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2020-2021 Rotation List

Check out our 1st TCG Rotation video.  This once was the location for our in depth articles on the Standard Format Rotation each year.  Here is our video version.

Compete Guide To The 2021 Season TCG Rotation

Here are the lists to accompany the video.  Enjoy!



Rotated Cards


  • Celesteela GX (FA)
  • Dawn Wings Necrozma GX
  • Dialga GX (Drg)
  • Dusk Mane Necrozma GX
  • Glaceon GX
  • Leafeon GX
  • Lunala GX (gold)
  • Palkia GX (Drg)
  • Pheromosa GX (FA)
  • Silvally GX
  • Solgaleo GX (gold)
  • Xurkitree GX (FA)


  • Cynthia
  • escape board
  • Lillie
  • Memory (F,L)
  • Lana (FA)
  • Lusamine (FA)
  • Mt Coronet
  • Order Pad
  • Pokemon Fan Club
  • Unit Energy (L/P/M)
  • Volkner

-Prism Star:

  • Cyrus
  • Darkrai
  • Giratina
  • Lunala
  • Solgaleo
  • Super Boost Energy

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon

  • Lucario
  • Garchomp (Drg)
  • Empoleon
  • Magnezone
  • Oranguru
  • Pachirisu
  • Rampardos
  • Tapu Lele
  • Weavile

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate (Keepers):

  • Crushing Hammer (SWSH)
  • Unidentified Fossil (TEU, UNM)
  • Pal Pad (SWSH)


Rotated Cards


  • Dialga GX(M)
  • Greninja GX
  • Lucario GX(FA)
  • Nagandel GX
  • Palkia GX (W)
  • Ultra Necrozma GX
  • Xerneas GX
  • Yveltal GX
  • Zygarde GX


  • Beast Ring
  • Bonnie
  • Crasher Wake
  • Diantha
  • Energy Recycler (SR)
  • Judge
  • Lysandre labs
  • Metal Frying Pan
  • Mysterious Treasure
  • Ultra Space
  • Unit Energy (F, D, Y)

-Prism Star:

  • Arceus
  • Beast Energy
  • Diancie
  • Lysandre
  • Volcanion

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Alolan Exeggcutor (Tropical Shake)
  • Buzzwole (“baby”)
  • Garchomp (F)
  • Malamar
  • Magnezone

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • Unidentified Fossil (TEU, UNM)


Rotated Cards


  • Alolan Raticate GX
  • Articuno GX
  • Banette GX
  • Blaziken GX
  • Electrode GX
  • Mr Mime GX (Evens)
  • Palosand GX
  • Rayquaza GX
  • Scizor GX
  • Shiftry GX
  • Stakataka GX


  • Acro Bike
  • Apricorn Maker
  • Bill’s Maintenance
  • Copycat
  • Energy Recycle System
  • Fisherman
  • Friend Ball
  • Hau
  • Hustle Belt
  • Lisia
  • Lure Ball
  • Pokenav
  • Rainbow Brush
  • Shrine of Punishment
  • Sky Pillar
  • Rainbow Energy
  • Steven’s Resolve
  • Super Scoop Up
  • Tate & Liza
  • TV Reporter
  • Underground Expedition

-Prism Star:

  • Jirachi
  • Latias
  • Latios

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Deoxys
  • Magcargo
  • Swampert

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • Energy Switch (SWSH)
  • Rare Candy (SWSH)
  • Switch (SWSH)



Rotated Cards


  • Altaria GX
  • Dragonite GX
  • Kingdra GX
  • Reshiram GX
  • Salamence GX
  • White Kyurem GX


  • Dragon Talon
  • Fiery Flint
  • Switch Raft
  • Zinia

-Prism Star

  • Lance
  • Victini

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Altaria
  • Blaziken
  • Quagsire
  • Turtonator

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • None



Rotated Cards


  • Alolan Ninetales GX
  • Blacephalon GX
  • Genesect GX
  • Lugia GX
  • Magcargo GX
  • Mimikyu GX
  • Sceptile GX
  • Shuckle GX
  • Sigilyph GX
  • Suicune GX
  • Tyranitar GX
  • Virizion GX


  • Adventure Bag
  • Choice Helmet
  • Counter Gain
  • Custom Catcher
  • Electropower
  • Faba
  • Fairy Charm (D,F,G,P)
  • Judge
  • Lost Blender
  • Mina
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Moomoo Milk
  • Net Ball
  • Professor Elm’s Research
  • Sightseer
  • Spell Tag
  • Wait & See Hammer

-Prism Star

  • Celebi
  • Ditto
  • Heat Factory
  • Life Forest
  • Lusamine
  • Thunder Mountain

Other Rare/Common/Uncommon:

  • Blissey
  • Granbull
  • Lost March (Jumpluff, Skiploom, Trumbeak, Natu)
  • Miltank
  • Nagandel
  • Nihelgo
  • Shaymin
  • Shedinja
  • White Kyurem
  • Wobbuffet

Set Cards That Don’t Rotate:

  • None

As a reminder, when we mention a GX, that includes all 3 versions of it:  the regular, full art and rainbow rare.


Pre-Release Pulls and Games

This Sunday marked the final day of the Fincastle Pokemon Gym’s Sword & Shield pre-release events.  Many of our players hit some really awesome cards.  Check out the videos of the Lexington and Fincastle events.  Stick around until the end of Fincastle video and watch Gym Leaders Logan and Joel play for bragging rights of  “Pre-release Tournament Champion” with cards from the brand new set!

Lexington Pre-Release

Fincastle Pre-Release

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3 Product Reviews For Holiday Shopping

Now that Christmas season is officially here (if you survived Black Friday weekend), its time to get serious with your shopping.  Here are reviews of the 3 of the latest boxed collections from Pokemon (2 pretty good products, one… not so much).  We hope these will help you with your shopping decisions!

Hidden Fates Ultra Premium Collection

Tag Team Generations Premium Collection

Pikachu GX/Eevee GX Special Collection

Be sure to check our site for singles from these collections.

Check Out Our Newest Items From Japan!

Sorry for the delay on content.  We’ve had back-to-back weekends of conventions and have been running around like the proverbial headless chicken.  Anyway, we just got this order in for our next show, Louisville Galaxycon.  If you like what you see, come visit us there.  Enjoy the video, see you at the Gym!

Pokemon Order from Japan

Don’t forget to join us this Sunday in Fincastle for a League Challenge!

Hidden Fates Ultra Ball Collection Review

The Gym and Dark Moon Cards and Games just posted our latest product review, which also includes the opening of 10 Hidden Fates packs.  Check it out at the link below:

Hidden Fates Ultra Ball Collection Review


Check back this week and we showcase the opening of an entire case (6 booster boxes) of Cosmic Eclipse.

Pale Moon GX Box Review

Check out our latest video to find out everything you need to know about the latest Tag Team box.

Pale Moon GX Box Review

Stick around until the end of the video to see what we got from the booster packs.

Daniel S Completes 400th Challenge At The Gym!

Well, we finally got there.  The Fincastle Gym has been slowly but steadily advancing towards completing its 400th Gym Leader Challenge over the opening months of 2018.  We hit that number this past Sunday at the Gym.  As we were putting this article together, Gym Leader Joel searched for any significant number 400’s to use as a theme and was left with little good material to work with.  The first responses to an internet search of “400” lead to explanations of the search error message, “HTTP – 400 Bad Request” (computer jargon informing you that your search ain’t happening).  Beyond that, there were some hits on State Route 400 in Georgia and a leap year in medieval times.  Gym Leader Marthe even suggested looking up #400 in the Pokedex and lo and behold… it was Bibarel.  Really?  Talk about a pokemon that’s hard to spin into something cool.  I think the last good Bibarel cards was… never.  So little to work with, yet the 400th challenge netted one lucky trainer the best gift that we’ve ever put together at the Gym. Continue reading

Gym Deck Retired: Golisopod GX/Lurantis GX

As we detailed in a few of our latest posts, Gym Leader Joel has been taking a beating in recent Gym Leader challenges.  Despite two recent losses, his Steel-type deck still stands as a tough deck to beat.  On the other hand, Joel’s Grass-type deck has been burned down by several gym trainers recently, losing six times in the last eight challenges.  All six losses were not by the same deck.  The earlier version was a straight Lurantis GX/Tapu Bulu GX deck, which in its own right is a solid deck and did not really need to be retired, as it had a strong record in challenges.  Joel changed from that one simply because he wanted to try something else.  The current version is an all Grass-type Golisopod GX deck.  The strength of Fire-type decks at the moment makes any Grass-type deck vulnerable to defeat.  Building an unbeatable deck is not our goal.  We want our gym decks to help players learn how to focus a deck build towards a specific goal, like focusing on a central attacker or line of attackers, and supporting it with the correct line of Items, Supporters and Stadiums.  Recent challengers have definitely been on point as far as that goal goes.  Like we promised earlier, when a few trainers take down the same deck, we will retire it (if possible) and share it here with you. Continue reading

Congratulations Chris, v4.0!

“Tis a lesson you should heed, Try, try again.  If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try again.”  These are words that we’ve heard so often in our lives that they’ve surely lost their significance and power.  In fact, the sarcastic nature of our world probably has us more familiar with such quips as, “If at first you don’t succeed, perhaps skydiving isn’t for you…”, or “…, try doing what your teacher told you the first time…” or even, “… get a bigger hammer.”  What’s lost in all of that wit and cleverness is that the original phrase, penned in the 1800’s by an author and educator named Thomas H Palmer, is perhaps one of the most concise descriptions of The American Dream.  If you will it, dude, it is no dream.  As you pursue your goals, you are bound to make mistakes and experience setbacks, often having to accept that you have to improve.  You have to learn from your mistakes and keep trying until you either get it right or tire from trying and settle for something less.  We at The Gym believe that basic principle, so eloquently wrapped up in a single quote, applies equally to any single desire.   Whether it is something big like trying to save for a first car, or buying a home, or something small, like a child saving money for a toy, or a gift for a parent, the feeling of accomplishment is the same.  The badge won this past Sunday may have been the hardest earned badge to date at the Gym. Continue reading

Congratulations Anna, v1.0!

In our last post, the Fincastle Pokemon Gym discussed our desire to light a fire under our long standing tradition of Gym Leader challenges, especially among our younger players.  The ever-changing dynamics of league support from Play!Pokemon to local leagues has altered our ability to make challenges the priority that we want them to be.  As the 2017 season comes to an end with the conclusion of the World Championships over the weekend, we were thrilled to not only have a young challenger seek a gym badge at Sunday’s league meeting, but even more so to have the 2nd youngest challenger ever seek a badge.  Eddie R made league history in 12/16 by becoming the youngest trainer to ever win a gym badge in Fincastle at the ripe old age of 6 years, 8 months, when he won the Grass-type badge.  This past Sunday, Anna R, who is younger than Eddie, won her 1st badge, narrowly missing the mark of “youngest ever” to claim a badge in Fincastle by a little over 4 months (she currently is about 7 years, 2 months). Continue reading