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The following is the updated version of the list of all English released cards that are legal for the Expanded Format, 2017-2018 season starting September 1st, 2016.

The Expanded Format has a larger card pool than the Standard format. It allows all cards printed since the release of Pokémon Black & White. These sets also contain reprinted cards from older sets, making those older cards also legal in the Expanded Format. A deck must also contain 60 cards, have at least one Pokémon 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.

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: 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 December 2, 2017 with SM: Shining Legends and SM: Burning Crimson Invasion 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 this topic:
http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread...ist-Discussion


Expanded Format Legal Card List

[ ] Base Set Caterpie 45/102 {EVO}
Weedle 69/102 {EVO}
Computer Search 71/102 {BCR} Major text change. Note: Can only be used in Unlimited, play as the Ace Spec.Maintenance 83/102 {FFI}
PlusPower 84/102 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Pokédex 87/102 {BLW}
Potion 94/102 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 95/102 {KSS}
Double Colorless Energy 96/102 {XY}
Jungle Poké Ball 64/64 {KSS}
Fossil Recycle 61/62 {EPO}
Base Set 2 Caterpie 68/130 {EVO}
Weedle 100/130 {EVO}
Maintenance 112/130 {FFI}Poké Ball 121/130 {KSS}
Potion 122/130 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 123/130 {KSS}
Double Colorless Energy 124/130 {XY}
Team Rocket No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Gym Heroes No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Gym Challenge No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Neo Genesis Super Scoop Up 98/111 {BUS}
Neo Discovery No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Neo Revelation No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Neo Destiny No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Legendary Collection Caterpie 69/110 {EVO}
Weedle 99/110 {EVO}
Potion 110/110 Common {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Expedition Super Scoop Up 151/165 {BUS}
Full Heal 154/165 {FFI}
Potion 156/165 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 157/165 {KSS}
Aquapolis Energy Switch 120/147 {FFI}
Rainbow Energy 144/147 {XY}
Warp Energy 147/115 {CIN}
Skyridge Fisherman 125/144 {BKT}
EX: Ruby and Sapphire Energy Switch 82/109 {FFI}
Poké Ball 86/109 {KSS}
Potion 91/109 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 92/109 {KSS}
Rainbow Energy 95/109 {XY}
EX: Sandstorm Rare Candy 88/100 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Dragons No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
EX: Team Magma
vs. Team Aqua
No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
EX: Hidden Legends No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
EX: FireRed LeafGreen Energy Switch 90/112 {FFI}
Great Ball 92/112 {XY} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 95/112 {KSS}
Super Scoop Up 99/112 {BUS}
VS Seeker 100/112 {PHF}
Potion 101/112 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 102/112 {KSS}
EX: Team Rocket Returns Here Comes Team Rocket! 111/109 {EVO}
EX: Deoxys No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
EX: Emerald Rare Candy 83/106 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Unseen Forces Energy Switch 84/115 {FFI}
Poké Ball 87/115 {KSS}
Potion 95/115 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Warp Energy 100/115 {CIN}
EX: Delta Species Great Ball 90/113 {XY} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Super Scoop Up 100/113 {BUS}
Potion 101/113 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 102/113 {KSS}
EX: Legend Maker Rainbow Energy 81/92 {XY}
EX: Holon Phantoms Rare Candy 90/110 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Crystal Guardians Poké Ball 82/100 {KSS}
Energy Seach 86/100 {BCR}
Potion 87/100 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Dragon Frontiers Switch 83/101 {KSS}
EX: Power Keepers Energy Switch 75/108 {FFI}
Great Ball 77/108 {XY} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Warp Energy 91/115 {CIN}
Diamond & Pearl Energy Switch 107/130 {FFI}
PlusPower 109/130 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 110/130 {KSS}
Super Scoop Up 115/130 {BUS}
Potion 118/130 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 119/130 {KSS}
DP: Mysterious Treasures No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
DP: Secret Wonders PlusPower 121/132 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 127/132 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 128/132 {KSS}
DP: Great Encounters Rare Candy 102/106 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Majestic Dawn Poké Ball 85/100 {KSS}
Super Scoop Up {BUS}
DP: Legends Awakened No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
DP: Stormfront Energy Switch 84/100 {FFI}
Great Ball 85/100 {XY} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 92/100 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 93/100 {KSS}
Warp Energy 95/115 {CIN}
Platinum PlusPower 112/127 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 113/127 {KSS}
Rainbow Energy 121/127 {XY}
Platinum: Rising Rivals Surfing Pikachu 28 {EVO}
Platinum: Supreme Victors VS Seeker 140/147 {PHF}
Platinum: Arceus No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
HeartGold SoulSilver Energy Switch 91/123 {FFI}
Fisherman 92/123 {BKT}
Full Heal 93/123 {FFI}
Poké Ball 95/123 {KSS}
Pokémon Communication 98/123 {BLW}
Switch 102/123 {KSS}
Double Colorless Energy 103/123 {XY}
Rainbow Energy 104/123 {XY}
HS: Unleashed Judge 78/95 {BKT}
PlusPower 80/95 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Rare Candy 82/95 {PLB} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Super Scoop Up 83/95 {BUS}
HS: Undaunted No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
HS: Triumphant No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Call of Legends No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Black & White All cards in this set are legal.
Professor Juniper 101/114 {PLB} Note: Cannot be played in the same deck as Professor Sycamore.
BW: Emerging Powers All cards in this set are legal.
Pokemon Catcher 95/98 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
BW: Noble Victories All cards in this set are legal except "Archeops" (67/101).
BW: Next Destinies All cards in this set are legal except "Shiftry" (72/99).
BW: Dark Explorers All cards in this set are legal except "Archeops" (110/108).
Professor Juniper {PLB} Note: Cannot be played in the same deck as Professor Sycamore.
Pokemon Catcher 111/108 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
BW: Dragons Exalted All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Dragon Vault All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Boundaries Crossed All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Plasma Storm All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Plasma Freeze All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Plasma Blast All cards in this set are legal.
BW: Legendary Treasures All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Kalos Starter Set All cards in this set are legal.
XY: XY All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Flashfire All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Furious Fists All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Phantom Forces All cards in this set are legal except "Lysandre's Trump Card" (99 & 118).
XY: Primal Clash All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Double Crisis All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Roaring Skies All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Ancient Origins All cards in this set are legal except "Forest of Giant Plants" (74/98).
XY: BreakTHROUGH All cards in this set are legal.
XY: BreakPOINT All cards in this set are legal.
Generations All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Fates Collide All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Steam Siege All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Evolutions All cards in this set are legal.
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.
Best Promos No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
TPCi Blackstar Promos BW001 and up.
XY001 and up.
McDonalds Set (2011) All cards in this set are legal.
McDonalds Set (2012) All cards in this set are legal.
McDonalds Set (2014) All cards in this set are legal.
Pokemon Rumble No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
POP Series 1 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
POP Series 2 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
POP Series 3 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
POP Series 4 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
POP Series 5 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 Expanded.
POP Series 7 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
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 Expanded.
ex: Trainer’s Kit 1
(Latios & Latias)
Potion 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 All cards in this set are legal.
XY: Trainer’s Kit 6 All cards in this set are legal.
Southern Islands No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
Battle Road No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.









Deck Building Reminders
You cannot use cards from the World Championship decks. These are prepackaged 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 this topic:
http://pokegym.net/forums/showthread...ist-Discussion



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