetch'd. A subvariant is the Sponge deck which includes Movie Promo Mewtwo.

    Mindgames deck (or Dunce deck) : Use Slowking and Chaos gym to make the opponent have a 25% of playing trainers and often giving you the trainers. You have a 50% of playing trainers but that's better than none.
    Main Pokemon: Cleffa, Sneasel, Chansey, Slowking, and Slowpoke.

    Raindance Deck: A Raindance deck is a Water-type deck based around Blastoise, and other Water Pokémon with attacks that do a lot of damage. The main focus is to use Blastoise's Pokémon Power to get a lot of energy on Pokémon like Dewgong, Articuno, and Gyarados as fast as possible. The deck was named after Blastoise's Pokémon Power, Rain Dance. Main Pokemon: Blastoise, Squirtle(preferably TR), Fossil Articuno, Lapras, Ditto.

    Sir-Flip-A-Lot: Deck abusing Giovanni's Machamp and Focus Band.

    Stall deck: Uses high HP Pokemon like Chansey and Lickitung to stall while maxing out on (Super) Eenergy Removal, Scoop Up, Pokémon Center, and Item Finder. Tries to deck the opponent. Moltres is usually included to make the opponents deck even faster, and to get rid of important anti-decking cards like Lass and Nightly Garbage Run. Fossil Magmar, Erikas Dratini, and Scyther are also common.

    Trap Deck: Meant to leave your opponent with little or no options on their first turn by using The Rocket's Trap, Imposter Oaks Revenge, and Rocket's Sneak Attack, other variants uses Aerodactyl, Dark Vileplume, Murkrow .

    Crack Monkey: an impossibly strong deck. i.e. Sneaking.

    Ungodly Luck: When a weenie knocks out a fully powered up Uuber. IE When a Dunsparce flips seven heads and KO's a fully powered up Blaziken ;)

    POR - Professor Oaks Research
    1337 - (leet)Elite - masterful
    Bex - Blaziken EX
    Cune - Suicune EX
    NEO - North East Ohio (Elite Playing Region)
    Chaw - greeting or substitute for random curse word
    PUSA - Pokemon USA, Also PUI
    pwn - utterly destroy; also means own. I.E. That deck pwns!
    topdeck, or Yugi - get a great card at the top of your deck
    CC - Copycat
    woot - a random cheer
    Zuver - to say something utterly mysterious, yet deep, also Zuverese; referring to Douglas Zuver, a Florida Professor...
    Mods - those running the board
    TC - Team Compendium (Rules gurus and recorders)
    DR- EX-Dragons
    AvM, TATM, TAvTM- EX-Team Aqua vs. Team Magma
    HL- EX-Hidden Legends
    Gex- Gardevoir EX (Also Gardex)
    Rex- Rayquaza EX (Also RayRay and 'Quaza)
    Sex- Me, AKA Swampert ex
    Eon- Current modified format
    Exon- No, not a gas station, next Modified format, R/S and up
    Kitty- Skitty
    Catty- Delcatty (Energy Draw)
    BAR- Blaziken/Ampharos/Rayquaza
    Wobby, Wobbers, >_<- Woboffet (Sand Storm)
    Prerelease Raichu: Supposedly the rarest card, next to one-of-a-king cards given away to the winners of major Japanese Tournaments and the like. ie "Or is that as hard to find as a Pre Rai?"
    Whiscash: A flawed/flawless (depending on who you ask ;p) counter to Blaziken ex. It is usually used when someone is either trying to think of a way to counter the Blaziken variant, or is using a very sub-par deck. (ie omg this sucks. Go play Whiscash)
    Mex: Metagross Ex
    Phanpy/Teddiursa/Pichu: Three Pokemon plush dolls given out to the winners of City Championships. Used along the lines of pseudo-topdecks, and even jokes
    BW: Backwash (program on apprentice for stacking the deck)
    Mize - To completely crush the oponent.
    PETM: Professor Elm's Training Method
    Net Deck- A deck copied straight of the internet.
    Crobyss: A deck consisting of Crobat (HL) and Gorebyss
    Metabyss: A deck consisting of Metagross(ex) and Gorebyss
    BaDMoM: A deck consisting of Blastoise ex, Catty, Milotic, and Magneton
    Rambo: Rayquazza ex, Aqua's Manectric, Blaziken ex, One Hit Knock Out.

    There are the updated terms. Anymore suggestions??
    Last edited by BJJ763; 12/29/2009 at 08:38 AM.
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    Thanks for providing the short form for us. I think this should be made sticky. What's your view?
    Since I lack exposure in the game, I post rarely here. Sorry!

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    I PM'd the Mods but no avail...
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    There are some edits to that list that could be made, such as "Modified" is no longer "Rocket-On!".

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    That Better???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venusaur
    A few spelling mistakes but looks good ;)
    Also, damage swap should be added to the different deck types list, Beatdown too.

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    How 'bout "Splashable" and "Rogued"? I think those should be included. Also, how come Skridge came to be SK instead of SR?

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    Finally I found out what DCI actually means.

    Isn't Skyridge known as (sky)?
    Last edited by Fantasy Fox; 11/17/2003 at 06:28 PM.
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    The abbreviation isn't exactly standardized the way others do.

    And hey, I always thought SER stood for Steven Edward Reich. ;)

    Thanks for throwing in PIRN, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwampertEX
    I PM'd the Mods but no avail...
    Don`t remember you asking me...;)I think this thread is important enough for the game to sticky.

    [takes the back of the thread and licks the glue to sticky it to the top]

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    Proygonized: Any rulling I've taken or card I've taken and wraped its meening or wording in some way so as to break it, also see; beat with a stick.
    I own 24 or so Erica cards.
    I'm nearly done with every set, execpt the last E serires is a pain, and I dont think I'll EVER finnish the reverse foils...

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    Hey! Where's El Juapo?!?

    El Juapo: When you do a ridiculous amount of damage on one of your opponent's Active Pokemon.

    Example of definition: Lava Flow Macargo w/12 energies attached to it and your opponent has a 40 HP Bellsprout in play. Remove all 12 energies to Macargo to do a grand total of 560 points of damage to a 40 HP Basic. Causing a grand total of 520 points of damage(40+240 {12 fire energies remove with each energy removed does 20 extra damage) tines two for weakness for fire).

    That's an El Juapo from my old school days.
    Last edited by KingOfDemons; 11/18/2003 at 06:47 AM.

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    El Juapo-
    Sounds like the time I flipped 11 heads using Fighting Omastar against a Smeargle. I sat their admiring my 240 damage when I released I was fighting and Smeargle was weak..... oops, 480, and 430 to much.... it was fun.

    So what is Dragons slimmed down too? DR?
    To evolve, treat Eevee poorly, when it hates your guts, let it get ko'ed in th night while holding Spell Tag. PS, if it gets ko'ed outin the day, then it will die, go visit its grave in Soul House of Lavender, next to Fuji.
    Spectreon: The Scary Ghost Pokemon.
    Pokedex: Spectreon often haunt graveyards, sneaking up and scaring unsuspecting visitors.
    Spectreon's birth, Fan fic The Birth of a legend, Spectreon!!! -FIN- . Story Arc 2-Spectreons, New Adventure... Now up, Chptr 6!!!!

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    You also forgot Aeromew- Decks revolving around Fossil Aerodactyl and Promo Mew
    To evolve, treat Eevee poorly, when it hates your guts, let it get ko'ed in th night while holding Spell Tag. PS, if it gets ko'ed outin the day, then it will die, go visit its grave in Soul House of Lavender, next to Fuji.
    Spectreon: The Scary Ghost Pokemon.
    Pokedex: Spectreon often haunt graveyards, sneaking up and scaring unsuspecting visitors.
    Spectreon's birth, Fan fic The Birth of a legend, Spectreon!!! -FIN- . Story Arc 2-Spectreons, New Adventure... Now up, Chptr 6!!!!

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    I added a new word... See if you can find it... :D
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    Hey, I've heard this going around, what is 'Metagross'?

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    it is a pokemon thats in teh GBA game
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    I found another phrase! see if u can find it! ;) :D
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    For all u Brits out there, I added a side note to make SS a little less offensive.
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    What's it called when a totally freakish event happens that is COMPLETELY determined by super luck? (ex. My SS Dunsparce got 7 heads against a fully powered up Blaziken. This did happen!)
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    I posted ur answer. See if u can find it. ;)
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    For all u Brits out there, I added a side note to make SS a little less offensive.
    Now why would the prefix ss (steam ship) be offensive to brits? After all the worlds first screw driven iron hulled vessel was the SS Great Britain. Check her out at http://www.ss-great-britain.com

    What offends me more is nobody remebers SPONGE as a deck type :(
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    Lightbulb About The Cleaner...

    A correction to make:

    The Cleaner is not just a deck based around Base Arcanine. It is a status effect deck created by The Impossible Man and used pokémon like Base Koffing and Tangela to draw out opponents' ERs. After some KOs by the status effect pokémon, the Stage 1 Cleaner (traditionally Base Arcanine) would come down to clean the bench or the prizes. The original versions of the deck contained no rares.

    Any Stage 1 (or basic if it has a baby form) pokémon that could consistently deal out 50+ damage a turn was eligible for the Cleaner role.

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    E-On: A Pokemon TCG Format in which only cards from sets Expedition and on are allowed.
    Neon: A Pokemon TCG Format in which only cards from sets Neo Genesis and on are allowed.
    WoTC- Wizards Of The Coast
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    I don't think it's a big deal, but I think he's referring to the SS being the political army of Nazi Germany during WWII. They were famous for their absolute ruthlessness, both on and off the battlefield.

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