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Registeel-EX - Dragons Exalted

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.50
Limited: 4.50

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

Registeel-EX (Dragons Exalted)

For the first time since they were introduced, way back in the Neo sets, Special Metal and Special Dark Energy are no longer legal after the September 2012 rotation. I only mention this because today’s card would have loved to have some Special Metal Energy to work with.

Registeel is a Metal Type EX Basic with a massive 180 HP (currently the maximum for the EX Basics). The Metal Typing means that it has a pretty favourable Weakness in Fire, which sees little or no play at the moment, and a useful Psychic Resistance to go with it. The Retreat cost of four is so big that you would never actually pay it: you would use Switch or Darkrai-EX’s Dark Cloak, or just leave it active until it was KO’d. The plus side is that Registeel is searchable with Heavy Ball.

Triple Laser, Registeel-EX’s first attack, is very interesting. The cost is three Energy of any Colour, which is nice as it means that Registeel is splashable in any deck Type, and can also take advantage of Double Colourless Energy. It’s more than useful too: three lots of 30 snipe damage puts a lot of pressure on an opponent’s Field, putting weaker Pokémon in imminent danger of being sent to the discard pile and setting up future KOs on more durable foes. Late game it can also be used to clean up and take multiple Prizes from damaged Pokémon.

While Triple Laser is the star attraction, Registeel-EX does have another attack. Protect Charge is quite expensive at [M][M][C][C] and its damage output of 80 is actually less than that of its first attack (30 x 3 = 90). It does come with the bonus effect of reducing any damage Registeel takes next turn by 20, but . . . compared to Triple Laser, this does seem very mediocre. If the Pokémon could tank with Special Metal Energy, then maybe Protect Charge would have its uses, but it can’t, so it’s difficult to see any player wanting to build a strategy around the attack, especially given the lack of any Energy acceleration for the Metal Type.

So, what we are left with is a big EX Pokémon which is tough to take down, is splashable, and can do a job both early and late game. While he’s not really worthy of his own deck at the moment, he is a very good choice for a secondary attacker in any deck running Energy acceleration or DCE. Expect to see him at a Battle Roads near you soon.


Modified: 3.5 (Fits easily into a lot of decks and gives them some nice options)

Limited: 4.5 (very tough to KO – Colourless costs and snipe damage make him a great card here)


Greetings once again, Pojo! Today we're reviewing another of the new Pokemon-EX from Dragons Exalted that may see a bit of play in Modified. Today's Card of the Day is Registeel-EX.

Registeel-EX is a Basic Metal Pokemon-EX. Metal-types have seen a bit of a decrease in playability lately with Klinklang being replaced by Hydreigon as the Energy-moving Pokemon of choice. As a Pokemon-EX, Registeel had better have a strong presence of excellent damage output to justify the opponent taking two Prizes for Knocking it Out. 180 HP is standard for a Pokemon-EX, meaning that Registeel will easily take unboosted hits, and should be about to take at least one huge hit before going down. Fire Weakness is a problem against the likes of Reshiram and friends, but Fire is admittedly very rare right now in Modified. Psychic Resistance is great against Mewtwo and others, and a Retreat Cost of 4 is ridiculous, so be sure to use Switch to move Registeel from the Active spot, as you won't want to discard four Energy to retreat.

Registeel has two attacks. Triple Laser does 30 damage to three of your opponent's Pokemon for three Colorless Energy. This attack is pretty good for its all-Colorless cost, as it can easily be powered up with a Double Colorless Energy. Like other spread attacks, Triple Laser can easily finish off weakened opponents, or rough up opposing Bench sitters. One potential comparison for this attack is Kyurem NVI's Glaciate, which does 30 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon for two Water and a Colorless. While Kyurem's attack is more effective than Triple Laser, Registeel's Colorless Energy requirements and higher HP ultimately give it more utility.

Protect Charge is Registeel's second move, dealing 80 damage for the massive cost of two Metal and two Colorless, while making attacks to Registeel do 20 damage less during your opponent's next turn. 80 damage for four Energy is underwhelming at best, and the damage reduction isn't enough to justify the massive cost. This attack could have easily dealt 100 damage for the same cost. At any rate, you probably won't be using this move in Modified very often, but it could be useful in tanking builds (maybe in a quad-Registeel build, perhaps?) and in Limited.

Modified: 3/5 Registeel-EX is the very definition of a middling Pokemon-EX. 180 HP, favorable Weakness, and nice Resistance are coupled with a massive Retreat Cost, somewhat unimpressive typing, and weak attacks. Triple Laser is an excellent attack that can easily be splashed into many different builds, and will be the likely reason as to why Registeel sees play. If you're looking for a decent spread Pokemon with high HP, Registeel will fit the bill nicely.

Limited: 5/5 Like most Pokemon-EX, Registeel is nearly overpowered in Limited. Triple Laser is disgusting in a very slow format, and Protect Charge can easily keep Registeel alive much longer than your opponents are comfortable with. Combine these attacks with a massive 180 HP, and you have a Pokemon to watch out for. Just make sure to keep Fire far away!

Jebulous Maryland Player

Registeel EX
Registeel EX is a Basic Metal Pokemon with 180 HP.  It has a weakness to Fire, a resistance to Psychic, and a retreat cost of 4.  It is searchable by Heavy Ball.  When it is knocked out, 2 prizes are taken.
'Triple Laser' cost 3 Colorless energy and does 30 damage to 3 of the opponent's Pokemon.  The spread damage is not much, but it does soften up a lot of things.  Most of the small Basics will be Knocked Out by 2 of these.  Eelektriks and Gabites can only take 3 of these.  If you are getting 3 or more 'Triple Lasers' off, you are probably dominating the match.  The cost allows this to be splashed into any deck, with accelerating/manipulating decks being able to take the most advantage of it.
'Protect Charge' costs 2 Metal and 2 Colorless energy.  It does 80 damage and on your opponent's next turn, and damage done to Registeel EX is reduced by 20.  You will rarely encounter a Pokemon with Metal weakness, so this won't be OHKOing anthing big.  The effect is okay, being not so effective against big hitters (but if you are going up against attacks that do ~60, you'll last a lot longer).
I've only once had a chance to play against this card.  He was doing 'Triple Laser' a lot while I was waiting for a way to get my Eelektrik out of the active spot.  Luckily my benched Zekroms had Eviolites on them, so I was able to take a lot of attacks (until Tool Scrapper made an appearance).
I'd have to look through all the combinations, but it seems like doing
2 'Triple Lasers' turns most Pokemon into OHKOs (hitting an EX will bring it down to 140-150 HP, which you would need to hit weakness to usually OHKO).
I could only imagine the pain I'd feel if I kept taking 'Triple Lasers' while slowing damaging Registeel EX, only to have it be Max Potioned...
Modified: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Combo's With: ...
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