Top 6 Mega Pokémon Cards
Mega Pokémon in the TCG
In the TCG, Mega Pokémon must be played as an evolution of Pokémon EX cards, and using one immediately ends your turn. Like normal EX cards, when one faints, your opponent gets to draw two Prize Cards (collecting six attains victory) instead of the usual one.
Despite these disadvantages, the costs are quickly offset by Mega Pokémons' gargantuan HP reservoirs and mighty attacks. Don't believe me? Let's take a look at the six best Mega Pokémon cards (as of this writing)!
6. Mega Tyranitar
Lumbering in with 240 HP, Mega Tyranitar is weak to Fighting and suffers from a huge Retreat Cost, but resists Psychic and has some cool abilities:
- You may attach up to two Pokémon Tool cards (rather than the usual one) to Tyranitar.
- Destroyer King (4 energy) Demands four energy but deals a base damage of 110, and an extra 60 for each damage counter on the defending Pokémon!
Destroyer King basically guarantees a Knock-Out in two blows (often only one), eradicating opponents before they can counter.
5. Mega Diancie
Mega Diancie harnesses less HP than other Mega Pokémon (190) but is easier to play than cards like Tyranitar because she doesn't need to evolve before accessing her Mega form. She also resists Dark and has a comparatively low Retreat Cost.
- Diamond Force (3 energy) Blasts fpr 100 damage. Also protects both Diancie and your Benched Pokémon from taking damage originating from Pokémon-EX on the next turn!
Diancie, despite being one herself, perfectly counters Mega Pokémon (and other EX creatures) with the shielding effect of her move.
4. Mega Absol
Another card that can Mega Evolve without prior evolution, Mega Absol arrives with 210 HP, a resistance to Psychic, and a comparably low Retreat Cost.
- Disaster Wing (2 energy) Strikes for 80 damage. Also discards the top card of your opponent's deck, netting an extra 80 damage if that card was a Trainer card.
An energy-efficient fighter who achieves victory through both damage and deck destruction, Mega Absol ends many an adversary.
3. Mega Mewtwo
Like Charizard, Mewtwo has two Mega forms; I heavily favor Mega Mewtwo Y. It warps in with 210 HP and no resistance, but a great move:
- Psychic Infinity (2 energy) Deals 10 damage plus 30 more for each Energy on both Mewtwo and the defending Pokémon! This lets you continue to strengthen Mewtwo by attaching extra energy, and makes your opponent think twice before attaching energy to use their best attacks.
Interestingly, Mewtwo's technique accepts energy of any element, not just Psychic, allowing the card to synchronize with just about any deck!
2. Mega Venusaur
Often overshadowed by fellow Kanto Pokémon Charizard and Blastoise, it's nice to see Venusaur earn some recognition in the TCG. No resistance, a hefty Retreat Cost, and an energy-expensive attack barely hold him back from today's top spot, but I love his move:
- Crisis Vine (4 energy) Slams foes for 120 damage, and both Paralyzes and Poisons them!
Even if the 120 damage (plus the Poison) don't vanquish the Defending Pokémon, they'll be helpless to act thanks to Paralyzation!
1. Mega Lucario
Mega Lucario enters with 220 HP, impressive for a Pokémon who didn't evolve before Mega evolution (you can play Lucario EX without evolving it from Riolu). He's got no resistance, but a low Retreat Cost and a lethal attack:
- Rising Fist (3 energy) Bludgeons foes for 140 damage! Adding insult to injury, it also discards an energy from them, making it problematic to even use their attacks.
Assaulting his enemies in multiple ways, Mega Lucario overcomes any opposition.
Which card do you prefer?
Hopefully today's list highlighted some frighteningly powerful Mega Pokémon. These guys take time to play but demolish foes with their raw power, and I look forward to seeing more in the future.
For now, feel free to vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
Questions & Answers
I got an Incineroar with 250 HP. Is it a fake Pokemon card?
No, you probably have the Incineroar GX card, which is an official card.Helpful 25
Which mega Pokemon card has the most Hit Points (HP)?
As of this writing, I believe Mega Gyarados, Steelix, and Tyranitar all share the crown at 240.Helpful 17
Who is the strongest Mega Pokemon in the video games?
In terms of just their Base Stat Total, as of this writing it's a three-way tie between Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Mewtwo Y, and Mega Rayquaza.Helpful 16
How good is Mega Camerupt in Pokemon?
My initial impressions are mid-tier; his attack is powerful (if a bit random), but he has no resistance and a high retreat cost.Helpful 16
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