Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Dark Explorers
As you explore the darkness, the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Dark Explorers expansion ushers in the return of the immensely powerful Darkrai-EX and a lineup of Darkness-type Pokémon, like Zoroark, Umbreon, and Sableye, to knock your opponent’s lights out! Playing with Trainer cards like Dark Patch, included in the expansion to help give Darkness-type decks an edge, you’ll not only navigate the darkness, you’ll rule it!
The Black & White—Dark Explorers expansion continues an impressive run of featuring Unova and non-Unova region Pokémon-EX cards, more powerful Pokémon that deliver devastating attacks to your opponents. Darkrai-EX is joined by Tornadus-EX, Kyogre-EX, Raikou-EX, and Groudon-EX, all featured as Pokémon-EX cards and rare Ultra full-art Pokémon-EX cards!
The Illusion Fox Pokémon made a strong debut in the Black & White expansion, and now this Darkness-type Pokémon is ready to shine again! The Stage 1 Zoroark (71/108) takes advantage of other Darkness-type Pokémon you have in play with its Brutal Bash attack: for 2 Colorless Energy, Brutal Bash does 20 damage times the number of Darkness-type Pokémon you have in play. With a full Bench of Darkness-type Pokémon, you’ll be hitting for 120 damage with just 1 Double Colorless Energy attached to Zoroark! And Zoroark’s offensive capabilities don’t stop there. With its Dark Rush attack, you’ll do 20 damage times the number of damage counters on Zoroark. And because Zoroark has a solid 100 HP, you have plenty of HP to lose...and attack power to gain when you do!
Many recent powerful Pokémon, such as Mewtwo-EX, gain strength from having a lot of Energy attached to them. With Umbreon (61/108), you can put a halt to the progress of those Pokémon in a big way! Use Umbreon’s Shadow Shutdown attack to do a healthy 60 damage to the Defending Pokémon, and then if you get heads on two coin flips, your opponent has to discard all the Energy attached to that Pokémon! That’ll take the wind out of virtually every Pokémon’s sails right away. And if that’s not working for you, Umbreon can always strike with Confuse Ray, a 20 damage attack that also Confuses its target. No matter which way to go, your opponent will constantly be struggling to get on the offensive!
You can find plenty of strong Darkness-type cards in the Dark Explorers expansion, but if you're still not convinced you should build a deck with them, this card should push you over the edge. The Pokémon Tool card Dark Claw (92/102) makes your Darkness-type Pokémon even more powerful by making their attacks do 20 more damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon.
The Coffin Pokémon Cofagrigus rises to do your bidding when you play the Raiders theme deck! Send Sableye to raid your discard pile for Item cards that, when you discard them from your hand, let Cofagrigus bury your opponent's Pokémon with damage. Then send Krookodile in with its Dark Clamp and Bombast attacks to pin down the Defending Pokémon before enshrouding it in darkness in search of a Knock Out. Prove that you are skilled enough to ensure that your raiders become victors!
When Zoroark emerges from the shadows, there won't be a shadow of a doubt about who will win! Even if Zoroark takes a hit or two, its Dark Rush attack does more damage for each damage counter on it. And while Empoleon uses its Diving Draw Ability to give you greater access to your deck, your other Pokémon can use their fast and effective attacks to do damage, cause Confusion, and then put out your opponent's lights. Make your opponents afraid of their own shadows when you play the Shadows theme deck!