Pokemon TCG Promo Card Legality Dates

On this page you will be able to see recently released and upcoming Pokemon TCG promo cards along with their release dates and legality dates. This page also contains information on what products to purchase to obtain a given promo card.

Cards become legal to play in Play Pokemon tournaments on the third Friday after their official release date. If a card is a reprint of an already legal card it becomes legal upon release.

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Recently Released Promo Cards

Genesect (XY119)

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Release Date: November 1, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Mythical Pokemon Collection – Genesect

Beedrill EX (XY157)

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Release Date: November 1, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Mega Beedrill EX Premium Collection

M Beedrill EX (XY158)

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Release Date: November 1, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Mega Beedrill EX Premium Collection

Beedrill Spirit Link (XY159)

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Release Date: November 1, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Mega Beedrill EX Premium Collection

Black Kyurem (XY160)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Evolutions Three Pack Blister

Braixen (XY161)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Evolutions Three Pack Blister

Greninja (XY162)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Evolutions Single Pack Blister

Weezing (XY163)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016

Available in Evolutions Single Pack Blister

Magearna (XY164)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016*

*Based on player communications with a TPCI employee, release date should be getting corrected to November 2nd from the November 18th that was on Pokémon.com.

Available in Autumn 2016 Collector Chest

Volcanion (XY165)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016*

*Based on player communications with a TPCI employee, release date should be getting corrected to November 2nd from the November 18th that was on Pokémon.com.

Available in Autumn 2016 Collector Chest

M Shiny Gengar EX (XY166)

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Release Date: November 2, 2016
Legality Date: November 18, 2016*

*Based on player communications with a TPCI employee, release date should be getting corrected to November 2nd from the November 18th that was on Pokémon.com.

Available in Autumn 2016 Collector Chest

Garchomp EX (XY167)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Garchomp EX Premium Collection

M Garchomp EX (XY168)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Garchomp EX Premium Collection

Garchomp Spirit Link (XY169)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Garchomp EX Premium Collection

Salamence EX (XY170)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Salamence EX Premium Collection

M Salamence EX (XY171)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Salamence EX Premium Collection

Translation from Pokebeach

Mega Evolution – Evolves from Salamence-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[R][W][C][C] Savage Wing: 100+ damage. You may discard as many basic Fire Energy attached to this Pokemon as you like. For each Energy discarded in this way, this attack does 40 more damage.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Salamence Spirit Link (XY172)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in Mega Salamence EX Premium Collection

Absol (XY178)

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Release Date: November 18, 2016
Legality Date: December 9, 2016

Available in the Alola Trio Pin Blister.

Upcoming Promo Cards

Snorlax (XY179)

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Release Date: December 14, 2016
Legality Date: December 30, 2016

Available in Snorlax GX Box

Snorlax GX (SM05)

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Release Date: December 14, 2016
Legality Date: December 30, 2016

Available in Snorlax GX Box

Translation from Pokebeach

Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Collapse: 80 damage. This Pokemon is now Asleep.

[C][C][C][C][C] Roaring Snore: 180 damage. This attack can only be used if this Pokemon is Asleep. If this Pokemon is not Asleep, this attack does nothing.

[C][C][C][C][C] Pulverizing Pancake GX: 210 damage. This Pokemon is now Asleep. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)

When your Pokemon GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Giratina (???)

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Release Date: December
Legality Date: ???

Available in a Three Pack Blister TBA

Arcanine BREAK

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Release Date: January 6, 2017
Legality Date: January 27, 2017

Available in BREAK Evolution Box featuring Arcanine

Translation from Pokebeach

BREAK Evolution – Evolves from Arcanine

Arcanine BREAK retains the attacks, Abilities, Weakness, Resistance, and Retreat Cost of its previous Evolution.

[R][C] Turbo Flame: 80 damage. Choose 2 basic Energy cards from your discard pile and attach them to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

Crobat BREAK

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Release Date: January 6, 2017
Legality Date: January 27, 2017

Available in BREAK Evolution Box featuring Arcanine

Translation from Bulbapedia

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You may leave your opponent’s Active Pokémon Paralyzed. If you do, shuffle this Pokémon and all cards attached to it into your deck.

Mandibuzz BREAK

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Release Date: January 6, 2017
Legality Date: January 27, 2017

Available in BREAK Evolution Box featuring Arcanine

Translation from Bulbapedia

Colorless Disaster Wing
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This attack does 20 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokémon. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by Weakness and Resistance. Then, discard all Pokémon Tool cards attached to each of your opponent’s Pokémon.

Lycanroc GX (SM???)

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Release Date: February 24, 2017
Legality Date: March 17, 2017

Available in Lycanroc GX Box

Translation from Pokebeach:

Lycanroc-GX – Fighting – HP200
Stage 1 – Evolves from Rockruff

[F][C] Crunch: 30 damage. Discard 1 Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[F][F][C] AccelRock: 120 damage.

[F][F][C] Lycanfang-GX: 200 damage. Discard 2 Energy attached to this Pokemon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack a game.)

When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Past 2016 Promo Card Releases

Keldeo (XY118)

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Release Date: October 3, 2016
Legality Date: October 21, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Keldeo

Karen (XY177)

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Release Date: September 21, 2016
Legality Date: October 7, 2016

Available in Battle Arena Decks: Rayquaza vs. Keldeo

Volcanion EX (XY173)

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Release Date: September 16, 2016
Legality Date: September 16, 2016

Available in Battle Heart Tin – Volcanion EX

Pikachu EX (XY174)

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Release Date: September 16, 2016
Legality Date: October 7, 2016

Available in Battle Heart Tin – Pikachu EX

Magearna EX (XY175)

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Release Date: September 16, 2016
Legality Date: September 16, 2016

Available in Battle Heart Tin – Magearna EX

Pikachu EX (XY123)

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Release Date: September 14, 2016
Legality Date: September 14, 2016

Available in Red & Blue Collection – Pikachu EX

Mewtwo EX (XY125)

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Release Date: September 14, 2016
Legality Date: September 14, 2016

Available in Super Premium Collection – Mew and Mewtwo

Mew EX (XY126)

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Release Date: September 14, 2016
Legality Date: September 14, 2016 (Expanded), September 30, 2016 (Standard)

Available in Super Premium Collection – Mew and Mewtwo

Victini (XY117)

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Release Date: September 1, 2016
Legality Date: September 16, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Victini

Rayquaza (XY141)

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Release Date: August 2, 2016
Legality Date: August 19, 2016

Available in Steam Siege Three Pack Blister

Azelf (XY142)

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Release Date: August 2, 2016
Legality Date: August 19, 2016

Available in Steam Siege Three Pack Blister

Arceus (XY116)

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Release Date: August 1, 2016
Legality Date: August 19, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Arceus

Ho-Oh (XY153)

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Release Date: July 13, 2016
Legality Date: July 29, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box Featuring Ho-Oh and Lugia

Ho-Oh BREAK (XY154)

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Release Date: July 13, 2016
Legality Date: July 29, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box Featuring Ho-Oh and Lugia

Wobbuffet BREAK (XY155)

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Release Date: July 13, 2016
Legality Date: July 29, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box Featuring Ho-Oh and Lugia

Lugia (XY156)

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Release Date: July 13, 2016
Legality Date: July 29, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box Featuring Ho-Oh and Lugia

Venusaur EX (XY123)

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Release Date: July 13, 2016
Legality Date: July 13, 2016

Available in Red & Blue Collection – Venusaur EX

Shaymin (XY115)

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Release Date: July 1, 2016
Legality Date: July 22, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Shaymin

Shaymin EX (XY148)

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Release Date: July 1, 2016
Legality Date: July 22, 2016

Available in Generations Elite Trainer Box

Manaphy (XY113)

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Release Date: June 1, 2016
Legality Date: June 22, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Manaphy

Blastoise EX (XY122)

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Release Date: May 18, 2016
Legality Date: May 18, 2016

Available in Red & Blue Collection – Blastoise EX

Xerneas EX (XY149)

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Release Date: May 4, 2016
Legality Date: May 4, 2016

Available in Shiny Kalos Tin – Xerneas EX

Yveltal EX (XY150)

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Release Date: May 4, 2016
Legality Date: May 4, 2016

Available in Shiny Kalos Tin – Yveltal EX

Zygarde EX (XY151)

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Release Date: May 4, 2016
Legality Date: May 23, 2016

Available in Shiny Kalos Tin – Zygarde EX

Froakie (XY138)

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Release Date: May 2, 2016
Legality Date: May 23, 2016

Available in Fates Collide Three Pack Blister

Mawile EX (XY103)

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Release Date: May 2, 2016
Legality Date: May 23, 2016

Available in Mega Mawile EX Premium Collection

M Mawile EX (XY104)

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Release Date: May 2, 2016
Legality Date: May 23, 2016

Available in Mega Mawile EX Premium Collection

Mawile Spirit Link (XY105)

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Release Date: May 2, 2016
Legality Date: May 23, 2016

Available in Mega Mawile EX Premium Collection

Darkrai (XY114)

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Release Date: May 1, 2016
Legality Date: May 22, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Darkrai

Ash Greninja EX (XY133)

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Release Date: April 13, 2016
Legality Date: May 4, 2016

Available in Ash Greninja EX Box

Jirachi (XY112)

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Release Date: April 1, 2016
Legality Date: April 22, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Jirachi

Charizard EX (XY121)

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Release Date: March 16, 2016
Legality Date: March 16, 2016

Available in Red & Blue Collection – Charizard EX

Gyarados EX (XY106)

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Release Date: March 9, 2016
Legality Date: March 9, 2016

Available in Triple Power Tin – Gyarados EX

Mewtwo EX (XY107)

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Release Date: March 9, 2016
Legality Date: March 9, 2016

Available in Triple Power Tin – Mewtwo EX

Machamp EX (XY108)

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Release Date: March 9, 2016
Legality Date: March 9, 2016

Available in Triple Power Tin – Machamp EX

Celebi (XY111)

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Release Date: March 1, 2016
Legality Date: March 22, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Celebi

Gyarados (XY109)

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Release Date: February 24, 2016
Legality Date: February 24, 2016

Available in Shiny Mega Gyarados Collection

Magikarp (XY143)

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Release Date: February 24, 2016
Legality Date: February 24, 2016

Available in Shiny Mega Gyarados Box (Europe)

Mew (XY110)

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Release Date: February 22, 2016
Legality Date: March 4, 2016

Available in Mythical Collection – Mew

Empoleon BREAK (XY134)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box

Beheeyem BREAK (XY135)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box

Noctowl BREAK (XY136)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in BREAK Evolution Box

Aerodactyl EX (XY93)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in Mega Aerodactyl EX Premium Collection

M Aerodactyl EX (XY94)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in Mega Aerodactyl EX Premium Collection

Aerodactyl Spirit Link (XY95)

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Release Date: January 5, 2016
Legality Date: January 26, 2016

Available in Mega Aerodactyl EX Premium Collection

Aurorus EX

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Release Date: January 3, 2016
Legality Date: January 24, 2016

Available in Aurorus EX Box