Is there a pokemon banlist?

Discussion in 'Cards: Strategy and Rulings Discussion' started by PinkMist, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. PinkMist

    PinkMist New Member

    So yeah, is there a banlist in Pokemon? and if so what is it?

    Cheers :)
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  2. X_empoleon_X

    X_empoleon_X New Member

    There is no "banlist" per-se, however in the modified format (i.e group of cards that are allowed for tournament play) the only cards that you can use are cards printed in the Heart Gold Soul Silver set and all sets after that which can be shortened to HGSS-Onwards. You can also use cards that have been printed in past sets which have also been printed is recent sets (Pok├ęBall, Rare Candy etc.) However if the has been a significant text change (Great Ball for example) you'll need a reference.
  3. RB Golbat

    RB Golbat New Member

    The VGC has a ban list of:


    As well as the moves: Dark Void and Sky Drop.
  4. yankeezone13

    yankeezone13 New Member

    There was one way back in the day that included only Sneasel and Slowking from Neo Genesis, because at that time, thew were too powerful. The Sneasel was reprinted in Undaunted so I guess that's off, but the Slowking is still on it.
  5. PinkMist

    PinkMist New Member

    Okay thanks very much :)

    I was refering to the TCG but thanks anyway :)

    Thats the Slowking that makes your opponent coin flip each time they want to use a Trainer card yeah?
  6. shiwei87tan

    shiwei87tan New Member

    Yes that's the slowking..
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  7. yankeezone13

    yankeezone13 New Member

    I also remembered that _______________'s Pikachu or Birthday Pikachu and Ancient Mew are also banned
  8. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    There is one and ONLY one card that is currently banned in the Pokemon TCG.
    That is Ancient Mew.
    That is because it has a non standard card back and the text is not in any normal language.
    (It's in an easy to figure out code, but still a code)

    Sneasel and Slowking were banned from Modified in their time. Period.
    They were never, ever banned from Unlimited.

    That Sneasel has NOT been reprinted.
    The HGSS Sneasel is different.
    Only slightly different, but still different.
    Not that it would be considered broken in the current format, anyway...

    "Birthday Pikachu" has not been banned since Pokemon took over the game from WotC, over 8 years ago.
    Of course, if you want to get it's bonus effect, you would have to prove it's your birthday.
  9. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    If the video game can have a ban list, then so should the card game.
  10. King Piplup

    King Piplup New Member

    The VGC doesn't get 400+ new useable items (Pokemon/Cards) a year either.
  11. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    True but you ban things to protect the health of any competitive game. Pokemon is the only TCG I know of that does not get this.
  12. psychup2034

    psychup2034 New Member

    Actually, that's not correct. Ubers is arguably the most balanced format in VGC right now, especially in 1-vs.-1 battles. (There are obvious exceptions, such as Dark Void and Moody, but those are generally banned when playing online.)

    Also, Pokemon TCG does have a ban list. It's every card released before HGSS, but not reprinted after.
  13. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    You know what I mean. In the VGC, the list is more of a restriction list. You can only have 1 of them in a team. They are restricted because of their huge stats and if they were all legal, they would overshadow all the other pokemon. Making a stale tournament.

    For the TCG, they need to make a ban/restriction like. Something like 1 Junk Arm per deck, 2 Megnezone prime etc. You can't mix up a format with bans or restrictions.
  14. arMILO

    arMILO New Member

    Having a restriction for cards would completely kill them. Why restrict a card if no one will play it if you do? Just ban it all together. But even banning isn't necessary, I like pokemon because everything has a check to keep it in balance, every one card has atleast one card that counters it, and if not here in the states it has a counter in japan and we'll be getting it sooner or later.
  15. Poke Trainer J

    Poke Trainer J New Member

    I don't think the Pokemon TCG needs Restrictions on ANY cards, just either Bans or Erratas only. Restrictions hurt deck consistency and decreases the odds of drawing what you need, let's not try to follow the same path that Yu-Gi-Oh! took a decade ago alright? -___-

    The only cards I would ban right now in the Pokemon TCG are Vileplume UD and Junk Arm. A banhammer is not required for our situation cause If you ban too many cards that are overpowered and Modified legal that's going to cause alot of hate from the players and that would probably force them to quit for good.
  16. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    I do agree that Junk Arm and Vileplume needs to be banned but every one needs to remember all the special rules some cards had. * Pokemon, shining Pokemon and even luxury ball were all 1 of in a deck and even your techs yet no one complained.

    Pokemon needs bans and or restrictions. Restrict cards that are too good but not broken and ban all the broken cards. Putting Junk Arm at 1 would fix a lot of problems and maybe even 2 catchers in a deck.

    You ban broken cards. Vileplume to name 1 and restrict cards that are too good at what they do. Junk Arm, Catcher, Juniper, Seeker, Mangezone to name a few. I'll say just outright ban Reshiram and Zekrom and maybe restrict Pachi.
  17. Tash

    Tash New Member

    Vileplume isn't broken, he's just centralized right now because of Catcher/Junk Arm.

    If you get rid of overpowered cards in order to widen the array of deck used, people just start overplaying the next best thing. For example, eliminating the Dragons and Eviolite would probably just bring back Donphan.
  18. yankeezone13

    yankeezone13 New Member

    Well the *'s and Shinings are too rare(and not that good as a card), to have multiple of in a deck. Luxury ball was only one in a deck because there was no point of running more. You could have ran 4, but there was no point. And techs are just that, techs, cards not necessary for the deck to run well, just as counters for other cards or to make the deck more consistent.
  19. vaporeon

    vaporeon Moderator

    But the thing is, no one complained about them being 1 of in a deck.
  20. yankeezone13

    yankeezone13 New Member

    Thats because that's what everyone chose to run. People chose to run 0 of the *'s and Shinings, 1 of the Luxury Ball's and they could run as many copies of a tech as they want.

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