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- Sun & Moon

Date Reviewed:
May 11, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.5
Expanded: 2.5
Limited: 4.0

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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Switch is an extremely valuable card in some decks, and in others...well it's not needed. It really just depends on how often you want to move your Pokemon around. 

Frankly, you either devote your deck to a couple of copies of Switch or you pick the most viable Pokemon with a Switch Ability to run. It's definitely not necessary to run both. So right now, what're the options? Well there's of course Solgaleo-GX, whose Ultra Road can freely switch things around once per turn. Then there's Zoroark (BKT) with Stand In, and we're gonna get another card that...sorta switches things out in the upcoming set. 

But here's the main problem with those cards: they are Evolving Pokemon, meaning in order to play Zoroark, you need at least 2 slots to use him (Zorua-Zoroark), and with Solgaleo-GX, you need at least 3. With Switch, you don't have to fill up those slots with those Pokemon - which will make their usage less necessary on the one hand! On the other hand, though, Switch does nothing else for you - at least those two can attack. Truly the great decision to make... 

Oh, but while Manaphy-EX is around, don't bother running this in Water decks. Seriously, take that out, what are you doing. 


Standard: 3/5 (overall, Switch has its perks, but it has its downsides as well)

Expanded: 2.5/5 (it can be extremely useful, and it's splashable) 

Limited: 4/5 (but it's not always necessary for your deck builds) 

Arora Notealus: Switch has been around since the start of the game, and it will continue to be a staple in the game for years to come. So, you know, prepare to have like 12 different versions of Switch over the years. 

Next Time: Gotta spew them flames! And...also paralyze them...I guess?


Switch (Sun & Moon, 132/149) got its latest reprint in the Sun & Moon base set expansion.  Its function exactly mirrors its name: it allows you to switch your Active Pokemon with one of your benched Pokemon.  In this Lysandre (Ancient Origins, 78/98) prevalent meta where many strategies involve trying to get an incapacitated Pokemon in the active position, you simply cannot leave switching cards out of your deck building strategy.  Other commonly included switching cards include Escape Rope (Primal Clash, 127/160), Float Stone (Breakthrough, 137/162), and Olympia (Generations, 66/83).  For the past eight months, we’ve lived in a happy little bubble in which tool removal cards don’t exist, so Float Stone has made its way into decks as at least a two of if not a four of in many cases.  With the introduction of Field Blower (Guardians Rising, 125/145), however, that has popped our comfortable little bubble and caused us to rethink our current universe.  Moreover, with the impending ascent of the new Garbodor (Guardians Rising, 51/145), I would think that many of us will start shunning the tool and item switching cards in favor of Olympia or maybe even some ability related options.  I currently run four Field Blower – aka Trashalanche fuel – in my Garbodor deck and will continue to until people stop running so many tools.  Using Leaf Blower (and you know a card’s good when it gets two nicknames), I discarded eight tools and stadiums in a single match the other night.

Switch has seen some usage in top eight decks.  Since SUM, seven decks have run Switch:

I would definitely say, though, that I think Float Stone will continue to see more play than Switch in the current meta.  Because they both fall into the same category as items, they both contribute to Trashalanche damage, and at least you might get multiple uses out of the Float Stone as most people run only a single copy or two at most of Field Blower.


Standard: 2 out of 5


While it remains a valuable card, Switch loses value as it has only a single usage and then gets discarded.  Other cards such as Olympia, Float Stone, and Escape Rope simply bring more value to your deck than Switch does.

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