So now we come to the last
Dual-typed Pokemon-EX in the set here, and it's another
Mega too! Similar to M Steelix-EX, but with less Special
Energy to really take advantage of...
M Gardevoir-EX does, however, carry
some other interesting perks, and we're gonna take a
good look at them! First of all, she's Fairy/Psychic,
meaning that not only is she a great counter to Psychic
Pokemon - think M Mewtwo-EX for instance - but she's
also a big counter against Fairy-weak Dragon-types,
which is pretty much all of them...hey, that's one
version of M Rayquaza-EX and Giratina-EX! But even with
those advantages, is there really enough she can do to
Well for 2 Energy, she can unleash
Despair Ray, dishing out a decent 110 damage out against
Pokemon. Course this is still a good attack towards
anything weak to her, but what else does it do? You can
also add on more damage at the rate of 10 for every
Bench Pokemon you discard. That's right, you're
committing the most criminal act in all of Pokemon:
sacrificing their friendship for POWER!! YOU FIEND!!
Just kidding, but there's actually
some interesting usage here to get out of Despair Ray.
There are a lot of Pokemon with neat "come into play"
Abilties like Shaymin-EX, Hoopa-EX, Hawlucha (STS), just
to name a few. Ever think, "Man I wish I could just play
these again or even get them off so my bench isn't
vulnerable to Lysandre or something?" DESPAIR RAY AWAY!!
Now get the advantage AND the damage!
Still, there's not too much else
she can do. Even assuming a full Bench, she's only
delivering 160 (though that is boosted to 190 if you
include Sky Field's extra 3 slots), and wiping out your
whole Bench isn't exactly the best strategy. I mean,
that's basically no back-up plan right there if you risk
it for the biscuit - and keep in mind, you do lose if
your Active Pokemon's KO'd and you've got nothing to
replace it with, even if your opponent has Prizes to
It's not exactly Turn 1 Donk-ing,
but it can be Self-Inflicted Donk-ing...yeahhhhhh, I'm
not sticking to that term either.
Standard: 3/5 (she'll be a pretty
solid power against certain decks, but overall she's got
a lot to work through)
Expanded: 3.5/5 (that being said,
access to Pokemon like Jirachi-EX and Audino (BCR) gives
her a bit more leeway, shall we say)
Limited: 4.5/5 (at least here in
Limited though, the extra damage is well more than
enough to deal with anything that's not an EX...or that
could threaten outpacing her for damage like
Arora Notealus: Hey come to think
of it, aren't all these Dual-Types Shiny? I mean with
the notable exception of Volcanion-EX, every other
Pokemon with Dual-Typing uses the Shiny variant this
set! That's gotta be a neat touch!
Weekend Thought: So what Pokemon
from this week do you think have potential? Do you think
there are some that were rated lower than others? Do you
think a couple should be rated higher? Does Dual-Typing
really change the game the way they've done it, or is it
just another gimmick you're hoping will phase out pretty
quickly? Personally, I'd rather see more Dual-Types in
the next few sets. Maybe even have a whole set devoted
just to Dual-Types - I mean if they can get away with
swapping Types around on Pokemon, they can surely make a
set for Dual-Types.