Current Standard Legal Card List

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Play! Pokémon 2019-2020 Season Standard Format Legal Card List

The following is the updated version of all English released cards that are legal for the Standard Format, 2019-2020 season starting August 15th, 2019.

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:
Black Star Promos SM94 and higher

Note: All cards, including promos, are not legal until the 3rd Friday after their release date or 1st Friday if released after the 3rd Friday of the month. 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.
Promo Card Legality can be found here: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg-promo-card-legality-status/

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 6, 2019 with SM: Hidden Fates 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

 

Set Legal Cards
Base Set
Switch 95/102 {CES}
Jungle No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard
Fossil No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard
Base Set 2 Switch 123/130 {CES}
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 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard
Expedition Bill’s Maintenance 137/165 {CES}
Copycat 138/165 {CES}
Super Scoop Up 151/165 {CES}
Switch 157/165 {CES}
Aquapolis Energy Switch 120/147 {CES}
Rainbow Energy 144/147 {CES}
Skyridge Lure Ball 128/144 {CES}
Fisherman 125/144 {CES}
Underground Expedition 140/144 {CES}
EX: Ruby and Sapphire Energy Switch 82/109 {CES}
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}
Super Scoop Up 99/112 {CES}
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}
EX: Delta Species Super Scoop Up 100/113 {CES}
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}
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}
Diamond & Pearl Energy Switch 107/130 {CES}
Super Scoop Up 115/130 {CES}
Switch 119/130 {SUM}
Mysterious Treasures No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
DP: Secret Wonders Switch 128/132 {SUM}
DP: Great Encounters Rare Candy 102/106 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Majestic Dawn 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}
Switch 93/100 {SUM}
 Platinum Life Herb 108/127 {CES}
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 Magikarp 72/123 {HIF}
Copycat 90/123 {CES}
Energy Switch 91/123 {CES}
Fisherman 92/123 {CES}
Moomoo Milk 94/123 {LOT}
Pokégear 3.0 96/123 {UNB}
Pokémon Communication 98/123 {TEU}
Switch 102/123 {SUM}
Rainbow Energy 104/123 {CES}
HS: Unleashed Magikarp 61/93 {HIF}
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 77/95 {CES}
Black & White Energy Switch 94/114 {CES}
Pokémon Communication 99/114 {TEU}
Super Scoop Up 103/114 {CES}
Switch 104/114 {SUM}
BW: Emerging Powers Crushing Hammer 92/98 {UPR}
BW: Noble Victories No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Next Destinies No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Dark Explorers Rare Candy 100/108 {CES}
BW: Dragons Exalted No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Dragon Vault No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Boundaries Crossed Switch 135/149 {SUM}
BW: Plasma Storm No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Plasma Freeze No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Plasma Blast Rare Candy 85 & 105/101 {CES}
BW: Legendary Treasures Crushing Hammer 111/113 {UPR}
Energy Switch 112/113 {ROS}
XY: Kalos Starter Set Crushing Hammer 34/39 {UPR}
Switch 38/39 {SUM}
XY: XY Rainbow Energy 131/146 {CES}
XY: Flashfire Pal Pad 92 /106 {UPR}
Pokemon Center Lady 93 & 105/106 {HIF}
Pokemon Fan Club 94 & 106/106 {UPR}
XY: Furious Fists Energy Switch 89/111 {CES}
Super Scoop Up 100/111 {CES}
XY: Phantom Forces No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Primal Clash Acro Bike 122/160 {CES}
Rare Candy 135/160 {GRI}
Switch 163/160 {SUM}
XY: Double Crisis No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Roaring Skies Switch 91/108 {SUM}
Energy Switch 109/108 {SUM}
XY: Ancient Origins Energy Recycler 72/98 {FLI}
XY: BreakTHROUGH Fisherman 136/162 {CES}
Judge 143/162 {FLI}
Rainbow Energy 152/162 {CES}
XY: BreakPOINT Misty’s Determination 104/122{HIF}
Generations Crushing Hammer 60/83 {UPR}
Energy Switch 61/83 {CES}
Pokemon Center Lady 68/83 {HIF}
Pokemon Fan Club 69/83 {UPR}
XY: Fates Collide Pokemon Fan Club 107/124 {UPR}
XY: Steam Siege No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Evolutions Brock’s Grit 74/108 {TEU}
Misty’s Determination 80 & 108/108 {HIF}
Switch 88/108 {SUM}
Brock’s Grit 107/108 {TEU}
Sun and Moon Cosmoen 65/149 {UPR}
Lunala GX 66 & 141 & 153/149 {UPR}
Solgaleo GX 89 & 143 & 155/149 {UPR}
Crushing Hammer 115/149 {UPR}
Energy Switch 117/149 {CES}
Rare Candy 129/149 {CES}
Hau 120/149 {CES}
Lillie 122 & 147/149 {UPR}
Switch 132 & 160/149 {CES}
Rainbow Energy 137/149 {CES}
SM: Guardians Rising Mimikyu 58/145 {SMP 99}
Energy Recycler 123/145 {FLI}
Hau 144/145 {CES}
Rare Candy 165/145 {CES}
SM: Burning Shadows Pikachu 40/147 {SMP 98}
Lana 117/147 {UPR}
Super Scoop Up 124 & 166/147 {CES}
Super Scoop Up 146/147 {CES}
SM: Shining Legends Hau 61/73 {CES}
Lillie 62/73 {UPR}
Switch 67/73{CES}
SM: Crimson Invasion Hydreigon 62/111 {DRM}
Silvally GX 90 &108 & 119/111 {UPR}
Lusamine 96 & 110/111 {UPR}
Peeking Red Card 97/111 {UPR}
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.
SM: Dragon Majesty All cards in this set are legal.
SM: Lost Thunder All cards in this set are legal.
SM: Team Up All cards in this set are legal.
Detective Pikachu All cards in this set are legal.
SM: Unbroken Bonds All cards in this set are legal.
SM: Unified Minds All cards in this set are legal as of 8/16/19.
SM: Hidden Fates All cards in main set (XX/68) are legal.
Cards in the Shiny Vault (SV) subset have the legality of the main set referenced on the card that they are reprinted from.
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}
Solgaleo GX SM16 {UPR}
Lunala GX SM17 {UPR}
Pheromosa GX SM66 {UPR}
Celesteela GX SM67 {UPR}
Xurkitree GX SM68 {UPR}
Champion’s Festival SM78 {SMP}
Silvally GX SM91 {UPR}
SM94 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) No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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)
No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
ex: Trainer’s Kit 2
(Plusle & Minun)
No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
DP: Trainer’s Kit 3
(Lucario & Manaphy)
No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
HS: Trainer’s Kit 4
(Raichu & Gyarados)
Energy Switch {FFI}
Switch {KSS}
BW: Trainer’s Kit 5 Energy Switch {FFI}
XY: Trainer’s Kit – Bisharp and Wigglytuff Switch 29/30 4/30 {BKP}
XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios Acro Bike 122/160 {CES}
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) No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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.