Base Set
Base Set
Cards in set: JapanFlag 102 UnitedStatesFlag 102
Set: JapanFlag 1 UnitedStatesFlag 1
Release date: JapanFlag Oct-20-1996
UnitedStatesFlag Jan-09-1999

Base Set (拡張パック Expansion Pack) was the first TCG expansion set of the Original series. It was released on 20 October 1996 in Japanese and 9 January 1999 in the US. This expansion set contains 102 cards in both Japanese and English.


  • Though the release in the US was in January 1999, widespread release was not seen till months later, around April or March, the same year. This was due to the reluctance of many stores to sell the game.
  • All of the cards in the first print runs were "shadowless cards". They had no drop shadows on the illustration box, and the texting used on HP and attack was weaker.
  • By the time of its release, this set had been replaced by Base Set 2, as Base Set had been out of print for some time.
  • Some of the final form Pokémon were left out of this set, but were released in Jungle and Fossil.

Variations between English and Japanese editions

  • The Japanese variations of the cards did not have a numbering system till the release of Pokémon VS, and the number featured on the cards before that represents the Pokémons Pokédex number.
  • The English numbering is based on an alphabetical sorting, with descending rarity, a sorting that would stay the same till the release of Black & White. The Japanese order is based on type, and ascending rarity, and stayed this way until the release of e-Card 2.

Starter/Theme Decks

Image 2 Player Starter Set Blackout Brushfire Overgrowth Zap!
Name 2 Player
Starter Set
Blackout Brushfire Overgrowth Zap!
Type TCG FightingTCG Fire TCG FightingTCG Water TCG GrassTCG Fire TCG GrassTCG Water TCG PsychicTCG Lightning

Card List

Name Type Level Rarity
1 Alakazam TCG Psychic 42 TCG H
2 Blastoise TCG Water 52 TCG H
3 Chansey TCG Colorless 55 TCG H
4 Charizard TCG Fire 76 TCG H
5 Clefairy TCG Colorless 14 TCG H
6 Gyarados TCG Water 41 TCG H
7 Hitmonchan TCG Fighting 33 TCG H
8 Machamp TCG Fighting 67 TCG H
9 Magneton TCG Lightning 28 TCG H
10 Mewtwo TCG Psychic 53 TCG H
11 Nidoking TCG Grass 48 TCG H
12 Ninetales TCG Fire 32 TCG H
13 Poliwrath TCG Water 48 TCG H
14 Raichu TCG Lightning 40 TCG H
15 Venusaur TCG Grass 67 TCG H
16 Zapdos TCG Lightning 64 TCG H
17 Beedrill TCG Grass 32 TCG R
18 Dragonair TCG Colorless 33 TCG R
19 Dugtrio TCG Fighting 36 TCG R
20 Electabuzz TCG Lightning 35 TCG R
21 Electrode TCG Lightning 40 TCG R
22 Pidgeotto TCG Colorless 36 TCG R
23 Arcanine TCG Fire 45 TCG U
24 Charmeleon TCG Fire 32 TCG U
25 Dewgong TCG Water 42 TCG U
26 Dratini TCG Colorless 10 TCG U
27 Farfetch'd TCG Colorless 20 TCG U
28 Growlithe TCG Fire 18 TCG U
29 Haunter TCG Psychic 22 TCG U
30 Ivysaur TCG Grass 20 TCG U
31 Jynx TCG Psychic 23 TCG U
32 Kadabra TCG Psychic 38 TCG U
33 Kakuna TCG Grass 23 TCG U
34 Machoke TCG Fighting 40 TCG U
35 Magikarp TCG Water 8 TCG U
36 Magmar TCG Fire 24 TCG U
37 Nidorino TCG Grass 25 TCG U
38 Poliwhirl TCG Water 28 TCG U
39 Porygon TCG Colorless 12 TCG U
40 Raticate TCG Colorless 41 TCG U
41 Seel TCG Water 12 TCG U
42 Wartortle TCG Water 22 TCG U
43 Abra TCG Psychic 10 TCG C
44 Bulbasaur TCG Grass 13 TCG C
45 Caterpie TCG Grass 13 TCG C
46 Charmander TCG Fire 10 TCG C
47 Diglett TCG Fighting 8 TCG C
48 Doduo TCG Colorless 10 TCG C
49 Drowzee TCG Psychic 12 TCG C
50 Gastly TCG Psychic 8 TCG C
51 Koffing TCG Grass 13 TCG C
52 Machop TCG Fighting 20 TCG C
53 Magnemite TCG Lightning 13 TCG C
54 Metapod TCG Grass 21 TCG C
55 Nidoran♂ TCG Grass 20 TCG C
56 Onix TCG Fighting 12 TCG C
57 Pidgey TCG Colorless 8 TCG C
58 Pikachu TCG Lightning 12 TCG C
59 Poliwag TCG Water 13 TCG C
60 Ponyta TCG Fire 10 TCG C
61 Rattata TCG Colorless 9 TCG C
62 Sandshrew TCG Fighting 12 TCG C
63 Squirtle TCG Water 8 TCG C
64 Starmie TCG Water 28 TCG C
65 Staryu TCG Water 15 TCG C
66 Tangela TCG Grass 8 TCG C
67 Voltorb TCG Lightning 10 TCG C
68 Vulpix TCG Fire 11 TCG C
69 Weedle TCG Grass 12 TCG C
70 Clefairy Doll Trainer TCG R
71 Computer Search Trainer TCG R
72 Devolution Spray Trainer TCG R
73 Imposter Professor Oak Trainer TCG R
74 Item Finder Trainer TCG R
75 Lass Trainer TCG R
76 Pokémon Breeder Trainer TCG R
77 Pokémon Trader Trainer TCG R
78 Scoop Up Trainer TCG R
79 Super Energy Removal Trainer TCG R
80 Defender Trainer TCG U
81 Energy Retrieval Trainer TCG U
82 Full Heal Trainer TCG U
83 Maintenance Trainer TCG U
84 Pluspower Trainer TCG U
85 Pokémon Center Trainer TCG U
86 Pokémon Flute Trainer TCG U
87 Pokédex Trainer TCG U
88 Professor Oak Trainer TCG U
89 Revive Trainer TCG U
90 Super Potion Trainer TCG U
91 Bill Trainer TCG C
92 Energy Removal Trainer TCG C
93 Gust of Wind Trainer TCG C
94 Potion Trainer TCG C
95 Switch Trainer TCG C
96 Double Colorless Energy Energy TCG U
97 Fighting Energy Energy
98 Fire Energy Energy
99 Grass Energy Energy
100 Lightning Energy Energy
101 Psychic Energy Energy
102 Water Energy Energy


Years later, at the Pokémon 20th anniversary, a re-release of the set was launched, named Evolutions (TCG), with certain differences (the major one introducing Mega Pokémon).

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