Pokemon TCG Standard Format Rotation Announced for 'Early 2023'

Published on 22 June 2022 at 16:54

No Summer rotation!

Pokemon has released the first piece of information regarding the standard format rotation. The important piece of information is that the following rotation of this season won't happen until early in 2023. The Pokemon TCG Format Rotation typically occurs in late August or September of each year, which is why this information is crucial.


The 2022 Pokémon TCG World Championships will therefore allow the usage of cards with the "D" regulation mark. This rotation should imply that the upcoming Sword & Shield - Lost Origin and the Pokemon GO set will be permitted at events this summer. Lost Origin will most likely not be legal for play during the 2022 Pokémon World Championships held during August 18–21, 2022.


The precise date for the rotation of the Pokémon TCG Standard format will be revealed later.


What is a rotation in the Pokemon TCG (Standard) format?

At the beginning of every Championship Series season, Pokémon Organized Play removes outdated expansions from play in the Standard format with the purpose of preserving a healthy competitive environment. This rotation challenges existing players to devise new strategies and lets new players to get engaged in Play! Pokémon events using the most recent releases.


The full statement from TPCi:

Standard Format Rotation Information

For the last few years, the Pokémon TCG Standard format rotation has occurred in either August or September. However, the next rotation will not occur until early 2023. This means that cards with the “D” regulation mark can be used at the 2022 Pokémon TCG World Championships. The newest expansion that will be legal for play at this event will be the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion.

The exact date for the next Pokémon TCG Standard format rotation will be announced later. As stated in the 2022 Pokémon TCG Championship Series Season Format Rotation article, when the next rotation occurs, all cards with the “D” regulation mark will be removed from the Standard format.

Be sure to regularly check Pokemon.com for more updates on the Pokémon TCG!

The following cards, which were not globally distributed, will not be permitted for use at the 2022 Pokémon TCG World Championships:


  • Special Delivery Pikachu (Black Star Promo, SWSH074)

  • Lance's Charizard V (Black Star Promo, SWSH133)

  • Dark Sylveon V (Black Star Promo, SWSH134)

  • Special Delivery Bidoof (Black Star Promo, SWSH177)

  • Pikachu on the Ball (Pokémon Futsal, 001/005)

  • Eevee on the Ball (Pokémon Futsal, 002/005)

  • Grookey on the Ball (Pokémon Futsal, 003/005)

  • Scorbunny on the Ball (Pokémon Futsal, 004/005)

  • Sobble on the Ball (Pokémon Futsal, 005/005)

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