Shieldon from SM5!

Following the reveals of Mysterious Fossil and Bastiodon, we now have Shieldon from SM5. Thanks goes to Jake C. for the translation!

Shieldon – Metal – HP100
Stage 1 – Evolves from Mysterious Fossil

[M][C] Take Down: 50 damage. This Pokemon does 10 damage to itself.

[M][C][C] Confront: 80 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 2

Of course the important thing to note here is that the Fossil mechanic has reverted back to how it was in Gen IV and earlier, with Fossil Pokemon evolving directly from a Fossil Trainer card. See EX Sandstorm's Mysterious Fossil, Majestic Dawn's Dome Fossil, Platinum's Armor Fossil, etc. Starting with Gen V, Fossil Pokemon could only be brought into play with the effect of a their Fossil Trainers; they didn’t evolve directly from them. See Noble Victories's Plume Fossil, Steam Siege's Armor Fossil Shieldon, Tirtouga from Plasma Blast, etc.

Unlike in Gen III and even more in Gen IV, all the current Fossil Pokemon evolve only from Mysterious Fossil rather than their own individual Fossil cards (like Dome Fossil or Armor Fossil). This means you’re limited in how many Fossil lines you can run in a deck since you can only have four copies of Mysterious Fossil. In Gen IV, individual Fossil cards also had unique Poke-Bodies (Abilities), which the old and new Mysterious Fossil cards lack.

Also here’s a funny note: you can evolve this Stage 1 Shieldon into the Stage 1 Bastiodon from Steam Siege. XD

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  1. rayquazatopaz34 How to Pokemon?


    Can't wait to abuse bastiodon.
  2. Nistua Aspiring Trainer


    Is this just me, or does 100HP look a little weird on a Shieldon ? I guess it fits because it's an evolved Pokémon, but it's still a little bit weird.
  3. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns


    previous versions of shieldon had 80 or 90 hp 100 isn't that much of a change when hp in general has gone up.

    anyway glad we are back to mysterious fossil/named fossils instead of restored poke, the restored mechanic was just too clunky without enough support to make it worth it (maybe if they had kept twist mountain in play).

    still the change back brings a few questions, like can we rare candy from mysterious fossil to a stage 2 that currently only have restored stage 1s like carracosta/archeops. What about ones that evolved from mysterious fossil back in the day like kabuto/omanyte, can they only rare candy in unlimited and have to wait for a new print of the stage 1 in standard/expanded.

    edit: forgot rare candy is basic->stage 2 and the restored stage makes the BW-XY era fossils end at stage 1 (not counting break evo)
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2017
  4. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    100 is common for heavy Pokémon like Shieldon and Rhydon, ma boi.

    Seems interesting that how Fossil mechanic works
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  5. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
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    The important thing to know is that shieldon doesn't have a retreat cost of 3, it's 2. Which means you can't search it with Heavy Ball. Boo.....
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  6. Artifactor Poet lost in static.


    sine the fossil is a basic pokemon and the evolved pokemon are stage 2 pokemon that eventually evolve from the fossils, doesn't that mean you can use rare candy on the fossil?
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  7. CESit Aspiring Trainer


    I have some questions that I guess can only be answered once the sets are officially legal and with official rulings.

    Can stage 1 Shieldon actually evolve into Stage 1 Bastiodon?

    And can you use a rare candy on a mysterious fossil in order to evolve into a Stage 1 Bastiodon? (I am using Bastiodon as the example, but any fossil would work). Also if there are no lets say lileeps in this set, since this mysterious fossil is intended to have lileeps evolve from it in the future, can we go ahead and use a rare candy on a mysterious fossil to evolve into a cradily even if a SM era Lileep and Cradily aren't out yet? [Plasma blast in expanded has a Cradily IE]
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  8. CESit Aspiring Trainer


    These cards are designed for a post Brigette rotation it seems
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  9. MarshalBry Shaym' on you


    You cannot Rare Candy into a Stage 1 Bastiodon (STS), but you can Rare Candy into the SM5 Stage 2 Bastidion. Rare Candy specifies it must be a Stage 2 evolution. You also cannot Rare Candy into PLB Cradily because it's a Stage 1.

    Stage 1 Shieldon can evolve into Stage 1 Bastiodon. Bastiodon says "Evolves from Shieldon" which means it can evolve from any Shieldon card.
  10. The Psychic Sorcerer Aspiring Trainer
    The Psychic Sorcerer


  11. The Psychic Sorcerer Aspiring Trainer
    The Psychic Sorcerer


    Actually no because rare candys text is "
    Choose 1 of your Basic Pokemon in play. If you have a Stage 2 card in your hand that evolves from that Pokemon, put that card on the Basic Pokemon.(This counts as evolving that Pokemon.) You can't use this card during your first turn or on a Basic Pokemon that was put into play this turn." And restored fossil is a trainer not a pokemon.
  12. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle


    It says ‘play this card as if it were a 60 HP Pokémon’. Therefore I would be very surprised if you could not use Rare Candy on it.
  13. yup
  14. Tytus Aspiring Trainer


    but once you abuse it somebody can play cyrus prism star and sylveon gx and then you are forced to bring it into your hand if they have sudowoodow on their bench.
  15. PlatinumDude Aspiring Trainer


    Doesn't Cyrus only work if your active Pokemon is Water or Steel, not the opponent's?
  16. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon


    Can see the rampardos getting play and now it's easier to set up fossil Pokemon we could get a fossil Pokemon GX card soon like Tyrantrum in the next set.
  17. Loaf of Slakoth BREAD is loafing around!
    Loaf of Slakoth


    Ugh...please don’t include some Lost World - type card. One of my old friends used to play this stupid Mime Jr. with that stadium(not competitively)
  18. They can have a water or steel type active, play Cyrus Prism Star and then retreat to Plea GX. Or in expanded, Aqua Effect Vaporeon onto Sylve GX and play Cyrus Prism Star.
  19. All talk about game mechanics aside - this is some super cute artwork.
  20. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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