Current Standard Legal Card List

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    Current Standard Legal Card List
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    Play! Pokémon 2018-2019 Season Standard Format Legal Card List


    The following is the updated version of all English released cards that are legal for the Standard Format, 2017-2018 season starting August 28th, 2018.

    The Standard Format only permits cards from the most recent Pokémon Trading Card Game sets, however these sets sometimes contain reprinted cards from older sets, making those older cards also legal in the Standard Format. A deck must also contain 60 cards, have at least one Pokemon in it, and cannot have more than 4 cards of any single name. Note that "Venusaur", "Venusaur EX", and "M Venusaur EX" are all different names and so up to 4 of each would be allowed in a deck. Basic Energy cards have no name and so are not limited to 4 copies per type.

    The current Standard format is comprised of Sun & Moon, sets released after this set, and the following:
    McDonald's Collection 2017
    Sun & Moon Trainer Kit Lycanroc and Alolan Raichu
    Black Star Promos SM01 and higher

    Note: All cards, including promos, are not legal until the 3rd Friday after their release date. If you are unsure about the legality of a recently released card, please check with your Tournament Organizer to be sure your deck is legal.

    Older cards that have virtually identical game text as currently legal reprinted versions may also be played, as noted in the list below.
    Cards that have received an errata (a published official correction or change) will not need a reference as players and judges are expected to be aware of errata. Check the Errata section of the Compendium for a complete list of official errata.


    Changes to the List:
    We have revised the format of the Legal Card List and have given it a webpage of its own. This should make it more user friendly and easier to find/link to.
    Basic Energy cards are always legal, no matter what set they are from, so we have discontinued listed them in older sets for space consideration.
    We have removed the rarity reference for the older cards and have instead listed the abbreviation {XXX} for the most recent currently legal set that they are reprinted in. (Note: This will be updated as needed when formats change and may not be updated for every new release of a card if it was already legal)
    NOTE: The Tournament Guidelines released in March 2016 no longer allow older cards that have been reprinted with major text changes. The older version of the card that has significantly different text is no longer legal even with a reference card. The exception to this is cards that have received errata. All players and judges are expected to be aware of errata.

    Updated September 3, 2018 with SM: Celestial Storm and newly legal cards from older sets that were reprinted.

    A listing of all sets and their set symbols may be found in the Researching Tower here: http://pokegym.net/tower/ Images of all legal cards may also be found there.

    This page, including needed corrections and additions, may discussed in the topic associated with this article.
    Standard Format Legal Card List




    XY: Trainer’s Kit - Bisharp and WigglytuffPotion {BKP}
    Pokemon Catcher 14/30 23/30 {BKP}
    Potion 15/30 20,24/30 {BKP}
    Poke Ball 21,27/30 26/30 {GEN}
    Switch 29/30 4/30 {BKP}



    Set
    Legal Cards


    Base Set

    Potion 94/102 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 95/102 {CES}
    Double Colorless Energy 96/102 {SLG}


    Jungle
    Poké Ball 64/64 {SUM}


    Fossil
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard


    Base Set 2
    Poké Ball 121/130 {SUM}
    Potion 122/130 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 123/130 {CES}
    Double Colorless Energy 124/130 {SLG}


    Team Rocket
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Gym Heroes
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Gym Challenge
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Neo Genesis
    Super Scoop Up 98/111 {CES}


    Neo Discovery
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Neo Revelation
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Neo Destiny
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Legendary Collection
    Potion 110/110 Common {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    Expedition
    Bill's Maintenance 137/165 {CES}
    Copycat 138/165 {CES}
    Super Scoop Up 151/165 {CES}
    Potion 156/165 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 157/165 {CES}


    Aquapolis
    Energy Switch 120/147 {CES}
    Rainbow Energy 144/147 {CES}
    Warp Energy 147/115 {CIN}


    Skyridge
    Lure Ball 128/144 {CES}
    Fisherman 125/144 {CES}
    Underground Expedition 140/144 {CES}



    EX: Ruby and Sapphire
    Energy Switch 82/109 {CES}
    Poké Ball 86/109 {SUM}
    Potion 91/109 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 92/109 {CES}
    Rainbow Energy 95/109 {CES}


    EX: Sandstorm
    Rare Candy 88/100 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    EX: Dragons
    Energy Recycle System 84/97 {CES}
    TV Reporter 88/97 {CES}



    EX: Team Magma
    vs. Team Aqua

    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    EX: Hidden Legends
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    EX: FireRed LeafGreen
    Bill's Maintenance 87/112 {CES}
    Energy Switch 90/112 {CES}
    Great Ball 92/112 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Poké Ball 95/112 {SUM}
    Super Scoop Up 99/112 {CES}
    Potion 101/112 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 102/112 {CES}


    EX: Team Rocket Returns
    Copycat 83/109 {CES}


    EX: Deoxys
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    EX: Emerald
    Rare Candy 83/106 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    EX: Unseen Forces
    Energy Recycle System 81/115 {CES}
    Energy Switch 84/115 {CES}
    Poké Ball 87/115 {SUM}
    Potion 95/115 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Warp Energy 100/115 {CIN}


    EX: Delta Species
    Great Ball 90/113 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Super Scoop Up 100/113 {CES}
    Potion 101/113 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 102/113 {SUM}


    EX: Legend Maker
    Rainbow Energy 81/92 {CES}


    EX: Holon Phantoms
    Rare Candy 90/110 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    EX: Crystal Guardians
    Bill's Maintenance 71/100 {CES}
    Poké Ball 82/100 {SUM}
    Potion 87/100 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    EX: Dragon Frontiers
    Copycat73/101 {CES}
    TV Reporter 82/101 {CES}
    Switch 83/101 {SUM}


    EX: Power Keepers
    Energy Recycle System 73/108 {CES}
    Energy Switch 75/108 {CES}
    Great Ball 77/108 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Warp Energy 91/115 {CIN}


    Diamond & Pearl
    Energy Switch 107/130 {CES}
    Poké Ball 110/130 {SUM}
    Super Scoop Up 115/130 {CES}
    Potion 118/130 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 119/130 {SUM}


    Mysterious Treasures
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    DP: Secret Wonders
    Potion 127/132 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 128/132 {SUM}


    DP: Great Encounters
    Rare Candy 102/106 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    DP: Majestic Dawn
    Poké Ball 85/100 {SUM}
    Super Scoop Up {CES}


    DP: Legends Awakened
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    DP: Stormfront
    Energy Switch 84/100 {CES}
    Great Ball 85/100 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Potion 92/100 {SUM} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Switch 93/100 {SUM}
    Warp Energy 95/115 {CIN}


    Platinum
    Life Herb 108/127 {CES}
    Poké Ball 113/127 {SUM}
    Rainbow Energy 121/127 {CES}


    Platinum: Rising Rivals
    Underground Expedition 97/111 {CES}



    Platinum: Supreme Victors
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Platinum: Arceus
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    HeartGold SoulSilver
    Copycat 90/123 {CES}
    Energy Switch 91/123 {CES}
    Fisherman 92/123 {CES}
    Poké Ball 95/123 {SUM}
    Switch 102/123 {SUM}
    Double Colorless Energy 103/123 {SLG}
    Rainbow Energy 104/123 {CES}


    HS: Unleashed
    Judge 78/95 {FLI}
    Life Herb 79/95 {CES}
    Rare Candy 82/95 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Super Scoop Up 83/95 {SUM}


    HS: Undaunted
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    HS: Triumphant
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Call of Legends
    Copycat 77/93 {CES}


    Black & White
    Energy Retrieval 92/114 {SLG}
    Energy Switch 94/114 {CES}
    Poke Ball 97/114 {SUM}
    Potion 100/114 {SUM}
    Super Scoop Up 103/114 {CES}
    Switch 104/114 {SUM}


    BW: Emerging Powers
    Crushing Hammer 92/98 {UPR}
    Great Ball 93/98 {SLG}
    Max Potion 94/98 {GRI}
    Pokemon Catcher 95/98 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    BW: Noble Victories
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    BW: Next Destinies
    EXP. Share 87/99 {SUM}
    Double Colorless Energy 92/99 {SLG}


    BW: Dark Explorers
    Enhanced Hammer 94/108 {GRI}
    Rare Candy 100/108 {CES}
    Ultra Ball 102/108 {SLG}
    Pokemon Catcher 111/108 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    BW: Dragons Exalted
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.



    BW: Dragon Vault
    EXP. Share 18/20 {SUM} (NOTE: Errata issued regarding missing "Tool" text)


    BW: Boundaries Crossed
    Great Ball 129/149 {SLG}
    Poké Ball 131/149 {SUM}
    Potion 132/149 {SUM}
    Switch 135/149 {SUM}


    BW: Plasma Storm
    Escape Rope 120/135 {BUS}


    BW: Plasma Freeze
    Max Potion 121/116 {GRI}
    Ultra Ball 122/116 {SLG}


    BW: Plasma Blast
    Energy Retreival 80/101 {SLG}
    Pokemon Catcher 83/101 {SLG} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Rare Candy 85/101 {CES}
    Ultra Ball 90/101 {SLG}
    Rare Candy 105/101 {CES}


    BW: Legendary Treasures
    Crushing Hammer 111/113 {UPR}
    Energy Switch 112/113 {ROS}
    Double Colorless Energy 113/113 {SLG}


    XY: Kalos Starter Set
    Crushing Hammer 34/39 {UPR}
    Poke Ball 35/39 {SUM}
    Pokemon Catcher 36/39 {SLG}
    Potion 37/39 {SUM}
    Switch 38/39 {SUM}


    XY: XY
    Great Ball 118/146 {SLG}
    Double Colorless Energy 130/146 {SLG}
    Rainbow Energy 131/146 {CES}


    XY: Flashfire
    Pal Pad/106 {UPR}
    Pokemon Fan Club 94/106 {UPR}
    Ultra Ball 99/106 {SLG}
    Pokemon Fan Club 106/106 {UPR}



    XY: Furious Fists
    Energy Switch 89/111 {CES}
    Super Scoop Up 100/111 {CES}


    XY: Phantom Forces
    Enhanced Hammer 94/119 {GRI}
    Double Colorless Energy 111/119 {SLG}


    XY: Primal Clash
    Acro Bike 122/160 {CES}
    Energy Retrieval 126/160 {SUM}
    Escape Rope 127/160 {BUS}
    EXP. Share 128/160 {SUM}
    Rare Candy 135/160 {GRI}
    Weakness Policy 142/160 {BUS}
    Enhanced Hammer 162/160 {GRI}
    Switch 163/160 {SUM}
    Weakness Policy 164/160 {BUS}


    XY: Double Crisis
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    XY: Roaring Skies
    Switch 91/108 {SUM}
    Ultra Ball 93/108 {SLG}
    Energy Switch 109/108 {SUM}


    XY: Ancient Origins
    Energy Recycler 72/98 {FLI}
    Energy Retrieval 99/98 {SUM}


    XY: BreakTHROUGH
    Fisherman 136/162 {CES}
    Judge 143/162 {FLI}
    Rainbow Energy 152/162 {CES}



    XY: BreakPOINT
    Great Ball 100/122 {SLG}
    Max Potion 103/122 {GRI}
    Pokemon Catcher 105/122 {SLG}
    Potion 106/122 {SUM}


    Generations
    Crushing Hammer 60/83 {UPR}
    Energy Switch 61/83 {CES}
    Poke Ball 67/83 {SUM}
    Pokemon Fan Club 69/83 {UPR}
    Double Colorless Energy 74/83 {SLG}


    XY: Fates Collide
    Pokemon Fan Club 107/124 {UPR}
    Ultra Ball 113/124 {SLG}
    Double Colorless Energy 114/124 {SLG}


    XY: Steam Siege
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    XY: Evolutions
    Energy Retrieval 77/108 {SLG}
    Potion 83/108 {SUM}
    Switch 88/108 {SUM}
    Double Colorless Energy 90/108 {SLG}



    Sun and Moon
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Guardians Rising
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Burning Shadows
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Shining Legends
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Crimson Invasion
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Ultra Prism
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Forbidden Light
    All cards in this set are legal.


    SM: Celestial Storm
    All cards in this set are legal.


    WotC Blackstar Promos
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Best Promos
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    TPCi Blackstar Promos
    Champions Festival BW095 {SMP}
    Champions Festival XY27 {SMP}
    Champions Festival XY91 {SMP}
    Champions Festival XY176 {SMP}
    SM01 and up


    McDonalds Set (2011)
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    McDonalds Set (2012)
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    McDonalds Set (2014)
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    McDonalds Set (2015)
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    McDonalds Set (2016)
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    McDonalds Set (2017)
    All cards in this set are legal.


    Pokemon Rumble
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 1
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 2
    TV Reporter 11/17 {CES}


    POP Series 3
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 4
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 5
    Bill's Maintenance 6/17 {CES}
    Rare Candy 7/17 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed


    POP Series 6
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 7
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    POP Series 8
    Rare Candy 10/17 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    POP Series 9
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    ex: Trainer’s Kit 1
    (Latios & Latias)

    Potion {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    ex: Trainer’s Kit 2
    (Plusle & Minun)

    Potion {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    DP: Trainer’s Kit 3
    (Lucario & Manaphy)

    Potion 9/11. 11/12 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.


    HS: Trainer’s Kit 4
    (Raichu & Gyarados)

    Energy Switch {FFI}
    Poke Ball {KSS}
    Switch {KSS}


    BW: Trainer’s Kit 5
    Potion {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
    Energy Switch {FFI}
    Energy Retrieval {PRC}


    XY: Trainer’s Kit - Bisharp and Wigglytuff
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard..


    Sun and Moon Trainer Kit—Lycanroc and Alolan Raichu)
    All cards in this set are legal.


    Southern Islands
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.


    Battle Road
    No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.





    Deck Building Reminders
    You cannot use cards from the World Championship decks. These are pre-packaged decks which have extremely powerful and expensive cards based on winning competitive decks available at a very low price. These cards are identified by a silver/grey border on the front, a signature in the lower right hand corner of the picture on the card and a unique card back. None of these cards can be in a deck in a Pokémon Organized Play sanctioned tournament; this includes the basic Energy cards from these decks. They are allowed in league play.


    Cards marked “NOT TOURNAMENT LEGAL” in the lower left hand corner of the card cannot be used in Pokémon Organized Play events.
    Note that you may not have any Foreign cards, including Japanese and energy cards, in your deck.

    If you sleeve your deck, you must sleeve your deck completely with identical sleeves. Note that only clear or solid color sleeves or official Pokemon sleeves with solid colored edges are legal sleeves for Premiere tournaments, with the exception of Prereleases.

    Finally, a listing of all sets and their set symbols may be found in the Researching Tower here: http://pokegym.net/tower/ Images of all legal cards may also be found there.

    This page, including needed corrections and additions, may discussed in the topic linked to this article.
     
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