EX: Fire Red and Leaf Green
2 (Evolves from Wartortle)
Pokémon-ex has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes
2 Prize cards.
as you like during your turn (before your attack),
you may attach a (W) Energy card from your hand to 1 of your
Pokémon. Put 1 damage counter on that Pokémon. This power
can’t be used if Blastoise is affected by a Special
(WWWC) Hyper Whirlpool 
coin until you get tails. For each heads, your opponent
discards an Energy card attached to the Defending
feeling so hot, so I won’t bother with the Squirtle/Wartorle.
Blastoise ex is a Stage 2 Pokémon ex. Being a Stage 2 is an
inconvenience. You either have to “Evolve” the normal way
or risk an Ancient Technical Machine [Rock]. It might be
worth the risk in this case, as you’ll see later. It is a
Pokémon-ex, which means there are a lot of cards that either
affect only it (usually negatively, like Desert Ruins), or
are not affected by it (Wobbuffet). And of course, there is
the fact that it is worth two whole prizes! By now, most of
you have probably come to realize what that means-this
Pokémon has to be roughly twice as good as a non-Pokémon
It is a
Water Pokémon, which is good. We have seen a lot of good
Water Pokémon lately, and a lot of Water-Weak Fire decks are
It has 150
HP, which is not too bad for a Pokémon ex. Normally I would
want a Stage 2 Pokémon to have more, but as long as they
compensated, it’s okay. It only has a single Weakness to
Electric Pokémon, in spite of the elevated HP. Now we come
to a total lack of Resistance. I suppose since we got to
skip a second Weakness, that’s okay. Last bottom stat is a
retreat of three. Avoid paying for it if at all possible.
One sick Poké-Power and one strong attack. Sounds good to
me. The Poké-Power is a variation of the old Raindance
Pokémon Power. This one trades off a restriction to Water
Pokémon in exchange for placing a damage counter on the
recipients for each of said Water Energy. Like I said, this
isn’t weaker than Raindance, just a good alternative that is
harder to abuse, but opens more possibilities.
Whirlpool, given the Energy that goes into it, is an attack
worthy of a Pokémon ex. Now some won’t like it cause it’s
only *gasp* 80 damage. Well, it’s true, that isn’t too
much. However, it has a nasty effect. Flip a coin until
tails means you have a 50% chance of discarding one Energy
or more. Of the more dominant decks right now, that’s not
going to help all the time, but it will help enough.
As you can tell by my seemingly flip-flop on the attack,
this should be a bench sitter anyway. This works wonders
with Team Aqua’s Walrein… if you can keep guys healed. How
to do that? Some people have been planning on using Milotic,
but since it’s Poké-Power won’t trigger though Rare Candy,
that sounds dangerous. If you use the Team Aqua Walrein to
attack, you can remove benched Pokémon’s energies, and that
is what I suggest you do. Spread the shower out amongst the
bench and have some assorted healing cards to use. It works
even better with Articuno ex, but you won’t hit the same
damage high. Still, you can play a big meat sack like
Chansey. Shower it with a few Water, then play Articuno ex
from your hand and use it’s Legendary Ascent Poké-Power to
make it the active for free and transfer all the Water
Energy to it you want.
3.5/5-Not without merit, and there are some bizarre decks
you can use it with (Base ‘Zard for one).
4/5-Might be calling this one low, but I think people are
going to have more trouble dealing with that damage then
they thought. In a chat with someone I consider a competent
if not good player sort of glossed over the bench damage
that exists in this format still.
4.5/5-If you can also pull it’s line, it will likely win you
almost too powerful for Modified.