In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.
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.
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
Question: I got an Incineroar with 250 HP. Is it a fake Pokemon card?
Answer: No, you probably have the Incineroar GX card, which is an official card.
Question: Which mega Pokemon card has the most Hit Points (HP)?
Answer: As of this writing, I believe Mega Gyarados, Steelix, and Tyranitar all share the crown at 240.
Question: Who is the strongest Mega Pokemon in the video games?
Answer: 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.
Question: How good is Mega Camerupt in Pokemon?
Answer: My initial impressions are mid-tier; his attack is powerful (if a bit random), but he has no resistance and a high retreat cost.
© 2017 Jeremy Gill
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 24, 2020:
Remember that evolving or retreating will also cure status conditions, but you're right that Mega Venusaur's ability to consistently paralyze (and poison) is pretty deadly : )
Unknown on April 24, 2020:
I love MVenosaur because of the paralyzation. The opponent can only attack if he or she has a Pokémon center lady. When he gets 4 grass energy attached he is almost unstoppable.
Arman on September 21, 2018:
I have all of them
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on April 04, 2018:
I hate to say it because I've always loved Gengar, but its Phantom Gate move (which copies and uses an opponent's attack) is an underwhelming technique for a Mega Pokemon. Players don't evolve three times just to use the attack of a foe that's probably lower-stage and weaker than a regular Mega technique would be.
Since that's Mega Gengar's only option, it can be easily stalled by sending a puny Basic Pokemon out. A low retreat cost and resistance to Fighting help, but not nearly enough to count Gengar among the best of the best.
Bob on April 04, 2018:
Where’s Mega Gengar
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on February 08, 2018:
Popular Pokemon like Charizard and Rayquaza aren't necessarily best in the TCG. That said, in my second mega card countdown (link below), you might be happy to see some familiar faces!
Dragonfire65 on January 05, 2018:
Dragonfire65 on January 04, 2018:
I was happy to see the three Megan’s that I have in this list and completely agree with the ratings. I have tyranitar, lucario, and mewtwo (but it’s the X version). The X version does 150 Damage, but with any active stadium card, it does 50 more (thus doing 200 Damage). It also has 230 health.
Ryce07 on December 23, 2017:
I have all of them in that list l would choose Mtyranitar EX but if I had my deck I would go with MRayquazaEX dragon type
YADAYADA on November 26, 2017:
WHERE IS MEGA SCEPTILE
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on October 26, 2017:
As much as I love both Mega Charizard X and Y, neither card impressed me as much as these six.
Dark on October 26, 2017:
sadly I only have the mega Mewtwo but it is good
XD R P on August 17, 2017:
I have a mega aggron EX
5096 on July 11, 2017:
Wheres Mega charizard
Tech101Master on July 04, 2017:
I have full-art Mega Tyranitar EX, and it is so over-powered!!!
I've had it do 1451 damage!!!!!!
Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on June 22, 2017:
@Jeff and Gary
Haha, I wish I had these cards available to give away.
gary murdoch on June 22, 2017:
can i have mega tyranatar ex pllllllz
Jeff on June 02, 2017:
Can i have mega lucario