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Half deck (TCG)

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A Half Deck is a Pokémon Trading Card Game format that is becoming a popular trend among Pokémon TCG players, particularly in Japan. In Half Deck play, both players use a 30-card Deck instead of a traditional 60-card one and lay out three Prize cards instead of six. The format caught on quickly, in part, because there is very limited space in most Japanese TCG Leagues. This format also take less time, accommodating shorter attention spans for younger players.

The 2013 Summer Battle Tournament held from August to September in Japan featured Half Decks as one of the options of play in their Urgent Missions tournament.

There have been numerous official Half Decks released in Japan, though a few appear globally as well.

Japanese sets

Neo era

e-Card era

ADV era

PCG era

DP era

DPt era


BW era

XY era

Global sets

Wizards of the Coast sets

EX Series

Diamond & Pearl Series

HeartGold & SoulSilver Series

Black & White Series

XY Series

Korean sets

Spanish-exclusive sets

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

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