Contest May 2022 CaC: On-Drop Effects (Sign-ups Open!)


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Welcome to the May 2022 round of the Create-a-Card!

This month’s theme is On-Drop Effects.

Pokémon that do something as soon as you play them down: they’ve been a staple of the game for years. In recent times, they’ve grown in importance as games have tended toward longer turns, facilitating the kind of complex plays that only come from being able to use multiple Abilities at once before even attacking.

Some of their names have passed into infamy — Tapu Lele-GX, Shiftry NXD, Uxie LA. In more recent times, we’ve seen the likes of Inteleon SSH, Galarian Moltres EVS, and Galarian Zigzagoon SSH play integral roles in their own Standard format. There’s a great deal of history here, but also a lot of new design space out there to explore.

For this round of the competition, you’ll design a card with at least one effect that activates when the Pokémon comes into play — this can be upon Benching it, if it’s a Basic; or upon evolving into it, if it’s a higher Stage. We expect many of these effects will be in the form of Abilities, Poké-Powers, or the like, but don’t let that stop you if your creativity takes you in another direction!


  • To sign up, you must reply to the thread below by May 8th at 11:59 pm EST, specifying whether you’re in for the text-based or image-based category. A post like “In for text!” or “In for image!” is sufficient. As a test run, this month you may enter both categories if you choose. Simply specify that in your post.
  • 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, 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 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. 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:

    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 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 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 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! @Jabberwock will be judging image-based, and @PMJ will be judging text-based.

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 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 Nekoban Ryo, who continually 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 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 Faking 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.

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

Anticipated Entrants

  1. @PMJ
  2. @Mick-773
  3. @doofisconfused
  4. @AlphaLad
  5. @Alolan Teddiursa
  6. @Holy Star
  7. @Kaleidophoenix
  8. @ggDerpyDerp
  9. @SleepyBoi
  10. @EM-isthmus
  11. This could be you!

  1. @I Like Shorts
  2. @Falling Skies
  3. @LazyEgg
  4. @Kaleidophoenix
  5. @EM-isthmus
  6. This could be you!

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

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Credit goes to @Nekoban Ryo and @Jabberwock for the banner.
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In for image.


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As a test run for this month, you can now enter both categories, if you so choose.

I Like Shorts

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Here's my angelic entry.

Radiant Togekiss HP: 90 [C]
Radiant Pokémon Rule: You can’t have more than 1 Radiant Pokémon in your deck.

Ability: Angelic Smite
When you play this Pokémon from your hand onto your Bench during your turn, you may put 1 damage counter on each of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon for each card in your opponent’s discard pile.

[C][C] Judgement Blades 30x
This attack does 30 damage for each Pokémon in your opponent’s discard pile.

Weakness: [L] x2
Resistance: [F] -30

It shares many blessings with people who respect one another's rights and avoid needless strife.

I really wanted to make an angelic Pokémon card and Togekiss seemed like the perfect option. I remembered to put the rule in this time instead of missing it out like I did with my prism star last CaC. Angelic smite may be a pretty OP ability but the fact that you can only have 1 Radiant Togekiss kind of balances it out even though you would probably only run one copy anyway. Also yes, I know that the sprite isn't shiny but I couldn't find a sprite that wasn't a fan made recolour and that wasn't just a web page file. The attack is okay and can do a decent amount of damage if you get a couple of knockouts and the game isn't over if your main attacker is dead and you have to bring this out but it would be game over if you have to bring out a Crobat V or something like that. Overall, it isn't a bad card except for the 90 HP. The weakness to lightning isn't bad because Jolteon VMAX is being less used and the resistance to fighting isn't gonna do much except for cancel out most of the extra damage from Single Strike Urshifu VMAX's single strike energies. Free retreat is handy tho.
Crobat V DAA 104 - When you play this Pokémon from your hand onto your Bench during your turn,
Koffing CEC 76 - you may put 1 damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokémon.
Polteageist DAA 83 - discard pile
Togekiss V VIV 140 - Weakness: [L] x2 Resistance: [F] -30

I also tested out Falling Skies' layout and I think it is really good so thanks:)


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Not trying to make it a habit of signing up and not getting an entry in, but I'll sign up for both categories.
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