Arceus LV X (Psychic Bolt)
Today we are looking at the second of
the three Arceus Lv X from the new set. The first,
Omniscient Arceus, with its ability to use any attack
you have in play, is the insanely versatile lynchpin of
a deck type that was created to take advantage of
Weakness. Do its fellow LV Xs have what it takes to
compete for space in an Arceus deck? Let’s have a look.
All Arceus LV X has the same basic
stats. A solid 120 HP, a decent Retreat cost, no
Resistance, and no Weakness. That last point is the
crucial one. Being able to remove the Weakness of any
Basic Arceus by Levelling Up is a fantastic ability.
This Arceus also has the Multitype
PokeBody, meaning that it becomes the same type as the
Basic Arceus from which it Levels Up. This is another
key feature of the deck, as you use it to try and ensure
that you always hit your opponent for Weakness.
Seeing as this Arceus can’t use the
attacks of all Arceus in play, what can it offer besides
using the attack of its Basic? Well, it has a pretty
powerful attack of its own: Psychic Bolt does the big
100 damage for a cost of [L][P][C], after which, you
have to discard the [L] and [P] Energy.
Now I know what you are thinking. The
Energy cost and discard is almost Rayquaza-like.
Difficult to achieve and expensive to perform. Luckily,
an Arceus deck has a few answers to this: firstly, it
will be running a lot of different Energy types anyway,
so that it can use all the different Arceus attacks.
Secondly, it can use the Ultimate Zone Stadium card
which allows you to move any Energy you like from the
Bench on to the active Arceus. If you have enough of the
right Energy in play, then in theory, you could use
Psychic Bolt every turn to do 100 damage + Weakness.
Although nowhere near as flexible as
the Omniscient Arceus LV X, this version does have
something to offer in the form of its hard-hitting
attack. Taking advantage of Weakness means that it
should be doing 130 damage against most Stage 2 Pokémon,
which is usually enough to get a KO. It won’t be the
primary LV X in an Arceus deck, but having one or two
around will almost certainly be worth it.
Modified (Arceus deck): 3 (supplies a
big hit if needed)
Limited: 2.75 (difficult to manage the
Energy, but could be used just to wall and then one-shot