Established in late January 2004, the Pokemon Daisuki Club was a Japanese Pokemon fan club that encompassed the video games, anime, TCG, and all aspects of the Pokemon franchise. For many years, it existed alongside the Pokemon Card Game Players (PCGP) Club, which was a membership club specifically for players of the Pokemon TCG established in 2003.
The Pokemon Daisuki Club still persists to this day, though it no long distributes exclusive promo cards.
Registration for the Pokemon Daisuki Club was done online, and had an annual fee. Prior to 2008, players could also register via physical mail.
Club members would receive a membership card in the mail after registering, which contained their member number used for events.
Prior to 2008, Daisuki club membership cards could be registered and earned through different means. They could also be upgraded by participating in various activities, such as those in the Shogakukan magazines.
Unlike these older cards, the 2008 and onward membership cards would not upgrade themselves, but players would be able to earn ranks via the Action Point (AP) system.
Upon registration in mid-2008, Daisuki Club members would receive a cardboard pamphlet with a sealed back of 3 promo cards. These 3 cards were the Magnezone, Dusknoir, and Pikachu given out in the cancelled Battle Road 2008 Spring tournaments.
Pokemon Card Game First Classroom 2005
In the summer of 2005, the Pokemon Daisuki Club launched a series of online quizzes via the Daisuki Club’s website, known as the “Pokemon Card Game First Classroom”. There were 8 quizzes in total, and they were about rules, battle strategy, and deckbuilding.
Between July 1 – August 1, 2005, if a club member answered all 8 quizzes correctly, they would be entered into a lottery to win one of 10,000 copies of a Pokemon Fan Club promo card.
Since the quizzes all allowed multiple attempts, this wasn’t too difficult. Winners would receive their prizes via mail, affixed to a small cardboard insert.
Action Point System
When the Players Club was eventually sunset near the end of 2007, the Pokemon Daisuki Club would take over distribution of exclusive promos for Pokemon TCG players. This would be done via system known as “Action Points”, which were similar to the Players Club’s EXP system.
The Action Point System would eventually be discontinued on August 31, 2010, and would end a decade-long tradition of membership club promos.
Similar to the Player’s Club’s EXP system, players would earn Action Points (AP) by participating in tournaments, playing at their local stores, contests, quizzes, and other activities.
While it’s unknown the exact amounts of AP that was earned from each activity, it is known that playing at official tournaments like the Battle Road events or at Official Gym stores would earn AP.
Additionally, there were certain products that could be purchased, such as the Leafeon vs. Metagross Expert Deck. This preconstructed deck game with a CD players could use to play the first version of the Pokemon TCG Online, known as “Pokemon Card Game Network”, and if the player registered their Daisuki Club account with it, they would received 1000 AP.
Action Point Rewards
Players who accrued enough AP would acquire new ranks, with rewards at each rank. They would then receive these rewards via mail.
Because the Daisuki Club’s AP system started in 2008, a few of the promos it distributed caught the tail-end of the DPt-P promos. Since DPt-P promos were discontinued with the launch of the Pokemon TCG LEGEND’s L-P promos, there was a very limited time to accrue enough AP for the DPt-P promos. During 2008, the AP system only went up to Super Rank.
Below are the ranks and the points required for each. Normal – Silver ranks did not have TCG prizes, and instead distributed “Trainer Items” like notebooks, stickers, and other merchandise
|Rank||AP required||DPt-P promo||L-P Promo|
|Gold||1200||Pikachu (016/DPt-P)||Pikachu (019/L-P)|
|Master||8600||Master’s Scroll (055/L-P)|
Due to there being less than a year to accrue AP before the Daisuki club, the DPt-P version of Pikachu, Darkrai, and Cresselia are far more rare than their L-P counterparts. The Super Rank prizes of Darkrai and Cresselia in particular are exceedingly rare since they required a lot of AP during a year when the main AP distribution event (Battle Road 2008) was cancelled due to a bomb threat.
At 1200 AP, the gold rank was the first rank that awarded Daisuki Club members with a special promo card. During 2008, players were rewarded with a Pikachu Promo, which was also packaged with a non-promo Upper Energy card from the Japanese Bonds to the End of Time (released as Rising Rivals in English).
If players reached Gold Rank in 2009 or later, they would receive the L-P version of the Pikachu promo, which was bundled together with a promo L-P lightning energy, also given away in the 2009 Gym Challenge events. The cardboard pamphlet was exactly the same.
At 3200 AP, the Super Rank prize featured 2 exclusive promos: Darkrai and Cresselia. This was the highest rank reward for Daisuki club members in 2008. Due to the difficulty in getting to 3200 AP before the DPt-P promos stopped being distributed, these 2 cards are the rarest promos in the Daisuki Club promo series, with far fewer copies being graded by PSA than even the more well-known top-rank Master’s Scroll promo.
Players who reached Super Rank in 2009 and onwards would receive the L-P version of these promos. The sealed card packet would also include the cosmos holofoil Psychic and Dark basic Energies from the 2009 Gym Challenge events.
Added in 2009, the Hyper Rank introduced a new rank for Daisuki Club members who reached 5200 AP. These members would receive an exclusive Raichu Prime promo card. Included with this was the same L-P promo Lightning Energy that had shipped with the Gold Rank Pikachu promo.
Daisuki club members would reach the Special Rank at 7200 AP. Unlike the other 3 higher ranks (Super, Hyper, and Master), this rank was not named after one of the in game Poke Balls (they were called Super Ball, Hyper Ball, and Master Ball in the Japanese video games).
Members who reached this rank received exclusive Espeon Prime and Umbreon promo cards, as well as the cosmos holofoil Psychic and Dark basic Energies from the 2009 Gym Challenge events, which were identical to the Super Rank’s reward.
The final and highest Master Rank was achieved at 8600 AP. Members who reached this rank would receive the exclusive Master’s Scroll promo card. Unlike the previous promo cards, this card was sealed by itself, and didn’t include other cards in the pack.
AP System Discontinuation
In June 2010, it was announced that the Action Point system was terminated on August 31, 2010. Members who had reached Silver Rank or higher received rewarded corresponding to one rank above their current rank.
This meant Gold Rank members would receive the Hyper Rank reward, Hyper Rank would receive the Special Rank rewards, and Special Rank members would receive the Master Rank reward.
Below is the full text of the announcement from the Daisuki Club website:
◎PCGアクションポイントのプレゼント（賞品）の応募と発送についてDaisuki Club termination announcement
[To all Pokemon Daisuki Club members]
Notice of the end of the Pokemon Daisuki Club Card
June 21, 2010 (Monday) Pokemon Co., Ltd.
Thank you for using the “Pokemon Daisuki Club Card”.
The service of “Pokemon Daisuki Club Card” will be terminated on August 31, 2010 (Tuesday) . We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has patronized us so far.
We’re really thankful to you.
“Pokemon Daisuki Club Card” will be discontinued. The “Pokemon Card Game Network” will be temporarily suspended on September 10, 2010 (Friday) , and will be renewed from the fall of 2010 on the “Pokemon Daisuki Club” homepage for development. In addition, we plan to provide a service for Pokemon card game fans to enjoy Pokemon card games from the fall of 2010.
Regarding the PCG action points that have been earned so far, the points up to August 31 (Tuesday) will be valid, and a prize that is one rank higher than the achievement rank will be presented.
(Presents will be sent to those who have reached the silver rank or higher)
“Pokemon Daisuki Club” will make a new effort to provide services that will make members love Pokemon even more. We hope that you will continue to enjoy the “Pokemon Daisuki Club”.
◎ About application and shipping of PCG action point gifts (prize)Translated announcement
■ If you apply for the PCG Action Point gift until August 31, 2010 (Tuesday), the specified gift will be delivered by September 30, 2010 (Thursday).
■ Even if you do not apply for a gift, you will be sent a gift that is one rank higher than the one you reached to the address registered, including gifts of a rank that you have not reached. It will be delivered by Friday, October 15, 2010.
■ Gifts that can be received from PCs and mobile phones, such as trainer items and mobile phone waiters, will be given up to the achieved rank.
Receipt will end on August 31, 2010 (Tuesday).