Banned & restricted list
- Basic Pokémon with more than 150 HP are banned.
- You cannot have any card from Restricted List A and any card from Restricted List B in the same deck.
List A: Porygon 2 (Unseen Forces), Mismagius GL LV.X (Rising Rivals), Jumpluff (Dragons Exalted), Masquerain (Plasma Blast) & Lopunny (Flashfire).
List B: Alakazam (Base) & Reuniclus (Black & White). This includes reprints of these cards.
- BAN LIST: Muk (Fossil), Espeon (Aquapolis), Dusknoir (Diamond & Pearl), Gardevoir (Secret Wonders), Forretress & Mesprit (Legends Awakened), Shuckle (HGSS Promo) Sableye (Dark Explorers), Miltank (Flashfire), Trevenant (XY), Wobbuffet (Phantom Forces), Entei (Ancient Origins 14), Greninja & Greninja BREAK (BreakPoint), Garbodor (Guardians Rising), Spirit Link cards.
Errata and balance
- Abilities and Pokémon Powers are split into Poké-powers and Poké-bodies. If it requires activating (e.g. uses "you may") it's a Poké-power. If the effect is static it's a Poké-body. If a card mentions Abilities or Pokémon Powers (eg. "all Pokémon Powers cannot be used...") this covers Poké-powers and Poké-bodies.
- The non-Pokémon, non-Energy cards are Trainer, Supporter, Stadium. These cards are never two or more types (e.g. "Trainer - Supporter" cards count as Supporter cards, but not Trainers). The term Item reads as "Trainer". Supporters remain in play during the turn you play them.
- Any card reprinted as a different card type but with the same name counts as 2 different cards. e.g. Trainer Bill and Supporter Bill can be used in a deck together. Ace Spec. counts as a new card type so the same rule applies.
- In a Pokémon’s attack text, ignore all instances of:
“You can’t add more than X damage in this way”
“You can’t put more than X damage counters”
- For the purposes of evolving and levelling up only, prefixes and suffixes such as a trainer’s name or ‘Dark’ are ignored, e.g. Erika’s Oddish > Dark Gloom > Vileplume is a legal evolution line. The "M" on a Mega Evolution is part of the name, not a "prefix" for the sake of this rule.
- Pokémon SP and Pokémon "Star" are an exception to the evolving rule above and are treated as completely different Pokémon and can never evolve or level up into or from other versions of that Pokémon line. All Japanese "VS" cards count as Pokémon SP.
- If you level-up or BREAK evolve an EX it will still count as an EX. You may only Mega Evolve an evolved or levelled-up Pokémon.
- When 1 of your Pokémon becomes a Pokémon GX, your turn ends. Pokémon GX in play count as Pokémon EX (and vice versa).
- EX & ex are treated as the same thing. Pokémon GX in play count as EX.
- When a Pokémon is errata'd into an EX, it gains "EX" in its name as a suffix.
- Cards are not given further errata depending on when they were printed e.g. Item Finder works as it is printed and cannot target a Supporter or Stadium.
- Yes, foreign language and Championship cards are allowed. Language reference should be brought to tournaments.
- Altered art cards: Ultimately up to the tournament organizer, but not as strict as official rules. If text is covered, reference will be required.
- When deciding if a Pokémon is errata'd into an EX, use the set list of the country the event is being held in. Holo rares differ between Japan and the rest of the world.
Individual Card Rulings
- The "Elite 4" Trainer cards: Energy Removal, Super Energy Removal, Gust of Wind and Goop Gas Attack are put into the Lost Zone once they have been played and their effects resolve.
- Slowking (Neo Genesis) should be played with its correct Japanese text (Its Pokémon-Power may only be used if it's the Active Pokémon).
- Fossils which are assigned to a specific Pokémon (such as Dome Fossil with Kabuto) count as Basic Fossils and 4 may be used in a deck. 4 Mysterious Fossils can also be used to evolve any Fossil Pokémon (including Revived Pokémon). For any other fossil cards (Holon Fossil, Buried Fossil etc.), only 1 of each can be used. The terms "Evolves from a Fossil" and "Revived Pokémon" are interchangeable.
- If a card says "You may have as many of this card in your deck as you like", you can have multiples, even if they're the same card.
- Archie’s Ace in the Hole and Maxie’s Hidden Ball Trick can only target a Basic Pokémon.