V Starter Decks (TCG)

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Collective box art
Release date July 10, 2020

The V Starter Decks (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ V Start Decks) are a set of Japanese-exclusive Standard Decks for the Pokémon Trading Card Game released on July 10, 2020.


A set of nine GX Starter Decks were released during the Sun & Moon Era aimed at introducing people to the TCG. Following the popularity of these products, another set of nine 60-card decks were released in the Sword & Shield Era, focusing on a particular Pokémon V and a selection of Pokémon associated with its type. These decks include:

Grass Venusaur V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ草フシギバナ)
Fire Incineroar V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ炎ガオガエン)
Water Wailord V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ水ホエルオー)
Lightning Pikachu V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ雷ピカチュウ)
Psychic Mew V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ超ミュウ)
Fighting Lucario V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ闘ルカリオ)
Darkness Galarian Slowbro V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ悪ガラルヤドラン)
Metal Duraludon V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ鋼ジュラルドン)
Colorless Eevee V Deck (Japanese: Vスタートデッキ無色イーブイ)

Each deck contains a fixed selection of cards, which together form a numbered master set. These cards consist mostly of reprints from prior Sword & Shield Era expansions and subsets, as well as some Trainer cards from the Sun & Moon Era, which retain their original layout. Unlike the GX Starter Decks however, each V Starter Deck includes a handful of new cards, including the focal Pokémon V. Each deck also comes packaged with a cardboard sheet containing 31 damage counters and a pair of Special Condition markers, plus a card detailing set-up rules with a QR code for the official Pokémon Card Game website. All cards are Non Holofoil.

The V Starter Decks had a similar marketing push to their predecessors, becoming the focus of purchase campaigns and Limited format battles offering exclusive promotional cards. They were also sold at the same price point of ¥500 plus tax. Details of these purchase campaigns are as follows:

  • Select retailers gave away a playmat and coin set with the purchase of any two V Starter Decks in a single transaction. The playmat depicts renders of the nine Pokémon featured as Pokémon V in the decks and the coin features Eevee. Nine varieties of the Eevee coin were available, representing the types of the V Starter Decks.
  • Participating Denny's restaurants gave away special items between July 10 and August 31, 2020 when ordering either an omelet rice & hamburger plate from the adult menu or a fried shrimp curry from the children's menu. From the start of the campaign, customers could receive either a black or pink A5 clear file featuring the Pokémon V renders. From August 1, customers could also receive a Denny's Select Card Pack, which contained one of five cards sourced from the V Starter Sets: Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble, Pikachu, or Morpeko.
  • Special Pokémon Lotte Candy Assortment bags were sold from July 14, 2020 at participating retailers that came packaged with one of four V Starter Decks (Fire, Lightning, Psychic, or Colorless), an exclusive Pikachu coin, a pack of Pokémon Wafer Choco, a pack of Koala's March Choco, and a pack of Koala's March Strawberry.
  • Participating FamilyMart stores ran two campaigns between July 14 and August 3, 2020, one of which was the V Starter Deck Campaign. People could enter lotteries by sending FamilyMart receipts of one or more eligible products worth at least ¥500 to the competition headquarters via post. The lottery for Prize A required two receipts to enter and offered a set of all nine V Starter Decks. The lottery for Prize B required one receipt to enter and offered a ¥500 pre-paid FamilyMart gift card and an Original Zipper Bag featuring an image of a Galarian Slowbro V card. Prize A was given to 10 winners; Prize B was given to 100. All entries were required to be postmarked no later than August 7 to be entered into a lottery. The other campaign was the Original Zipper Bag Campaign, in which people could select a free Original Zipper Bag featuring a Pokémon V card with the purchase of at least three eligible products in one transaction. The bags available from July 14 were Pikachu, Mew, Incineroar, and Duraludon. Eevee, Lucario, Venusaur, and Wailord bags were available to select from July 28.

Set list

V Starter Decks
No. Mark Card name Type
001/127 D Venusaur    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
002/127 D Weedle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
003/127 D Kakuna   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
004/127 D Beedrill   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
005/127 D Heracross   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
006/127 D Snover   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
007/127 D Abomasnow   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
008/127 D Gossifleur   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
009/127 D Eldegoss   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
010/127 D Vulpix   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
011/127 D Ninetales   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
012/127 C Ponyta   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
013/127 C Rapidash   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
014/127 C Entei   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
015/127 D Incineroar    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
016/127 D Scorbunny   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
017/127 D Sizzlipede   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
018/127 D Centiskorch   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
019/127 D Krabby   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
020/127 D Wingull   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
021/127 D Pelipper   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
022/127 D Carvanha   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
023/127 D Sharpedo   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
024/127 D Wailord    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
025/127 D Chewtle   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
026/127 D Drednaw   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
027/127 D Cramorant   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
028/127 D Pikachu    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
029/127 D Electabuzz   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
030/127 D Mareep   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
031/127 D Flaaffy   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
032/127 D Ampharos   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
033/127 D Helioptile   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
034/127 D Heliolisk   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
035/127 D Yamper   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
036/127 D Boltund   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
037/127 D Pincurchin   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
038/127 D Mew    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
039/127 D Natu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
040/127 D Xatu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
041/127 D Snubbull   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
042/127 D Granbull   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
043/127 D Galarian Corsola   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
044/127 D Hatenna   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
045/127 D Hattrem   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
046/127 D Hatterene   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
047/127 D Indeedee   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
048/127 C Hitmonchan   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
049/127 C Groudon   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
050/127 D Lucario    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
051/127 C Pancham   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
052/127 C Pangoro   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
053/127 D Rockruff   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
054/127 D Lycanroc   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
055/127 D Silicobra   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
056/127 D Sandaconda   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
057/127 D Ekans   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
058/127 D Arbok   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
059/127 D Galarian Slowbro    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
060/127 D Grimer   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
061/127 D Skorupi   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
062/127 D Drapion   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
063/127 D Trubbish   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
064/127 D Impidimp   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
065/127 D Morgrem   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
066/127 D Grimmsnarl   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
067/127 D Mawile   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
068/127 D Meltan   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
069/127 D Melmetal   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
070/127 D Corviknight   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
071/127 D Cufant   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
072/127 D Copperajah   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
073/127 D Duraludon    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
074/127 C Tauros   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
075/127 D Eevee    [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
076/127 C Teddiursa   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
077/127 C Ursaring   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
078/127 D Swablu   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
079/127 D Altaria   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
080/127 C Zangoose   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
081/127 D Rookidee   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
082/127 D Corvisquire   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
083/127 D Wooloo   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
084/127 D Dubwool   [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
085/127 D Energy Switch I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
086/127 D Energy Search I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
087/127 D Potion I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
088/127 D Quick Ball I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
089/127 D Crushing Hammer I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
090/127 D Evolution Incense I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
091/127 D Great Ball I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
092/127 D Capacious Bucket I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
093/127 D Tool Scrapper I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
094/127 D Pal Pad I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
095/127 D Rare Candy I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
096/127 D Pokégear 3.0 I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
097/127 D Switch I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
098/127 D Pokémon Catcher I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
099/127 D Metal Saucer I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
100/127 C Reset Stamp I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
101/127 D Rotom Bike I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
102/127 D Big Charm I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
103/127 D Vitality Band I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
104/127 D Lucky Egg I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
105/127 D Air Balloon I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
106/127 D Burning Scarf I [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
107/127 D Team Yell Grunt Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
108/127 C Erika's Hospitality Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
109/127 D Oleana Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
110/127 C Misty's Determination Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
111/127 D Dan Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
112/127 C Sabrina's Suggestion Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
113/127 D Professor's Research Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
114/127 D Bede Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
115/127 D Poké Kid Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
116/127 D Pokémon Center Lady Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
117/127 D Hop Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
118/127 C Bill's Analysis Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
119/127 C Lt. Surge's Strategy Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
120/127 D Marnie Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
121/127 C Rosa Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
122/127 C Welder Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
123/127 C Red's Challenge Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
124/127 C Roller Skater Su [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
125/127 C Martial Arts Dojo St [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
126/127 D Turffield Stadium St [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion
127/127 D Twin Energy   E [[Image:Rarity_.png|]] Promotion

Deck lists

Grass Venusaur V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
001/127 Venusaur   
002/127 Weedle  
003/127 Kakuna  
004/127 Beedrill  
005/127 Heracross  
006/127 Snover  
007/127 Abomasnow  
008/127 Gossifleur  
009/127 Eldegoss  
087/127 Potion I
091/127 Great Ball I
095/127 Rare Candy I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
102/127 Big Charm I
108/127 Erika's Hospitality Su
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
126/127 Turffield Stadium St
Grass Energy   E 20×

Fire Incineroar V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
010/127 Vulpix  
011/127 Ninetales  
012/127 Ponyta  
013/127 Rapidash  
014/127 Entei  
015/127 Incineroar   
016/127 Scorbunny  
017/127 Sizzlipede  
018/127 Centiskorch  
086/127 Energy Search I
089/127 Crushing Hammer I
091/127 Great Ball I
094/127 Pal Pad I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
106/127 Burning Scarf I
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
122/127 Welder Su
Fire Energy   E 20×

Water Wailord V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
019/127 Krabby  
020/127 Wingull  
021/127 Pelipper  
022/127 Carvanha  
023/127 Sharpedo  
024/127 Wailord   
025/127 Chewtle  
026/127 Drednaw  
027/127 Cramorant  
089/127 Crushing Hammer I
091/127 Great Ball I
092/127 Capacious Bucket I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
102/127 Big Charm I
110/127 Misty's Determination Su
113/127 Professor's Research Su
114/127 Bede Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
Water Energy   E 20×

Lightning Pikachu V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
028/127 Pikachu   
029/127 Electabuzz  
030/127 Mareep  
031/127 Flaaffy  
032/127 Ampharos  
033/127 Helioptile  
034/127 Heliolisk  
035/127 Yamper  
036/127 Boltund  
037/127 Pincurchin  
088/127 Quick Ball I
091/127 Great Ball I
095/127 Rare Candy I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
101/127 Rotom Bike I
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
119/127 Lt. Surge's Strategy Su
120/127 Marnie Su
123/127 Red's Challenge Su
Lightning Energy   E 20×

Psychic Mew V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
038/127 Mew   
039/127 Natu  
040/127 Xatu  
041/127 Snubbull  
042/127 Granbull  
043/127 Galarian Corsola  
044/127 Hatenna  
045/127 Hattrem  
046/127 Hatterene  
047/127 Indeedee  
085/127 Energy Switch I
090/127 Evolution Incense I
091/127 Great Ball I
095/127 Rare Candy I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
105/127 Air Balloon I
112/127 Sabrina's Suggestion Su
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
Psychic Energy   E 20×

Fighting Lucario V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
048/127 Hitmonchan  
049/127 Groudon  
050/127 Lucario   
051/127 Pancham  
052/127 Pangoro  
053/127 Rockruff  
054/127 Lycanroc  
055/127 Silicobra  
056/127 Sandaconda  
088/127 Quick Ball I
091/127 Great Ball I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
100/127 Reset Stamp I
104/127 Lucky Egg I
111/127 Dan Su
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
125/127 Martial Arts Dojo St
Fighting Energy   E 20×

Darkness Galarian Slowbro V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
057/127 Ekans  
058/127 Arbok  
059/127 Galarian Slowbro   
060/127 Grimer  
061/127 Skorupi  
062/127 Drapion  
063/127 Trubbish  
064/127 Impidimp  
065/127 Morgrem  
066/127 Grimmsnarl  
090/127 Evolution Incense I
091/127 Great Ball I
093/127 Tool Scrapper I
095/127 Rare Candy I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
107/127 Team Yell Grunt Su
109/127 Oleana Su
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
Darkness Energy   E 20×

Metal Duraludon V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
067/127 Mawile  
068/127 Meltan  
069/127 Melmetal  
070/127 Corviknight  
071/127 Cufant  
072/127 Copperajah  
073/127 Duraludon   
081/127 Rookidee  
082/127 Corvisquire  
088/127 Quick Ball I
091/127 Great Ball I
095/127 Rare Candy I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
099/127 Metal Saucer I
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
116/127 Pokémon Center Lady Su
117/127 Hop Su
120/127 Marnie Su
124/127 Roller Skater Su
Metal Energy   E 20×

Colorless Eevee V Deck
No. Card Type Quantity
074/127 Tauros  
075/127 Eevee   
076/127 Teddiursa  
077/127 Ursaring  
078/127 Swablu  
079/127 Altaria  
080/127 Zangoose  
083/127 Wooloo  
084/127 Dubwool  
087/127 Potion I
091/127 Great Ball I
094/127 Pal Pad I
096/127 Pokégear 3.0 I
097/127 Switch I
098/127 Pokémon Catcher I
103/127 Vitality Band I
113/127 Professor's Research Su
115/127 Poké Kid Su
117/127 Hop Su
118/127 Bill's Analysis Su
120/127 Marnie Su
121/127 Rosa Su
127/127 Twin Energy   E
Grass Energy   E
Fire Energy   E
Water Energy   E
Lightning Energy   E
Psychic Energy   E
Fighting Energy   E
Darkness Energy   E
Metal Energy   E


500,000 copies of the V Starter Decks had been sold in Japan by July 28, 2020, making it the fastest-selling pre-constructed deck in the history of the TCG.[1]


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