Nanu from SM8b, Professor Elm’s Lecture from SM8 Revealed!

As stated in my last news story, Nanu will be the booster box promo for SM8b Dark Order. We’ve now received a description of the card from official documentation that was just sent to hobby stores in Japan. The following text is extrapolated from that description:

Nanu – Trainer
Supporter

Choose 1 of your Pokemon in play. Search your discard pile for a Basic [D] Pokemon and switch it with that Pokemon. (Any attached cards, damage counters, Special Conditions, turns in play, and any other effects remain on the new Pokemon.) Discard the first Pokemon.

You can only use 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

(It’s similar to Ninja Boy.)

We can also confirm the rumored spoiler for Professor’s Elm Lecture is real. The card text was floating around on Japanese message boards over the past week, but we didn’t have real confirmation until now. It will be the booster box promo for SM8 Explosive Impact.

Professor Elm’s Lecture – Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for up to 3 Pokemon with 60 HP or less, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You can only use 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Both cards will undoubtedly have full art versions in their respective sets.

Thanks goes to Bangiras and Jake C. for the translations!

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  1. Kashvinder Mann Aspiring Trainer
    Kashvinder Mann

    Member

    I'm want to say I like Nanu, always liked the Ninja Boy style surprise switch but too bad it has to be in the discard for this one.
     
  2. MiniMads Zeraora is the future!
    MiniMads

    Member

    Not a fan of Nanu, but I am a fan of Professor Elm! It makes a nice balance of whether of not you want the extra HP or you want to be Elm searchable. It helps but still isn't a Bridgette replacement for Zoroark because most of Zoroark's partners are non-evolving basic or 70HP+ evolving basics, which makes a nice balance. I love this card, and I have no doubt in my mind it's going to have a fantastic full art to accompany it.
     
  3. Skylite Aspiring Trainer
    Skylite

    Member

    Elm is RIPPED!
     
  4. Anselm Sim Aspiring Trainer
    Anselm Sim

    Advanced Member Member

    Ahh a “buff” to zoroark after losing puzzles and Brigette :)
     
  5. Michael Stadler Aspiring Trainer
    Michael Stadler

    Member

    Still works for zororock if if you play the 60 HP Rockruff
     
  6. Rooie Aspiring Trainer
    Rooie

    Member

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  7. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
    TatsuyaOrimuta

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    that elm is super duper nice
     
  8. Cybno Aspiring Trainer
    Cybno

    Member

    Elm is big boy good
     
  9. FourteenAlmonds Aspiring Trainer
    FourteenAlmonds

    Member

    I could see Elm getting a lot of play in Stage 2 decks like Gradevoir-GX or Metagross-GX, or even some Stage 1 decks, but Nanu seems a little unlikely. I can't think of many decks where it would work. Possibly Guzzlord-GX or Hoopa from Shining Legends, but there seems to be a shallow pool of non-Zoroark-GX Dark decks these days.
     
  10. King Quagsire Ruler of Route 212, Scourge of the swamp
    King Quagsire

    Member

    U dont need to choose a basic, so evolve pupitar into tyranitar from fco, then nanu it into an yveltal ex with a ton of energy on it
     
  11. KeoKeo Aspiring Trainer
    KeoKeo

    Member

    Nanu seems like you could run a one of copy in some decks just to get rid of unwanted pokemon like Lele (when its wasting bench space). Elm looks like a more versatile Brigette with limitations that won't hurt most decks (most basics are 60 or less, only things like baby buzz can't be selected with elm).
     
  12. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
    Holden Sheeks

    Advanced Member Member

    So, we do have Brigette back essentially? That's pretty neato, here I thought we were going to be stuck using Apricorn Maker to search out Nest Balls but I'm glad to see a card like Brigette again. The 60 HP limit shouldn't be a problem at all. For a deck like ZoroRoc, there's 70HP Rockruffs and 60HP Rockruffs. Why not just play both Rockruff to have the benefit of having 70 HP for specific match-ups and 60 HP to be searchable with Elm? That's my idea at the moment if decks have access to 60HP pokemon, but I don't recall too many pokemon with 70HP. This is no doubt going to be a very good card like Brigette.

    If Nanu said any Dark-type Pokemon, then it would be fun to use but as it is I don't see much of a purpose, plain and simple.
     
  13. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior

    Member

    Gimme the whole card, Japan, pls!!
    • Nanu - Too bad we didn't have a good basic D mon right now. Hopefully Hoopa or Absol in SM8b will be good to sync this card. This discards Lele after dedicating 1 bench space to it. 3 Geodudes
    • Prof. Elm's Lecture - not as broken as Brigette but it gives reason why some decks run 60HP evolving basics. 5 Geodudes
     
  14. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior

    Member

    In Expanded it is.
     
  15. KeoKeo Aspiring Trainer
    KeoKeo

    Member

    In expanded (with any deck) , you could also discard a teched in Hoopa and save it for whenever your opponent pulls out their GXs then Nanu your (assorted vulnerable GX) away and stall out your opponent.
     
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  16. RedSuinit Aspiring Trainer
    RedSuinit

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    Hello Alolan Dugtrio, welcome to the meta.
     
  17. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

    Member

    Ah, Nanu’s finally here. And quite interesting, might I add.
    On the other hand I’ve never heard of anyone named Elm, and the card replaces Brigette, except not for GXs. The way Brigette arguably should be.
     
  18. Plaquesanta ೭੧(❛〜❛✿)੭೨
    Plaquesanta

    Advanced Member Member

    Elm was the Gen 2 professor
     
    Starsoulklr likes this.
  19. Duo Dreaming of a Milotic GX
    Duo

    Member

    Thanks Professor Elm for making evolution decks great again (sorry Pokemon Fan Club)
     
  20. CaptZero Aspiring Trainer
    CaptZero

    Member

    So many new supporters and so few staple supporters. We need some kind of discard draw post rotation.
     

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