If Cresselia (Majestic Dawn, 2/100) had arms, it most certainly would have a trick or two carefully tucked up its sleeve. Said to represent the crescent moon, Cresselia's Future Sight attack allows you to peek at the top 5 cards of either player's deck, and then return them to the top of the deck in any order you see fit. Played at the proper time, this enlightening tactic could either serve up the card you need, or prevent your opponent from doing the same. Cresselia's Healing Light attack scores for 40 damage and removes 1 damage counter from each of your Pokémon. Considering the five Pokémon you could have on your Bench and Cresselia itself, that's a potential turnaround of 100 damage (with 60 damage recovered, and 40 damage delivered).
Darkrai (Majestic Dawn, 3/100) premiered in Great Encounters, and the Pitch-Black Pokémon now returns for more action in Majestic Dawn. This time, Darkrai comes with a Darkness Shade Poké-Power that allows you to select 1 Defending Pokémon and cause it to fall Asleep the moment you bring Darkrai from your hand to the Bench. Darkrai's Dark Resolve attack delivers 40 damage, and if the Defending Pokémon is Asleep, you can remove 4 damage counters from Darkrai. Eyelids get very heavy when Darkrai is around, and your opponents' dreams will be far from peaceful when the snoring starts.
Glaceon (Majestic Dawn, 5/100) is one of two brand-new Eevee evolutions found in Diamond & Pearl—Majestic Dawn. The Fresh Snow Pokémon comes equipped with two attacks—each boasting some effective attributes. Glaceon's Snow Cloak attack deals 30 damage and can protect it from all effects of your opponent's next attack with a successful coin flip. Meanwhile, Speed Slide can put the freeze on your opponent's strategies since it can hit for 60 damage and is completely unaffected by Resistance, Poké-Powers, Poké-Bodies, or any other effects on the Defending Pokémon.
Leafeon (Majestic Dawn, 7/100) is known to leave fresh air in its wake, but that doesn't mean your competition will be breathing easy when this Grass-type Pokémon comes into play. Leafeon's first attack, Bind Down, inflicts 30 damage and prevents the Defending Pokémon from retreating on the next turn. This will likely give you the time you need to power up the Leaf Guard attack for your next move, which can score an additional 60 damage and reduce damage done to Leafeon by 20 on your opponent's next turn. To top it off, Illustrator Kouki Saikou's interpretation of Leafeon shows the Verdant Pokémon in an action pose that proves this Pokémon comes out ready to battle!
At last—the Sea Drifter Pokémon Phione (Majestic Dawn, 12/100) glides into action! Phione's Evolution Wish attack delivers major pull power, allowing you to search your deck for a card that evolves from 1 of your Pokémon and immediately put it onto that Pokémon. Evolution Wish doesn't do any damage, but it's a great way to set up your strategy. When it's time to dole out damage, Water Pulse strikes for 30 damage and leaves the Defending Pokémon Asleep. Don't let Phione's friendly way fool you—this Water-type Pokémon means business!
Empoleon (Majestic Dawn, 17/100) is strong enough to be the star of any deck, especially when you consider that it can progress one step further into Empoleon LV.X (Diamond & Pearl, 120/130). Its Dual Splash attack lets you select 2 of your opponent's Pokémon, and then hand out 30 damage to each of them. Empoleon's second attack, Surf Together, is a devastating force if you have a well-stocked Bench. Surf Together begins with a base damage of 50 and gains 10 more damage for each of your Benched Pokémon. But beware the risk—the attack requires you to flip a coin, and you must apply 10 damage to each of your own Benched Pokémon if you get tails.
The second supporter of Team Eevee, Espeon (Majestic Dawn, 18/100) is a Pokémon that's always ready to lend a helping paw. Espeon's Sunlight Veil Poké-Body will boost the HP of all your Pokémon that evolve from Eevee by a pleasant 20 HP, putting each of them in the comfortable 100+ HP range. For 1 Psychic and 2 Colorless Energy, Espeon can use its Morning Sun attack, which strikes for 60 and allows you to move an Energy card to 1 of your Benched Pokémon. This is great if you suspect that Espeon isn’t going to see your next turn.
The tank of Team Eevee, Flareon's (Majestic Dawn, 19/100) Fire Fang attack costs only 1 Fire Energy and will leave a 30-HP dent in the Defending Pokémon. But that's just the start—flip heads, and you’ll leave the opponent Burned as well! That’s 20 more damage waiting to happen right there. For another 2 Colorless Energy, Flareon can fire its Kindle attack for 70 damage. The damage comes at the price of discarding 1 Energy card, but Flareon likes to even the odds—you get to discard an Energy card from the Defending Pokémon as well. This Pokémon is bound to heat up the arena!
Sporting a crown of fire, Infernape (Majestic Dawn, 22/100) is a Stage 2 Fire-type Pokémon that doesn't pull any punches. In fact, its Mach Punch attack lands for 30 damage and also smacks 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon for an extra 10 damage. Infernape's Mega Bravo attack does 40 damage for the surprisingly low cost of 1 Fire Energy. Add more Fire Energy and watch the damage multiply—Mega Bravo will do 40 damage for each Fire Energy attached to Infernape. The only downside is that Infernape discards all of its Fire Energy—it's lucky that the attacks are so quick to use!
The versatile attacker of Team Eevee, Jolteon (Majestic Dawn, 23/100) comes stocked with a pair of shocking attacks. Thunder Fang inflicts 20 damage for 1 Lightning Energy, which is fine, but more important it gives you a 50-50 chance of Paralyzing the Defending Pokémon! Jolteon can stun an opponent and leave it open for a teammate’s attack—after all, its Retreat Cost is free. Jolteon's Lightning Strike attack stings for a solid 50 damage, and if that’s not enough to do the trick, discard 2 Energy of your choice to boost that damage to a respectable 90!
Weighing in at a hefty 683 pounds and 140 Hit Points, Torterra (Majestic Dawn, 30/100) stomps onto the scene ready to throw its weight around. Torterra's Earthquake attack is powerful enough to strike the Defending Pokémon for 60 damage, and then hit each of your Benched Pokémon with 10 damage from the aftershock. Frenzy Plant inflicts a devastating 100 damage, but the attack requires 4 Energy to execute. This onslaught will very frequently score a K.O., but pace yourself because Torterra can only use it once every other turn.
Umbreon (Majestic Dawn, 32/100) is one of two Eevee evolutions that does great in a supporting role. Its Moonlight Veil Poké-Body will strip all of your Pokémon that evolve from Eevee of their Weaknesses AND their Retreat Costs. This Poké-Body makes it more difficult to get into a pinch and way easier to get out of one! For 1 Darkness and 2 Colorless Energy, Umbreon can use Confuse Ray. This attack delivers a hearty 50 damage and is accompanied by an assured Confused Special Condition. Umbreon is the only Eevee evolution that leaves its effect on the Defending Pokémon without the need for a coin flip.
The healer of Team Eevee, Vaporeon's (Majestic Dawn, 34/100) Cleanse Away attack does a solid 30 damage for a single Water Energy. At the same time, it heals your entire team for a respectable 20 damage each—that's up to 100 damage healed if you have a full Bench! Vaporeon doesn’t heal itself, but with 90 HP, it’s not going down easily. For another 2 Colorless Energy, Vaporeon can launch its Hyper Whirlpool attack, which sends the Defending Pokémon into a spiral of Energy loss. If you’re a lucky flipper, Vaporeon leaves the Defending Pokémon devoid of any Energy!
Who's there when you need her most? Mom, of course! The new Mom's Kindness (Majestic Dawn, 83/100) Supporter card is simple but effective. When times get rough, call on Mom's Kindness to allow you to draw 2 cards—no strings attached. Thanks, Mom!
Call Energy (Majestic Dawn, 92/100) is a new Special Energy card designed to help you set up your game in a hurry. Call Energy provides 1 Colorless Energy, and while attached to your Active Pokémon it allows you to search your deck for up to 2 Basic Pokémon and put them onto your Bench. Call Energy works very well with Phione's Evolution Wish attack. Use Call Energy to pull out Basic Pokémon, then use Evolution Wish the following turn to evolve one of those Pokémon.