Expanded is the most fun and versatile format in Pokemon TCG Online. The format contains a variety of cards that have “rotated” out of the Standard format, and make for some pretty powerful decks. Below are the eight best Expanded cards every Pokemon TCG Online player should have.
Note that this list does not contain cards that are legal in Standard. That said, some of the Standard staple cards like Crobat V and Dedenne-GX are just as useful in Expanded.
Computer Search is hands down the best card in Pokemon TCG Online. Being an Ace Spec, you cannot have more than 1 Computer Search in your deck (or any other Ace Spec, for that matter).
The ability to look up any card you want is just invaluable. It would be balanced if you had to discard three cards, but at a 2-card discard cost, it’s just too good. The card has always had high trade value, and it has been a part of the Versus ladder in the past.
It is also the best Ace Spec in the game. If you find that you’re using it just to bring out your Pokemon, you might want to look into Master Ball instead. It’s cheaper, doesn’t require you to discard anything, but it can only bring out Pokemon cards.
VS Seeker is like Eldegoss V from Standard, except that it is an Item Card and doesn’t cost you and Bench space of Prize cards. With 4 copies of VS Seeker in your expanded deck, you can run a variety of Supporter Cards since you don’t need too many copies of a single Supporter.
Sometimes, it’s even better to deliberately discard Supporters that you don’t need at that point in the game, just to bring them back with VS Seeker.
This card has been in the meta for over three years now. Tapu Lele-GX’s main appeal is that it allows you to fetch any Supporter from your deck using its ability. Along with this, it is a pretty good Pokemon, unlike most utility Pokemon that have terrible Weaknesses or bad attacks.
Tapu Lele-GX has no weakness, and Energy Drive with its 2 Colorless Energy makes it a usable emergency-attacker too. This Pokemon basically converts your Quick Balls and Ultra Balls into Supporter-seekers.
One of the draw Supporters (Cynthia, Sycamore, or N)
Professor Sycamore is just like Professor’s Research from Standard. Cynthia, on the other hand, shuffles your hand and draws six cards. This is great for those early turns where you pull a bunch of cards you don’t need immediately.
Cynthia feels so good to use after you’ve played Standard for a long time. The ability to shuffle your entire hand in without losing any cards is a refreshing change after the limited Supporters Standard allows you to play.
N is a combination of the cards Marnie and Reset Stamp from Standard. Instead of having a pre-determined number of cards, N decides the number of cards you pull based on the number of Prize cards you have.
Float Stone brings the Retreat Cost of any Pokemon down to zero. It’s like Switch, but it’s a Tool Card, meaning you can simply attach it to a card and reuse it whenever you want. It’s great when you use Guzma or Escape Rope to switch the Active Pokemon of both players. Float Stone pretty much converts those Supporters into Boss’s Orders.
Unlike Quick Ball that only fetches Basic Pokemon and Pokemon Communication that only exchanges Pokemon, Ultra Ball can pull any Pokemon card you want from your deck. It requires you to discard two cards from your hand, but Expanded already has plenty of resources that can retrieve discarded cards, so this isn’t really an issue.
If you find that you’re using this card just to fetch Basic Pokemon, Quick Ball is definitely the better pick for your deck.
Opponent-switchers (Escape Rope, Guzma, or Lysandre)
Escape Rope, Guzma, and Lysandre win matches with their ability to switch your opponent’s Active Pokemon. Escape Rope may not let you choose it, but it acts like a Switch and has the potential to mess up your opponent’s strategies.
And Lysandre is just like Boss’s Orders, except that if you have both in your deck, you can only have a total of four, just like the Professor’s cards.
Being able to retrieve Pokemon from your discard pile is a game-changer. Since a lot of other Expanded cards like Ultra Ball and Computer Search require you to discard cards, you can use them to discard Pokemon and bring them back using Rescue Stretcher. You also don’t have to worry about using Professor’s Research to discard a valuable Pokemon.
This card pairs well with Stadiums like Sky Field. In decks like the Snorlax & Zoroark + Sky Field deck, you’ll often have your opponent discard your Stadium. This will reduce your Bench space from 8 to 5, and you will have to discard anything above that. With Rescue Stretcher, you can recycle exactly three Pokemon, allowing you to use another Sky Field later on.