Expanded format (TCG)

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The Expanded format (Japanese: エクストラレギュレーション Extra Regulation 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.

Expanded is one of the formats playable in Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. However, as Pokémon Trading Card Game Live does not currently support all of the cards that are legal in Expanded, the format is instead called Expanded (Beta), and only allows cards legal in Expanded that are usable in the client. (Currently, this includes the Scarlet & Violet, Sword & Shield, and Sun & Moon series.) Prior to its discontinuation, it was also used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. Pokémon Trading Card Game Online always supported every card in the full Expanded format.

It remains to be seen if Play! Pokémon will ever rotate sets out of the Expanded format, 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 (e.g. Aquapolis Energy Switch). However, some cards significantly differ in wording between older prints and newer prints (e.g. Pokémon Fan Club from Aquapolis compared to its Ultra Prism iteration); those cards cannot be used in sanctioned tournaments. The exception is cards that have received errata (e.g. Base Set Potion); all printings of cards with errata may be used in sanctioned tournaments.

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).

As of 2023, there has not been an official Expanded tournament since 2020, and the format is not fully supported in Pokémon Trading Card Game Live. It is currently unknown if Play! Pokémon will continue to support the format.

List of Expanded formats

Banned Cards

Certain cards[1][2] are banned from the Expanded format due to the large number of available cards causing unintended combos. Several of these bans are in response to strategies that allow the player going first to win before their opponent performs an action.[3] Strategies involving hand disruption have also been a cause for bans.[4]

Cards banned from the Expanded format
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Archeops Fighting Noble Victories SetSymbolNoble Victories.png Rarity Rare.png 67/101 Red Collection SetSymbolRed Collection.png Rarity U.png 040/066
Dark Explorers SetSymbolDark Explorers.png Rarity Rare Secret.png 110/108 Dark Rush SetSymbolDark Rush.png Rarity UR.png 075/069
Sableye Darkness Dark Explorers SetSymbolDark Explorers.png Rarity Uncommon.png 62/108 Dark Rush SetSymbolDark Rush.png Rarity U.png 043/069
Ghetsis Su Plasma Freeze SetSymbolPlasma Freeze.png Rarity Rare Holo.png 101/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set SetSymbolTeam Plasma Battle Gift Set.png   013/016
        Spiral Force SetSymbolSpiral Force.png Rarity U.png 048/051
Plasma Freeze SetSymbolPlasma Freeze.png Rarity Rare Ultra.png 115/116 Spiral Force SetSymbolSpiral Force.png Rarity SR.png 055/051
Red Card I XY SetSymbolXY.png Rarity Uncommon.png 124/146 Collection Y SetSymbolCollection Y.png Rarity U.png 056/060
        M Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck SetSymbolM Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck.png   014/021
        Hyper Metal Chain Deck SetSymbolHyper Metal Chain Deck.png   012/018
        Super Legend Set: Xerneas-EX & Yveltal-EX SetSymbolSuper Legend Set.png   016/023
Generations SetSymbolGenerations.png Rarity Uncommon.png 71/83 BREAK Starter Pack SetSymbolBREAK Starter Pack.png   062/072
        Premium Champion Pack SetSymbolPremium Champion Pack.png   108/131
        XY-P Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png   XY-P
Milotic Water Flashfire SetSymbolFlashfire.png Rarity Rare Holo.png 23/106 Wild Blaze SetSymbolWild Blaze.png Rarity R.png 018/080
        Extra Regulation Box SetSymbolXY reprint.png   008/048
Lysandre's Trump Card Su Phantom Forces SetSymbolPhantom Forces.png Rarity Uncommon.png 99/119 Phantom Gate SetSymbolPhantom Gate.png Rarity U.png 086/088
Phantom Forces SetSymbolPhantom Forces.png Rarity Rare Ultra.png 118/119 Phantom Gate SetSymbolPhantom Gate.png Rarity SR.png 095/088
Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick Su Primal Clash SetSymbolPrimal Clash.png Rarity Uncommon.png 133/160 Gaia Volcano SetSymbolGaia Volcano.png Rarity U.png 067/070
Primal Clash SetSymbolPrimal Clash.png Rarity Rare Ultra.png 158/160 Gaia Volcano SetSymbolGaia Volcano.png Rarity SR.png 078/070
ShayminEX Colorless Roaring Skies SetSymbolRoaring Skies.png Rarity Rare Holo ex.png 77/108 Emerald Break SetSymbolEmerald Break.png Rarity RR.png 063/078
Roaring Skies SetSymbolRoaring Skies.png Rarity Rare Ultra.png 106/108 Emerald Break SetSymbolEmerald Break.png Rarity SR.png 087/078
        Premium Champion Pack SetSymbolPremium Champion Pack.png   098/131
        The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   106/171
Yellow A Alternate cards Yellow A symbol.png   77a/108 The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   188/171
        Extra Regulation Box SetSymbolXY reprint.png   021/048
Forest of Giant Plants St Ancient Origins SetSymbolAncient Origins.png Rarity Uncommon.png 74/98 Bandit Ring SetSymbolBandit Ring.png Rarity U.png 079/081
        Premium Champion Pack SetSymbolPremium Champion Pack.png   127/131
        Premium Trainer Box SetSymbolPremium Trainer Box.png   016/018
        The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   154/171
        Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes SetSymbolXY reprint.png   038/041
Hex Maniac Su Ancient Origins SetSymbolAncient Origins.png Rarity Uncommon.png 75/98 Bandit Ring SetSymbolBandit Ring.png Rarity U.png 077/081
        XY-P Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png   173/XY-P
        The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   140/171
Yellow A Alternate cards Yellow A symbol.png   75a/98 The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   181/171
        Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes SetSymbolXY reprint.png   027/041
Delinquent Su BREAKpoint SetSymbolBREAKpoint.png Rarity Uncommon.png 98/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens SetSymbolRage of the Broken Heavens.png Rarity U.png 077/080
        The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   145/171
Yellow A Alternate cards Yellow A symbol.png   98b/122 The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   184/171
        Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes SetSymbolXY reprint.png   030/041
Yellow A Alternate cards Yellow A symbol.png   98a/122        
Puzzle of Time I BREAKpoint SetSymbolBREAKpoint.png Rarity Uncommon.png 109/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens SetSymbolRage of the Broken Heavens.png Rarity U.png 071/080
        The Best of XY SetSymbolXY reprint.png   112/171
        Extra Regulation Box SetSymbolXY reprint.png   024/048
Marshadow Psychic A Shining Legends SetSymbolShining Legends.png Rarity Rare Holo.png 45/73 Shining Legends SetSymbolShiningLegends.png Rarity R.png 046/072
SM Black Star Promos SetSymbolPromo.png   SM85 SM-P Promotional cards SetSymbol SMPromo.png   155/SM-P
        GX Ultra Shiny SetSymbolGX Ultra Shiny.png   050/150
Oranguru Colorless B Ultra Prism SetSymbolUltra Prism.png Rarity Uncommon.png 114/156 Ultra Sun SetSymbolUltra Sun.png Rarity C.png 052/066
        GX Starter Decks SetSymbolGX Starter Decks.png   101/131
Flabébé Fairy B Forbidden Light SetSymbolForbidden Light.png Rarity Common.png 83/131 Forbidden Light SetSymbolForbiddenLight.png Rarity C.png 057/094
Unown Psychic B Lost Thunder SetSymbolLost Thunder.png Rarity Rare.png 90/214 Super-Burst Impact SetSymbolSuper-Burst Impact.png Rarity U.png 041/095
Unown Psychic B Lost Thunder SetSymbolLost Thunder.png Rarity Rare.png 91/214 Super-Burst Impact SetSymbolSuper-Burst Impact.png Rarity U.png 042/095
Mismagius Psychic C Unbroken Bonds SetSymbolUnbroken Bonds.png Rarity Rare.png 78/214 Double Blaze SetSymbolDouble Blaze.png Rarity U.png 039/095
Chip-Chip Ice Axe I C Unbroken Bonds SetSymbolUnbroken Bonds.png Rarity Uncommon.png 165/214 Double Blaze SetSymbolDouble Blaze.png Rarity U.png 080/095
Lt. Surge's Strategy Su C Unbroken Bonds SetSymbolUnbroken Bonds.png Rarity Uncommon.png 178/214 Night Unison SetSymbolNight Unison.png Rarity U.png 051/055
Hidden Fates SetSymbolHidden Fates.png Rarity Uncommon.png 60/68        
        V Starter Decks SetSymbolV Starter Decks.png   119/127
Reset Stamp I C Unified Minds SetSymbolUnified Minds.png Rarity Uncommon.png 206/236 GG End SetSymbolGG End.png Rarity U.png 046/054
Unified Minds SetSymbolUnified Minds.png Rarity Rare Secret.png 253/236 GG End SetSymbolGG End.png Rarity UR.png 068/054
        Tag All Stars SetSymbolTag All Stars.png   136/173
Yellow A Alternate cards Yellow A symbol.png   206a/214 Tag All Stars SetSymbolTag All Stars.png   137/173
        Charizard VMAX Starter Set SetSymbolCharizard VMAX Starter Set.png   016/021
        Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set SetSymbolGrimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set.png   016/020
        V Starter Decks SetSymbolV Starter Decks.png   100/127
        Charizard VMAX Starter Set 2 SetSymbolCharizard VMAX Starter Set 2.png   016/021
Jessie & James Su C Hidden Fates SetSymbolHidden Fates.png Rarity Rare Holo.png 58/68 Sky Legend SetSymbolSky Legend.png Rarity R.png 048/054
Hidden Fates SetSymbolHidden Fates.png Rarity Rare Ultra.png 68/68 Sky Legend SetSymbolSky Legend.png Rarity SR.png 062/054
Island Challenge Amulet I C Cosmic Eclipse SetSymbolCosmic Eclipse.png Rarity Uncommon.png 194/236 Alter Genesis SetSymbolAlter Genesis.png Rarity U.png 085/095
Cosmic Eclipse SetSymbolCosmic Eclipse.png Rarity Rare Secret.png 265/236 Alter Genesis SetSymbolAlter Genesis.png Rarity UR.png 116/095
Scoop Up Net I D Rebel Clash SetSymbolRebel Clash.png Rarity Uncommon.png 165/192 Rebellion Crash SetSymbolRebellion Crash.png Rarity U.png 086/096
Rebel Clash SetSymbolRebel Clash.png Rarity Uncommon.png 207/192 Rebellion Crash SetSymbolRebellion Crash.png Rarity UR.png 114/096
        Shiny Star V SetSymbolShiny Star V.png   157/190
        VMAX Climax SetSymbolVMAX Climax.png   133/184

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
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Luas
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

See also

References



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