Regieleki – Evolving Skies
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is horrible. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Regieleki (SW – Evolving Skies 060/203) is another baseline Pokémon: no name alterations, no Rule Box, no Battle Style or other miscellaneous bonus mechanic. It is a [L] type, so you can fetch it from your deck with Stormy Mountain, use Speed [L] Energy to draw while powering it up, etc. It is also good for punishing the vast majority of SW-era [W] types, as they’re almost all [L] Weak. Regieleki is a Basic Pokémon, so it is easy to run, can be played directly to your Bench, and sometimes even works better with certain game mechanics. Its 120 HP is… okay. This is just enough to survive most supporting or more technically minded attacks, but most serious attackers will score a OHKO against it. My main concern is still how Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX can OHKO Regieleki on your Bench while doing 120 to another of your Pokémon with its “G-Max Rapid Flow” attack. Weakness is a slight issue, as [F] types doing 60 to 110 score a OHKO. The lack of Resistance is typical, and the Retreat Cost of [CC] is neither low enough to be good nor high enough to be bad.
Regieleki knows two attacks. For [C] it can use “Static Shock” to do 20 damage, which is better than nothing but mostly just vanilla filler. The second attack, “Teraspark” costs [LLC] and does 120 damage but its effect text states you must discard all [L] Energy from Reigeleki while also doing 40 damage to up to two of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon. A total of 200 damage for three Energy, on a single-Prize Basic, is nice. Of course, with the damage distributed around, you’re much less likely to score a OHKO, but with some planning and a little luck, multiple KO’s after attacking for a turn or two is quite possible. Having to discard all [L] Energy hurts a bit, but not as bad as it could given that 120 HP just isn’t as sturdy as it once was.
Now, without proper Energy acceleration, Regieleki won’t be worth it. Good thing Flaaffy (SW – Evolving Skies 055/203; SW – Black Star Promos SWSH122) is a thing; with its “Dynamotor” Ability, and a way of getting your Benched Regieleki into the Active position, you should be able fuel it both quickly and reliably. Is this enough to make a deck? I doubt it, but it seems like Regieleki is a plausible addition for other Dynamotor decks. I’m not sure if such a deck works in Expanded, so I’m scoring it lower there.
- Standard: 3/5
- Expanded: 2/5
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