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Cobalion - EX  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
February 20, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.75
Limited: 4.13

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


Seems like a long time since we saw Terrakion, the first of the Musketeer Trio as an EX, and while most people really wanted to see Virizion get the treatment next (we need a decent counter to Blastoise and Keldeo, dammit), it’s Cobalion who appears in Plasma Storm, all dressed up in EX finery. 

With a huge (but not unexpected) 180 HP and Weakness to a currently unpopular Type (Fire), Cobalion-EX certainly looks pretty durable, and even comes with a nice Psychic Resistance to make life difficult for Mewtwo-EX. The Retreat cost of two does give you the worst of both worlds (no cheap Retreating and no Heavy Ball searching), so it looks like any deck in which he appears is going to need Switch. 

When it comes to attacks, Cobalion-EX neither excites nor disappoints. It’s a nice change to see an EX with a single Energy attack, and for one Metal Energy, you get Righteous Edge. This does 30 damage and will discard a Special Energy from the Defending Pokémon. That’s really good value for the investment and although it doesn’t exactly threaten OHKOs, it will make the opponent think twice about dropping a Double Colourless, Blend or Prism Energy. Of course if they do, then Cobalion can set them back a turn. At least it gives you something to do while waiting to use Steel Bullet . . .  

Steel Bullet is a pretty good attack by any standards. This has the benefit of going through any effects on the Defending Pokémon which might modify damage, including Weakness and Resistance to hit for 100 points of damage. The downside is that it will never be able to abuse Type advantage over (admittedly rarely played) Pokémon like Water Type Kyurem, Beartic, and Articuno, but the plus side is that it is unaffected by damage modifiers like Eviolite or defensive Abilities such as Sigilyph DRX’s Safeguard or Bouffalant DRX’s Bouffer. In other words, Steel Bullet will two-hit KO virtually anything in the format. The issue with this attack is the cost. Two Metal and one Colourless may seem reasonable, but unlike other playable EX Pokémon with three or more Energy attack costs (Darkrai, Keldeo, Rayquaza), Cobalion-EX has no real way to accelerate Energy outside of the various risky Ether combos. The result? A Cobalion deck is going to be significantly slower than most others and will find it difficult to power up new attackers to replace those that get KO’d. 

The solution? Play Cobalion-EX with the Pokémon that was made to go with it. Klingklang PLS made #9 on our countdown precisely because of its Plasma Steel Ability, which protects all Metal Pokémon from attacks made by Pokémon-EX. As most decks rely almost exclusively on EX attackers, this can make Cobalion virtually invulnerable, so its lack of speed doesn’t matter. Just take your time attaching manually, then go and two-shot all of your opponent’s Pokémon with your invincible Musketeer. Of course, if your opponent has prepared for the match up with techs like Victini NVI 15 or is running a non-EX deck like Empoleon DEX, then it isn’t going to be as simple. 

The fact is that Cobalion is a decent but not amazing EX that is elevated to competitive status by the available support. The Cobalion/Klinklang deck is quite strong right now, and I expect it to remain that way until teching against it becomes widespread. The card has its faults (most of them to do with speed) but a little invulnerability does wonders for it. 


Modified: 3.5 (has all the right support to succeed, but beware the player who has teched for the match up)

Limited: 4.25 (huge Basic with a low cost attack. Only reason I don’t rate it higher is because the Heatmor in Plasma Storm is a big threat) 

Jebulous Maryland Player

Cobalion EX
Cobalion EX is a Basic Metal Pokemon with 180 HP.  It is weak to Fire, resistant to Psychic, and has a retreat cost of 2.  It gives up 2 Prizes when Knocked Out.
'Righteous Edge' costs 1 Metal energy and does 30 damage.  It also discards a Special Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.  This is a great way to get rid of DCEs, Blends, and Plasma Energies.  Especially with the cheap cost, you can just hold it until you need to use it, play it, then throw on an energy and attack.
'Steel Bullet' costs 2 Metal and 1 Colorless energy.  It does 100 damage and is not affected by Weakness, Resistance, or any other effects.  Not too shabby seeing as how not much is weak to Metal and there are plenty of effects out there (Eviolite and whatnot).
This was an obvious addition to the new Klingklang deck.  It has a lot of HP, a cheap attack, and an attack that's not affected by anything.  Depending on Klinklangs success, you might be seeing more of this guy. Though on it's own it's not that great.
Modified: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Combos With:  ...
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