Expanded format (TCG)

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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Archeops   Noble Victories     67/101 Red Collection     040/066
Dark Explorers     110/108 Dark Rush     075/069
Sableye   Dark Explorers     62/108 Dark Rush     043/069
Ghetsis Su Plasma Freeze     101/116 Team Plasma Battle Gift Set     013/016
        Spiral Force     048/051
Plasma Freeze     115/116 Spiral Force     055/051
Red Card I XY     124/146 Collection Y     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     71/83 BREAK Starter Pack     062/072
        Premium Champion Pack     108/131
        XY-P Promotional cards     XY-P
Milotic   Flashfire     23/106 Wild Blaze     018/080
        Extra Regulation Box     008/048
Lysandre's Trump Card Su Phantom Forces     99/119 Phantom Gate     086/088
Phantom Forces     118/119 Phantom Gate     095/088
Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick Su Primal Clash     133/160 Gaia Volcano     067/070
Primal Clash     158/160 Gaia Volcano     078/070
Shaymin    Roaring Skies     77/108 Emerald Break     063/078
Roaring Skies     106/108 Emerald Break     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     74/98 Bandit Ring     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     75/98 Bandit Ring     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     98/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens     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     109/122 Rage of the Broken Heavens     071/080
        The Best of XY     112/171
        Extra Regulation Box     024/048
Marshadow     Shining Legends     45/73 Shining Legends     046/072
SM Black Star Promos     SM85 SM-P Promotional cards     155/SM-P
        GX Ultra Shiny     050/150
Oranguru     Ultra Prism     114/156 Ultra Sun     052/066
        GX Starter Decks     101/131
Flabébé     Forbidden Light     83/131 Forbidden Light     057/094
Unown     Lost Thunder     90/214 Super-Burst Impact     041/095
Unown     Lost Thunder     91/214 Super-Burst Impact     042/095
Mismagius     Unbroken Bonds     78/214 Double Blaze     039/095
Chip-Chip Ice Axe I   Unbroken Bonds     165/214 Double Blaze     080/095
Lt. Surge's Strategy Su   Unbroken Bonds     178/214 Night Unison     051/055
Hidden Fates     60/68        
        V Starter Decks     119/127
Reset Stamp I   Unified Minds     206/236 GG End     046/054
Unified Minds     253/236 GG End     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     58/68 Sky Legend     048/054
Hidden Fates     68/68 Sky Legend     062/054
Island Challenge Amulet I   Cosmic Eclipse     194/236 Alter Genesis     085/095
Cosmic Eclipse     265/236 Alter Genesis     116/095
Scoop Up Net I   Rebel Clash     165/192 Rebellion Crash     086/096
Rebel Clash     207/192 Rebellion Crash     114/096
        Shiny Star V     157/190
        VMAX Climax     133/184

In other languages

Language Title
  Danish Udvidet
  Dutch Uitgebreid
  Finnish Laajennettu
  European French Étendu
  German Erweitert
  Indonesian Luas
  Italian Esteso
  Norwegian Utvidet
  Brazilian Portuguese Expandido
  Russian Расширенны Rasshirenny
  European Spanish Expandido
  Swedish Utökadе

See also


  This article is part of Project TCG, a Bulbapedia project that aims to report on every aspect of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.