Malamar from ‘Night Unison!’

Malamar has just been revealed from SM9a Night Unison! The set will be released in Japan on January 11th. Thanks goes to tunu for the translation.

Malamar – Darkness – HP100
Stage 1 – Evolves from Inkay

[D] Domination Hypnosis: Your opponent reveals their hand. You may discard a Pokemon you find there and choose 1 of its attacks to use as this attack (except GX attacks).

[D][C][C] Dark Pressure: 80 damage. Discard the top card of your opponent’s deck.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 1

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  1. Seng vang Svang20
    Seng vang

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    Malamar may see some plays
     
  2. TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK The Phazing Spider-Man
    TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK

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    I don't think so, your opponent has to have a Pokemon in hand and its more of a risk than anything with it being weak to fighting. The second attack is no good either-three energy for 80 damage and discarding a card from your opponents deck- not my piece of cake if you ask me.
     
  3. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    Clefable: Mundane. Potential, but mundane.
    Malamar: Interesting. Of course, there is a chance that your opponent won’t have a Pokémon in hand, but if they do: It depends on what your opponent is playing (a Tapu Lele GX in hand won’t be much help) and most attacks are situational, like Blacephalon, and can’t just be used willy-nilly. The fact that it DISCARDS that Pokémon is actually pretty good, considering then your opponent has to find a Rescue Stretcher. And you look at your opponent’s hand, which is a big advantage. It’s interesting, but depends on the metagame. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one.
     
  4. AshCo I gotta spruce this place up for the GAAAEEEEMS
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    I don't care at all how good that card is, that art is incredible. Malamar has an amazing design and it seems like every card they print it on always looks fantastic.
     
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  5. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    • Clefable - nuts good! Just throw a Ditto and you have a 1-1 card tech in Gardevoir decks. Well, that's always the best Fairy deck in the format. 3-4 Geodudes
    • Malamar - it will going to see play. You have Lavender Town to see if they Pokemon that can potentially OHKO their active like Solgaleo's Sunsteel Strike or Buzzwole's Knuckle Impact, or not, it's a gamble that hopefully you'll see those cards. 4 Geodudes
     
  6. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    • Meltan/Melmetal-GX - Magnezone, Mt. Coronet, Dhelmise for pinch damage, Choice Band, there! OHKO almost every turn. 4 Geodudes
     
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  7. GamePhoenix Fellow Mortal
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    Its... wait for it... MEDIOCRE!
     
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  8. EpicShonenGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    So... With many Malamar cards being printed when will we get Malamar GX?
     
  9. SquirtleRules Aspiring Trainer
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    Malamar is playable, especially with Vulpix's return to popularity. Also works well with Chimchoo's bell of Silence - e.g., to prevent your opponent from playing Zoroark, then ditching Zoroark (I would care less about using Zoro's attack than stunting the opponent and preventing a Zoro deck from getting rolling).
     
  10. Luplayz I missed my 1 year anniversary by 10 days. hooray
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    The malamar is going Sicko Mode and it is really playable.
     
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  11. OnGaard Aspiring Trainer
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    I think this could be really good with lavender town.
     
  12. CynderDarkov Aspiring Trainer
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    I really do love the idea of this Malamar's first attack. Questionable usability, but I love it either way.
     
  13. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug
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    For the Clefable, you don't even need to use Naganedal for it: I would instead run it with defensive guards to stay in control of the game, like Ribombee to block disruptions like Guzma/Plumeria, and Comfey to Nullify status. Them, plus a mix of fairy charms and Mina, and you got a 6-Prize strategy that's hard for even stall cards to break.

    Even more, I could see counter gain work here: It lets Clefable attack with no energy, so you can focus on developing the bench much easier at the beginning.
     
  14. Heviin Aspiring Trainer
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    That Clefable hits harder than Mega Gardevoir EX, and has a 1 energy cost to attack. This will see play for sure!!

    Wait... Never mind, I read that wrong haha :(
     
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  15. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    Marshadow GX + Diance PS + bell in discard= KOs on Zorua, sneasel and ditto PS
    That's way easier to achieve.
     
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  16. VuDu-JuJu Intergalactic Trainer/Hitchhiker
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    Hustle belt had text in it that specifically said it doesn't work unless the Pokemon had damage counters on it, which is why it doesn't work with NM Joltik. This, unless they change it, has no such wording. They very well could change it, but a pokemon w/ a full 120hp still has 120 'remaining' HP. I'd argue it would work, and TCPi needs to add that clarification (granted I can't remember how Hustle Belt's literal japanese translation was worded, so if it was identical then I see your point).
     
  17. VuDu-JuJu Intergalactic Trainer/Hitchhiker
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    And yes I realize I'm like several stories and days late replying to this.
     
  18. TheAquaPiplup I have been playing Glaceon-GX for way too long
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    Marshadow only copys basics from the discard therefore it would not be able to copy the attack
     
  19. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    No, it can not use malamar's attack.
    What I was saying was that INSTEAD of using malamar to slow down zoroark, you can have a marshadow copying bell of silence (with a diance Prism star) and KOing zorua.
     
  20. Joldilocks Aspiring Trainer
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    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018