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Top 6 Dark Pokémon Cards: Team Rocket Expansion

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The Team Rocket Set

Like many kids, I didn't even know how to play the TCG; I just enjoyed collecting and trading the cards. As an adult, I can better appreciate the strategic aspects of the game, and I still love to scour through cards and find the best of the best.

Recently, I stumbled upon the Team Rocket expansion, which features several "Dark" Pokémon. Not to be confused with the actual element Dark, Dark Pokémon typically demonstrate great power but low HP. Read on to discover the six deadliest Dark cards of Team Rocket!

Evolution Stages

  • Basic Pokémon can be played from your hand as you like.
  • Stage 1 Pokémon are evolutions that must be played on a corresponding Basic Pokémon.
  • Stage 2 Pokémon are further evolutions to be played on corresponding Stage 1 Pokémon.
Dark Muk

Dark Muk

6. Dark Muk

Typical of his kind, Muk has low Hit Points but some impressive abilities:

  • Sticky Goo (Poké-Power) Adds 2 energy to an opponent's Retreat Cost, making it difficult to flee.
  • Sludge Punch (2 energy) Does a mild 20 damage and Poisons your opponent. Not the strongest move, but the poison will rack on some hurt, and the low cost lets you strike quickly.

A Stage 1, Dark Muk can come into play quickly and envenom foes before they have a chance to fight back. Just keep him away from Psychic opponents.

Dark Raichu

Dark Raichu

5. Dark Raichu

Another Stage 1, Dark Raichu joins with more HP than most Dark Pokémon, 70. He accesses a single formidable technique:

  • Surprise Thunder (3 energy) Shocks for 30, then you flip a coin. If Heads, you flip again. Get another Heads, and all Pokémon on your opponent's Bench take 20 damage, if Tails, they take 10.

30 damage with a chance to deal 10 or 20 to the Bench? Heck yes. As a bonus, Dark Raichu only needs one energy to retreat if things get dicey.

Dark Slowbro

Dark Slowbro

4. Dark Slowbro

Yet another Stage 1, Dark Slowbro tempts most players (despite low HP) with his interesting Poké-Power:

  • Reel In (Poké-Power) Lets you add up to 3 Pokémon from your discard pile to your hand, letting you refresh your roster with fallen creatures.
  • Fickle Attack (2 energy) Scores an impressive 40 damage, but does nothing if you lose the coin flip.

Slowbro's energy-efficient move and great power landed him a spot in many decks.

Dark Jolteon

Dark Jolteon

3. Dark Jolteon

Dark Jolteon may possess only 50 HP (terrible for a Stage 1), but he's got 2 great attacks and a low Retreat Cost.

  • Lightning Flash (1 energy) Works wonders for 1 energy. You deal 20 damage, and if your opponent attacks next turn, they must flip a coin. A Tails negates that attack!
  • Thunder Attack (3 energy) Inflicts 30 damage, and if you win a coin flip, Paralyzes your opponent. However, if you land Tails, you'll take 10 damage.

Each of Dark Jolteon's attacks has a 50% chance to prevent your opponent from attacking the next turn, and you only need one energy to start piling on the damage.

Dark Gyarados

Dark Gyarados

2. Dark Gyarados

Dark Gyarados comes with 70 HP, not bad for a Stage 1 Dark Pokémon. He's weak to Grass, but enjoys a resistance to Fighting.

  • Final Beam (Poké-Power) Deals massive damage when Gyarados perishes. When it feints, if you land Heads on a coin flip, Gyarados unleashes 20 damage for each Water energy it had. However, keep in mind Gyarados must be free from status conditions for the power to work.
  • Ice Beam (3 energy) Seizes 30 damage and has half a chance to Paralyze your opponent.

Dark Gyarados has plenty of abilities that made him one of Pokémon's best early cards.

Dark Dragonite

Dark Dragonite

1. Dark Dragonite

Dark Dragonite may possess only 70 HP (awful for a Stage 2 Pokémon), but his other qualities more than compensate.

  • Summon Minions (Poké-Power) Simply lets you refill your Bench by adding 2 Basic Pokémon from your deck to it.
  • Giant Tail (4 energy) Smashes a whopping 70 damage, but has a 50% chance to do nothing.

Throw in no weakness and a resistance to Fighting (useful for a Normal Pokémon, who tend to be weak to the type), and you've got one behemoth of a Pokémon.

Pokémon TCG Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. There exists a set of "Light" Pokémon cards.
    • True
    • False
  2. All "Dark" Pokémon cards released in Team Rocket are evolved.
    • True
    • False
  3. How many Hit Points does this set's Dark Charizard have?
    • 70
    • 80
    • 90
    • 100
  4. Which is not a card released in this set?
    • Dark Machamp
    • Dark Arbok
    • Dark Alakazam
    • Dark Gengar
  5. The Rainbow Energy can give any basic energy that you need, but it also..
    • Prevents you from attaching an energy on your next turn.
    • Only works on non-Dark Pokemon.
    • Puts a damage counter on the Pokemon you play it on.
    • Prevents the Pokemon it's played on from retreating.

Answer Key

  1. True
  2. True
  3. 80
  4. Dark Gengar
  5. Puts a damage counter on the Pokemon you play it on.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Yikes.

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Not bad, keep trying!

If you got 4 correct answers: Nice, you know your Pokemon!

If you got 5 correct answers: Perfect, you know your Pokemon!

Your Vote

Hopefully, today's list highlighted some awesome Pokémon and let old fans revisit classic cards. As a kid, seeing "Dark" in front of a Pokemon's name engraved it into our minds. With luck, we'll see more Dark cards released in the future.

For now, feel free to vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next expansion countdown!

© 2017 Jeremy Gill