Emboar (Black & White BW 19) – Card of the Day

Hey guys, Captain here with another Card of the Day. So today’s card is Emboar from Black and White, but not the popular “Inferno Fandango” Emboar; this is the sometimes overlooked “theme deck” Emboar.

Both Emboar cards actually have the same stats: a large 150 HP, a mediocre x2 weakness to water, no resistance, and a retreat cost of 4. The retreat cost is horrible, but its weakness really isn’t a big deal. The only water attacker it will really need to worry about is the “Shell Armor” Samurott, and SamuGatr is generally slower than ReshiBoar anyway.

First, however, let’s look at its attacks. The first one, Heat Crash, deals a vanilla 50 damage for a cost of FCC. This is pretty mediocre, but having a damaging effect with no side effects may come in handy occasionally. Overall, this attack is a bit sub-par.

Then you have the second attack, which certainly makes up for the below average Heat Crash. This attack, titled Flare Blitz, deals 150 damage for FFCC. However, this much damage comes at a price: you must discard all fire energy attached to Emboar. This can sometimes be horrible and sometimes not that bad. But before I delve deeper into the attack itself, I should mention why someone would even use this card.

This particular Emboar is a very useful tech in ReshiBoar (after all, you already have the Emboar line in the deck) that can 1-shot a lot more cards than ReshiBoar. Reshiram will be dealing 120 for FFC and a double discard of fire energy. That’s great, but there are a bunch of tough Pokémon with 130 or sometimes even more HP. While Reshiram can 1-shot these through the use of PlusPower or Blackbelt, it’s easier just to 1-shot them without depending on other cards (what if you’re Trainer-Locked or you need another Supporter for that turn?), and so Emboar is very good at doing just that.

While I’m talking about it, here are a few very notable Pokémon that will be knocked out from one use of this, but not just one use of Reshiram’s Blue Flare (not taking into account cards like Defender and whatnot): other Emboar, other Reshiram, Zekrom, Donphan Prime, Beartic (I realize this card isn’t out yet, but it’s worth mentioning), Blastoise, and Gengar Prime.

Now back to the attack. If you’re going to use this Emboar, then you should certainly include Double Colorless Energy. This way, with a DCE and 2 fires, you’ll only need to discard 2 fire energies for massive damage rather than 4. That’s pretty good since it’s the same penalty Reshiram pays, and ReshiBoar decks already have sufficient energy recovery capabilities.

Before I close this up, I should mention a few good cards this can combo with. Obviously there’s the other Emboar that allows you to attach as much fire energy as you want per turn. If you’re considering this card for your ReshiBoar deck, then you’ll already have the other Emboar in there. Other cards are Double Colorless Energy, which I mentioned before since it can make Emboar only discard 2 fire energy per use of Flare Blitz. Finally, there’s Switch. 4 retreat cost is horrible, and you should try to avoid discarding quite so much energy just to retreat him.

So all in all, I’d say this card gets a 3.5 out of 5. It’s overall a solid card that can prove to be very useful in ReshiBoar or any straight Emboar decks that pop up (Emboar and Typhlosion Prime, maybe?).

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  • Anonymous

    this card is awesome and should not be overlooked what so ever just because the other one is more playable. Im planning on playing 2 of each.

  • Andreas Meischner

    Hey, nice CotD, I’ve alreay thought about the use of this Emboar, I think it’s really great. There is just one little mistake about his weakness: Samurott isn’t the only water attacker, there is also the Blastoise from Unleashed, which will be really huge next season, if Reshiboar gets a TopTier deck + it will be one of the few Sniper staying in the format. Also there might be the chance, that Wailord in combination with Serperior and Reuniclus bight become a great deck. So I think that water weakness is a REALLY huge thing.

  • Anonymous

    Note the italicized “really.” No doubt BlastGatr will be a good deck next season, but 1) ReshiBoar can outspeed it and 2) This Emboar can 1-shot it.

    SamuGatr is also going to be slower than ReshiBoar, but Samurott will be able to 1-shot this Emobar (provided it has 1 water energy attached) while Emboar can only 1-shot Samurott with a Pluspower.

  • Anonymous

    Note the italicized “really.” No doubt BlastGatr will be a good deck next season, but 1) ReshiBoar can outspeed it and 2) This Emboar can 1-shot it.

    SamuGatr is also going to be slower than ReshiBoar, but Samurott will be able to 1-shot this Emobar (provided it has 1 water energy attached) while Emboar can only 1-shot Samurott with a Pluspower.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AHE7W74T3ZL5RFLI4R2B7A6ZIQ Alex Holdway

    After a bit of testing, this Emboar is definitely needed, if you dont have plus power it one shots the lot. and unless you opponent runs it too, or is playing water it is very hard to KO in one go.

    Nice review!

  • Anonymous

    Good card, has to be careful around Wailord though. The water weakness means that even if Wailord gets ‘Blitzed, then his attack will still be doing 100 damage.

  • Anonymous

    BREAKING NEWS! LITTLE KNOWN FACT: HE CAN DO 300 TO STEELIX PRIME! FORRRR THE WIN! (FTW)LULWUT

  • Anonymous

    Can you do Urasring Prime next?

  • Augustine Lim

    Definitely a good card for cleaning up in the late game, specially against the likes of Magnezone and Machamp.

  • Anonymous

    we know that. big whoop. with this deck around i’d be surprised if steelix was frequently played.