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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 first partner 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

SetSymbolJungle.png Jungle

SetSymbolFossil.png Fossil

SetSymbolBase Set 2.png Base Set 2

SetSymbolTeam Rocket.png Team Rocket

SetSymbolGym Heroes.png Gym Heroes

SetSymbolGym Challenge.png Gym Challenge

Thunderstorm Gift Box *

Generation II

Neo Series

SetSymbolNeo Genesis.png Neo Genesis

SetSymbolNeo Discovery.png Neo Discovery

SetSymbolNeo Revelation.png Neo Revelation

  • none

SetSymbolNeo Destiny.png Neo Destiny

Legendary Collection Series

SetSymbolLegendary Collection.png Legendary Collection

e-Card Series

SetSymbolExpedition.png Expedition Base Set

SetSymbolAquapolis.png Aquapolis

SetSymbolSkyridge.png Skyridge

Generation III

EX Series

SetSymbolRuby and Sapphire.png EX Ruby & Sapphire

SetSymbolSandstorm.png EX Sandstorm

SetSymbolDragon.png EX Dragon

SetSymbolTeam Magma vs Team Aqua.png EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua

SetSymbolHidden Legends.png EX Hidden Legends

SetSymbolFireRed and LeafGreen.png EX FireRed & LeafGreen

SetSymbolTeam Rocket Returns.png EX Team Rocket Returns

SetSymbolDeoxys.png EX Deoxys

SetSymbolEmerald.png EX Emerald

SetSymbolUnseen Forces.png EX Unseen Forces

SetSymbolDelta Species.png EX Delta Species

SetSymbolLegend Maker.png EX Legend Maker

SetSymbolHolon Phantoms.png EX Holon Phantoms

SetSymbolCrystal Guardians.png EX Crystal Guardians

SetSymbolDragon Frontiers.png EX Dragon Frontiers

SetSymbolPower Keepers.png EX Power Keepers

Generation IV

Diamond & Pearl Series

SetSymbolDiamond and Pearl.png Diamond & Pearl

SetSymbolMysterious Treasures.png Mysterious Treasures

SetSymbolSecret Wonders.png Secret Wonders

SetSymbolGreat Encounters.png Great Encounters

SetSymbolMajestic Dawn.png Majestic Dawn

SetSymbolLegends Awakened.png Legends Awakened

SetSymbolStormfront.png Stormfront

Platinum Series

SetSymbolPlatinum.png Platinum

SetSymbolRising Rivals.png Rising Rivals

SetSymbolSupreme Victors.png Supreme Victors

SetSymbolArceus.png Arceus

HeartGold & SoulSilver Series

SetSymbolHeartGold and SoulSilver.png HeartGold & SoulSilver

SetSymbolUnleashed.png Unleashed

SetSymbolUndaunted.png Undaunted

SetSymbolTriumphant.png Triumphant

Call of Legends Series

SetSymbolCall of Legends.png Call of Legends

Generation V

Black & White Series

SetSymbolBlack and White.png Black & White

SetSymbolEmerging Powers.png Emerging Powers

SetSymbolNoble Victories.png Noble Victories

SetSymbolNext Destinies.png Next Destinies

SetSymbolDark Explorers.png Dark Explorers

SetSymbolDragons Exalted.png Dragons Exalted

SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Boundaries Crossed

SetSymbolPlasma Storm.png Plasma Storm

SetSymbolPlasma Freeze.png Plasma Freeze

SetSymbolPlasma Blast.png Plasma Blast

SetSymbolLegendary Treasures.png Legendary Treasures

  • none

Generation VI

XY Series

SetSymbolKalos Starter Set.png Kalos Starter Set

SetSymbolXY.png XY

SetSymbolFlashfire.png Flashfire

SetSymbolFurious Fists.png Furious Fists

SetSymbolPhantom Forces.png Phantom Forces

SetSymbolPrimal Clash.png Primal Clash

SetSymbolRoaring Skies.png Roaring Skies

SetSymbolAncient Origins.png Ancient Origins

SetSymbolBREAKthrough.png BREAKthrough

SetSymbolBREAKpoint.png BREAKpoint

SetSymbolFates Collide.png Fates Collide

SetSymbolSteam Siege.png Steam Siege

SetSymbolEvolutions.png Evolutions

Generation VII

Sun & Moon Series

SetSymbolSun and Moon.png Sun & Moon

SetSymbolGuardians Rising.png Guardians Rising

SetSymbolBurning Shadows.png Burning Shadows

SetSymbolCrimson Invasion.png Crimson Invasion

SetSymbolUltra Prism.png Ultra Prism

SetSymbolForbidden Light.png Forbidden Light

SetSymbolCelestial Storm.png Celestial Storm

SetSymbolLost Thunder.png Lost Thunder

SetSymbolTeam Up.png Team Up

SetSymbolUnbroken Bonds.png Unbroken Bonds

SetSymbolUnified Minds.png Unified Minds

SetSymbolCosmic Eclipse.png Cosmic Eclipse

Generation VIII

Sword & Shield Series

SetSymbolSword and Shield.png Sword & Shield

SetSymbolRebel Clash.png Rebel Clash

SetSymbolDarkness Ablaze.png Darkness Ablaze

SetSymbolVivid Voltage.png Vivid Voltage

V Battle Decks

V Battle Deck logo.png (V Battle Decks replace set-related Theme Decks after Vivid Voltage)

Generation IX

ex Battle Decks

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

Legendary Battle Decks

Battle Arena 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

2022 World Championships

Japanese Decks and Kits

Japanese Standard Decks

Original era

SetSymbolGym Booster.png Gym Booster 1 - Leaders' Stadium

SetSymbolGym Booster.png 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

SetSymbolDragon Frontiers.png Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends

DP era

SetSymbolShining Darkness.png Shining Darkness

DPt era

SetSymbolAdvent of Arceus.png Advent of Arceus


SetSymbolReviving Legends.png Reviving Legends

BW era

SetSymbolPsycho Drive.png Psycho DriveSetSymbolHail Blizzard.png Hail Blizzard

SetSymbolPlasma Gale.png Plasma Gale

SetSymbolMegalo Cannon.png Megalo Cannon

XY era

Wild Blaze

Phantom Gate

Japanese Half Decks

Original era

SetSymbolGym Booster.png Challenge from the Darkness

Neo era

SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS

SetSymbolNeo Destiny.png Darkness, and to Light...

VS era

SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS

Web era

  • none

e-Card era

SetSymbolWind from the Sea.png Wind from the Sea

ADV era

SetSymbolDragon.png Rulers of the Heavens

SetSymbolTeam Magma vs Team Aqua.png Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions

SetSymbolHidden Legends.png Undone Seal

PCG era

SetSymbolDeoxys.png Clash of the Blue Sky

SetSymbolTeam Rocket Returns.png Rocket Gang Strikes Back

SetSymbolLegend Maker.png Mirage Forest

SetSymbolDelta Species.png Holon Research Tower

SetSymbolDragon Frontiers.png 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


HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

BW era

Black CollectionWhite Collection

SetSymbolPsycho Drive.png Psycho DriveSetSymbolHail Blizzard.png Hail Blizzard

Dragon BlastDragon Blade

SetSymbolPlasma Gale.png Plasma Gale

XY era

Collection XCollection Y

Japanese Starter Decks

Original era

Expansion Pack - Booster Pack

Neo era

SetSymbolNeo Genesis.png Gold, Silver, to a New World…

e-Card era

SetSymbolBase Expansion Pack.png e-Card 1

ADV era

SetSymbolRuby and Sapphire.png Expansion Pack

SetSymbolDragon.png Rulers of the Heavens

PCG era

SetSymbolTeam Rocket Returns.png Rocket Gang Strikes Back

Mirage Forest

SetSymbolFlight of Legends.png Flight of Legends

SetSymbolDeoxys.png Clash of the Blue Sky

Miracle Crystal

DP era

SetSymbolSpace-Time Creation.png Space-Time Creation


HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

Japanese Deck Kits

Original era

Leaders' Stadium

ADV era

SetSymbolTeam Magma vs Team Aqua.png Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions

PCG era

SetSymbolTeam Rocket Returns.png Rocket Gang Strikes Back

Mirage Forest

DP era

SetSymbolSpace-Time Creation.png 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


HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection

BW era

Dragon BlastDragon Blade

SetSymbolMegalo Cannon.png Megalo Cannon

See also

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

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