Fates Collide Player's Guide (TCG)
|Fates Collide Player's Guide|
|Publisher:||The Pokémon Company International|
The Fates Collide Player's Guide is a booklet included within the Fates Collide Elite Trainer Box detailing the Fates Collide expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The booklet is written by Wolfgang Baur and was published by The Pokémon Company International in 2016. The content features strategy for the new cards introduced within the Fates Collide expansion as well as a complete checklist for the expansion.
Welcome to the Pokémon TCG: XY—Fates Collide Elite Trainer Box!
This Elite Trainer Box contains a great combination of boosters, Energy cards, dice, card sleeves, and extras—congrats on stepping up your game to the Elite level. The Pokémon Trading Card Game: XY—Fates Collide expansion adds more than 120 cards to the Pokémon TCG and provides more new Pokémon BREAK to charge up your game!
This expansion includes 5 more Pokémon BREAK, plus 13 new Pokémon-EX, including the orderly power of Zygarde-EX, the dark claws of Umbreon-EX, and the Zen Force of Mega Alakazam-EX. Prepare yourself for a challenge like no other, and watch fates collide!
Peer into the future, choose your Pokémon companions, and get ready to battle, Elite Trainers! The time is now: the time when the world is remade with the XY—Fates Collide expansion!
New Pokémon BREAK!
Continuing the growth of Pokémon BREAK in the Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKpoint expansion, this set includes 5 of these amazing new Pokémon BREAK: Delphox BREAK (14/124), Omastar BREAK (19/124), Carbink BREAK (51/124), Bronzong BREAK (62/124), and Lugia BREAK (79/124).
Overview of New Pokémon BREAK
Delphox BREAK adds the Flare Witch Ability to your Delphox when played. This lets you grab a Energy card from your deck once per turn and attach it to 1 of your Pokémon! Incredibly helpful for those decks that burn through Energy quickly!
Omastar BREAK adds the Dangerous Tentacle Ability which lets you switch 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon-EX with his or her Active Pokémon. Just remember: depending on which Pokémon-EX it is and how much Energy is attached, you might be doing your opponent a favor! The best move, of course, is to target a weakened Pokémon-EX so you can Knock it Out and take two Prize cards. Or, grab a Hoopa-EX or Shaymin-EX that your opponent usually wants to keep out of harm's way!
Carbink BREAK adds the Diamond Gift attack to your Carbink. When you attack for , you put 20 damage on the Defending Pokémon and (this is the great part) you attach 2 Energy cards from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokémon. You can even get Special Energy this way. It's super-useful Energy recycling!
Bronzong BREAK adds Metal Rain, an attack for that lets you discard as many Energy as you like from Bronzong BREAK. Each discard means you do 30 damage to an opposing Pokémon of your choice—and you can split that up exactly as you please, doing 30 here and 30 there or piling all the damage on a bigger Pokémon for a Knock Out!
Six Combos: When Fates Collide!
Pokémon BREAK are proving to be wonderful tools for power combos! Here are two combos, using Pokémon BREAK and four more showing off Pokémon-EX and Trainers—there are lots of ways to put together a winning combination!
This somewhat difficult four-card combo can be considered two-card combos that happen to work really well together. Start by using the Scorched Earth (110/124) Stadium card to put Fighting Energy in the discard pile (and draw some new cards as a bonus). Then use Carbink BREAK's Diamond Gift attack to attach that discarded Energy to Zygarde-E (54/124) to power up its attacks.
As soon as Carbink BREAK retreats or is Knocked Out, go for a big hit using the Power Memory (108/124) Tool card, which lets Zygarde-EX use the attack All Cells Burn. While 200 damage isn't a guaranteed Knock Out, the odds are in your favor!
Flare Witch + Blacksmith = Hot!
When Delphox BREAK and Blacksmith (XY—Flashfire, 88/106) get together, it's a fiery thing! Use Blacksmith and Delphox BREAK's Flare Witch Ability to get as much Energy into play as possible. Then, take out your opponent's Pokémon with a crushing Psystorm from Delphox!
Archie's Faster Fossils
Restored Pokémon can be difficult to get into play, but you can use a few tricks to make it easier. Archie's Ace in the Hole (XY—Primal Clash, 124/160) can put the Stage 1 Omastar (18/124) right into play from your discard pile, and then Omastar's Restoring Beam Ability can search up Aerodactyl and put it onto your Bench—no fossils needed. Aerodactyl's Jet Draft attack is very powerful for just two Colorless Energy.
Target Whistle (XY—Phantom Forces, 106/119) is one of those Item cards that might leave you scratching your head a little: why would you want to help your opponent put Basic Pokémon onto the Bench? But Lucario (63/124) can do more damage—a lot more—with its Fight Alone attack if you have fewer Pokémon in play than your opponent. So blow that Target Whistle to put more Pokémon on your opponent's Bench, and increase Lucario's damage big-time!
The amazing Rapid Blaster attack on Genesect-EX (64/124) does 100 damage + 20 more damage for each Metal Energy you discard from it—but once Genesect-EX runs out of Energy, it's all over. Fortunately, Bronzong (XY—Phantom Forces, 61/119) has the Metal Links Ability, which takes the Metal Energy discarded by Rapid Blaster and puts it on a Benched Pokémon to power up the next attack. If you have two Genesect-EX in plat, you can load one up with the discarded Energy from the other!
Kingdra-EX (73/124) has the Dragon Trail attack that does 60 damage, plus 30 more for each Energy attached to it—so you can see where this might be going. Magnezone (XY—BREAKthrough, 54/162) is a powerful energizer for other Pokémon. Attach to Kingdra-EX for the attack cost, and then use Magnezone's Magnetic Circuit Ability to attach tons of basic Lightning Energy. Kingdra-EX will reign supreme!
Crush It with New Power Cards!
In addition to those new combos, you'll find 13 great Pokémon-EX and Mega Evolution Pokémon in the XY—Fates Collide expansion, from Legendary and Mythical Pokémon like Zygarde-EX and Genesect-EX all the way to Mega Alakazam-EX and Mega Altaria-EX!
Mega Alakazam-EX (26/124 and 118/124) and Alakazam-EX (25/124 and 117/124)
If there's one Pokémon that stands at the top of the rankings for XY—Fates Collide, it's Mega Alakazam-EX with its Zen Force attack. That attack does 10 damage, plus 30 damage for each damage counter on your opponent's Active Pokémon. So use Alakazam-EX's Kinesis Ability, plus the Surprise Bite attack from Crobat (XY—Phantom Forces, 33/119) to get those damage counters on your opponent's Pokémon to make Zen Force stronger—or just attack for a turn or two with Alakazam-EX's Suppression attack, which puts 3 damage counters on each of your opponent's Pokémon with any Energy attached.
Note that Devolution Spray (95/124) can devolve Crobat and Mega Alakazam-EX so you can reuse those Abilities on the following turn to deal the damage again. Call this combo Mega Devolution, and go for the Zen Knock Out!
Mega Altaria-EX (69/124 and 121/124) and Altaria-EX (83/124 and 123/124)
Altaria-EX has the Powerful Gain attack for , which puts down 30 damage—or 90 damage if Altaria-EX was healed on the same turn. The Shinning Wind attack for does 80 damage and removes Weakness from Altaria-EX for the next turn.
The Mega Evolution version takes Altaria-EX from good to Amazing. With a Special Energy attached, the Mist Purge attack for does 130 damage and heals 30 damage from each and every one of your Pokémon! That's an amazing power of recovery on your side.
Diancie-EX has both terrific staying power and a great built-in combo. Its Sparkle Veil Ability means that damage done to any of your Pokémon is reduced by 30 as long as Diancie-EX is your Active Pokémon. Better yet, its Wonder Stage attack for does 110 damage if there's a Stadium card in play! Load Diancie-EX with Hard Charm (XY, 119/146) for even more protection and with Muscle Band (XY, 121/146) for bigger hits!
Genesect-EX (64/124 and 120/124)
Like a Swiss Army knife, Genesect-EX is good at swapping tools. Its Drive Change Ability lets you take a Pokémon Tool attached to Genesect-EX and put it back in your hand, either to make room for a different Tool or to attach it to another Pokémon. And its Rapid Blaster attack for does 100 damage—and it lets you discard as many attached Energy as you like to do 20 more damage for each one!
Glaceon-EX (20/124 and 116/124)
Eevee and its Evolutions are more than just cute: they've got power in play! Glaceon-EX has the Second Bite attack for that does 20 damage plus 10 more for each damage counter on your opponent's Active Pokémon. (Remember Crobat and Alakazam-EX? That trick will work here, too!) Better yet, its Crystal Ray costs for 70 damage and prevents all damage done to Glaceon-EX by any Evolution Pokémon on the next turn. That includes not just Stage 1 and Stage 2, but Mega Evolution Pokémon and Pokémon BREAK!
Kingdra-EX (73/124 and 122/124)
Kingdra-EX's Big Storm attack does 20 damage and discards a Stadium in play for just one Energy—nice to have. Its Dragon Tail attack for does 60 damage plus 30 for every basic Energy attached to it—and that's the start of the Kingdra Circuit combo described earlier. This Dragon type looks awesome, and we're betting it will see some tournament play!
What's our favorite new Fighting-type power? Regi Power! This Ability on Regirock-EX adds 10 damage to all of your Pokémon (except for Regirock-EX itself). And its Bedrock Press for delivers 100 damage and reduces the damage to Regirock-EX next turn—because that opposing Pokémon's head is still spinning. With a hefty 180 HP, this Pokémon-EX has real punching power. Rock 'em and sock 'em, then Knock 'em Out—that's Regirock-EX!
Umbreon-EX (55/124 and 119/124)
Umbreon-EX is a specialized sort of Pokémon with two intriguing attacks. Veil of Darkness for does 20 damage—not much for a Pokémon-EX, but you also get to discard any number of cards and draw new ones. Much like Professor Sycamore (XY—BREAKpoint, 107/122), this effect can be really useful! Its other attack, Endgame, costs for 70 damage—and if you Knock Out a Mega Evolution Pokémon with this attack, you take a total of 4 Prize cards—2 for the Pokémon-EX, and 2 more for Endgame. It could definitely live up to it's name!
As you'd expect from the Order Pokémon, Zygarde-EX makes a lot of sense and follows an orderly progression of attacks. For , Land's Pulse does 40 damage if there is a Stadium in play. For , Cell Storm does 60 damage and heals 30 to keep Zygarde-EX moving and maintain vital systems. And for , Land's Wrath lands an even 100 damage on the foe. Victory is within your grasp with the well-balanced sequence of Zygarde-EX! Chaos beware—order is restored!
Top 5 Trainer Cards
Sure, Trainer cards don't have big HP and pulse-pounding attacks—but a Trainer's role is vitally important! Items, Stadiums, and other cards can give you the margin of victory. Here are some of the cards to watch for in the XY—Fates Collide expansion!
Bent Spoon (93/124)
Tired of getting hit by Special Conditions? If your Pokémon carries a Bent Spoon, it still takes damage from your opponent's attacks, but nothing else gets through: ignore forced movement, ignore conditions that slow or weaken your Pokémon, and all the other tricks. Not bad for a twisted piece of cutlery!
Chaos Tower (94/124)
Another cool two-sided Stadium card, Chaos Tower makes one player's Pokémon immune to being Asleep or Paralyzed, and the other player's Pokémon immune to being Confused or Poisoned. If you build a deck around it, Chaos Tower should give you a huge advantage.
Power Memory (108/124)
As described in the Scorched Memory combo above, this Item card gives Zygarde-EX a massive 200-damage attack for . You do have to discard a lot of Energy to use that attack, but this can be a game-winning card!
The return of one of the strongest Supporter cards ever! Both players shuffle their hands into their decks and draw a card for each of their remaining Prize cards. Absolutely worth playing, and now with new art!
Mega Catcher (104/124)
A Mega Evolution Pokémon can take a lot of Energy to be effective, but with Mega Catcher, you can pull it off the Bench before it's all powered up. A nice way to mess with the Mega Evolution players!
Pokémon TCG: Generations Card List
This section lists out the 125 cards of the XY—Fates Collide expansion, and their rarities.
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