Each Pokémon TCG expansion comes packed with powerful and exciting cards, but every once in a while, there are cards that have the potential to change everything. So each day through the end of the week, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of these impactful cards from the new Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion.
Card Highlight: Tapu Lele-GX
We kick off our survey of great cards from the Sun & Moon—Guardians Rising expansion with Tapu Lele-GX, the guardian of Akala Island.
Much like Shaymin-EX, which has been a centerpiece of competitive play for ages, Tapu Lele-GX’s strength comes from supporting the rest of your strategy. The Wonder Tag Ability allows you to search your deck for a Supporter card and put it into your hand, so you can find the right card for the situation: Professor Sycamore for a fresh hand of cards, Lysandre to target an opponent’s Benched Pokémon, and so on. In the Expanded format, Jirachi-EX has been used for years for its Stellar Guidance Ability, and Wonder Tag has the same effect.
Shaymin-EX and Jirachi-EX both come with the major drawback of having low HP, which means they’re easy targets for giving up two Prize cards to the opponent. With 170 HP, Tapu Lele-GX does not share that problem. It also packs the powerful Energy Drive attack, which is similar to Mewtwo-EX’s X Ball attack and Lugia-EX’s Aero Ball attack, both of which have had lots of success in competitive play. For any deck using Psychic Energy, the Tapu Cure-GX attack can also come in handy (but much like Mewtwo-EX’s Psydrive attack, it likely won’t be used very often).
The power of Tapu Lele-GX is in its flexibility. Any deck that uses Ultra Ball can add this Pokémon and gain access to a Supporter card at will. The Energy Drive attack only needs Colorless Energy, so any kind of deck can use it. Expect to see a lot of Tapu Lele-GX in decks for quite some time!