Get Your Opponents Talking in Their Sleep!
28 Sep, 2009
The Pokémon TCG: Platinum Series has your wake-up call with its newest expansion—Rising Rivals!
The Pokémon TCG: Platinum Series has your wake-up call with the new Rising Rivals expansion, which has some great cards that take advantage of making your opponent's Pokémon Asleep. Let's start with Darkrai (3/111) and its awesome Eerie Aura Poké-Body. Even while on the Bench, Darkrai will be giving your opponent's sleeping Pokémon nightmares. If they wake up, bring Darkrai to the front and use its Darkness Sleep attack to put 'em back to bed. But you'll need help getting them Asleep in the first place, so here are some options for slumber supporters!
You'll Know All Their Deepest Secrets
Since Darkrai is weak to Fighting-type Pokémon, countering that with some Water-type Pokémon is a good idea. Both Spheal (82/111) and Froslass (6/111) have attacks that cost 1 Energy and make the Defending Pokémon Asleep, so they're solid choices. But Froslass might be your best option though, as its second attack, Wake-Up Slap, does 50 damage to those sleepy Pokémon. Just make sure to take notice that attack requires 1 Psychic Energy and not Water!
Sleeping in The Spotlight
Both of the Snorlax and the LV.X version in Rising Rivals deal with sleep, and you'll want to look at all of them to see which you want in your deck. The LV. 37 Snorlax (33/111) gets your Energy flowing with its Pick and Collect attack, but Roll Over hits hard and can cause sleep. Just be careful, as your Snorlax could take a nap as well. The LV. 40 Snorlax (81/111) can keep the opponent's Active Pokémon right where it is with its Bad Sleeping Habits Poké-Body, and it can even attack while it's Asleep! And both versions of Snorlax Level-Up to the powerful Snorlax LV.X (111/111). Once Leveled-Up, you'll be drawing cards and healing your Snorlax, and doing some serious damage! And don't forget, all of Snorlax's attacks are Colorless type, so you won't be adding another type of Energy to your deck!
Hear the Things They're Dreaming About
Now that you've got some friends to make the rival Pokémon Asleep, Darkrai is ready to go. Don't forget to add 4 Special Darkness Energy cards (99/111) to give Darkness Sleep some extra punch! And feel free to experiment with some other great sleep inducers. Whiscash (54/111), Espeon (18/111), and Leafeon (45/111) also have some great attacks to keep your opponents yawning throughout the battle!
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