Hello and welcome to another edition of The Expert Belt! With the hugely anticipated Pokémon Malaysia Regional 2018 coming up in early June, I think its best for everyone to know a certain special card that has been lingering around in our meta-game. Its quite rare to find this card around in South East Asia. So, without further ado, this week’s edition of The Expert Belt is none other than Dusk Mane Necrozma! (Yeah, its not a typo, its not Dusk Mane Necrozma ‘GX’*).
Dusk Mane Necrozma is a 130 HP Metal Type Basic Pokemon. Its attacks are as follows:
[M] Dusk Shot : This attack does 60 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX. This damage isn’t affected by Weakness or Resistance.
[M][M][C] Rusty Claws : 100+ damage. If your opponent has exactly 1 Prize card remaining, this attack does 100 more damage.
It has a Fi[R]e Weakness, -20 Resistance to [P]sychic and a Retreat Cost of 2.
It is illustrated by Shin Nagasawa (for SM107) and nagimiso (for SM124).
Advantages and Disadvantages
Dusk Mane Necrozma’s advantages are quite straightforward. Its main advantage is being a non-GX or EX basic Metal-type attacker. Solgaleo Prism is mainly used as a “powerbank” in Metal based decks and rarely used offensively. However with this Dusk Mane Necrozma, its all about mounting the offense.
The attack that will be generally used is Dusk Shot, which does a solid 60 Damage for just ONE ENERGY, granted that this attack is not affected by Weakness (and Resistance) and you cannot target non-GX or EX Pokemon
if not broken as hell. Dusk Shot allows you to either setup a Knock Out for later or take a Knock Out at the latter stage of the game. Still, for one simple Metal Energy, you get to do 60 damage. Any GX or EX will not be safe.
Why is 60 damage such an important number, you ask? Well, the current popular Metal based deck is Magnezone/Zoroark GX and some other metal-box variants. Today’s meta-game is full of high HP Pokemon GX with the popular HP of either 190, 200 and 210. After a Dusk Shot, your Zoroark GX, Celesteela GX or Sivally GX (or even the Magnezone) will be able to Knock Out that damaged Pokemon, with a Choice Band attached to reach for those 200 or 210 HP Pokémon. Now if you’re talking about a max HP higher than 210, its mainly Gardevoir GX. Gardevoir GX should be your best match-up anyways, with it being weak to Metal.
Now, for its second attack. Rusty Claws deals 100 damage for 3 Energy, which is kind of “meh” but it is still decent damage onto non GX or EX Pokémon. The +100 more damage requirement is a last resort as well, because if your Dusk Mane Necrozma is Knocked Out, then its game over man, game over.
The disadvantages is pretty clear, if your opponent’s board has no GX or EX during Turn 1 and as the game progresses, you can’t use Dusk Shot for some quick snipe damage. Rusty Claws is a little inefficient to power up and utilize as well.
Dusk Mane Necrozma’s Dusk Shot attack is able to setup easier Knock Outs for Zoroark GX’s Riotous Beating attack. With the ever consistent Trade ability, you will be able to pressure your opponent with each turn of ‘Trade’-ing. Plus Magnezone and Zoroark GX does work together so why not?
First Impression hits for the sweet 120 damage, which pairs up well with Dusk Mane Necrozma’s 60 damage from Dusk Shot. Perhaps the Rainbow Energy variant with Garbodor (Garbotoxin) would be great at utilising Dusk Mane Necrozma’s Dusk Shots.
With Metagross GX always taking its own sweet time to setup, Dusk Mane Necrozma’s Dusk Shot can setup future Knock Outs when Metagross GX comes online. 60 damage from Dusk Shot and 150 damage from Giga Hammer for the magic 210 damage without a Choice Band!
With Naganadel GX, your primary offense comes from Ultra Beasts (which Dusk Mane Necrozma is too), Dusk Shot will allow Naganadel GX’s Beast Raid to come in for the Knock Out. Plus, the deck runs the tempo turner Beast Ring to help turn the tide!
Turbo Drive hits for 120 damage, and with Dusk Shot, you get a total of 180 damage, with a Choice Band, its boosted to 210 damage. Gyro Unit allows more flexibility and freedom for your Dusk Mane Necrozma to retreat or get into the Active position.
With many strong abilities now in the meta-game, Garbodor is back again (
not like it was ever gone anyway) to slow down its opponents. With Dusk Mane Necrozma’s Dusk Shot attack only needing one Metal Energy, you would be sniping your opponent’s GX or EX Pokemon every turn, granted if Garbotoxin is able to slow them down and prevent them from setting much up.
Magnezone (Ultra Prism)
With Magnezone decks taking some time to setup, Dusk Mane Necrozma can help setup some damage around your opponent’s GX or EX field. However, the main attacker in most Magnezone decks is the big old stronger self of Dusk Mane Necrozma GX, which do not need any setup damage to Knock Out anything. It does setup Knock Outs for the deck’s other attackers such as Celesteela-GX, Zoroark-GX (if you are playing the ZoroMag variant) or even Magnezone itself.
Ah, Ultra Beast’s new spicy weapon. Allowing you to quickly charge up one of your Ultra Beast when your opponent is in the lead (3 or 4 Prizes only), you can also power up Dusk Mane Necrozma in one turn to use Rusty Claws if you have to.
Basic Non-GX or EX Pokemon
Dusk Shot does 60 damage, but not to non-GX or EX Pokemon. Dusk Mane Necrozma has some mercy for them.
Volcanion and Volcanion EX
Mainly Volcanion is the main threat, as 2 Steam Up from Volcanion EX and a Power Heater from Volcanion would OHKO Dusk Mane Necrozma, and they get to charge their Benched Pokemon with some Fire Energies.
Mew (Fates Collide)
The current popular non GX or EX attacker. Fragile and cute, but deadly if left unattended. Dusk Mane Necrozma has a soft spot for cute but deadly Pokémon man.
Possible “In Deck” Inclusions
Golisopod-GX/Garbodor (With Rainbow Energy variant)
Naganadel-GX/Dusk Mane Necrozma-GX (Metal Beast Box)
With the Malaysia Regional 2018 rapidly approaching, will Dusk Mane Necrozma have an impact at all? Perhaps so, with many decks relying on setting up their board first. Even getting a Turn 1 Dusk Shot off on a Tapu Lele GX can put pressure onto your opponent or even finishing off a damaged GX or EX on the Bench to finish off the game.
However, getting just one Dusk Mane Necrozma promo is not easy, as the product (in which the promo comes in with) is not sold in Malaysia. Perhaps getting it online would be the next best option if you are planning on using Dusk Mane Necrozma at the biggest 2018 tournament in Malaysia.
And that is all folks! Thank you for reading this edition of The Expert Belt! All the best to all those competing at the Pokémon Malaysia Regional 2018! With that, Darren signing off!
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