The National Pokédex Beginning Set is a very similar release to the earlier Beginning Set Deck Kit: both have three Half Decks based on the Generation V starters Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott; both also contain the same assortment of game essentials. This release deviates from the Beginning Set by, as the name suggests, containing Pokémon from all generations. Each Half Deck shares a collective numbering system and set symbol. The Half Decks are further identified by featuring colored silhouettes of the appropriate starter Pokémon. The Holofoil cards use the bubble foil pattern previously used on cards from the Beginning Set. In addition to the Half Decks, each set contains damage counters, a custom coin, and playmat, as well as how to play DVDs and manuals.