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  • By the time of its release, this set had been replaced by Base Set 2, as Base Set had been out of print for some time.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.

Theme decks

Card list

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