Current Standard Legal Card List

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Play! Pokémon 2020-2021 Season Standard Format Legal Card List

The following is the updated version of all English released cards that are legal for the Standard Format, 2020-2021 season starting August 28th, 2020.

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 “Charizard”, “Charizard GX”, “Charizard V” and “Charizard VMAX” 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—Team Up, sets released after this set, and the following:
Black Star Promos SM158 and higher and SWSH001 and higher

Banned Cards

The following cards are banned from the Standard format:

Note: All cards, including promos, are not legal until the 2nd Friday after their US Market release date. Promo cards will be legal on either the 1st or 3rd Friday following the US Market 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.
Promo Card Legality can be found here: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg-promo-card-legality-status/

Older cards that have the same name and virtually identical game text, that have exactly the same game effects,  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 August 17, 2020 with Darkness Ablaze 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
Energy Retrieval 81/102 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 94/102 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 95/102 {CES}
Jungle Poké Ball 64/64 {REC}
Fossil Energy Search 59/62 {SSH}
Base Set 2 Energy Retrieval 110/130 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 121/130 {REC}
Potion 122/130 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
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 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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 Energy Retrieval 107/110 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 110/110 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Expedition Energy Search 153/165 {SSH}
Full Heal 154/165 {REC}
Potion 156/165 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 157/165 {CES}
Aquapolis Energy Switch 120/147 {CES}
Skyridge Hyper Potion 127/144 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Ruby and Sapphire Energy Switch 82/109 {CES}
Lum Berry 84/109 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 86/109 {REC}
Energy Search 90/109 {SSH}
Potion 91/109 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 92/109 {CES}
EX: Sandstorm Rare Candy 88/100 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Dragons No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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 Energy Switch 90/112 {CES}
Great Ball 92/112 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Poké Ball 95/112 {REC}
Potion 101/112 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 102/112 {CES}
EX: Team Rocket Returns No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
EX: Deoxys No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
EX: Emerald Lum Berry 78/106 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Rare Candy 83/106 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Unseen Forces Energy Switch 84/115 {CES}
Poké Ball 87/115 {REC}
Sitrus Berry 91/115{SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search 94/115 {SSH}
Potion 95/115 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Delta Species Great Ball 90/113 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 101/113 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 102/113 {SUM}
EX: Legend Maker No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
 EX: Holon Phantoms Rare Candy 90/110 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Crystal Guardians Poké Ball 82/100 {REC}
Energy Search 86/100 {SSH}
Potion 87/100 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
EX: Dragon Frontiers Switch 83/101 {SSH}
EX: Power Keepers Energy Switch 75/108 {CES}
Great Ball 77/108 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Diamond & Pearl Energy Switch 107/130 {CES}
Poké Ball 110/130 {REC}
Energy Search 117/130 {SSH}
Potion 118/130 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 119/130 {SUM}
DP: Mysterious Treasures Quick Ball 114/123 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Secret Wonders Potion 127/132 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 128/132 {SUM}
DP: Great Encounters Rare Candy 102/106 {CES} Errata issued. No reference needed.
DP: Majestic Dawn Poké Ball 85/100 {REC}
Quick Ball 86/100 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search 90/100 {SSH}
DP: Legends Awakened No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
DP: Stormfront Energy Switch 84/100 {CES}
Great Ball 85/100 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Potion 92/100 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Switch 93/100 {SUM}
 Platinum Poké Ball 113/127 {REC}
Platinum: Rising Rivals No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
Platinum: Supreme Victors No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
Platinum: Arceus Lucky Egg 88/111 {SSH}
HeartGold SoulSilver Magikarp 72/123 {HIF}
Energy Switch 91/123 {CES}
Full Heal 93/123 {REC}
Poké Ball 95/123 {REC}
Pokégear 3.0 96/123 {UNB}
Pokémon Communication 98/123 {TEU}
Switch 102/123 {SUM}
HS: Unleashed Magikarp 61/93 {HIF}
Rare Candy 82/95 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
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 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
Black & White Energy Retrieval 92/114 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search 93/114 {SSH}
Energy Switch 94/114 {CES}
Full Heal 95/114 {REC}
Pokémon Communication 99/114 {TEU}
Potion 100/114 {SSH}
Switch 104/114 {SUM}
BW: Emerging Powers Crushing Hammer 92/98 {UPR}
Great Ball 93/98 {SSH}
Pokémon Catcher 95/98 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
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}
Pokémon Catcher 111/108 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
BW: Dragons Exalted No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
BW: Dragon Vault Tool Scrapper 116/124 {REC}
BW: Boundaries Crossed Great Ball 129/149 {SSH}
Switch 135/149 {SUM}
Energy Search 128/149 {SSH}
Poké Ball 131/149 {REC}
Potion 132/149 {SSH}
Skyla 134 & 149/149 {REC}
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 Energy Retrieval 80/101 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Pokémon Catcher 83/101 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
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}
Poké Ball 35/39 {REC}
Pokémon Catcher 36/39 {SSH}
Potion 37/39 {SSH}
Switch 38/39 {SUM}
XY: XY Great Ball 118/146 {SSH}
XY: Flashfire Pal Pad 92 /106 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Pokemon Center Lady 93 & 105/106 {HIF}
XY: Furious Fists Energy Switch 89/111 {CES}
Full Heal 93/111 {REC}
XY: Phantom Forces No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Primal Clash Energy Retrieval 126/160 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Rare Candy 135/160 {SSH}
Switch 163/160 {SSH}
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 Retrieval 99/98{SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
XY: BreakTHROUGH Skyla 148/162 {REC}
XY: BreakPOINT Great Ball 100/122 {SSH}
Misty’s Determination 104/122{HIF}
Pokémon Catcher 105/122{SSH}
Potion 106/122{SSH}
Skyla 122/122 {REC}
Generations Crushing Hammer 60/83 {UPR}
Energy Switch 61/83 {CES}
Poké Ball 67/83 {REC}
Pokémon Center Lady 68/83 {HIF}
XY: Fates Collide No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Steam Siege No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
XY: Evolutions Brock’s Grit 74/108 {TEU}
Energy Retrieval 77/108 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Full Heal 78/108 {REC}
Misty’s Determination 80 & 108/108 {HIF}
Potion 83/108 {SSH}
Switch 88/108 {SUM}
Brock’s Grit 107/108 {TEU}
Sun and Moon Crushing Hammer 115/149 {SSH}
Energy Retrieval 116/149 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Switch 117/149 {CES}
Great Ball 119/149 {SSH}
Poké Ball 125/149 {REC}
Pokémon Catcher 126/149 {SSH}
Potion 127/149 {SSH}
Rare Candy 129/149 {CES}
Switch 132 & 160/149 {SSH}
SM: Guardians Rising Rare Candy 165/145 {SSH}
SM: Burning Shadows No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
SM: Shining Legends Energy Retrieval 59/73 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Great Ball 60/73 {SSH}
Pokémon Catcher 64/73 {SSH}
Switch 67/73{CES}
SM: Crimson Invasion No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
SM: Ultra Prism Pal Pad 132 /156 {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Unidentified Fossil 134/156 {COE}
Crushing Hammer 166/156 {SSH}
SM: Forbidden Light Unidentified Fossil 134/156 {COE}
SM: Celestial Storm Energy Switch 129/168 {SSH}
Rare Candy 142/168 {SSH}
Switch 147/168 {SSH}
SM: Dragon Majesty Blaine’s Last Stand 58 & 69/70 {HIF}
SM: Lost Thunder No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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 except  Mismagius (78/214)
SM: Unified Minds All cards in this set are legal.
SM: Hidden Fates All cards in main set (XX/68) are legal.
Except Shiny Vault Cards. The only legal SV card is Lycanroc GX SV67/SV94
SM: Cosmic Eclipse All cards in this set are legal except  Bellelba & Brycen-Man (186/236)
Sword & Shield All cards in this set are legal.
SWSH: Rebel Clash All cards in this set are legal.
SWSH: Darkness Ablaze All cards in this set are legal.
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 SM158 and up
SWSH001 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 No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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 Rare Candy 7/17 {SSH} 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 {SSH} 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)
Potion {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search {SSH}
ex: Trainer’s Kit 2
(Plusle & Minun)
Potion {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search {SSH}
DP: Trainer’s Kit 3
(Lucario & Manaphy)
Potion {SSH} Errata issued. No reference needed.
Energy Search {SSH}
HS: Trainer’s Kit 4
(Raichu & Gyarados)
Energy Switch {FFI}
Poké Ball {REC}
Switch {SSH}
BW: Trainer’s Kit 5 Poké Ball {REC}
Pokémon Catcher {SSH}
Potion {SSH}
Energy Switch {FFI}
XY: Trainer’s Kit – Bisharp and Wigglytuff Switch 29/30 4/30 {SSH}
XY Trainer Kit—Latias and Latios No cards (other than Basic Energy) from this set are allowed in Standard.
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.