More Pokemon from the new Sun and Moon expansion set have been revealed!
First with the goodies, Gumshoos GX.
Gumshoos GX – Normal – HP 210
Stage 1 – Evolves from Yungoos
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may have your opponent reveal his or her hand.
[C][C][C] Flying Headbutt: 100 damage.
[C] Gum Chance GX: 10+ damage.
This attack does 50 more damage for each Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.
(You can’t use more than 1 GX attack a game.)
When your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.
Weakness: Fighting (x2)
While there’s nothing special about Gumshoos GX’s attacks, doing only 100 damage for 3 energy (although colorless, do a DCE + any basic would work), and its GX attack does 10 base damage +50 for each energy attached to the opponent’s active, its Ability is what stands out. Knowing exactly what cards your opponent has each turn can be very useful knowledge.
Oftentimes what you play and how you play depend on what your opponent might do. Do they have a Lysandre? Will they use N? Do they have enough energy? With Gumshoos GX’s Inspect Ability you can see your opponent’s hand each turn! Of course your opponent might top-deck that unknown card you were hoping that they wouldn’t get, but it can still be very helpful in your strategy.
Personally I see Gumshoos GX as a tech-in card that many decks will use, simply for its Ability.
- Gumshoos is a Stage 1,
- Its attacks aren’t that great,
- It’ll be mostly on your Bench,
- And yes it’s worth 2 prizes.
However, I think it may see somewhat decent play. After all, it’s harder to Knock Out than a Shaymin-EX, with 210 HP. Also it’s GX attack might prevent your opponent from attaching too much energy (DCEs and Double Dragon Energy) to their Active with the looming threat of Gum Chance GX. Of course, once you use any GX attack in a game, all bets are off.
Watch: More Details of Gumshoos GX
Here’s a very nice video from all-things Pokemon TCG, Ross, from Ptcgradio. Ross goes through all the details of Gumshoos GX and why he thinks it could be a fantastic tech card.
Alolan Meowth, Free Attacks, and More!
Also revealed were Alolan Meowth, Grubbin, and Yungoos, the Basic previous evolution of Gumshoos GX.
Alolan Meowth is an interesting case, as it’s the first Pokemon in a while to feature a “free” attack.
Alolan Meowth’s only attack is Fury Swipes, which costs zero energy! Free attacks haven’t been seen much since baby Pokemon from the HeartGold & SoulSilver sets.
Alolan Meowth – Darkness – HP 70
 Fury Swipes: 10x damage.
Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage times the number of heads.
Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
What do you Think?
Remember, the first Sun & Moon set is launching in Japan on December 9, 2016 and in the US on February 3, 2017!
More Pokemon TCG Sun & Moon news is sure to come! Check out previous Sun & Moon news.
Let me know what you think about the new Gumshoos GX, Alolan Meowth and the rest of the revealed Sun & Moon cards in the comments below.