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Theme Deck (TCG)

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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 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, Black & White and Kalos Starter Set. Only three sets have included four theme decks so far (Gym Heroes, Gym Challenge and HeartGold & SoulSilver), only two sets have included five theme decks (Base Set and Base Set 2), and only three mainstream sets have included no theme decks (Neo Revelation, Dragon Vault, 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

Gym Series

SetSymbolGym Heroes.png Gym Heroes
SetSymbolGym Challenge.png Gym Challenge

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
SetSymbolDragon Vault.png Dragon Vault
  • none
SetSymbolBoundaries Crossed.png Boundaries Crossed

Plasma Series

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

Japanese Theme Decks and Deck Kits

Generation I

Original Series

SetSymbolGym Booster.png Gym Booster 1: Leaders' Stadium
SetSymbolGym Booster.png Gym Booster 2: Challenge from the Darkness
SetSymbolVending.png Quick Starter Gift Set
  • Red Deck Water Lightning Psychic Fighting Colorless
  • Green Deck Grass Fire Psychic Fighting Colorless
Intro Pack

Generation II

Neo Series

Neo Introduction Set

VS Series

SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS

e-Card Series

SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS

Generation III

ADV Series

SetSymbolRuby and Sapphire.png Expansion Pack
SetSymbolDragon.png Rulers of the Heavens
SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS
SetSymbolTeam Magma vs Team Aqua.png Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions
SetSymbolHidden Legends.png Undone Seal

PCG Series

SetSymbolDeoxys.png Clash of the Blue Sky
SetSymbolVS.png Pokémon VS
SetSymbolDragon Frontiers.png Offense and Defense of the Furthest Ends

Generation IV

DP Series

SetSymbolSpace-Time Creation.png Space-Time Creation

DPt Series

SetSymbolAdvent of Arceus.png Advent of Arceus

Generation V

Generation VI

Japanese Starter Decks

Original Series

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

e-Card Series

SetSymbolBase Expansion Pack.png e-Card 1

PCG Series

SetSymbolFlight of Legends.png Flight of Legends

DP Series

SetSymbolSpace-Time Creation.png Space-Time Creation

Special Theme Decks

EX Decks

EX Master Trainer Decks

EX Epic Collection

Online Exclusive Decks

Main article: Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Color Decks

Other 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

See also

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