The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game

Throughout the years, we have gotten the question, “what is the best Pokémon trading card game product for teaching my kids how to play the game?”, time and time again.

The answer to this question has always been to pick up one of the many theme decks that are on the market at the time.

However, these decks are not specifically geared towards newer, young players, even if they are on the lower end of the power curve.

As the years have progressed, this has become even less so, as the complexity and strength of theme decks seem to only increase with each new set release.

Fortunately, the creators of the Pokémon trading card game have come up with a solution for parents who are looking to introduce their kids, the “Let’s Play, Pikachu & Evee” theme decks.

The Ideal Starter Theme Decks

The Pokémon franchise is over 23 years old and is showing no signs of slowing down in popularity. In fact, it is now the top grossing franchise of ALL time, beating even Mario and Star Wars!

When purchasing these theme decks, we strongly suggest that you buy both the “Let’s Play, Pikachu and the Let’s Play Evee” theme decks, as they are meant to be matched up against each other and are on comparable power levels.

The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game

These decks are ideal teaching tools for a parent who is looking to teach their children about the game, whether it be because you would like to share you passion with your children, or because they are expressing interest in the game and would like you to help them learn.

They are specifically designed to be a launching pad for new, young players that are looking to get into the game.

What makes these decks so much easier to learn and understand is the fact that they are void of complicated gameplay mechanics and have a reduced amount of trainer cards, the latter of which typically require a copious amount of shuffling.

In the place of the typical large amount of trainer cards included in theme decks, the “Let’s Play” theme decks include an increased amount of easy to play, fair Pokémon, that make for an enjoyable gameplay experience for new players.

This eases new players into the world of the Pokémon TCG and is much more fun, as young players have been proven to enjoy playing Pokémon cards, over trainer cards.

The Let’s Play Pikachu & Evee Theme Decklists

Both the Pikachu and Evee “Let’s Play” theme decks contain 60 cards, but of course differ in their contents.

The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game

The Pikachu theme deck focuses on electric type Pokémon including Pikachu, Alolan Raichu, Raikou, Electrode and Electivire, while the Evee theme deck prefers to focus on heavy hitting fire Pokémon such as Charizard, Moltres, Flareon and Simisear.

The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game

Zebstrika allows for the Pikachu theme deck to restock their hand each turn by first discarding their hand and then drawing an additional four cards, while the Evee theme decks Simisear lets you charge up your benched Pokémon via “Flare Recharge”.

Both decks contain a number of trainer cards that let you draw cards and restock your deck, such as Cynthia, Hau and Professor Kukui.

Exclusive Collectibles Included

Now, if you are simply a collector and are asking yourself what do these decks offer for me? Then you are in luck, as they contain exclusive versions of some of the most highly sought after Pokémon in the franchise.

This is also great for introducing new players to the game, as it serves as a way of adding some nice cards to their new collection.

Unbeknownst to many, the Pikachu theme deck includes a “cracked ice” holo version of both Pikachu and Raikou, which cannot be found anywhere else!

The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game
(Images via Pokébeach)

Not to be outdone, the Eevee theme deck also features two exclusive “cracked ice” holo promos as well, with one being Eevee and the other Moltres. 

Plus in addition to these two cards, there is a Black Star Promo card that can ONLY be found in this theme deck, Flareon SM186.

The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game
The Best Pokémon Theme Deck for Teaching Your Kids How to Play the Game
(Images via Pokébeach)

To a hardcore set collector that needs to have each and every variant, or to specific Pokémon collectors of any of the exclusively contained Pokémon shown above, these hits easily justify the purchase of these theme decks alone, as nominally the singles are collectively valued above and beyond the initial cost of the theme decks.

In Conclusion

Whether you are a parent looking to teach their kids how to play the game, or a friend looking to introduce another friend to the high paced action of the Pokémon trading card game, then the “Let’s Play Pikachu, Let’s Play Eevee” theme decks are the solution you have been looking for.

These amazing theme decks also offer some surprise exclusive promo for collectors as a nice added bonus.

Their low power, high Pokémon count make them a great entry point and thus a go to recommended product for introducing new players to the world of the Pokémon TCG.

We’d love to hear your Pokémon teaching stories! Let us know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading!


6 Comments

Zephyr Epic
Zephyr Epic

January 04, 2020

@UNEXPECT3D This comment just made our day! We are so happy this article was able to help flourish your growing interest in the Trading Card Game and we are so happy it was able to help you get the right product for your daughter! We love the Pokemon TCG and can’t stress enough how perfect it is for growing families and communities. All the best!

Unexpect3d
Unexpect3d

January 04, 2020

I’d like to preface the comment by mentioning that even though I have been playing Magic for a few years now, and despite me owning several base set cards as a kid, I never actually took the time to look into how Pokemon TCG is played or how it worked. However, about a month ago my 10yr old daughter started showing interest in the Pokemon TCG and I asked my LGS if they had any recommendations to get her/us started and they pointed me straight to this product. They also suggested I “Google it” and I was lucky enough to come across this article about two weeks before Christmas… To be succinct, my daughter found this under the Christmas tree this year and (after double sleeving every card) we have had an absolute blast playing match after match since Christmas morning. I can’t stress enough how accurate this article is when it states that it’s the perfect solution to learn to play or to teach your kids. I look forward to many more hours of playing these theme decks and possibly having my daughter host playdates with her other friends that are interested in learning/playing.

Thank you for the article, and for helping me make an informed decision.

Happy new year!

Zephyr Epic
Zephyr Epic

December 17, 2019

@MCGOOFY57 – This is so great to get your feedback, and we are happy to have helped you get started on the Pokemon TCG! If ever you or your family have any questions or need help with your future learning of the Trading Card Game, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, we’re happy to help!

Zephyr Epic
Zephyr Epic

December 17, 2019

@QUIETSHADE – We’re so glad we were able to help! This time of year is perfect for sitting down and learning new games that will bring the family together and Pokemon is the perfect game for exactly that!

mcgoofy57
mcgoofy57

December 17, 2019

I second Quietshade. I love in a small town with no local card shop to ask around. This article gave the exact info I was looking for. The child is only 8, and friends at school are just starting to play, so I wanted something that would be easy to learn and love. These kids give up so easily if it doesn’t involve their phones, so an easy starter build is just what he needs. Thanks so much for the well written article.

QuietShade
QuietShade

November 26, 2019

I just wanted to say thank you for the article. I was looking for exactly what you described and the details you gave made me confident that this is the right way to go. I think both decks will find their way under the Christmas tree and I imagine we will be playing Pokemon on Christmas day.

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