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 silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Archeops Fighting Noble Victories Rare 67/101 Red Collection U 040/066
Dark Explorers Rare Secret 110/108 Dark Rush UR 075/069
Sableye Darkness Dark Explorers Uncommon 62/108 Dark Rush U 043/069
Ghetsis Su Plasma Freeze Rare Holo 101/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set   013/016
      Spiral Force U 048/051
Plasma Freeze Rare Ultra 115/116 Spiral Force SR 055/051
Red Card I XY Uncommon 124/146 Collection Y U 056/060
      M Charizard-EX Mega Battle Deck   014/021
      Hyper Metal Chain Deck   012/018
      Super Legend Set: Xerneas-EX & Yveltal-EX   016/023
Generations Uncommon 71/83 BREAK Starter Pack   062/072
      Premium Champion Pack   108/131
      XY-P Promotional cards   XY-P
Milotic Water Flashfire Rare Holo 23/106 Wild Blaze R 018/080
      Extra Regulation Box   008/048
Lysandre's Trump Card Su Phantom Forces Uncommon 99/119 Phantom Gate U 086/088
Phantom Forces Rare Ultra 118/119 Phantom Gate SR 095/088
Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick Su Primal Clash Uncommon 133/160 Gaia Volcano U 067/070
Primal Clash Rare Ultra 158/160 Gaia Volcano SR 078/070
ShayminEX Colorless Roaring Skies Rare Holo ex 77/108 Emerald Break RR 063/078
Roaring Skies Rare Ultra 106/108 Emerald Break SR 087/078
      Premium Champion Pack   098/131
      The Best of XY   106/171
Yellow A Alternate cards   77a/108 The Best of XY   188/171
      Extra Regulation Box   021/048
Forest of Giant Plants St Ancient Origins Uncommon 74/98 Bandit Ring U 079/081
      Premium Champion Pack   127/131
      Premium Trainer Box   016/018
      The Best of XY   154/171
      Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes   038/041
Hex Maniac Su Ancient Origins Uncommon 75/98 Bandit Ring U 077/081
      XY-P Promotional cards   173/XY-P
      The Best of XY   140/171
Yellow A Alternate cards   75a/98 The Best of XY   181/171
      Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes   027/041
Delinquent Su BREAKpoint Uncommon 98/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens U 077/080
      The Best of XY   145/171
Yellow A Alternate cards   98b/122 The Best of XY   184/171
      Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Deck Build Boxes   030/041
Yellow A Alternate cards   98a/122      
Puzzle of Time I BREAKpoint Uncommon 109/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens U 071/080
      The Best of XY   112/171
      Extra Regulation Box   024/048
Marshadow Psychic Shining Legends Rare Holo 45/73 Shining Legends R 046/072
SM Black Star Promos   SM85 SM-P Promotional cards   155/SM-P
      GX Ultra Shiny   050/150
Oranguru Colorless Ultra Prism Uncommon 114/156 Ultra Sun C 052/066
      GX Starter Decks   101/131
Flabébé Fairy Forbidden Light Common 83/131 Forbidden Light C 057/094
Unown Psychic Lost Thunder Rare 90/214 Super-Burst Impact U 041/095
Unown Psychic Lost Thunder Rare 91/214 Super-Burst Impact U 042/095
Mismagius Psychic Unbroken Bonds Rare 78/214 Double Blaze U 039/095
Chip-Chip Ice Axe I Unbroken Bonds Uncommon 165/214 Double Blaze U 080/095
Lt. Surge's Strategy Su Unbroken Bonds Uncommon 178/214 Night Unison U 051/055
Hidden Fates Uncommon 60/68      
      V Starter Decks   119/127
Reset Stamp I Unified Minds Uncommon 206/236 GG End U 046/054
Unified Minds Rare Secret 253/236 GG End UR 068/054
      Tag All Stars   136/173
Yellow A Alternate cards   206a/214 Tag All Stars   137/173
      Charizard VMAX Starter Set   016/021
      Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   016/020
      V Starter Decks   100/127
      Charizard VMAX Starter Set 2   016/021
Jessie & James Su Hidden Fates Rare Holo 058/068 Sky Legend R 048/054
Hidden Fates Rare Ultra 68/68 Sky Legend SR 062/054
Island Challenge Amulet I Cosmic Eclipse Uncommon 194/236 Alter Genesis U 085/095
Cosmic Eclipse Rare Secret 265/236 Alter Genesis UR 116/095
Scoop Up Net I Rebel Clash Uncommon 165/192 Rebellion Crash U 086/096
Rebel Clash Uncommon 207/192 Rebellion Crash UR 114/096
      Shiny Star V   157/190
      VMAX Climax   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


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