Lucario, Garchomp, and Holo Cynthia from SM5!

Lucario and Garchomp have been revealed from SM5! Thanks goes to Jake C. for the translations!

It’s also been revealed that Japan’s previously released Cynthia promo will be reprinted in SM5 as a holo card.

Garchomp – Dragon – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Gabite

[C][C] Quick Dive: This attack does 50 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[F][C][C] Champion’s Blade: 100+ damage. If you played Cynthia from your hand during this turn, this attack does 100 more damage.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

Lucario – Fighting – HP110
Stage 1 – Evolves from Riolu

Ability: Aura
Once during your turn (before your attack), if you have Garchomp in play, you may search your deck for 1 card and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

[F][C] Scud Jab: 70 damage. This attack’s damage isn’t affected by Resistance.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Cynthia – Trainer

Shuffle your hand into your deck. Then, draw 6 cards.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

It’s been a long, long time since a regular Trainer has been released as a holo card in a set. I can’t even remember the last time it happened.

Obviously these cards have synergy with each other because Garchomp and Lucario are two of Cynthia’s signature Pokemon in the games.

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  1. Jacktropolis Aspiring Trainer


    Oh wow this could be one of the first decks to really use Counter energy/counter catcher to stomp
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  2. SucyX A Legit Seed


    I love that garchomp card think it has potential in expanded with vs seeker
  3. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer


    Huh, this could be a fun little deck, being able to do 200 for 3 energy while being able to search out what ever card you want (which will probably most likely be Cynthia or Lusamine if you run out of Cynthia)
  4. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    Hmm! Interesting...
    pikachuuuu101 likes this.
  5. Etunes Aspiring Trainer


    2 pokemon who i wanted to get some love. This may be awesome to play. Especially with the fact he takes a fighting type energy. Might be able to see some cool pairings come out of this. Very good to see with a great pokemon.

    BTW i love that cynthia is getting so much love. Poor oak though. lol
  6. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer


    Still can't wait to see a full art version of Cynthia at some point, cause it will probably be N's replacement if it gets rotated out during the next go around.
  7. maximusrtc Aspiring Trainer


    I assume this Lucario stacks so if you had 2-3 in play this would be pretty ridiculous. Not only could you search out your Cynthia's but also rare candy's/Garchomps so you can continue to stream attackers. Also, fairy weakness on Garchomp won't be nearly as scary with so much metal love in SM5.
  8. yudiroko Aspiring Trainer


    garchomp/altaria in expanded is back bois!
  9. Asrialys Aspiring Trainer


    I think Ghetsis was the last holos Supporter?
    PieterPie likes this.
  10. Sorpah King of Not Much


    Strange and interesting. This could be a really good deck. Lucario's ability is amazing in this one specific scenario.
  11. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar


    As far as Supporters go, not including alternate holo reprints, I believe that's correct. After that, there were also the two Team Flare Hyper Gear cards, Head Ringer and Jamming Net in Phantom Forces. So those two are the most recent Trainer holos.

    Very interesting combo with these cards! And I like that Cynthia's in the artwork for the Garchomp card too. I'm curious how TPCi's going to handle the rarity of Cynthia, though... Are they going to keep it as a holo, making this staple Supporter (or semi-staple--it depends) more difficult to pull? Or will they be fair about it and make it an uncommon?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2017
  12. Nyan Staring into space again...

    Chat Room Staff Member

    Ghetsis Plasma Freeze was when it last happened ;)
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  13. ForeverRanger91 Aspiring Trainer


    This could be a fun deck to play. Is this the first deck that revolves around a Supporter needing to be played?
  14. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon


    Well the last time we had a holo trainer was in Plasma Blast with Ghetsis so it's cool it's back. Also that Garchomp only needs one type of energy so it could be playable.
  15. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns


    This has very powerful synergy, even better in expanded as others have said.

    So second garchomp attack if we play Cynthia that turn we deal 200 base, with one altaria drx and choice band we hit that 250 that everything is koed by atm. Standard and Expanded have multiple ways to grab the Cynthia so we can use it turn after turn.

    Only problem I see is a 2-2 (3-3) lucario line and 3-2-3 (or similar) garchomp line (and 2-2 altaria in expanded) line uses up a lot of deck space before considering staples like 2 or 3 lele gx, alolan vulpix, etc, so a lot of testing is needed to find the right ratio for it to get setup quickly.

    still from the cards shown so far I can see garchomp and various metal decks becoming big, depending on which wins out gardevoir gx may still have a place as it can easily ko garchomp with weakness.
  16. PieterPie Aspiring Trainer


    I don't think it needs to be an uncommon to be "fair". With the amount of new product that gets open these days, staples don't all need to be uncommons imo. This could be a $10 until another print comes out. What is the most expensive T/S/S staple (lowest rarity) these days? $2?
  17. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon


    No need for Altaria in Expanded. Garchomp could work on his own but it benefits a lot from Vs Seeker because in standard he is limited to hit for 200 to 240 (Choice and and Devoured Plain) four times. The deck could also benefit a lot from Counter Energy since it most likely goes down in prizes and needs to maintain a stage two and a stage one at the same time.
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  18. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle


    And it can take advantage of the Dragon Vault Gabite to get set up easy. Both these Lucario and Garchomp have excellent potential.
  19. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle


    Exeggutor GX only needed Grass Energy too
  20. packjack Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    I really like Lucario in expanded. With Gabite and Garchomp from Dragons Exalted you have a really consistent set up after your turn 1 Bridget. Its pleasing due to the free card every turn and Pokemon set up that comes with Gabite. I could see some janky deck where you try and attack every turn while recycling a life dew using a combo of Lucario and Eco Arm/Puzzle of Time being cute. Plus because card search would be so easy you could easily fit in only 4-6 energy in the deck for ridiculous amounts of room (4 Double Dragon 2 Counter if even)