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Can Pokémon xy starter decks be mixed with booster packs from other series or other starter decks? I know you can only play 60 cards but if I buy two differnt starter decks, can I build a "unique" deck from the two, using the various types of Pokémon, energy cards, trainer cards, etc?

  • Are you wanting to play in tournaments or are you just playing casually with friends? – diego Jan 24 '17 at 20:06
  • My kids are playing casually against each other, may eventually take them to tournaments at our local shops. – user19625 Jan 24 '17 at 20:08
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If you are playing casually you can mix any cards you want to as long as you have exactly 60 cards in your deck and no more than 4 of a given card (other than basic energy).

For tournaments there are a couple different formats that determine what is legal. The primary constructed formats that are played at tournaments are Standard (formerly Modified), Expanded, and Unlimited. For any of these formats if a card is legal in the format you can use copies from previous sets. The cards that are legal in each of these formats as of 4/19/16 are as follows:

Standard

  • XY—Kalos Starter Set
  • XY
  • XY—Flashfire
  • XY—Furious Fists
  • XY: Trainer Kit
  • XY01 and higher
  • Other sets 3 weeks after their release in the United States

Expanded

  • Black & White
  • Black & White—Emerging Powers
  • Black & White—Noble Victories
  • Black & White—Next Destinies
  • Black & White—Dark Explorers
  • Black & White—Dragon Vault
  • Black & White—Dragons Exalted
  • Black & White—Boundaries Crossed
  • Black & White—Plasma Storm
  • Black & White—Plasma Freeze
  • Black & White—Plasma Blast
  • Black & White—Legendary Treasures
  • BW: Trainer Kit
  • XY—Kalos Starter Set
  • XY
  • XY—Flashfire
  • XY—Furious Fists
  • McDonald’s Collection 2011
  • McDonald’s Collection 2012
  • McDonald’s Collection 2014
  • XY: Trainer Kit
  • Black Star Promo Cards: BW01 and higher, XY01 and higher.
  • Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.

The card Shiftry (Next Destinies 72/99) is banned in Expanded

Unlimited

  • All cards from all expansions (including promo cards) are legal in Unlimited
  • Additional expansions become legal three weeks after they are released in the United States.
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