Contest March 2021 CaC: Generation 4 (All Results Up!)


Forum Mod
Articles Staff

Welcome to the March 2021 round of the Create-a-Card!

This month’s theme is Generation 4.

With Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl revealed just days ago, and a new wealth of Sinnoh history to explore on the horizon, there’s no time like the present to return to Generation 4 in spirit! For this round of the competition, you’ll choose any Pokémon introduced in Gen 4 — that is, any Pokémon between #387 and #493 in National Pokédex order — to reimagine in custom card form. Apart from that, there are no restrictions — let your imagination run wild!

This competition has two sections, text-based and image-based fakes. For text-based fakes, all you have to do is create a card in text form and post it in here! For image-based fakes, you’ll need the help of some software to let your creations come to life. But one thing remains important between both of them: your cards must be completely original!


  • To sign up you must reply to the thread below. Make sure to include whether you’re in for text or image-based fakes!
  • You may register with a partner and work together on the same card. This way each member can use their different talents and combine their skills, especially if one of you is an artist and the other is a TCG player. (Feel free to post in the thread that you’re looking for a partner if you want one.)
  • We have a total of 15 spaces available for text-based entries and 15 for image-based. If you’ve never done an image-based card before, now is a great time to learn! PokéBeach has many card blanks and guides available for use.


  1. Creativity/Originality
    We’re all tired of effectless attacks! Without images, part of the intrigue with text-based fakes is the creativity of Pokémon Power / Body / Ability / attack effects. Let’s see something cool and new!
    Total: 20 points
  2. Wording
    Proper wording is key in designing any fake card. Try to ensure wording is correct for the era of card you choose as card wording has changed many times over the years. Naturally, grammar and spelling are also taken into consideration.

    Text-based fakers may format their entries any way they choose, but for those who are new or would like a guideline to follow, this is a simple formatting guideline you can follow:

    Pokémon – Type – HP50
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Pokémon

    Ability: Name
    Ability Effect

    [R][C] Attack 20
    Attack Effect

    Weakness: Fire (x2)
    Resistance: Psychic (-20)
    Retreat: [C] [C] [C]
    Pokédex Information

    Total: 15 points
  3. Believability/Playability
    Text-based fakes rely heavily on their believability. Think of your entries as if they were real cards. Try to avoid those 400 HP monsters which do 200 damage for [R]! Proper type (unless Delta-species), Pokédex information, and ballpark HP will also be taken into consideration. We will assume that your card is being created for the current TCG era unless otherwise stated, so if you are making a card for a previous era, you must mention this in your entry post.
    Total: 15 points
Max Points: 50

  1. Creativity/Originality
    This is a given. With the proper photo editing tools, let your imagination run wild! Among other things, this can involve innovating new mechanics, envisioning new card interactions, and exploring exciting gameplay potential or other design space.
    Total: 15 points
  2. Believability/Playability
    Believability and playability are both integral to the realism of a fake. A card’s playability is its power level — try not to be overpowered or underpowered for the era you’re designing in! For believability, proper type (unless delta-species), Pokédex information, ballpark HP, and so on will be taken into consideration.
    Total: 15 points
  3. Wording
    Proper wording is key in designing any fake card. Try to ensure wording is correct for the era of blank you choose, as card wording has changed many times over the years. Naturally, grammar and spelling are also taken into consideration.
    Total: 10 points
  4. Fonts and Placement
    Correct fonts (which may change era by era) are imperative when creating realistic fakes — even for custom blanks, fonts in line with the convention can go a long way toward making them appear realistic. Placement of text / symbols / etc. is also taken into consideration.
    Total: 5 points
  5. Aesthetics
    Aesthetics is all about how your card looks as a complete whole. Aspects of this category include using creative and appropriate artwork, using neat or custom blanks, and overall having an appealing card creation. Additionally, you may not use existing artwork from the TCG for your cards. If you’d like to use Ken Sugimori stock artwork, you may do so, but it must be transformative in nature.
    Total: 5 points
Max Points: 50

And that’s the point breakdown for this round’s Create-A-Card! @The Ωmega One will be judging image-based, and @47bennyg will be judging text-based.

We’re always looking for new judges. Keen to join the team? You can learn how to apply here.

General Rules

  • The card you submit must be of a Pokémon — that is, not a Trainer, Energy, or other type of card. Occasionally, we open this up to other types of cards if the month’s theme warrants it, but otherwise it’s impossible to judge (for example) Pokémon cards against Trainer cards, since their uses in-game are so different.
  • For those entering image-based, you must include the symbol here on your card (such as the set symbol) or else your entry won’t be accepted. It was designed by the lovely Nekoban Ryo who continuously creates resources for the faking world and is a prominent faker himself. In addition, we do not allow any image-based entries that have been made using automatic, online card generators.
  • If you edit your post you’ll incur deduction of 2 points from your overall score, and posting your entry again on a different post also deducts 2 points. When you submit, make sure you’re done! If you mess up the tags or have a similar coding disaster, tag or PM me to get it fixed. If you forget to credit someone, do so in a new post instead of editing.
  • Participants who fail to submit a card by the deadline, if the particular portion is full, will automatically lose 2 points for next round (similar to losing 2 points for the current round for editing). If the portion you have signed-up for is full and if you wish to drop out, you must do so with three days remaining before the deadline to not incur the penalty. Continuing to fail to post a submission in future rounds will result in a possible ban from the contest for a couple of months. Please keep a close eye on the deadline.
  • All CaC entries should not be posted elsewhere in the PokéBeach forums while the current month’s contest is ongoing. If you have a personal thread or gallery where you post your fake card creations, you must wait to post your CaC card there until the contest is complete and full judging results have been posted. This is to ensure that CaC judges can continue to give proper feedback both within the contest and in the forums.
  • Participants should only enter one of the two categories. This is to prevent the potential for an excessive influx of entries for our judges to manage.
  • Artists/illustrators are free to post in this thread, letting participants know that they are available.
  • All entries should meet the forum rules. You should always credit the artist, and never use someone else’s art without their permission — that’s art theft.

Deadline: March 24th (Wed.) 12:00pm EST
Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

Anticipated Entrants

  1. @47bennyg
  2. @FourteenAlmonds
  3. @Nemes
  4. @Fariszk7
  5. @ggDerpyDerp
  6. @Alolan Teddiursa
  7. @AlphaLad
  8. @Carl Miller
  9. @PMJ
  10. This could be you!

  1. @Falling Skies
  2. @DashKing
  3. @FireLizard
  4. @Vom
  5. @TheFlyingPidove
  6. @bbb888
  7. @Anime Psyclone
  8. @Kangaflora
  9. @All-Stars_Creator
  10. This could be you!

Bold names means I have seen your entry in this thread.

Want to help advertise the contest? Just paste the code below for the banner in your sig!

Credit goes to @Nekoban Ryo and @Jabberwock for the banner.
Last edited:


Forum Mod
Articles Staff
As a reminder, we're moving back to a monthly CaC schedule with this round! However, that's coming with a change to the deadline for submissions — take note that the deadline for this contest is a week earlier than usual. This is to give our judges time to get all their results in order before the next month's contest, and will likely continue to be the case moving forward.

A countdown to the deadline, as always, can be found in the OP above. :)


Aspiring Trainer
Type: [W] – HP 170
Stage 2: Evolves from Prinplup
NO. 395 Emperor Pokémon HT:5'07'' WT: 186.3 lbs

Ability: Emperor’s Command
Once during your turn, you may put a Piplup or Prinplup from your discard pile onto your Bench.

[.] Continual Whirlwind 50
You must discard a card from your hand in order to use this attack. Switch this Pokémon with 1 of your Benched Pokémon. If that Pokémon is a Piplup, Prinplup, or Empoleon with the Continual Whirlwind attack, you may use Continual Whirlwind again this turn.

[W] Emperor’s Mandate 10
If a Piplup, Prinplup, or Empoleon were Knocked Out by damage from an opponent’s attack during their last turn, during your next turn, each Empoleon’s Continual Whirlwind attacks does 30 more for each of your Piplup and Prinplup in play.

Weakness: [L] X 2

Retreat: [C][C]
Dex Entry: It swims as fast as a jet boat. The edges of its wings are sharp and can slice apart drifting ice.


Empoleon ULP (adjusted for power creep since ULP)

Sobble Promo

Rillaboom SWS
Energy Retrival SWS
Rapid Strike Stance Mustard BTS

Attack 1:
Cincinno SWS
Orbettle V

Attack 2:
Dhelmise V
Galarian Meowth SWS
Snorlax VMAX

My younger brother’s favorite Pokemon is Piplup, so I thought I’d make an Empoleon card. Honestly, I don’t think this card is exceptionally strong, especially with ADP running around. While getting one Empoleon into play helps getting more into play using the ability, getting the first Empoleon out still relies on Rare Candy or manual evolution. Furthermore, “Continual Whirlwind”, while strong, maxes at 200 with four Empoleon in play without “Emperor’s Mandate”. Even with “Emperor’s Mandate”, the most damage you can realistically do (assuming 3 Empoleon and 2 Piplup/Prinplup in play which seems pretty difficult) is 330, which is the damage a Stage 2 would need to do in order to be competitively viable. I’m not quite sure on the wording of “Continual Whirlwind” as the effect is pretty unique. I’ll be happy to clarify anything about the card or its balance.]


Get 20% off Pokemon cards on my eBay store! Dm me
I would like to enter for Text-based. I will announce that my Pokemon is Mismagius.

Since this is my first time entering CaC, I am bracing myself !

Anime Psyclone

Light Held Close
i dont have my old folder for custom cards so i had to basically redo everything. decided that since i don't remember all the energy types' names to use two letters to represent them.
Corrin (Male)’s Garchomp EX - [DR] - HP: 150 - Stage 2: Evolves from Gabite
Ability: For Hoshido!: Whenever damage counters are placed on this Pokémon, you may discard as many Energy cards attached to this Pokémon as you like. For every [DR] Energy card discarded, reduce the amount of damage by 30, for every [FT] discarded, reduce the damage by 20, and for any other type of energy, reduce by 10. The amount of damage counters cannot be reduced to under 10 damage.

[DR] [DR] [FT] [CO] Dragon Fang: Quake - 10+
Flip a coin until you get tails. This attack does 10 damage plus double the amount of heads.

Weakness: Water: 3x
Resistance: Lightning: -10
Retreat Cost: [CO] [CO]


A man who knows nothing about proportions.
Here's my card,since Empoleon was already use it,it's time for Honchkrow!

Honchkrow HP 120 [D]
Stage 1-Evolves from Murkrow

[Ability] Count of the Darkness
Your [D] Pokèmon has no Weakness and do 20 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance). You can't apply more than 1 Count of the Darkness at a time.

[C] [C] Evocation
Search your deck for a Basic [D] Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your Bench.If your opponent has Pokémon V or Pokémon-GX in play,search your deck for an Evolution [D] Pokémon instead.Then, shuffle your deck.Either case,attach a [D] Energy from your hand to that Pokèmon.

Weakness: [L] x2
Resistance: [F]-20

Retreat: [C]

"It will absolutely not forgive failure from or betrayal by its goons. It has no choice in this if it wants to maintain the order of the flock."

Count of the Darkness:
Altaria Roaring Skies
Incineroar Unbroken Bonds


Treecko Lost Thunder\Corsola Sun&Moon
Boltund Sword&Shield
Thundurus Matchless Fighters

HP,Weakness and Resistances,Retreat Cost:
Honchkrow Unified Minds

To make this Honchkrow,I was thinking about the popular Pokèmon in this meta,and one of them is Eternatus.And since Eternatus counters are rising,
including the new Urshifus from Battle Styles,I tought for a Pokèmon to protect Eternatus,and this Honchkrow was born.
Count of the Darkness removes Dark Pokèmon Weaknesses,and boosts their attack,good for destroy walls like the VMAXes with more facility.
Evocation for one Twin Energy sets up the bench for Eternatus VMAX'S Dread End and Eternal Zone,and if the opponent has any GX and V in play,it can even set up stronger Evolution Pokèmon,and of course don't forget that Evocation is also good for Energy acceleration.
Eternatus has found a new friend!

I hope you like this card!