X & Y Rule Changes Official!

As we reported in an earlier post, rule changes are coming with the release of Pokémon X & Y. Here’s the official announcement from Pokémon!

Take a look at some of the rule changes accompanying the launch of the new Pokémon TCG series.

New Pokémon and Energy types aren’t the only big news in Pokémon TCG. There are also several rule changes going into effect on the same day the Pokémon TCG: XY—Kalos Starter Set launches on November 8th, 2013!

First Turn

Flip a coin before drawing your opening hand. The winner of the coin flip now decides who goes first. Also, whoever goes first now can’t attack on his or her first turn. If you win the flip, decide carefully if you want the first turn or not!


Pokémon Catcher

Flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with his or her Active Pokémon.

Changes: This card now requires a coin flip. (This makes Pokémon Catcher functionally identical to Pokémon Reversal.)

Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore

While there are no functional changes to these cards, you may not include both of them in your deck. That is, you may have up to 4 copies of Professor Juniper or up to 4 copies of Professor Sycamore—but if you have any Professor Juniper cards in your deck, you may not put any Professor Sycamore cards in your deck, and vice versa.


For the full post, check out the site here: http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/tcg_errata_1013-2013-10-01/

7 responses to “X & Y Rule Changes Official!”

  1. Dominic

    Wish I owned beaches!

  2. Twan

    Blastoise will be BDIF, especially if mega-‘stoise (like old lvl X es) gets printed.

  3. Franklin Arrarte

    Genesect/virizion still has red signal, super effective hits on water, and typically don’t attack turn one outside on the plasma badge strategy. We’ll just have to wait and see how everything pans out.

  4. Thiago F. de Amorim

    Then, I can’t use 2 Professor Juniper and 2 Professor Sycamore for example?

    1. Kyle Sucevich


  5. TheAllyKat

    Wonder if there will be an errata to “First Ticket”?

    1. mantidactyle

      You flip a coin to see who begins. Then draw 7 cards. If either of you has First Ticket in his/her opening hand, he/she gets to start instead