Hi, my name is Dark
Arceus. I was specifically put in the Pokemon world to
put the hurt on Gengar. See you soon!!!
There you go. If you
are in a Gengar-heavy area, then this is the play.
Gengar is going to have a fit with this deck, with its
lack of powers anyway, but this card really “hates” on
Let the big ghost go up
a prize…and then POW, right in the kisser.
Problem is, the second
half of most Gengar decks is Machamp…which puts a real
hurt on Arceus.
Still a good 2 for 80
attack. Usable, for the Arceus decks…
Modified…3/5 Not the
best, but not the worst Arceus
Limited – 3/5 Once
again, you don’t want to go down in prizes, but a pretty
good card anyway!
Vince (Not Kevin J )
Baby Mario Top 4 UK Nats
Arceus – Darkness Type
Our first Basic Arceus this week boasts some very cool
art and Arceus in an . . . interesting pose.
The HP of 70 is at the bottom end for Basic Arceus which
range from 70-90 HP. It has an X2 Weakness to Fighting
which isn’t usually a problem as Machamp SF is the only
widely-played fighting Pokémon. The Resistance to
Psychic is very welcome, as is the Retreat cost of one.
Darkness Arceus has one of the lowest cost attacks of
all the Arceus. For [D][C], Prize Count will do 20
damage. Not very impressive, I know, but that all
changes if you are behind on Prizes as it triggers the
attack’s effect and bumps the damage up to a very nice
80 which still only costs two Energy.
This can be a very useful and relatively cheap attack to
use in an Arceus deck. The one thing that counts against
it is the fact that Arceus decks are all about hitting
for Weakness, and there are relatively few commonly
played Pokémon that have a Darkness Weakness. You have
Gengar for sure . . . maybe the odd Dusknoir, but that’s
all really. Nevertheless, the fact that it can hit hard
when you need it means that it is definitely worth a
tech slot or two in an Arceus deck. If you expect to see
a lot of Gengar, you may even want to devote a bit more
space to it.
Modified (Arceus Deck): 3 (situational, but useful)
Limited: 3 (One of the more usable Arceus here. A quick
80 for 2 when behind is very good)
Arceus Lv. 100 - Darkness Type
Hey again Pojo visitors! Arceus week continues today
with Arceus' Darkness form.
First, let us look at this card's stats. Arceus is a 70
HP Basic Pokemon of the Darkness type, with a double
weakness to Fighting, -20 resistance to Psychic, and a
Retreat Cost of 1. Being an Arceus is somewhat good, as
this card can be searched by Beginning Door as well as
being utilized by other cards such as Arceus Lv. X.
Having only 70 HP on a non-evolving basic is subpar, and
in my opinion, quite sad for a Level 100 Arceus. Double
weakness to Fighting does not help this card's case, as
there are some pretty potent Fighters around the
environment, like Machamp SF or even Claydol GE. Having
a resistance is always good, and a Psychic resistance is
pretty great. The retreat cost is much like yesterday's
card: it's not too expensive if you absolutely must pay
Now, onto attacks. Dark Arceus has only one attack,
Prize Count. This attack normally does 20 damage for
(DC), with a possibility for adding 60 more if you have
more prizes than your opponent. Inflicting 80 damage
(more if you use Special Darkness Energies) for two
energy sounds really nice, but there are other cards
that do similar things for better: Infernape PT, MD, and
DP all come to mind. Additionally, this attack only does
80 when you're behind in the game: if you have the same
number of prizes or less than your opponent, it's a
rather expensive 20 damage.
Modified: 1.5/5 This might work in an Arceus deck that
wants an extra attack for the Lv. X or another typed
Arceus for the Colorless Arceus' no-energy attack, but
the combination of low HP and double weakness really
hamper this card's usability. Having a situational
attack doesn't really help, either.
Limited: 2/5 You're probably going to want to take this
anyway, especially if you get an Arceus Lv. X. This
Arceus could work in late game to quickly one-hit KO a
basic or something after you drop behind in Prizes, such
as when something with an Expert Belt just got KOed. The
only possible problems with this are that Darkness
energy could be hard to use in Limited for this set, and
you'll have to watch out for Fighting types and this
card's low HP.
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