Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by no Rule Box cards? Cards with a Rule Box cannot be played in GLC format. This includes Pokemon V, EX, GX, BREAK, Prism Stars (including Prism Star Trainer and Energy cards). In addition for the purpose of this format, Ancient Trait cards and ACE SPECs are not permitted.

Can I play more than one Pokemon of the same name so long as its not the same card? No, you can only play one Pokemon of the same name. (i.e, 1 Bulbasaur, 1 Ivysaur, 1 Venusaur)

What about Eeveelutions or Pokemon that evolve from Basics of a different type? Cards that are one type and evolve into a different type cannot be played in the same deck, like Eevee.

Can I use Dual Type Pokemon? Dual Type Pokémon are allowed, as long as one of their types matches your deck type.

Can I use Tool cards that grant an additional attack even if it is a GX attack? Tools that add an attack to a Pokémon are allowed (i.e, Normalium Z: Tackle)

Can I use more than one Type of Basic Energy in my deck? Any Type of Basic Energy may be played in each deck.

Are Amazing Rare Pokemon allowed? Yes.

Can I play Boss’s Orders and Lysandre in my deck? Pokémon official rules state you may not play Boss’s Orders and Lysandre in the same deck, so the same applies for Gym Leader Format.

Can I play Professor’s Research and Juniper or Sycamore in my deck? Pokémon official rules state you may not play Professor Juniper, Professor Sycamore, and/or Professor’s Research in the same deck, and the same applies for Gym Leader Challenge Format.

Can I play other cards that have the same effect like Hop and Cheren, in my deck? Yes. Since they are differently named cards with technically different effects, Twin Energy and Double Colorless Energy are currently permitted to be in the same deck.

Can I play with foreign cards in my deck? For tournament play it is recommended that foreign cards are limited to 10 cards per deck. An accurate translation sheet must also be provided by the player with the foreign cards at the match table, not to exceed a single sheet of paper. All decks with a mix of languages must be sleeved in opaque sleeves.

Can I play with World Championship cards? World Championship cards are legal for GLC tournament play, but must be used with opaque sleeves.

Can I play with proxies? Proxies are great for casual play, but should not be used in GLC tournament play. World Championship cards are allowed at tournaments to increase access to more difficult to find cards like Tropical Beach.

What about cards that are banned from Standard or Expanded format? Gym Leader Challenge format has its own ban list which you can find here. There are currently no cards on it. So feel free to play your Forest of Giant Plants, Lysandre’s Trump Card and Hex Maniac. Go crazy!

Who decides the rules for this format? The Tricky Gym Discord is where all rules are discussed and finalized. Feel free to join in on the discussion!