Expanded format (TCG)

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The Expanded format of the Pokémon Trading Card Game is one of two formats used for officially-sanctioned Play! Pokémon events. It was added to the Standard format in the 2014-2015 season. It allows a greater number of expansions than Standard format but is not as unpredictable in card combinations as Unlimited format. It is also used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

It remains to be seen if Play! Pokémon will begin rotating out expansions once per year, after the World Championships, as they currently do with Standard format. Additional expansions are added to the current Rotation three weeks after they are released in the United States. Starting from 2016, they were added to the current Rotation on the third Friday in the month of release.

If a card in an Expanded-legal expansion is a reprint of an older card, all prints of the card can be played in an Expanded-legal expansion-legal deck (i.e. Base Set Potion). However, some cards significantly differ in wording between older prints and newer prints (i.e. Charizard from the Base Set compared to its Stormfront iteration); those cards require a reference outside the deck in order to use the older prints in a Expanded-legal deck. A reference must be either a new version of the card or a printout of the card's entry from the official Card-Dex.

Play! Pokémon requires players to play with cards printed in their region's official language (for example: players in the United States are restricted to English cards only, whereas players in Canada can use both English cards and French cards).

List of Expanded formats

In other languages

Language Title
Denmark Flag.png Danish Udvidet
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Uitgebreid
Finland Flag.png Finnish Laajennettu
France Flag.png European French Étendu
Germany Flag.png German Erweitert
Italy Flag.png Italian Esteso
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Utvidet
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Expandido
Russia Flag.png Russian Расширенны Rasshirenny
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Expandido
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Utökadе

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