2-Player Starter Set, Blackout, Brushfire, Overgrowth, Zap! Theme Decks

Blackout, Brushfire, Overgrowth, and Zap! are four Base Set theme decks. Each 60-card pre-constructed deck comes packaged with a holographic Chansey coin, a Base Set card checklist, a (then-current) Pokémon TCG rule book, and several glass damage counters. They were originally released in stores with Base Set on January 9th, 1999 for $9.99 each, but are now long out of print.

A month before Base Set and its theme decks were sold in stores, Wizards of the Coast released a special 2-Player Starter Set. Its purpose was to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by teaching them how to play it.

2-Player Starter Set

This “2-Player Starter Set” contains two 30-card mini-decks that two players can use to battle each to learn how to play the TCG. As it was available in stores a month before Base Set was released in stores, it was the first commercially available TCG product in America and thus the first way to buy English Pokémon cards.

The package features a semi-exclusive 1st edition Base Set Machamp card. As the 2-Player Starter Kit’s first print run was released before Base Set, all of its cards were 1st edition; in later print runs, only Machamp carried the 1st edition stamp. Later in Base Set 2‘s 2-Player CD-Rom Starter Set, another 1st edition Base Set Machamp card was released, but with a noticeably different galaxy holofoil pattern. Thus, a collector may consider each to be unique cards if going by their holofoil. Machamp cannot be obtained out of any booster packs of Base Set, making the card semi-exclusive to the two aforementioned decks. An official unlimited version of Base Set Machamp was never released, though a demo deck given out to prototype Pokémon Leagues before the card game officially launched in America contained a demo Machamp card lacking a 1st edition stamp. Machamp was later reprinted in Legendary Collection as an unlimited card.

The package does not contain a Chansey coin like the regular Base Set theme decks, as it was probably made after this was first released. However, it does feature a starter game guide, which discusses how to play the card game using the two included mini-decks. Combined, the 30-card decks primarily focus on Fighting and Fire-type Pokémon. For more information on this product, jump to the top of this page.

~ 2-Player Starter Set ~
QuantityCard NameSet No.Rarity
3xFighting DiglettBase Set #47Common
4xFighting MachopBase Set #52Common
2xFighting MachokeBase Set #34Uncommon
1xFighting MachampBase Set #8Rare Holo
4xFire PonytaBase Set #60Common
4xFire CharmanderBase Set #46Common
2xFire CharmeleonBase Set #24Uncommon
1xFire GrowlitheBase Set #28Uncommon
2xColorless RattataBase Set #61Common
1xColorless DratiniBase Set #26Uncommon
2xTrainer PotionBase Set #94Common
1xTrainer Energy RemovalBase Set #92Common
1xTrainer PokédexBase Set #87Uncommon
1xTrainer BillBase Set #91Common
1xTrainer Gust of WindBase Set #93Common
2xTrainer SwitchBase Set #95Common
1xTrainer Energy RetrievalBase Set #81Uncommon
14xBasic Energy Fighting EnergyBase Set #97
14xBasic Energy Fire EnergyBase Set #98
2-Player Start Deck Theme Deck from Base Set
2-Player Start Deck Theme Deck (Back) from Base Set

Blackout Theme Deck

“Blackout” features a holographic Hitmonchan card and primarily focuses on Fighting and Water-type Pokémon. For more information on this deck, jump to the top of this page.

~ Blackout ~
QuantityCard NameSet No.Rarity
4xFighting MachopBase Set #52Common
2xFighting MachokeBase Set #34Uncommon
3xFighting SandshrewBase Set #62Common
3xFighting OnixBase Set #56Common
1xFighting HitmonchanBase Set #7Rare Holo
3xWater StaryuBase Set #65Common
4xWater SquirtleBase Set #63Common
2xWater WartortleBase Set #42Uncommon
2xColorless Farfetch’dBase Set #27Uncommon
4xTrainer Energy RemovalBase Set #92Common
1xTrainer Super Energy RemovalBase Set #79Rare
1xTrainer Gust of WindBase Set #93Common
1xTrainer PlusPowerBase Set #84Uncommon
1xTrainer Professor OakBase Set #88Uncommon
16xBasic Energy Fighting EnergyBase Set #97
12xBasic Energy Water EnergyBase Set #102
Blackout Theme Deck from Base Set

Brushfire Theme Deck

“Brushfire” features a holographic Ninetales card and primarily focuses on Fire and Grass-type Pokémon. For more information on this deck, jump to the top of this page.

~ Brushfire ~
QuantityCard NameSet No.Rarity
4xFire CharmanderBase Set #46Common
2xFire CharmeleonBase Set #24Uncommon
2xFire GrowlitheBase Set #28Uncommon
1xFire ArcanineBase Set #23Uncommon
2xFire VulpixBase Set #68Common
1xFire NinetalesBase Set #12Rare Holo
4xGrass Nidoran ♂Base Set #55Common
4xGrass WeedleBase Set #69Common
2xGrass TangelaBase Set #66Common
1xTrainer PlusPowerBase Set #84Uncommon
3xTrainer PotionBase Set #94Common
1xTrainer Gust of WindBase Set #93Common
1xTrainer SwitchBase Set #95Common
1xTrainer Energy RemovalBase Set #92Common
2xTrainer Energy RetrievalBase Set #81Uncommon
1xTrainer LassBase Set #75Rare
18xBasic Energy Fire EnergyBase Set #98
10xBasic Energy Grass EnergyBase Set #99
Brushfire Theme Deck from Base Set
Brushfire Theme Deck (Back) from Base Set

Overgrowth Theme Deck

“Overgrowth” features a holographic Gyarados card and primarily focuses on Water and Grass-type Pokémon. For more information on this deck, jump to the top of this page.

~ Overgrowth ~
QuantityCard NameSet No.Rarity
4xGrass WeedleBase Set #69Common
2xGrass KakunaBase Set #33Uncommon
1xGrass BeedrillBase Set #17Rare
4xGrass BulbasaurBase Set #44Common
2xGrass IvysaurBase Set #30Uncommon
2xWater MagikarpBase Set #35Uncommon
1xWater GyaradosBase Set #6Rare Holo
4xWater StaryuBase Set #65Common
3xWater StarmieBase Set #64Common
2xTrainer Super PotionBase Set #90Uncommon
2xTrainer SwitchBase Set #95Common
2xTrainer Gust of WindBase Set #93Common
2xTrainer BillBase Set #91Common
1xTrainer PotionBase Set #94Common
16xBasic Energy Grass EnergyBase Set #99
12xBasic Energy Water EnergyBase Set #102
Overgrowth Theme Deck from Base Set
Overgrowth Theme Deck (Back) from Base Set

Zap! Theme Deck

“Zap!” features a holographic Mewtwo card and primarily focuses on Lightning and Psychic-type Pokémon. For more information on this deck, jump to the top of this page.

~ Zap! ~
QuantityCard NameSet No.Rarity
3xPsychic AbraBase Set #43Common
1xPsychic KadabraBase Set #32Uncommon
3xPsychic GastlyBase Set #50Common
2xPsychic HaunterBase Set #29Common
2xPsychic JynxBase Set #31Uncommon
2xPsychic DrowzeeBase Set #49Common
1xPsychic MewtwoBase Set #10Rare Holo
3xLightning MagnemiteBase Set #53Common
4xLightning PikachuBase Set #58Common
2xTrainer BillBase Set #91Common
2xTrainer Gust of WindBase Set #93Common
2xTrainer SwitchBase Set #95Common
1xTrainer Super PotionBase Set #90Uncommon
1xTrainer PotionBase Set #94Common
1xTrainer DefenderBase Set #80Uncommon
1xTrainer Professor OakBase Set #88Uncommon
1xTrainer Computer SearchBase Set #71Rare
16xBasic Energy Psychic EnergyBase Set #101
12xBasic Energy Lightning EnergyBase Set #100
Zap! Theme Deck from Base Set

Chansey Coin

“Blackout,” “Brushfire,” “Overgrowth,” and “Zap!” each come with a silver, holographic Chansey coin that cannot be found in any other Pokémon TCG product. The “2-Player Starter Set” does not come with one.

Chansey Coin - Base Set Theme Decks


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