Arceus – Electric Type
We continue our Arceus reviews with the Lightning
version. Like most Lightning Pokémon (think Raichu),
this Arceus has relatively low HP (the lowest of all the
Basics). It also has a nice Retreat cost of one Energy,
a Fighting Weakness that shouldn’t ever really matter,
and a Resistance to Metal which is . . . better than
nothing, I suppose.
On the up side, this s one of the few Arceus that has
a two Energy attack. For [L][C], you do 30 damage and
get to switch Arceus with one of your benched Pokémon.
Pretty mediocre, right?
Wrong. The damage may be puny, but being able to use
an attack which switches you out is incredibly useful in
an Arceus deck. For one thing, it enables you to break a
lock (such as Flygon/Memory Berry), but more
importantly, it allows you to switch to another Arceus
so that you will be able to hit the Defending Pokémon
for Weakness on your next turn. Remember that if you use
the Arceus LV X with the Omniscient PokeBody, you don’t
even need to have Lightning Arceus active in order to
accomplish these things. Considering the way that the
Arceus deck is set up, this is an incredibly useful
To go with it, we also have an incredibly useful
type. Having the option to Level Up this Arceus and hit
for Lightning Weakness is a big deal at the moment as it
puts the hurt on many of the popular decks in the
metagame (Palkia G, Kingdra, Gyarados are the most
obvious). That fact alone means that every Arceus deck
should include this Pokémon.
Modified (Arceus deck): 3.25 (useful attack effect,
Limited: 2.5 (cheaper attack . . . but low damage