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. Often these are evolution cards whose Basic Pokémon or Stage 1 Pokémon is 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 were out of rotation in the first (2001-2002) 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 were out of rotation in the first Modified Format. Gym Heroes NoRemovalGymGymHeroes103.jpg
Dark Crobat The only Dark Golbat at the time was out of rotation in the first Modified Format. Until Pokémon Breeder was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Neo Destiny DarkCrobatNeoDestiny2.jpg
Pidgeot The only Pidgey and Pidgeotto at the time were out of rotation in the first 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 was out of rotation in the first 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 was out of rotation in the first 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 was out of rotation in the first Modified Format. Until Tentacool was reprinted in Legendary Collection, it could only be indirectly played with Brock's Ninetales. Southern Islands TentacruelSouthernIslands10.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 only Mareep and Flaaffy cards from the Black and White series went out of rotation in the 2015-2016 Standard Format, where it could only be indirectly played with Cradily. BW Black Star Promos AmpharosBWPromo67.jpg
Heliolisk The only Helioptile cards in the Standard format went out of rotation in the 2016-17 Format. XY Black Star Promos HelioliskXYPromo47.jpg
Blissey The only Chansey card in the Standard format went out of rotation in the 2016-17 Format. Another Chansey was later printed in Evolutions, though. 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 only Crobat card in Standard format went out of rotation during the 2016-17 Format. Another Crobat was later printed in Sun & Moon, though. XY Black Star Promos CrobatBREAKXYPromo.jpg
Lucario Spirit Link This card was released when there was no Lucario-EX in the Standart Format. XY Black Star Promos LucarioSpiritLinkXYPromo211.jpg
Hydreigon The only Deino and Zweilous cards in the Standard Format went out of rotation in the 2019-2020 Format. Dragon Majesty HydreigonDragonMajesty33.jpg
Machamp The only Machop and Machoke cards in the Standard Format went out of rotation in the 2019-2020 Format. Detective Pikachu MachampDetectivePikachu13.jpg


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