Hello Readers,

So a very interesting card will be making its way to the Pokemon game come May. If you couldn’t already tell from the Headliner, it’s Pyroar! At first glance this card just seems to be another Safeguard ability Pokemon, but it is so much more than Suicune and Sigilyph. So, let’s take a look at what makes Pyroar superior to its predecessors.

But first, here is a small list of some cons to this card:

  • It’s a stage 1 Pokemon (not too bad)
  • A retreat cost of 2C
  • It’s weak to Water
  • It only has 110Hp

Good Side of Pyroar

Pyroar #20Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s look at why Pyroar is so good!

Pyroar’s ability: Intimidating Mane, Prevent all damage done to this Pokemon by attacks of your opponent’s basic Pokemon.

Not only is this card protected from the dominating force of the game, EX Pokemon, it’s also protected from all BASICS. This means things like Kyurem(Team Plasma), Absol(Team Plasma), Zekrom, Reshiram.ect What does this even mean? Well the only things that can touch this card are special conditions and stage 1 and stage 2 Pokemon. Let’s face it there are not that many non-basic Pokemon that are played and the majority of them, that are played, are bench warmers like Arromatisse and Blastoise. The only real threat to Pyroar is Empoleon.

On to Pyroar’s attack: Scorching Fang (FCC) 60+

You may discard a (F) energy attached to this Pokemon. If you do, this attack does 30 more damage.

The magic number: with 90 damage, Pyroar can two shot almost any EX. With a Muscle Band, it can knock out opposing Pyroars. It also knocks out any Pokemon with weakness to Fire. This Pokemon versatile attack allows it to handle a variety of situations

Adds on

Now here is something interesting about Pyroar, it’s a FIRE type! So what, right? In the newest set of Pokemon XY, FLASHFIRE, Fire decks have been given a huge upgrade. Besides Pyroar, we have Flame Torch and Blacksmith.

Flame Torch: Item, Discard 1 Fire Energy from your hand, then draw 2 cards from your deck.

So we now have solid card draw in the form of an Item. That’s always fun!

Blacksmith: Supporter, Choose 2 (F) Energy from your discard pile and attach them to 1 of your (F) Pokemon.

To go along side with the card draw that so conveniently puts (F) energy in the discard pile, we also have Fire acceleration to power up those Fire Pokemon like Pyroar as quickly as possible.

All in all, Pyroar will be very good Pokemon for its amazing ability, its relatively good damage output and for its good typing.


Here at Carta Magica, don’t miss your first chance to pick up Pyroar! On May 3rd, our Ottawa store will be hosting a Flashfire Prerelease and on the 4th, the Montreal store will have one as well.

So, don’t forget to come on down to Carta Magica, for another great Prerelease! Hope to see you there!