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What Are Break Pokémon?
"Break" Pokémon cards are unique evolutions. Rather than entirely replacing a Pokémon with its evolved form, Break cards add some HP and a new attack or ability, but they retain the abilities, attacks, and weakness/resistance of the prior form.
Remember that each Pokémon can only evolve once per turn, and Breaks are no exception. Still, they're powerful upgrades that make or, well, break your game—these are the ten best Break Pokémon cards!
10. Raticate BREAK
Raticate is a Stage 1, having to evolve from the basic Rattata, making his Breakupgrade effectively a Stage 2 card. Either way, Raticates aren't known for their health, but Breakcan upgrade to a slightly-sturdier 110 HP.
Better yet, Raticate gains access to the devastating Super Fang move, accessed for just two energy of any type, you bring your opponent's active down to 10 HP. Combined with a poison condition, this is instant death; luckily, XY Breakpoint's Raticate can do just that with its one-energy move Dirty Shock, also removing any Pokémon tools from the opponent.
9. Delphox BREAK
Breaking onto a Stage-2 Pokémon is admittedly slow thanks to the evolution limit, but doing so will boost Delphox to 180 HP, letting it go toe-to-toe with EX or V cards. Additionally, it grants Delphox the Flare Witch (great pun, Nintendo) ability, letting you once per turn attach a basic Fire energy from your deck to one of your Pokémon.
8. Florges BREAK
Again, evolving from a Stage 2 takes time, but Florges's Break version gains a new and useful passive ability, Floral Breeze, which lets you once per turn heal 30 damage and a status condition from your active Pokémon.
7. Omastar BREAK
Omastar's Break rendition also gains a neat ability, Dangerous Tentacle, letting you once per turn exchange your opponent's active with a benched Pokémon EX, often forcing an unprepared fighter into the fray.
6. Xerneas BREAK
Only needing to "evolve" onto the basic Xerneas, this one's a comparatively fast play and offers Xerneas a new two-energy attack, Life Stream, dealing 20 per all energy attached to all your Pokémon. Weak at first, but potentially deadly in the late game. and this stacks with some of default Xerneas's energy-attaching attacks.
5. Yanmega BREAK
Yanmega's Break provides a nice HP boost plus a new three-energy attack (which accepts all energy types), Barrier Break. It deals 100 and ignores weakness, resistance, and any other effects on the opposing active.
4. Trevenant BREAK
Trevenant Break has strong 160 HP and a new attack for just two energy, Silent Fear, which places three damage counters on all opposing creatures, effectively hitting the enemy active and bench for 30.
3. Carbink BREAK
Carbink Break's new Diamond Gift attack may be weak at 20 damage, but it only needs one energy and attaches up to two energy from your discard to any one of your Fighting Pokémon. Note that while you have to pick a Fighting Pokémon, the energy can be any type, even special energy.
2. Greninja BREAK
Evolving and then breaking Greninja takes time, but you gain a 170-HP beatstick with a devastating new ability, Giant Water Shuriken, letting you once per turn discard a water energy to place 6 damage counters any one opposing Pokémon. Since this is in addition to your attack, it turns Greninja into a monstrous damage dealer.
1. Zoroark BREAK
Give Zoroark Break a single Dark energy, and his Foul Play lets him copy an attack on the defending active, leaving you free to start attaching energy to your bench.
Other Break-like Cards
If you enjoy the added bonuses of Pokémon Break cards, you might also like the LV.X mechanic from the Diamond and Pearl series; I hope to see similar add-ons in future sets, but for now, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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