2-Player Starter Set (TCG)

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2-Player Starter Set
Expansion Base Set
Types used FightingFire

The 2-Player Starter Set is a special beginners deck and the first deck from the Base Set of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

The 2-Player Starter Set includes 61 cards unlike the Theme Decks released alongside Base Set, which include 60. As the 2-Player Starter Set is designed to introduce players to the TCG, the cards are split into two 30-card decks: The First Deck, which focuses on Fighting Pokémon, and The Second Deck, which focuses on Fire Pokémon. As the only Stage 2 Pokémon in the set, the additional Machamp card is included to bolster the deck. The 2-Player Starter Set also includes a starter rules sheet, rulebook (v.1), damage counters, and card list. The set does not include a coin, though none of the Pokémon found in the set require one for any of their attacks. The Machamp card can be used when you put the 2 half decks together. Remove 1 card you won't miss and make a full 60 card deck.

Deck list

Quantity Card Type Rarity
Diglett Fighting Common
Machop Fighting Common
Machoke Fighting Uncommon
Machamp Fighting Rare Holo
Ponyta Fire Common
Charmander Fire Common
Charmeleon Fire Uncommon
Growlithe Fire Uncommon
Rattata Colorless Common
Dratini Colorless Uncommon
Bill T Common
Energy Removal T Common
Energy Retrieval T Uncommon
Gust of Wind T Common
Pokédex T Uncommon
Potion T Common
Switch T Common
14× Fighting Energy Fighting E
14× Fire Energy Fire E


The Machamp card is exclusive to the 2-Player Starter Set, and cannot be found in Base Set booster packs. This card was only printed commercially as a 1st Edition card, with the only non-1st Edition versions included in the Trainer Deck A.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Une Nouvelle Aventure
Germany Flag.png German Starterset für 2 Spieler
Italy Flag.png Italian Set Introduttivo per 2 giocatori
South Korea Flag.png Korean 2인용 초보자 세트 2 Inyong Choboja Set
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Kit para Iniciantes
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Baraja de Inicio Pokémon

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Pokémon Trading Card Game expansions and releases
Bold indicates a main expansion. Italics indicate a special set. Releases that are entirely composed of prints from other releases are small.
Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Pokémon Demo GameTrainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Pikachu World Collection 2000
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
Leaders' Stadium
Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
Challenge from the Darkness
Southern IslandsIntro Pack