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    Standard and Expanded Format Legal Card List Discussion

    This is the thread to discuss the Standard and Expanded Format Legal Card Lists. The Standard Format list was republished on its own page, when the Expanded Format list was published on September 1, 2014. This work was completed to coincide with the 2015 Season format rotation on September 3, 2014.

    The Standard Format only permits cards from the most recent Pokémon Trading Card Game sets. Currently these are cards from the Black & White—Boundaries Crossed and later sets, plus Black Star Promo Cards BW51 and higher or XY01 and higher.

    The Expanded format reaches back a bit farther, currently to the beginning of the previous block of sets; these are cards from the Black & White and later sets, plus Black Star Promo Cards BW01 and higher, or XY01 and higher.

    These sets sometimes contain reprinted cards from older sets, making those older cards also legal in their formats! The lists linked below provide you with information on what cards from the older sets can be used in the current formats, plus any restrictions that may be placed on those older cards due to text or other changes.

    Updated September 1, 2014 for the new Standard and Expanded Formats with legal cards from older sets that were reprinted.

    GO TO: Standard Format Legal Card List

    GO TO: Expanded Format Legal Card List

    Legal Card Reminders
    You cannot use cards from the World Championship decks. These are pre-packaged decks which have extremely powerful and often 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 language cards, including Japanese energy cards, in your deck.

    Finally, a listing of all sets, their set symbols and images of the cards legal in each format may be found in the PokeGym Researching Tower: http://pokegym.net/tower/

    Standard & Expanded Format Legal Card List Discussion Reminders

    1. When you post in this thread, please explicitly state whether you are referring to the Standard or Expanded list (or both).
    2. Post here to ask questions or let us know if you found some specific information that needs to be updated in the lists.
    Last edited by bulbasnore; 09/01/2014 at 08:44 PM. Reason: Update for 2015 season, moving lists to new pages, conversion of this thread to discussion.

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    Updated for Unleashed and Undaunted.

    Updates for the new season, starting in September, will follow shortly.
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    update to 2010-2011 is in progress
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    OK, this has been updated for the new season starting next week.

    If I've missed adding a valid reprint or missed taking out a card that is no longer legal, please let me know so that I can update this.
    Note, Neo Genesis Sneasel was not reprinted in Undaunted. The W&R is different so the old print is not legal for Modified.
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    Are Dialga Lv.X, Palkia Lv.X, Darkrai Lv.X Promos legal?

    How is Dialga/Palkia DP legal?

    Just wondering :/

    Did you post a list of promos legal or did I miss something

    Thanks for the help :)
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    Those cards were reprinted as promos in the legal series of DP promos.
    Yeah, it's a bit surprising that they are still legal.

    The legal promos are noted toward the end of the list.
    Take a look.
    They're there.
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    'Pop, it might be useful to re-start this topic for each new season. Some of the posts in here make zero sense given the new rotation, and could mislead newer players just logging on here for the first time.
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    Well, one reason we keep it in this topic is because this is our number one link into the site from search engines.
    Possibly we could soft delete the older posts.
    How would people feel about that?
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    yes, i agree with soft-deleting obsolete posts, to keep the thread managable...

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    Ill third the motion there, and also we may need to rename the title to 2010-2011
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    POP2 Pikachu is still legal.

    You missed the accent on Poké Ball in Unseen Forces and Crystal Guardians.
    You misspelled Super Scoop Up (Diamond/Pearl) and Premier Ball (Great Encounters).
    You missed the apostrophe in Professor Oak's Visit (Secret Wonders).


    Also, just out of curiosity, why is no reference required for Base Set/2 Full Heal, since they don't mention Burn, which Expedition and on can remove?

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    Fixed and you're correct, a ref should be required for those.
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    Does Defender still needs a reference?
    /quit.

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    Fossil Excavator 111/123 Uncommon MT

    Is this really still legal??
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    Reprinted in Platinum: ARceus, so yeah it is

    Edit: Sorry, it's in Majestic Dawn
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    Lol, arceus? Wanna toss me a link it then please?
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    How about you go look in the researching tower yourself?

    And, actually, not reprinted in Arceus, but in Majestic Dawn.
    We got it two sets in a row!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PokePop View Post
    How about you go look in the researching tower yourself?

    And, actually, not reprinted in Arceus, but in Majestic Dawn.
    We got it two sets in a row!
    How about uhhhhhhh NOPE

    I asked because I did look on the gallery on my favorite site PokeBeach and didn't find it under Arceus like that poster said, so I asked for a link. Is that a problem???????????????????
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    asking for a link isnt, but being a jerk about him suggesting you look in the RT and responding like THAT sure is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGeneral View Post
    How about uhhhhhhh NOPE

    I asked because I did look on the gallery on my favorite site PokeBeach and didn't find it under Arceus like that poster said, so I asked for a link. Is that a problem???????????????????
    That's your problem. It would have been much easier to check on the PokeGym's Researching Tower.
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    So is Roseanne's Research legal or not? It's OP8 but I don't see it on this list... it is in the Research Tower though... confused.

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    So is Roseanne's Research legal or not? It's OP8 but I don't see it on this list... it is in the Research Tower though... confused.
    Look again. It is not in the research tower and is not legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PokePop View Post
    That's your problem. It would have been much easier to check on the PokeGym's Researching Tower.
    I guess soooo, I just prefer to look on a site where people aren't telling me a card came out almost a year and a half after it really did. But thankssssssssssssss
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    Umm yeah it is
    http://pokegym.net/tower/rtmodified.php
    Look to the right it's listed alphabetically on the modified list.
    http://pokegym.net/forums/view.php?p...&imageid=40062
    And the card has POP8 on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by evil psyduck View Post
    Look again. It is not in the research tower and is not legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobakitty View Post
    Umm yeah it is
    http://pokegym.net/tower/rtmodified.php
    Look to the right it's listed alphabetically on the modified list.
    http://pokegym.net/forums/view.php?p...&imageid=40062
    And the card has POP8 on it.
    Didn't catch that as i like at the list on the left. It is still not legal.
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