July 14, 2015

Pokémon TCG Format Rotation for 2016

Find out what cards will be in the Standard and Expanded formats for the 2016 Play! Pokémon Season.

In the interest of maintaining a healthy tournament environment, Pokémon Organized Play begins each new tournament season by removing older expansions from Standard format competition. Each annual rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get involved in Play! Pokémon events with minimal investment.

The 2016 Play! Pokémon season starts on July 13, 2015, so players can start on earning their way toward the 2016 Pokémon World Championships. However, the format rotation will not occur until September 1, 2015. Importantly, this means that the 2015 Pokémon World Championships will use the 2015 format and rules as currently listed, rather than using the new Standard format for 2016.

Also, please note that Lysandre’s Trump Card (XY—Phantom Forces, 99/119 and 118/119) will continue to be banned for the 2016 Play! Pokémon season.

The Standard format for the 2016 season will consist of the following expansions:

XY—Kalos Starter SetXY­—Kalos Starter Set

XYXY

XY—FlashfireXY—Flashfire

XY—Furious Fists

XY—Phantom Forces

XY—Primal Clash

Double Crisis

XY—Roaring Skies

XY—Ancient Origins

McDonald’s Collection 2014McDonald’s Collection 2014

XY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer Kit

Black Star Promo Cards Black Star Promo Cards: XY01 and higher

Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.

The Expanded Format for 2016

In 2016 we will not be removing older expansions from the Expanded format. Players should double-check what format is being used before deciding which deck to bring to their local events.

The Expanded format for the 2016 season will consist of the following expansions:

Black & WhiteBlack & White

Black & White—Emerging Powers Black & White—Emerging Powers

Black & White—Noble VictoriesBlack & White—Noble Victories

Black & White—Next DestiniesBlack & White—Next Destinies

Black & White—Dark ExplorersBlack & White—Dark Explorers

Black & White—Dragon VaultBlack & White—Dragon Vault

Black & White—Dragons ExaltedBlack & White—Dragons Exalted

Black & White—Boundaries CrossedBlack & White—Boundaries Crossed

Black & White—Plasma StormBlack & White—Plasma Storm

Black & White—Plasma FreezeBlack & White—Plasma Freeze

Black & White—Plasma BlastBlack & White—Plasma Blast

Black & White—Legendary TreasuresBlack & White—Legendary Treasures

BW: Trainer KitBW: Trainer KitBW: Trainer Kit

XY—Kalos Starter SetXY­—Kalos Starter Set

XY—Kalos Starter SetXY­—Kalos Starter Set

XYXY

XY—FlashfireXY—Flashfire

XY—Furious Fists

XY—Phantom Forces

XY—Primal Clash

Double Crisis

XY—Roaring Skies

XY—Ancient Origins

McDonald’s Collection 2011McDonald’s Collection 2011

McDonald’s Collection 2012McDonald’s Collection 2012

McDonald’s Collection 2014McDonald’s Collection 2014

XY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer KitXY: Trainer Kit

Black Star Promo CardsBlack Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.

Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.

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