Making your first deck

What Is a Deck?

In Pokémon TCG, you battle using a “deck” with 60 cards

In a battle, each player chooses one deck made out of cards of their choice.
Playstyle and strengths will change drastically depending on the deck.

How to Make a Deck 1: Make a deck out of the cards you currently own

Since you have a lot of cards, you should try making your own deck. We’ll explain some important points when making a deck.

There are 3 main types of cards

This is the recommended number of cards for each type!

First, let’s try making a deck with this amount.

Try battling with the deck and adjust the numbers.

Use Trainer Cards to get an upperhand in battle!

There are various types of Trainer Cards.
Use them well to get an upperhand in battle.


One-time use cards with useful effects


Powerful cards that can only be played once per turn


Cards that stay in play and affect the entire play area for both players

Pokémon Tool

Each Pokémon can have one of those attached to give it helpful boosts

Let’s actually put together a deck!

1Add your favorite Pokémon

First choose your favorite Pokémon!

  • You can have up to 4 cards of the same name.
  • To evolve a Pokémon, you need the Basic Pokémon that comes before.
  • You need at least one Basic Pokémon card in your deck.
2Add Energy Cards of the same type

Let’s add 15 Energy cards for now.

3Add Trainers

Here are some recommended cards!

  • Cards that increase your hand by drawing cards from your deck: Nemona, Professor’s Research, etc
  • Cards that bring Pokémon from your deck: Nest Ball,Ultra Ball, etc
4Add Pokémon with the same type as your favorite Pokémon

You should have room for a few more cards.

Add Pokémon of the same type as the Pokémon you chose in (1) and now you have a 60-card deck!

5You’re done!

How to Make a Deck 2: Get a ready-to-play 40-card deck

It’s okay if you don’t have cards yet!

Pokémon Trading Card Game Build & Battle Stadium

Build two decks with a friend—and then play right away!
This Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Build & Battle Stadium contains a massive set of cards, including two Build & Battle Boxes. Each Build & Battle Box contains four booster packs and a 40-card deck that includes an exclusive foil card. You can play these decks right out of the box or enhance them with cards from the booster packs. Get ready to face your opponents in the Build & Battle Stadium!

How to Make a Deck 3: Upgrade your deck into a stronger deck

If you got cards you want to use, switch out the cards in your deck!
This is deck upgrading!
Keep making your deck stronger by switching cards out!

Let’s Look at Some Decklists!

The Trainers Website showcases a wide range of decks from strong decks that won tournaments to decks that are easy to construct for beginners.
Use it as a reference for deck making!