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Absol EX

Power Keepers


Date Reviewed: 03.16.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.75
Modified: 3.67
Limited: 2.75

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.

Steve Silvestro

2001 WCSTS Champ

2006 Top 8 @ Nats

2006 10th at Worlds

Absol EX:

Unlimited 1/5: Like just about every other new EX in the game , they just aren't capable of surviving in unlimited.

Modified 4/5: This card works great in any form of spread damage deck. Just drop it unexpected and use it's power to take a few KOs.

Limited 2/5: Since there is no real way to get any damage on the bench , it is hard to use psychic pulse effectively.


Review too long?  Skip straight to the scores and summary.


Name: Absol ex

Set: EX Power Keepers

Card#: 92/108

Rarity: Pokémon-ex

Pokémon-ex Rule: When Pokémon-ex has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Type: Darkness

Stage: Basic

HP: 100

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: Psychic

Retreat: (C)

Poké-Power: Cursed Eyes

Once during your turn, when you play Absol ex from your hand onto your Bench, you may move 3 damage counters from 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon to another of his or her Pokémon.

Attack: (DC) Psychic Pulse [30]

Does 10 damage to each of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon that has any damage counters on it. (Don’t apply Weakness or Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)


Attributes: Absol ex is a Basic Pokémon-ex.  This means it needs to be roughly twice as useful as a normal Basic Pokémon to offset its double Prize penalty, inability to make use of certain cards, and vulnerability to anti-Pokémon-ex cards.  Basic Pokémon are nice because they are easier to fit into a deck, and a Basic Pokémon-ex is often on par with a normal Stage 1 Pokémon.  In this case, Absol ex has 100 HP, which is the third best you can get for a Basic Pokémon (ex or otherwise), but still above the practical minimum (though not by much).  Still, this should let it survive at least one hit that doesn’t match it Weakness.


Fighting Weakness is not happy for Pokémon-ex.  As stated, while I don’t know exactly what Type or Types will come out on top after States, I do know we got back the Overzealous version of Machamp in EX Power Keepers.  That means that with a Double Rainbow Energy, Machamp could hammer Absol ex for 120 points of damage thanks to the Weakness!  On the bright side, Absol ex does have a Resistance, Psychic.  Any Resistance is welcome, so even though I don’t know the post-states metagame, we know this is at least “nice” and could be “great”.  Finally, it has a nice, affordable Retreat Cost of one Energy, which is rarely going to be an issue.


Abilities: Cursed Eyes basically makes Absol ex into a Trainer.  When it’s played from hand, you can move three damage counters (all if there are less than three) from one of your opponent’s Pokémon to another.  This is almost as good as an “extra attack” in the right deck.


Psychic Pulse is an alright attack.  It is a tad underwhelming on a Pokémon-ex, but the Poké-Power might be good enough to warrant it.  Either the Power can set up for the attack or the attack can set up for another use of Cursed Eyes (either via recycling the same Absol ex or playing a second.


Uses and

Combinations: As stated, think of this largely as a searchable but potentially costly Trainer.  I saw it used with a lot of Bench damaging Pokémon, including Jolteon ex to get a decent amount of damage in play without ever attacking (the deck did attack it scored some KOs just via this).  Just remember that as a Pokémon-ex, to retrieve it from play you must work a bit harder to recycle it without giving up a lot of Prizes.  Super Scoop Up works, though it only on heads, as does Holon Farmer after using Giant Stump to discard it from your full or nearly full Bench.




Unlimited: 3/5 – I think it might actually be worth it here.  If an opponent pulls a miracle survival with a Focus Band, and you’ll KO them this turn anyway even after removing 3 damage counters from them, risk it: you have normal Scoop Up to effortlessly retrieve it for future use, Baby Pokémon and Pokémon Flute to ensure its generating KOs.


Modified: 3.5/5 – Not as easy to abuse in general, its still pretty handy even as TecH: think of all those “almost got them” moments when something retreats and survives.  Now, without even burning an attack, you can finish them: remember, it’s not like most Pokémon are precisely KO’d (you can “heal” the Defending Pokémon but not enough for it to survive the next attack).


Limited: 4/5 – This is even without Darkness Energy, folks.  Though it’s horrid if you have to open with it and then just retreat it to avoid it being KO’d, if you don’t start with it you can hopefully save it for that final, surprise, KO.



Absol ex is a card that keeps becoming more and more intriguing.  Its ability to take what would have resulted in excess damage and put it somewhere useful might make it a key piece of TecH for many decks, and even a focus for a select few.



3/16 Absol ex PK

This is one of the better cards in Power Keepers.

A 100 HP ex is pretty vulnerable to Steelix, so you'll have to be careful. Its power can definitely be a huge surprise to your opponent. Its attack is a mini-version of Flygon ex d's Psychic Pulse, but it is still reasonably costed. You have potential for a ton of damage for only 2 energies if you partner it with Jolteon ex.

Everyone loves psychic resistance right now with Flygon and Banette everywhere. 1 retreat is decent as always.

Being a basic makes this card much more playable.

4 / 5
Alex Bramham
Top 8
UK Nationals
Absol ex

A very nice mentorable pokémon that would make a great addition to many decks such as Flygon ex d and its psychic pulse attack. With two darks it can do some good damage while you setup another pokémon and hit Banette ex hard as well as resisting its attacks. Using Absol ex's power to move three counters onto a Banette ex then equipping a holon's castform to Absol ex can OHKO a Banette ex with no fear of an incoming one. A fantastic tech for certain decks.


Anthony C
AKA- The Ft. Laud. Loud Mounth
League Leader
Top 32 Grinder 2004
Absol Ex
Unlimited- 100 HP EX= Easy 2 prizes in Unlimited. Attack and power aren't that great in my opinion. Rating 1/5
Modified-  The attack is only doing 30 damage + Effect from dark energy (if any) + 10 to bench with damage. The power is only good if your active pokemon is about to attack and make a KO and going to do an extra 30 damage to the pokemon it is attacking. Rating 1/5
Limited- If you don't get a dark energy in your packs (which most likely will happen) this card is only good for its power Rating 1/5
-the ft. laud. loud mouth
Koopa-Troopa Absol ex

Unlimited: Combo with anyone who hits the bench or moves around damage counters and you’re set. The 100hp is a down side though.2/5

Modified: I would probably play one in a deck like Banette or FCJ, but the attack is kind of weak and the power only works once. 3/5

Limited: Definitely playable, use it to knock out a basic on the bench or even an evolution that they retreated. If you get a dark energy then you’re in the money. 4/5

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