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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Xerneas EX  

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 10, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.5
Limited: 4.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Xerneas EX (XY) 

Hello and welcome to some more XY reviews on Pojo’s CotD. We kick off the week with a look at Xerneas EX, which is the Fairy Type’s designated big-hitter (so far, anyway). 

Being an EX means that Xerneas will have a massive HP and some pretty big attacks. Being a Fairy Type means that it will get some great support from cards like Aromatisse XY and the little version of Xerneas. We already know that the support cards make Fairies a viable deck these days, so the question is: is Xerneas EX good enough to fulfil an attacking role in that deck? 

Well, sort of. I guess. The best way to describe Xerneas EX’s attacks is to call them adequate for the format. Of course this means that by most other standards they are extremely powerful. Break Through can do a moderate 60 damage, but the extra 30 it does to a Benched Pokémon (as Darkrai EX has taught us) can be crucial in setting up future KOs. Meanwhile X Blast hits for a pretty good 140 which is enough to OHKO almost every playable Stage 2 and will even take out those 170 HP EXs with the help of Hypnotoxic Laser/Virbank or a Break Through snipe. Both attacks are a little expensive, but with Baby Xerneas supplying acceleration and Aromatisse moving Energy around, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. 

I’m not sure Xerneas will be the main offensive card in Fairy decks: the Rainbow Energy reprint has given them a huge range of options that could be seen as superior to Xerneas EX: Lugia EX, Yveltal EX, Rayquaza DRX, Terrakion LTR, Landorus EX . . . these are just a few of the Pokémon that people are trying to abuse in Fairy Toolbox style decks right now. Don’t count Xerneas out altogether though: he might not be one of the more spectacular EX Pokémon we have seen, but he can get the job done. 

Rating 

Modified: 3.5 (solid and very well supported)

Limited: 4.5 (yes, you can try that 1 Pokémon 39 Energy thing with this card) 


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