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| Release date
|| October 20, 1996
The Starter Deck (Japanese: 第1弾スターターパック Series 1 Starter Pack) is a Japanese-exclusive introductory Starter Deck that was released alongside the first Expansion Pack of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
This Starter Deck is unusual as it contains a random assortment of cards, whereas regular Standard Decks contain the same pre-selected cards. This trend has been used in Japan with every first expansion in a new Generation and during transitional eras. Exceptions to this include Generation III, where it was implemented in part via half decks alongside Flight of Legends; and Generation V, where it was 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 TCG.
Like others, the Starter Deck also includes a rulebook, damage counters, a custom coin, and card list.
Full Image Deck
Unlike the majority of cards found in decks in Japan, these cards have Rarity symbols.