Palace 101 — An Exploration of the Palace / Hall of Fame Format By: Charlie Lockyer Posted 3 months ago to Premium Article 3 comments Greetings PokeBeach readers! After over a month of testing, running tournaments, and playing lots of Pokemon throughout this quarantine, I’m incredibly excited to bring to light one of my favorite formats that the Pokemon TCG has ever seen — Palace! In this article, I will detail how I go about building decks for this format and offer a ton of fun and innovative concepts with guest commentary from their architects. Pretty much anything is possible in this format; I hope you open up a card search engine and get to work on your own crazy concepts as well. The Palace format (also known as the Hall of Fame format) is an officially sanctioned format in Japan that consists of sets from Diamond and Pearl to the present! In order to help balance the format, Palace utilizes a “star list.” Exceptionally strong cards are assigned a “star value” of one through four and a few cards are banned outright. A player may only include four stars in their deck total. This allows incredibly strong cards, like Broken Time-Space and Porygon2 to see play in the format, but it stops players from including cards like Shiftry and Forretress from being played alongside them. Overall, the star list eliminates un-fun strategies like turn 1 hand lock, donk decks, and lock decks that have no counters from being played while keeping these powerful cards as options in other strategies. Here is the full star list: ContentsPalace Format Star ListStandout Strategies from Palace Events and TestingThe Meta — LostCarioExpanding on Expanded — Shock LockCrazy Combinations — Social DistancingBeast Game-GX for Six PrizesRetreat StallConclusion Palace Format Star List Outright Banned Cards Kecleon from Rising Rivals Lysandre's Trump Card Unown One Star Claydol from Great Encounters Shaymin-EX from Roaring Skies Seeker Unown R Azelf from Legends Awakened Stark Mountain Poké Drawer + Crobat G Weavile from Undaunted Hypnotoxic Laser Delinquent Lusamine Shaymin from Unleashed Dedenne-GX Floette from Cosmic Eclipse Florges from Cosmic Eclipse Reset Stamp Mew from Triumphant Puzzle of Time Spiritomb from Arceus Two Star: Forest of Giant Plants Cyrus's Initiative Junk Arm Archie's Ace in the Hole Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick Ghetsis Hex Maniac Lt. Surge's Strategy Jessie and James Chip-Chip Ice Axe Hiker Wally Gengar and Mimikyu-GX Trevenant and Dusknoir-GX Milotic from Flashfire Marshadow from Shining Legends Giratina from Platinum Red Card Three Star: Archeops from Noble Victories Shiftry from Next Destinies Forretress from Legends Awakened Forretress from Flashfire Porygon2 from Great Encounters Uxie from Legends Awakened Broken Time-Space Shuckle from HeartGold and SoulSilver Black Star Promos Lost World Oranguru from Ultra Prism Flabébé from Forbidden Light Mismagius from Unbroken Bonds Unown from Lost Thunder Kabutops from Team Up Omastar from Team Up Island Challenge Amulet Cards Explicity Allowed Miracle Diamond – Trainer Look at all of your face-down Prize cards. You may choose 1 Trainer, Supporter or Stadium card you find there, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. If you do, put this card as a Prize card face up instead of discarding it Mysterious Pearl – Trainer Look at all of your face-down Prize cards. You may choose 1 Pokemon you find there, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. If you do, put this card as a Prize card face up instead of discarding it. Wonder Platinum – Trainer Look at all of your face-down Prize cards. You may choose 1 Energy card you find there, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. If you do, put this card as a Prize card face up instead of discarding it. This star list is technically unofficial because Japan hasn’t provided any updates recently, but this list has been heavily tested through Palace tournaments and individual play. The star list constantly changes; when cards like Scoop Up Net are released in Rebel Clash, the list is bound to change when new strategies become oppressive. However, in the Diamond & Pearl – Sword & Shield format this list has proven to allow for a very healthy metagame of different strategies. Standout Strategies from Palace Events and Testing If you'd like to continue reading PokeBeach's premium articles, consider purchasing a premium membership! It grants you full access to PokeBeach's premium articles and allows you to submit your deck lists and questions to our writers for advice! If you're not completely satisfied with your membership, you can request a full refund within 30 days! Simply cancel it in Paypal and then PM Water Pokemon Master for a full refund. No questions asked! Each subscription automatically renews at the end of its cycle, but you can stop or change it before then. 5.95 USD per 7 days Subscribe Weekly Subscription 5.95 / week. 14.97 USD per month Subscribe Monthly Subscription 14.97 / month. 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