Garbodor is a Pokémon that continues to torment opponents. Item cards are a major part of nearly any competitive deck: Ultra Ball, VS Seeker, Trainers’ Mail…the list goes on. It’s not unusual for a deck to have over 20 Item cards, and it’s likely that more than half of them will end up in the discard pile over the course of a game. And that’s where Garbodor comes in.
Garbodor’s Trashalanche attack seems pretty unexciting at first glance. For the attack to do any damage at all, the opponent has to put an Item card into their discard pile—so if the opponent isn’t running any Item cards, or chooses not to play any, Trashalanche does nothing. But the reality is that nearly every competitive deck relies on Item cards to execute its strategy quickly. The main methods of finding cards quickly are Ultra Ball and Professor Sycamore, both of which require discarding more cards.
It’s easy to play four or five Item cards in a single turn, especially on the first turn of the game. Now imagine a scenario where the opponent has 10 Item cards in their discard pile—Garbodor’s Trashalanche attack would do 200 damage for a single Psychic Energy! There are even ways to force your opponent to discard Item cards, such as Field Blower discarding Pokémon Tool cards or Delinquent discarding cards from the opponent’s hand. The Garbodor with Garbotoxin is already used frequently in competitive play, and it seems likely that Trashalanche will also be something to watch out for.
Garbodor’s Trashalanche attack will be incredibly powerful as long as decks rely on Item cards to set up. Will this force players to use fewer Item cards in their decks? It will be interesting to see how this new Pokémon affects the metagame.