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Manectric Lv. 46


Date Reviewed: 01.22.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.75
Limited: 3.75

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

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Manectric Lv 46


The Arceus set brought us two Manectrics. Today, we’re reviewing the one that isn’t completely rubbish.


This Manectric has fairly typical stats. A middling 90 HP, a worrying Fighting Weakness, a useful Metal Resistance (Deafen without Expert Belt can’t hurt it!), and an excellent Retreat cost of zero.


Manectric’s second attack, Swift, appears on quite a few Pokémon cards in various ways. Absol G, Electrode SF, and the Water Arceus all have this type of attack that does damage regardless of any Weakness, Resistance, Power, Body or Effect. Sometimes they can be useful, for example against a Lucario LV X that used Stance to protect itself, or a Garchomp SV that has used Guard Claw to reduce the damage it takes on your next turn. Unfortunately, these attacks also tend to be over-costed and underpowered, and this is certainly the case with Manectric. 50 damage for three Energy is just much to slow in today’s format and represents to big an investment on a Pokémon which is not likely to survive more than a turn or two.


Much more viable is Manectric’s first attack, Second Bite. For [L][C], this does 20 damage, plus 20 more for each damage counter on the Defending Pokémon. In other words, if you can find a way to put four damage counters on a Pokémon, Manectric can do 100 damage for just two Energy. It’s an interesting attack that does appear to have some potential for finishing off high HP Pokémon quickly, especially those that like to accumulate damage in order to do some kind of Rage attack (such as Rhyperior SV). Unfortunately, I haven’t really been able to discover a really effective way to use it yet. It may be that a format dominated by OHKOs and healing really has no place for a Pokémon like Manectric.


But maybe that will change in the future.




Modified: 2.5 (has potential . . . but I haven’t found it yet)

Limited: 3.25 (pretty good here and works well as a finisher)


Happy Friday, Pojo readers! I hope you all had a good week. Today we are reviewing Manectric from the Arceus set.

Manectric is a Lightning-type, which is a pretty decent thing to be in this format: There aren't too many Fighting types around to exploit its Weakness (except for Machamp SF), and the type has a great advantage against Kingdra LA and Gyarados SF. 90 HP is decent for a Stage 1, but altogether not fantastic because of how awkward this format is for Stage 1s as a whole. Resistance to Metal is nice for Dialga G, and a Retreat Cost of zero is the best you can get.

Manectric has two attacks. The first, Second Bite, does 20 for [LC] and adds an extra 10 damage for each damage counter on the Defending Pokemon. The secondary effect is very nice especially when using this in conjunction with spread damage. However, if no previous damage exists, 20 damage for two energy is really expensive, and there are more effective attacks to use on other Pokemon, putting Manectric into more of a secondary attacking role.

Manectric's other attack, Swift, costs [LCC] and deals 50 damage without taking Weakness, Resistance, Poke-Powers, Poke-Bodies, or any other effects on the Defending Pokemon into account. Even though this effect can be nice on occasion, this attack is largely overpriced.

Modified: 1.75/5 Second Bite can be nice as a use of secondary damage or cleanup, but there's really not a place for this card in the format. If you need to use an Electric type, use Luxray GL Lv. X, Electivire, or even Magnezone.

Limited: 3/5 Swift + Second Bite has the potential to 2HKO every non-Lv.X in the set that doesn't resist Manectric, which is pretty nice. As long as you can power up its attacks, it can be a decent attacker here, and an even better finisher.


Manectric LV.46
Platinum--Arceus, #22

Two Manectrics exist in Platinum--Arceus, and possess only attacks. Manectric LV.46 possesses the Second Bite and Swift attacks.

Second Bite, for {L}{C}, deals 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each damage counter on the Defending Pokémon. I like to use this attack when the opposing Pokémon has taken enough damage, through spread damage or attacks from my previous Active Pokémon, where it can be knocked out easily; very fatal that Defending Pokémon.

Swift, for {L}{C}{C}, deals 50 damage ignoring Weakness, Resistance, Poké-Powers, Poké-Bodies, and any other effects on the Defending Pokémon. Dealing 50 non-negotiable damage is good, but ignoring weakness could be a bummer against Water-type Pokémon or Beedrill. I prefer its attack cost to be lower to make up for that ignorance.

Manectric has zero retreat and good HP, worthwhile for playing it.

Modified: 4/5
Limited: 5/5

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