The five primary cards that each player's deck initially consists of are known as the Basic cards.
The base game contains 30 Militia, and 15 Torches, Iron Rations, Daggers and Diseases for a total of 90 Basic cards.
In a standard game setup, each player begins with a deck consisting of
The Disease cards are set aside for use when fighting certain monsters in the dungeon.
Technically, the Thunderstone card also counts as a Basic card for a total of 91. However, with the later incorporation of new Thunderstones this is not the case as only one of these is chosen and shuffled into the dungeon deck in most game variants.