Contest March 2024 CaC: Kalos Pokédex (Stay Tuned for Results!)


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Welcome to the March 2024 round of the Create-a-Card! This month’s theme is Kalos Pokédex.

I fully expected to be running a Black & White–focused theme right about now. However, with the announcement of Pokémon Legends: Z–A last week, it seems Game Freak has other plans — we’re making a return to Kalos!

This month, we want to see you revisit Kalos through the lens of any Kalosian Pokémon you like. This means any Pokémon in the Kalos Pokédex, including those released before Gen 6. Of course, one interpretation of this theme is to simply pick a Pokémon from the list and be done with it. But don’t sleep on the Creativity component of the contest — themes like this give you plenty of room to try out new things!

Let us know here or on the Custom Card Community Discord if you have any questions. Let your imagination run wild!


  • To sign up, reply to the thread below, specifying which category you wish to enter. A post like “In for text!” or “In for image!” is sufficient. You may enter both categories if you wish.
  • You may register with a partner and work together on the same cards. 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! PokeBeach has many card blanks and guides available for use, and we have a vibrant Discord community willing to help with any questions you might have.


  1. Creativity/Originality
    We’re all tired of effectless attacks! Without images, part of the intrigue with text-based cards is the creativity of their effects. Let’s see something cool and new!
    Total: 20 points
  2. Wording
    Proper wording is key in designing any custom card. As official wording has changed many times over the years, try to ensure wording is correct for the era of card you choose. 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 for a Pokémon:

    Pokémon – Type – HP50
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Pokémon

    NO. 000 [Name] Pokémon HT: 1’11” WT: 111.1 lbs.

    Ability: Name
    Ability Effect

    [R][C] Attack 20
    Attack Effect

    Weakness: Fire (x2)
    Resistance: Psychic (-20)
    Retreat: [C] [C] [C]
    Flavor Text

    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 Weakness and Resistance, 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 a custom card’s realism. 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 Weakness and Resistance, Pokédex information, ballpark HP, and so on will be taken into consideration.
    Total: 15 points
  3. Wording
    Proper wording is key in designing any custom 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 custom cards — 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! @Jabberwock will be judging image-based, and @PMJ will be judging text-based.

General Rules

  • For those entering image-based, you must include one of the the following symbols on your card for it to be accepted: [2017-on symbol by Nekoban Ryo] [SV-on symbol by Jabberwock]. 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 a deduction of 2 points from your overall score. 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 sign up but fail to submit a card by the deadline, if the category is full, will automatically lose 2 points for the next round (similar to losing 2 points for the current round for editing). If the category 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 avoid 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.
  • The judges do not give feedback on entries before they are posted. However, you’re encouraged to seek out help from other members of the community! The forums are an acceptable place for this, but you may be able to get faster feedback in the Custom Card Community Discord server here.
  • 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.
  • Winning entries may be posted to the Custom Card Community’s social media accounts, with context and credit to the card creator(s). [Facebook][Twitter][Instagram][Tumblr]

Deadline: March 31st (Sun.) 11:59 pm EST
Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

Anticipated Entrants

  1. @doofisconfused
  2. @Faris
  3. @Will Mcsus
  4. @Pone
  5. @Nyan
  6. @Nemes
  7. @Mr. Melon
  8. @Kavross
  9. @Diego_Brando
  10. @Midarlarsupl
  11. This could be you!

  1. @doofisconfused
  2. @Qman400
  3. @LightningSpence836
  4. @Falling Skies
  5. @JR TCG23
  6. @Midarlarsupl
  7. @Anime Psyclone
  8. @Jaxolotl
  9. This could be you!

Extra Avocado:
  1. @Midarlarsupl

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.
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Oh, man! You have no ideia how happy I am for this CaC! Kalos is my favorite region! I'll join for image
Regarding the symbol for the Create-a-Card (CAC-EN), I think you will need to reupload it as it says the image is no longer available. I will put the said symbol below:
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