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Darkrai EX

Card text:

[Ability - Dark Cloak] Each of your Pokémon that has any {D} Energy attached to it has no Retreat Cost. {D}{D}{C} Night Spear 90+ Does 30 damage to 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

[Pokémon-EX rule] When a Pokémon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

  • Rarity: Ultra Rare
  • Type: Darkness
  • Weakness: Ftx2
  • Poke#: 491
  • Number: 107
  • Subtype: Basic Pok√©mon
  • Resistance: P-20
  • Hit Points: 180
  • Retreat Cost: 2
Energy Symbols:
C = Colorless = colorless energy
D = Darkness = dark energy
Fr = Fire = fire energy
Ft = Fighting = fighting energy
G = Grass = grass energy
L = Lightning = lightning energy
M = Metal = metal energy
P = Psychic = psychic energy
W = Water = water energy
Darkrai EX
written by alastair
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General description:
Darkrai Ex is extremely versatile. This is a very competitive card. I use it as my deck. This card dominated the competitive format last year and is still active. Extremely usefull.

Uses:
I would expect this card to be used in it's own deck along with other attackers and supporting Pokemon. Some decks include Darkrai/Hammers, Darkrai/Mewtwo, Darkrai/Lasers, and Speed Darkrai.

Strategies and game play:
Darkrai is used to retreat all your Pokemon for free and utilize Hypnotoxic laser or crushing Hammer to disrupt and hit your opponent with good frontal damage and average snipe damage. With the use of Dark Claw and Virbank+Laser it can deal 140 damage and thirty to a benched pokemon. Amazing.

Combos with other cards:
Sableye can support the deck with his Junk Hunt attack getting back item cards. Absol PLF, a new addition, can hit for just as much damage as Darkrai without the extra Hp and without the extra prize.

Ways to counteract it:
Use fighting pokemon. The only way to beat this deck at its best is to exploit the weakness. Klinklang PLS also shuts down Darkrai itself, ruining the deck. Garbodor DRX also shuts down Dark Cloak.

Strengths/Pros:
Has 180Hp, can do up to 140damage, has free retreat, can be charged in an instant with Dark Patch and Energy Switch, overwhelms the opponent.

Weaknesses/Cons:
Weak to another usefull card, Landorous EX.

Variations:
All Pokemon tcg languages have it, it includes a full art, normal, and Promo version.

Artwork and aesthetics:
The Full Art Artwork is always amazing, and Black makes this EX look the best. Shizurow always does his best with the normal. The Promo is OK.
Overall rating:
10. I use it and love it and will be going to Nationals with it.

 


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