Everyone always needs that extra 10 damage here and there for the crucial KO and with the Unleashed Set came Kingdra Prime, the third way to get that extra 10 damage, to join the likes of the well known Plus Power and Crobat G.
Back when Platinum came out, Adam wrote an article about Crobat G vs Plus Power so I will try to focus this article on Kingdra Prime along with some things that were not mentioned before. Also, I will be assuming Kingdra Prime being used as a tech and not as a main attacker.
Some things that Kingdra Prime have going for it are that it has a good 130 HP, and the retreat cost of 1 isn’t too bad for a stage 2 tech. It has a pretty good 60 damage for 1 energy attack (given your opponent has no fire type Pokémon in play) if needed that can be used in a pinch if you run water / multi / rainbow energy in your deck. If you already run Rare Candy in your deck, it does not take up much deck space at all with a 1-0-1 or a 2-0-2 line depending on preference. And lastly, there is no limit to how many times you can use its power throughout a game (once per turn for however long it stays in play).
Kingdra Prime also has its disadvantages too. To start off, it’s a stage 2 Pokémon so it will be slower to get out on the field. Its x2 weakness to lightning is very unfavorable; it can be “Flash Bited” by Crobat G then “Bright Looked” and 1HKO by Luxray GL LV.X with “Flash Impact”, to give an example. Its power can only be used once per turn, and it has the potential to be “Power Sprayed”. And it also takes up bench space.
pokemon-paradijs.comOverall, I think that Kingdra Prime can be a very good tech. It can easily be slipped into any deck that already uses Rare Candies, and its high HP will keep it away from being an easy prize.
Next I will quickly run through the major ups and downs of Plus Power and Crobat G.
Plus Power pros:
– no bench space needed
– does not take up much deck space
– can be stacked in one turn
– applied before weakness, so for x2 weakness it actually adds 20 more damage
Plus Power cons:
– it can’t be searched out
– it can’t be used if you are trainer locked
– it only does extra damage to the active Pokémon, given that you use a damaging attack
– it can only be used once, unless attacked to a Pokémon like Shuppet or Uxie
pokemon-paradijs.comCrobat G pros:
– it can be reused multiple times and stacked with Poké Turns and Super Scoop Ups
– it’s a basic Pokémon that can be searched out, along with Poké Turn
– it has free retreat
– it can be used to KO Pokémon and take prizes during your turn before your attack
My personal favorite of these 3 is Crobat G; Plus Power only does extra damage to the active Pokémon, and Kingdra Prime is a little slower and can’t be stacked as well. I think Crobat G is the easiest to get out, and can be devastating when stacked and combined with Poké Turns.
An example of this happened during States this year. I was running my Magnezone deck and I was playing against a Gyarados deck. Early in the game, I had an Expert Belted Magnezone LV.X out, my tank with 160 HP. Next turn, my opponent brings up Gyarados, belts it, drops 2 Crobat Gs and 3 Poké Turns, and 1HKOs my belted Magnezone LV.X with “Tail Revenge”.
So, which of these 3 ways of adding that extra damage do you think is the best to use in the upcoming format? Debate, and thanks for reading.