Smeargle. The artsy beagle. The
creative muse of the Pokemon world. The one to Beat.
So Smeargle is an odd Pokemon with
an even odder Ability. I'm assuming you're never gonna
want to hear me talk about the 2-for-30 vanilla Beat
attack outside of the opening, so let's get to the good
stuff: Second Coat.
What does it do? Well, it swaps out
one type of basic Energy attached to a Pokemon of yours
for another type of basic Energy in your discard pile!
Suffice to say, this is...really
weird. I mean, in mono-Type decks, this is also
completely useless! Why would I switch my Water Energy
out for another Water Energy? Not that you could do that
anyway, given the phrasing on the card, but it would
make just about as much sense if you could. So what's
the appeal of Smeargle? Well simply put, there are a few
different decks that could make use of this oddity of an
Let's start with the obvious one -
Colorless. Since the Energy requirements on most of them
don't matter, they can be thrown into any deck there is.
Now while that starts to drift off into the
aforementioned problem, keep in mind we're talking any
deck out there - you might be able to rotate out a Metal
Energy off of one of your Colorless Types and then later
use Bronzong to reattach it to something else!
Too complicated for ya? Well,
there's also swapping out different Energies for
Dragon-types, who frequently revolved around using 2
different Energies in their attack costs! Maybe you've
got too many Water Energies on your Goodra and really
need a Fairy Energy from your discard pile - and so
there Smeargle comes to save the day!
And then there's another card that
really benefits from Smeargle: M Mewtwo-EX.
No, not the Top 10 one, the OTHER
one. The one that requires Fighting Energy in its
attacks. You know, the weird one. And though he may be
weird, Smeargle can help alleviate the weird cost easily
by switching things around!
So there ya go, just a few ideas
for Smeargle to work with. He's a bit niche and won't be
run everywhere, but he'll excel in those decks that
he'll run in.
Standard: 2.5/5 (he's got great
potential, it's just a matter of figuring out where he
Expanded: 2.5/5 (granted, he'll
seem a bit awkward otherwise, but he can do it)
Limited: 3/5 (and hey, he can even
help out in environments with a LOT of different
Energies running around!)
Arora Notealus: Smeargle: Picasso
Next Time: BREAK THE SOUND