Starter Deck (TCG)

If you were looking for the starter deck in the video game Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!, see Starter Deck (GB2).
Package art
Expansion Expansion Pack
Release date October 20, 1996
Types used Random
Coin SP Silver Chansey Coin.png

The Starter Deck (Japanese: 第1弾スターターパック Series 1 Starter Pack) is a Japanese-exclusive introductory Starter Deck that was released alongside the first Expansion Pack of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


This Starter Deck is unusual as it contains a random assortment of cards, whereas regular Standard Decks contain the same pre-selected cards. This trend has been used in Japan with every first expansion in a new Generation and during transitional eras. Exceptions to this include Generation III, where it was implemented in part via half decks alongside Flight of Legends; and Generation V, where it was not implemented at all.

This deck is similar to English releases such as the 2-Player Starter Set and 2-Player CD-ROM Starter Set, designed to introduce players to the TCG.

Like others, the Starter Deck also includes a rulebook, damage counters, a custom coin, and card list.

Full Image Deck



Unlike the majority of cards found in decks in Japan, these cards have Rarity symbols.

Deck list

Starter Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
Random holographic rare card
Random rare card
Random uncommon cards
Random common cards 20×
Grass Energy   E
Fire Energy   E
Water Energy   E
Lightning Energy   E
Psychic Energy   E
Fighting Energy   E

  This article is part of Project TCG, a Bulbapedia project that aims to report on every aspect of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Pokémon Demo GameTrainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Pikachu World Collection 2000
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack