Theme Deck (TCG)

A Theme Deck, previously known as a Preconstructed Theme Deck, is a playing deck of Pokémon Trading Card Game cards sold pre-packaged alongside mainstream card sets. Most theme decks are designed with a specific strategy (such as Special Conditions) or theme (such as starter Pokémon) in mind.

Theme decks are mostly seen only alongside English-language releases and are seldom released in Japan, released only alongside debut sets such as Base Set and Neo Genesis, as well as alongside the original Gym sets. The vast majority of Japanese decks released are Half Decks and are released alongside almost all sets.

For English-language set releases, most expansions are assigned two theme decks affiliated with the set, with the next most common number being three theme decks for releases such as EX Crystal Guardians, Diamond & Pearl, Great Encounters, HeartGold & SoulSilver, Black & White, Kalos Starter Set, Sun & Moon and Sword & Shield. Only two sets have included four theme decks so far (Gym Heroes and Gym Challenge), and only two sets have included more five theme decks (Base Set and Base Set 2). Only two mainstream sets have included no theme decks (Neo Revelation, and Legendary Treasures).

In addition, there are Online-exclusive Theme decks for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

English/Global Theme Decks

Generation I

Original Series

Base Set

  Jungle

  Fossil

  Base Set 2

  Team Rocket

  Gym Heroes

  Gym Challenge

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Generation II

Neo Series

  Neo Genesis

  Neo Discovery

  Neo Revelation

  • none

  Neo Destiny

Legendary Collection Series

  Legendary Collection

e-Card Series

  Expedition Base Set

  Aquapolis

  Skyridge


Generation III

EX Series

  EX Ruby & Sapphire

  EX Sandstorm

  EX Dragon

  EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua

  EX Hidden Legends

  EX FireRed & LeafGreen

  EX Team Rocket Returns

  EX Deoxys

  EX Emerald

  EX Unseen Forces

  EX Delta Species

  EX Legend Maker

  EX Holon Phantoms

  EX Crystal Guardians

  EX Dragon Frontiers

  EX Power Keepers


Generation IV

Diamond & Pearl Series

  Diamond & Pearl

  Mysterious Treasures

  Secret Wonders

  Great Encounters

  Majestic Dawn

  Legends Awakened

  Stormfront

Platinum Series

  Platinum

  Rising Rivals

  Supreme Victors

  Arceus

HeartGold & SoulSilver Series

  HeartGold & SoulSilver

  Unleashed

  Undaunted

  Triumphant

Call of Legends Series

  Call of Legends


Generation V

Black & White Series

  Black & White

  Emerging Powers

  Noble Victories

  Next Destinies

  Dark Explorers

  Dragons Exalted

  Boundaries Crossed

  Plasma Storm

  Plasma Freeze

  Plasma Blast

  Legendary Treasures

  • none


Generation VI

XY Series

  Kalos Starter Set

  XY

  Flashfire

  Furious Fists

  Phantom Forces

  Primal Clash

  Roaring Skies

  Ancient Origins

XY BREAK Series

  BREAKthrough

  BREAKpoint

  Fates Collide

  Steam Siege

  Evolutions


Generation VII

Sun & Moon Series

  Sun & Moon

  Guardians Rising

  Burning Shadows

  Crimson Invasion

  Ultra Prism

  Forbidden Light

  Celestial Storm

  Lost Thunder

  Team Up

  Unbroken Bonds

  Unified Minds

  Cosmic Eclipse


Generation VIII

Sword & Shield Series

  Sword & Shield

  Rebel Clash

  Darkness Ablaze

  Vivid Voltage

V Battle Decks

  (V Battle Decks replace set-related Theme Decks after Vivid Voltage)

Special Theme Decks

Online Exclusive Theme Decks

Main article: List of Pokémon Trading Card Game Online decks

Color Decks

Other Decks

Trainer Kits

Main article: Trainer Kit

EX Master Trainer Decks

Epic Collection Decks

Let's Play Decks

League Battle Decks

World Championships Decks

Main article: World Championships Deck (TCG)

2004 World Championships

2005 World Championships

2006 World Championships

2007 World Championships

2008 World Championships

2009 World Championships

2010 World Championships

2011 World Championships

2012 World Championships

2013 World Championships

2014 World Championships

2015 World Championships

2016 World Championships

2017 World Championships

2018 World Championships

2019 World Championships


Japanese Decks and Kits

Japanese Standard Decks

Original era

  Gym Booster 1 - Leaders' Stadium

  Gym Booster 2 - Challenge from the Darkness

Neo era

  • none

VS era

  • none

Web era

  • none

e-Card era

  • none

ADV era

  • none

PCG era

  Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends

DP era

  Shining Darkness

DPt era

  Advent of Arceus

LEGEND era

  Reviving Legends

BW era

  Psycho Drive  Hail Blizzard

20px Plasma Gale

  Megalo Cannon

XY era

Wild Blaze

Phantom Gate

Japanese Half Decks

Original era

  Challenge from the Darkness

Neo era

  Pokémon VS

  Darkness, and to Light...

VS era

  Pokémon VS

Web era

  • none

e-Card era

  Wind from the Sea

ADV era

  Rulers of the Heavens

  Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions

  Undone Seal

PCG era

  Clash of the Blue Sky

  Rocket Gang Strikes Back

  Mirage Forest

  Holon Research Tower

  Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends

DP era

Secret of the Lakes

DPt era

Galactic's Conquest

Beat of the Frontier

Advent of Arceus

LEGEND era

HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

BW era

Black CollectionWhite Collection

  Psycho Drive  Hail Blizzard

Dragon BlastDragon Blade

20px Plasma Gale

XY era

Collection XCollection Y


Japanese Starter Decks

Original era

Expansion Pack - Booster Pack

Neo era

  Gold, Silver, to a New World…

e-Card era

  e-Card 1

ADV era

  Expansion Pack

  Rulers of the Heavens

PCG era

  Rocket Gang Strikes Back

Mirage Forest

  Flight of Legends

  Clash of the Blue Sky

Miracle Crystal

DP era

  Space-Time Creation

LEGEND era

HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

Japanese Deck Kits

Original era

Leaders' Stadium

ADV era

  Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions

PCG era

  Rocket Gang Strikes Back

Mirage Forest

DP era

  Moonlit PursuitDawn Dash

Cry from the MysteriousTemple of Anger

Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky

DPt era

Galactic's Conquest

Bonds to the End of Time

Beat of the Frontier

LEGEND era

HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

BW era

Dragon BlastDragon Blade

  Megalo Cannon

See also



Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise
See also:
Booster pack
Theme Deck
Half Deck



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