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Okay so I want to play some Pokemon TCG and apparently in Competitive play the previous era of TCG ends to make way for the new one, like how when the BW era was introduced, the DPPtHGSS era was ended after about a year. They same for the RSE gen before that. When will the BW era end for XY? By the end of the year? Or the next? Or tomorrow? Or yesterday? Or never?

I'm not sure if this sounds ambiguous or confusing .-. I'm sure someone gets it. Also, don't give me something that relates to a pattern from previous gens, that are unsure, or don't make any kind of sense please.

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Gligurr actually makes a good point. xD
Am I ever wrong?

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>A rotation in the Pokémon Trading Card Game is when several sets are removed from Play! Pokémon sanctioned events, generally because they are too old and would not be compatible with newer sets or rules. Rotations almost always occur directly following the World Championships and remove four or more sets. If a set is rotated, that means a player may no longer use any card from that set in their deck (with exceptions; see below). This rule only applies to Modified format. In Unlimited format, players may use any card from any set in their decks.

>Some cards in sets that are part of the current rotation are reprints of cards that appeared in older rotations. If a card is included as part of any set in the current rotation, any version of that card is legal for tournament play. For example, at least one version of Rare Candy has been legal in every modified format since it was printed. Thus, older versions of Rare Candy, even those from rotated sets like EX Sandstorm and Great Encounters, are still legal cards. Similarly, basic Energy cards from all sets are still allowed in tournament play.
In cases where a card is reprinted with significant text changes, the player playing the card must have a new copy of the card on hand, separate from their deck to serve as reference. For example, the effect of Energy Retrieval printed in Black & White is different from the original print in Base Set. A player would be permitted to include the Base Set print of Energy Retrieval in their deck for tournament play, but would be required to provide a copy of the Black & White print as reference.

Those are the expansions you CAN use.

  • BW Black Star Promos numbered 33 and higher
  • McDonald's Collection
  • Next Destinies
  • Dark Explorers
  • McDonald's Collection 2012
  • Dragons Exalted
  • Dragon Vault
  • Boundaries Crossed
  • Plasma Storm
  • Plasma Freeze
  • Legendary Treasures

Those are the expansions you CAN'T use.

  • Base Set
  • Jungle
  • Fossil
  • Team Rocket
  • Gym Heroes
  • Gym Challenge
  • Neo Genesis
  • Neo Discovery
  • Neo Revelation
  • Neo Destiny
  • Expedition Base Set
  • Aquapolis
  • Skyridge
  • Wizards Black Star Promos
  • EX Ruby & Sapphire
  • EX Sandstorm
  • EX Dragon
  • EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua
  • EX Hidden Legends
  • EX FireRed & LeafGreen
  • EX Team Rocket Returns
  • EX Deoxys
  • EX Emerald
  • EX Unseen Forces
  • EX Delta Species
  • EX Legend Maker
  • EX Holon Phantoms
  • EX Crystal Guardians
  • EX Dragon Frontiers
  • EX Power Keepers
  • Diamond & Pearl
  • Mysterious Treasures
  • Secret Wonders
  • Great Encounters
  • POP Series 1
  • POP Series 2
  • POP Series 3
  • POP Series 4
  • POP Series 5
  • POP Series 6
  • POP Series 7
  • POP Series 8
  • POP Series 9
  • Nintendo Black Star Promos
  • DP Black Star Promos
  • Majestic Dawn
  • Legends Awakened
  • Stormfront
  • Platinum
  • Rising Rivals
  • Supreme Victors
  • Arceus
  • HeartGold & SoulSilver
  • Unleashed
  • Undaunted
  • Triumphant
  • Call of Legends
  • Black & White
  • Emerging Powers
  • Noble Victories


[31 March 2014]
From what I can find there is no exact time a TCG expansion expires. Some of the B/W expansions has already expired so I guess when a new X/Y expansion is released the oldest available B/W expansion expires.


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finally!!! thanks jofly
20 days in and I didn't even realize this got an answer :|
Anyways, I'm still looking to know when the BW expansions expire from play so that just the XY cards are eligible.
Just to make this answer legal, it was copied from here. https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Rotation_(TCG)
If it really bothers you that a 4 year old answer doesn’t contain a source, you could have just edited it in yourself.
Sometimes I forget that I'm an expert.