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Reshiram #21

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.25
Limited: 4.67

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Reshiram (Next Destinies)

Hmmm . . . ‘why are you reviewing Reshiram again?’ I can hear some readers ask. Well, the answer is simple: if Pokémon keep printing it, we’ll keep reviewing it. So far it’s been in the Black and White set (normal and Full Art versions), a tin promo, a box promo, and now it surfaces once more in the Next Destinies set. It’s also available in the Explosive Edge theme deck if anyone’s interested.

Is there anything wrong with this card (along with Zekrom) getting so many reprints? Not really (in my opinion). This is one of the cards that has helped to define the post-BW metagame. Having it easily and cheaply available is a good thing. Funny how the people who complain about the price of cards like Mewtwo-EX are usually the same people who whine about a card like Reshi getting reprinted, isn’t it?

Anyways, by now you don’t need me to tell you that Reshiram is a Basic Pokémon with massive HP (which the EX Pokémon have since surpassed), and excellent attack in Outrage (which punishes any Pokémon that can’t take it out in one hit) and a very powerful second attack (Blue Flare) which can dish out a constant 120 damage with a little help from an Energy accelerator like Typhlosion Prime or Ability Emboar (the lesser option in my view).

Reshiram’s journey through the format has been a bit up and down. It was initially more successful than its Lightning counterpart, being part of David Cohen’s Magnezone/Emboar deck that won the World Championship. With Typhlosion, it dominated Autumn Battle Roads, but since then it has been eclipsed by the success of Zekrom. Why has this happened? Well, it’s mainly due to the fact that Zekrom has a Stage 1 Energy acceleration engine in Eelektrik NV which is faster and takes up much less deck space than Typhlosion or Emboar (which need a Stage 2 Evolution line plus Rare Candy). When you consider that Lightning has a lot of other great attacking options (Thundurus, Zekrom-EX, the forthcoming Raikou-EX), then it’s not surprising that Reshiram use has tailed off a bit. Nevertheless, it’s still a very solid card that performs very well against the all-powerful Mewtwo-EX (discarding Energy means the Purple Cat struggles to KO it), and even with the handicap of needing to run a Stage 2, Typhlosion/Reshiram decks seem to be holding a place in the second tier and even picking up the odd win here or there.

Regardless of how much use it gets in the future, Reshiram is one of the cards that has made the format what it is today. Some people will think that’s a bad thing. Me? As a player, I have to learn to adapt and I for one welcome our new Dragon overlords.


Modified: 3.5 (not the force it was, but don’t write it off just yet)

Limited: 4.25 (high HP Basic that can Outrage for KOs all day)


Happy Friday, Pojo readers! Today we're going to end our COTD week by reviewing a card that I've been talking about in passing all week. Today's Card of the Day is Reshiram, mostly recently from Next Destinies.


Reshiram is a Basic Fire Pokemon, and chances are, if you're playing Fire, you're playing Reshiram. 130 HP is great on a Basic, although it isn't as great as it once was, given the presence of Pokemon-EX. Water Weakness is once again a problem against Kyurem and Kyurem-EX, although Kyurem is hard-pressed to do any real damage to Reshiram without being hit first. Reshiram also has no Resistance, and a Retreat Cost of 2, which can be lowered to one with Skyarrow Bridge, but can also be paid fairly easily.


Reshiram has two attacks. Outrage deals 20 damage plus 10 more for each damage counter on the Vast White Pokemon for two Colorless Energy. This attack allows Reshiram to take weak attacks with relative ease, and even sometimes not so weak attacks. In fact, most Reshiram/Zekrom/Kyurem matches involve neither player attacking for a while, as their know the attacks will simply fuel Outrage. Being powered by a Double Colorless is also great, as it allows for faster powering up if need be, too.


Blue Flare, Reshiram's second attack, deals 120 damage for two Fire and a Colorless, but you must discard two Fire Energy attached to Reshiram. This attack was used commonly with Typhlosion Prime and Emboar BW due to their abusing Energy placement, but these strategies have fallen into disuse recently since the Evolutions don't have quite what it takes anymore against the high-powered Pokemon-EX in the format. That being said, the attack is very powerful in its own right, and will significantly dent many of the metagame's top threats, even if it isn't quite as devastating as it used to be.


Modified: 3/5 Reshiram is still a decent Pokemon, but it has largely fallen out of favor for its Lightning counterpart, Zekrom. Reshiram's attacks are both very useful, but Zekrom largely outclasses it in this speedy format. Reshiphlosion and Reshiboar are still playable decks in Modified, but they are generally too slow against Eels and CMT to see much high-level tournament action.


Limited: 5/5 Reshiram is great in Limited. Although Blue Flare is a bit hard to use in Limited where Energy recursion is difficult, Outrage and high HP is great for this format. Just watch out for Water-types!


Combos With: Typhlosion Prime, Emboar BW #20

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