Current Expanded Legal Card List

Play! Pokémon 2018-2019 Season Expanded Format Legal Card List

The following is the updated version of all English released cards that are legal for the Expanded Format, 2018-2019 season starting August 28th, 2018.

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.

The current Expanded format is comprised of Black & White, sets released after this set, and the following:
McDonald’s Collection 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Black & White Trainer Kit
XY Trainer Kit
XY Trainer Kit—Bisharp and Wigglytuff
XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios
XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune
Sun & Moon Trainer Kit—Lycanroc & Alolan Raichu
Black Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher, 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. See Note 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.

Expanded Format Legal Card List
Set Legal Cards
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 {EVO}
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 Energy Search 59/62 {BCR}
Recycle 61/62 {EPO}
Base Set 2 Caterpie 68/130 {EVO}
Weedle 100/130 {EVO}
Pokédex 115/130 {EVO}
Maintenance 117/130 {FFI}
Poké Ball 121/130 {KSS}
Potion 122/130 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 123/130 {KSS}
Double Colorless Energy 124/130
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 {BUS}
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 Caterpie 69/110 {EVO}
Weedle 99/110 {EVO}
Potion 110/110 Common {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Expedition Bill’s Maintenance 137/165 {CES}
Copycat 138/165 {CES}
Super Scoop Up 151/165 {BUS}
Energy Search 153/165 {BCR}
Full Heal 154/165 {EVO}
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}
Lure Ball 128/144{CES}
Underground Expedition 140/144 {CES}
EX: Ruby and Sapphire Energy Switch 82/109 {FFI}
Poké Ball 86/109 {KSS}
Energy Search 90/109 {BCR}
Potion 91/109 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 92/109 {KSS}
Rainbow Energy 95/109
EX: Sandstorm Rare Candy 88/100 {PRC} 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 Expanded.
EX: Hidden Legends No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
EX: FireRed LeafGreen Bill’s Maintenance 87/112 {CES}
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 Copycat 83/109 {CES}
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 {PRC} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Unseen Forces Energy Recycle System 81/115 {CES}
Energy Switch 84/115 {FFI}
Poké Ball 87/115 {KSS}
Energy Search 94/115 {BCR}
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 {PRC} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Crystal Guardians Bill’s Maintenance 71/100 {CES}
Poké Ball 82/100 {KSS}
Energy Search 86/100 {BCR}
Potion 87/100 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Dragon Frontiers Copycat 73/101 {CES}
TV Reporter 82/101 {CES}
Switch 83/101 {KSS}
EX: Power Keepers Energy Recycle System 73/108 {CES}
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}
Energy Search 117/130 {BCR}
Potion 118/130 {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 119/130 {KSS}
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 {PRC} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Majestic Dawn Poké Ball 85/100 {KSS}
Energy Search 90/100 {BCR}
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 Life Herb 108/127 {CES}
PlusPower 112/127 {BLW} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 113/127 {KSS}
Rainbow Energy 121/127 {XY}
Platinum: Rising Rivals Surfing Pikachu 28/111 {EVO}
TV Reporter 11/17 {CES}
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 Copycat 90/123 {CES}
Energy Switch 91/123 {FFI}
Fisherman 92/123 {BKT}
Full Heal 93/123 {EVO}
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}
Life Herb 79/95 {CES}
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 Copycat 77/93 {CES}
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.
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 except “Ghetsis” (101 & 115).
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 except “Wally” (94 & 107).
XY: Ancient Origins All cards in this set are legal except “Forest of Giant Plants” (74/98) and “Hex Maniac” (75 & 75A).
XY: BreakTHROUGH All cards in this set are legal.
XY: BreakPOINT All cards in this set are legal except “Puzzle of Time” (109/122).
Generations All cards in this set are legal except “Wally” (RC27/RC32).
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.
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 Surfing Pikachu 28 {EVO}
Best Promos No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Expanded.
TPCi Blackstar Promos BW001 and up.
XY001 and up.
SM01 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.
McDonalds Set (2015) All cards in this set are legal.
McDonalds Set (2016) All cards in this set are legal.
McDonalds Set (2017) 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 TV Reporter 11/17 {CES}
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 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 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)
Energy Search 9/10 {BCR}
Potion {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
ex: Trainer’s Kit 2
(Plusle & Minun)
Energy Search 8/12. 9/12 {BCR}
Potion {KSS} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Trainer’s Kit 3
(Lucario & Manaphy)
Energy Search 8/11. 10/11 {BCR}
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 – Bisharp and Wigglytuff All cards in this set are legal.
XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios All cards in this set are legal.
XY Trainer Kit—Pikachu Libre and Suicune All cards in this set are legal.
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 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 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.