what is the registration process for a trainer card like?
(Cont. from this post!)
The Trainer Card exists to keep young trainers safe, let trainers enter the pokemon league, record the trainer ID number and more!
The registration process can begin at differing ages depending on the region. For example, the registration age in Kanto is younger because the routes are very safe, whereas Unovan trainers start a lot older.
When you are old enough, you can take your trainer test. It’s similar to the driving test. This is just to prove that you can handle yourself and pokemon out in the wild, as well as catch them responsibly.
They also need a record of any health issues, how you are getting your starting pokemon and more.
You can do this at a Pokemon Lab, Pokemon Gym or Pokemon Center.
Then they take your picture and you get your card and ID number! In some regions this comes with the badge case! Also, if you did this process with a pokemon professor, you may also receive a pokedex.
The card allows youth to travel unattended and catch pokemon along League-approved routes (Like the ones in the games). You’ll need supervision or permission to go off these routes/areas, for your own safety and to protect rare pokemon populations. Until you reach a certain age, that is, then it’s free game! Again, that age varies by region.
Also there is no age limit, a 50-year-old could still take the test.
It also allows you to buy pokeballs in bulk (Something usually restricted for the sake of pokemon populations and to prevent hoarders), receive boarding at pokemon centers and more.
There’s only a small fee, pretty much just to cover the cost of making the card. Trainers are considered important to pokemon society. Not only are they part of tradition (with the pokemon journey often seen as a coming of age), but trainers are seen as helpers and ambassadors to the pokemon world.
Trainers are expected to help others, and provide aid when pokemon-related trouble is stirring (For example, finding lost pokemon or calming wild ones). In exchange, people welcome trainers into their homes, and often give gifts. This is an ancient exchange, from even before the establishment of the pokemon league.
(For more about trainers, click here!)