Orphaned card

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An orphaned card is a card that has little or no practical use due to restrictions placed on the pool of legal cards by the tournament format. These are often Evolution cards whose Basic Pokémon or Stage 1 Pokémon are not available, though occasionally Trainer cards will fall into this category as well.

Name Reason TCG Set Picture
Venusaur The only Bulbasaur and Ivysaur at the time went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Until Bulbasaur was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Wizards Black Star Promos VenusaurWizardsPromo13.jpg
No Removal Gym The only Energy Removal and Super Energy Removal cards went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Gym Heroes NoRemovalGymGymHeroes103.jpg
Pidgeot The only Pidgey and Pidgeotto at the time went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Until these were reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Southern Islands PidgeotSouthernIslands2.jpg
Ivysaur The only Bulbasaur at the time went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Until Bulbasaur was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Southern Islands IvysaurSouthernIslands5.jpg
Exeggutor The only Exeggcute at the time went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Until another Exeggcute was printed in Neo Destiny, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Southern Islands ExeggutorSouthernIslands13.jpg
Tentacruel The only Tentacool at the time went out of rotation in the 2001-02 Modified format. Until Tentacool was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Southern Islands TentacruelSouthernIslands10.jpg
Dark Crobat The only Dark Golbat at the time went out of rotation in the 2002-03 Modified format. Until Pokémon Breeder was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Neo Destiny DarkCrobatNeoDestiny2.jpg
Rocket's Persian ex The only Rocket's Meowth card went out of rotation in the 2006-07 Modified format. EX Unseen Forces RocketPersianexEXUnseenForces116.png
Porygon-Z LV.X
Porygon-Z
The latest Porygon and Porygon2 cards went out of rotation in the 2010-11 Modified format. This format later included a new Porygon card, making these cards no longer orphaned. Majestic Dawn
DP Black Star Promos
Porygon-ZLVXMajesticDawn100.jpg
Porygon-ZDPPromo35.jpg
First Ticket The rule change which took place on November 8th, 2013, made it so that the player who goes first is decided before cards are drawn. Dragon Vault FirstTicketDragonVault19.jpg
Ampharos The latest Mareep and Flaaffy cards went out of rotation in the 2014-15 Modified format, where it could only be indirectly played with Cradily. BW Black Star Promos AmpharosBWPromo67.jpg
Heliolisk The latest Helioptile cards went out of rotation in the 2016-17 Standard format. XY Black Star Promos HelioliskXYPromo47.jpg
Blissey The latest Chansey card went out of rotation in the 2016-17 Standard format. This format later included a new Chansey card, making this card no longer orphaned. XY Black Star Promos BlisseyXYPromo56.jpg
M Blaziken-EX The only Blaziken-EX card went out of rotation in the 2017-18 Standard format. It could only be indirectly played with Ho-Oh-GX when Burning Shadows was released. XY Black Star Promos MBlazikenEXXYPromo86.jpg
M Swampert-EX The only Swampert-EX card went out of rotation in the 2017-18 Standard format. XY Black Star Promos MSwampertEXXYPromo87.jpg
M Gengar-EX This card was released outside Japan when there was no Gengar-EX in the Standard format. XY Black Star Promos MGengarEXXYPromo79.jpg
Crobat BREAK The latest Crobat card went out of rotation during the 2016-17 Standard format. This format later included a new Crobat card, making this card no longer orphaned. XY Black Star Promos CrobatBREAKXYPromo.jpg
Lucario Spirit Link This card was released when there was no Lucario-EX in the Standard format. XY Black Star Promos LucarioSpiritLinkXYPromo211.jpg
Palossand-GX The latest Sandygast cards went out of rotation in the 2019-20 Standard format. This format later included a new Sandygast card, making this card no longer orphaned. Celestial Storm PalossandGXCelestialStorm82.jpg
Hydreigon The latest Deino and Zweilous cards went out of rotation in the 2019-20 Standard format. Another Deino was later printed in Darkness Ablaze, but there were no sanctioned tournaments to use these cards together. Dragon Majesty HydreigonDragonMajesty33.jpg
Electrocharger Electropower went out of rotation in the 2020-21 Standard format. Team Up ElectrochargerTeamUp139.jpg
Machamp The latest Machop and Machoke cards went out of rotation in the 2019-20 Standard format. It remained orphaned in the 2020-21 Format until another Machop was printed in Champion's Path. Detective Pikachu MachampDetectivePikachu13.jpg
Typhlosion The latest Cyndaquil and Quilava cards went out of rotation in the 2020-21 Standard format. It could only be indirectly played with Chandelure. SM Black Star Promos TyphlosionSMPromo185.jpg
Greninja The last Froakie and Frogadier cards were out of rotation by the time of this card's printing in the 2021-23 Standard format. Until a new Froakie was printed in Obsidian Flames, it could only be indirectly played with Orbeetle or Vaporeon VMAX. SWSH Black Star Promos GreninjaSWSHPromo305.jpg


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