Random Basic Pack (TCG)

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Package art
Expansion HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection
Release date October 9, 2009
Types used Random

The Random Basic Pack (Japanese: ランダムベーシックパック Random Basic Pack) is a Japanese-exclusive introductory Standard Deck Starter Deck that was released alongside the HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.


The Starter Deck consists of 60 cards, 30 of which can be any of the Pokémon or Trainer cards found in both the HeartGold and SoulSilver subsets that make up the expansion (including Pokémon Prime and Pokémon LEGEND). The other 30 are a fixed selection of Basic Energy cards. Also included is a bonus promotional Gyarados card, which can only be obtained in the Random Basic Pack in Japan.

This is not an uncommon theme in Japan; random decks are traditionally released alongside the first expansion in a new Generation or during transitional eras. Exceptions to this include Generation III, where they were implemented in part via half decks alongside Flight of Legends; and Generation V, where they were not implemented at all.

This deck is similar to English releases such as the 2-Player Starter Set and 2-Player CD-ROM Starter Set, designed to introduce players to the new LEGEND format.

Like others, the Random Basic Pack also includes a rulebook, damage counters, and card list.


  • Unlike the majority of cards found in decks in Japan, these cards have rarity symbols.

Deck list

Random Basic Pack
No. Card Type Quantity
Random Pokémon LEGEND or Pokémon Prime
Random holographic rare cards
Random rare cards
Random mirror cards
Random uncommon cards 10×
Random common cards 11×
004/L-P Gyarados Water
Grass Energy Grass E
Fire Energy Fire E
Water Energy Water E
Lightning Energy Lightning E
Psychic Energy Psychic E
Fighting Energy Fighting E

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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.
HeartGold & SoulSilver Series
HGSS Black Star Promos
HeartGold & SoulSilver: Growth ClashEmber SparkMind Flood
HS Trainer Kit
Unleashed: Chaos ControlSteel Sentinel
Undaunted: NightfallDaybreak
Triumphant: Royal GuardVerdant Frost
Pikachu World Collection 2010
Call of Legends Series
Call of Legends: ReconRetort
L-P Promotional cards
HeartGold CollectionSoulSilver Collection: Random Basic Pack
Battle Starter DecksLeafeon vs Metagross Expert Deck
Reviving Legends: Steelix Constructed Standard DeckTyranitar Constructed Standard Deck
Lost LinkPikachu World Collection 2010
Clash at the Summit