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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.


Several New Videos Up On Dark Moon Cards & Games

The Fincastle Pokemon Gym and Dark Moon Cards & Games have got several new videos up to kick off 2020.  Check them out!

Re-Ment box opening and sales

Alolan Sandslash GX box review

Discussion of new TCG rules w/Sword & Shield

Enjoy the videos and see you at the Gym!

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!

Cosmic Eclipse Pre-Release Openings From Lexington

Monday was the Fincastle Gym’s Cosmic Eclipse pre-release at Just Games Lexington.  Check out this footage of both Noah S and Gym Leader Joel opening their kits and building their decks.

Cosmic Eclipse Event at Just Games Lexington

Join us this weekend at Meeples Cafe in Lynchburg on Saturday, 10/26/19 and then in Fincastle at the library on Sunday, 10/27/19, for 2 more Cosmic Eclipse pre-releases and the annual costume contest in Fincastle.  See you at the Gym!

10/6/19 Fincastle League Cup Finals

Check out the final match, a best 2 of 3 match between Seth Poore, playing “Green’s Reshizard” against Logan Honts playing “Pikarom”.

League Cup Finals

10/6/19 League Cup Match – Noah S vs John H

Remember Napster?  If you were born after 2000, then you surely don’t.  Nowadays, you can go to Amazon, purchase a song and download it in about 20 seconds, if it takes that long.  At the turn of the last century (makes it sound like a very long time ago), you went to Napster, chose the song you wanted to illegally download, then watched and waited for 2.5, maybe 3 hours or more while your 3 minute song downloaded over your dial-up connection.  It was painful.  And what does have to do with this match?  Well, thanks to where we live, the forgotten part of our county on the forgotten side of the state of Virginia, uploading a video to YouTube takes me back to the days of Napster.  We have three matches from Sunday.  We started uploading this one last night at about 10pm.  It finished this morning a little after 7am.  I think our connection to the internet involves some fishing line, a few cans and some Bisquick.

With that being said, here is the first match from Round 3 where one of our junior competitors, Noah S, faced senior, John H.  Both were among our 6 players that qualified for Worlds in August.  More videos are on the way… very slowly.  Enjoy.

Noah vs John – Round 3 – Fincastle League Cup 10/6/19

May 2018 Blue Ridge Regional Photos

As many of you have seen, The Fincastle Pokemon Gym was awarded its 3rd Regional Championship right here in Roanoke, coming this November.  That of course leaves us a bit confused when we try to reference it, or the recent one.  Both take place in 2018, so we can’t just say the “2018 Blue Ridge Regional” anymore.  It’s bad to confuse old people like that.  While we are working on branding, we thought we’d share some photos from the Memorial Day event, as we’ve finally had time to sit down and organize them.  We will follow-up soon with some more info on the November 2018 event.

We want to jump right into the cool stuff… the Cosplay Contest.  Last year, our 1st cosplay competition, was a lot of fun, as we had a small group excellent entrants.  This year was the real deal.  As we stated before, we are so glad that we had an experienced judge, Mera Babineaux to evaluate the contestants.  There is no way we could have picked the best out of this group on our own.

****All of these amazing photos are thanks to the event staff photographer:  Doug Morisoli.

Here are a few more of the event.

We will be back with some info on our next event.  Check back here often.  We also will have a League Challenge (Standard Format) at the Gym at our regular time this Sunday, 6/17.  See you there!

Congratulations Noah, v1.0!

The Fincastle Gym Leaders were hoping that we could spark a little interest in our Gym Leader Challenges this past Sunday.  That we did.  We had a busy day fielding several attempts for badges.  We also had several guests from our Lexington league join us, which made the afternoon extra cool.  One of Lexington’s young trainers decided to jump into the fray and go after the Grass-type gym badge.  We’re not sure who he surprised more, Gym Leader Joel or himself. Continue reading

Operation Eddie Part 1- Jack The Gripper

As our kids have grown older and their responsibilities have increased, we have trimmed the fat, in the parlance of our times, as to the amount of extracurricular activity they stay involved in.  Rec league sports were fun when they were little, but the charm wore off as the routine of oversized teams, nowhere to practice and saturation of opposing coaches, parents and officials in need of therapy increased each year.  We don’t have delusions of our kids becoming pro athletes and have never filled their heads with that nonsense.  Robotics, despite the program being abandoned by Botetourt County, still proves to be a valuable endeavor as you don’t have to look far to see the demands from the growth of the tech industries in our area and nationwide, so they both are immersed in the new 4H backed team.  Both kids still enjoy the pursuit of individual goals in golf (Logan) and dance (Georgia).  The longest running activity in both of their lives (and ours) is Pokemon.  While the format does change frequently, the game overall has not.  They can easily drift in and out of the game competitively as their interest and time allows.  The thing that keeps us involved, in this Gym Leader’s opinion at least, is character.  Continue reading

Regionals Deck That Won’t Be – Dumpster Fire

Gym Leader Joel has always enjoyed the late-season tournaments in Pokemon organized play, in both the TCG and VGC.  On top of enjoying playing in them, he has enjoyed considerable success in tournaments this time of year.  Why is that?  Gym Leader Joel does not devote much time to deck sites that spout about “The 3 Tops Plays” for the next event, as those seem to be efforts to dictate the format, rather than aid players with helpful info.  This often leaves Joel a step behind in terms of what to expect early on in a season.  However, by this time of the year, he has had time to step back and absorb what has been going on and build decks that handle most, if not all, of the format.  Joel regrets not being able to play this year’s Roanoke event, but as the Fincastle Gym has too strong of an obligation to helping the Regional weekend go as planned, playing is just not a possibility this time.  So, in this environment where secret decks or strong lists kept close to the vest are virtually impossible, here’s a look at what he was heavily considering playing. Continue reading