Zubat, Golbat, and Crobat from ‘Single Strike Master’

A new Crobat line has been revealed from S5I Single Strike Master. S5I Single Strike Master & S5R Rapid Strike Master release in Japan on January 22nd.

Thanks goes to Bangiras for the translations!


Zubat – Darkness – HP50
Basic Pokemon

[C] Hide in Shadows: Switch this Pokemon with one of your Benched Pokemon.

[C][C] Dive: 20 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Golbat – Darkness – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Zubat

Ability: Stealthy Draw
Once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand to Evolve a Pokemon, you may draw 2 cards.

[C][C] Air Slash: 50 damage. Discard an Energy attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1


Crobat – Darkness – HP130
Stage 2 – Evolves from Golbat

Ability: Hefty Draw
Once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand to Evolve a Pokemon, you may draw 3 cards.

[C][C] Wing Attack: 100 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 0

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  1. FireLizard Dragon shipper
    FireLizard

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    Phantom Forces Crobat is back!Kind of.
     
  2. The Fish 0.o
    The Fish

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    The one tiny Clobbopus in the Rapid Strike Artwork is so CUTE AAAA. I NEED THE CARD

    Also the Goldbat artwork is amazing. The could've given the Crobat a better attack though...
     
  3. Falling Skies The Traveler
    Falling Skies

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    Before anyone gets too excited, Manectric VIV has the exact same ability as Crobat, but on a Stage 1 instead of a Stage 2. And Cinccino SSH outclasses them both, anyways, if you're looking for single prize draw support.
     
  4. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
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    could be good in eternatus
     
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  5. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
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    Eh, I feel like these cards are very similar to the SWSH Inteleon line whereas putting in the whole evolution line takes up so much deck space that you just end up playing other better cards instead. It's probably worse here since this Crobat line only draws you cards while the pre-mentioned Inteleon line searches you cards. Yes, of a less quantity, but I'd rather have a really good trainer card or 2 in my hand than 2-3 random cards from my deck.

    You could, I guess. But I think Eternatus would rather dedicate the deck space to more cards that fill up the bench. Whatever quantity of Golbats and Crobats that get put in Eternatus decks won't even count for additional damage for Eternatus. I mean a good quarter of your bench space is already Crobat V's, and that card is already one of the best draw cards in the game.
     
  6. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    • Zubat/Golbat/Crobat - when I first see the card before translation was up, I thought it'll be the reincarnation of bats from PHF. It wasn't. Its a budget Crobat V. I don't think Eternatus VMAX will play these cards since they have 4 Crobat V already. 3/3/3
     
  7. Shinxed3 Get Shinxed bro
    Shinxed3

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    What. How am I supposed to get excited for a Stage 2 that has a vanilla attack and an ability that was on a stage 1 two sets ago.

    It almost feels like they're trying to keep single-prize Pokémon as boring as possible in order to stop Standard from being potentially overrun by "Evolution", if they decide to make it a format.
     
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  8. kingK4RP Who doesn't love a good old Magikarp?
    kingK4RP

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    These were pretty “meh” cards. If Golbat drew 3 like Bewear, Manectric, and other Stage 1’s with that ability it could’ve been more okay. Of course, Crobat would also have to draw 4 then, just to be better than Golbat. I don’t think this would be meta-breaking, because they’re both evolutions, and if you want a turn 2 Crobat, you need to commit 1 Bench space the turn earlier, and then 1 Rare Candy and Crobat. 4 card draws, though unprecedented, feels most right for that effort.
     
  9. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    2 for 100 is actually a pretty good coverage attack. I don't know how I feel about a coverage Pokemon as Stage 2, but the abilities seem to be designed to make up for it with extra draw. Don't think anyone's supposed to play this for draw only. I can see it being played in SPO/Evolutions.
     
  10. jamestajames Aspiring Trainer
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    I wonder when they’re going to read those surveys about how to make the game state better; and more importantly- announce what the surveys said, to see if they’ll actually do what the community wants. Because this isn’t what I consider a better game state. No one asked for this.
     
  11. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

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    Wow these are pretty boring I wish I had more to say about them other then it might maybe sort of work in a Eternatus VMAX but I think there are simply better options.

    I could be wrong because I don't follow the meta of the TCG too much as I got really sick of it but I just don't think this card could work when there is a better (pricy though) crobat V.
     
  12. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
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    You KNOW they're going to keep rainbow rare VMAX's in addition to these alternate arts. (Though, I'd love to be wrong.) I thought the same thing when they were announced for Tag Teams. But TPC can't resist the urge to add ALL the different rarities. And I can't help but think of what happened with rainbow rares in the SwSh era.
    Good news! V's don't have rainbow rares!
    Yes! Awesome!!
    They're on the full art Supporters instead!
    WHY???
     
  13. Raigetsu Lightning Trainer
    Raigetsu

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    Really diggin' the art on these 3.
     
  14. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

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    Wow, even more cards without the SS/RS designations. Good. I wonder how much of the set will in fact be designated.
     
  15. Anderson Mallony Aspiring Trainer
    Anderson Mallony

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    Is it just me or Urshifu Single-Strike looks too bulky in this art?
     
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  16. Charmaster:) The Cube Master, Charmander fan, & Lapras rider.
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    Wow! That IS impressive artwork! I love it when they add more landscape and think that it really gives a sense of perspective and... wait, DID YOU JUST SAY CRAMORANT!
    Ditto. I mean, look at that draw power! Five cards worth of draw power over two evolutionary stages and an attack that puts Ultra Prism Yanmega to shame at 100 damage for 2 energy or a double colorless (only twenty less and for half the cost!). I’d use it in my mutant cube for the interest, only with primarily 5th and 6th gen Pokémon (and a fair number of older cards too) the combination of its attack power and the mutant evolution rule would blow virtually any other deck out of the sky. You just can’t let power creep get a hold in a cube!
     
  17. drewer2635 Aspiring Trainer
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    That RS Urshifu Vmax alt looks so clean. Gonna have to buy at least one copy for my collection, might use it in my Urshifu deck depending on how much it will be worth. I typically don't play with expensive cards because I'm afraid they will get beat up and ruined
     
  18. Mistwalker Master of Martial Arts
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    Oh man, that RS Urshifu alt is gorgeous. Can’t wait to grab some of those!!
     
  19. JustInBasil Grass-Type Gym Leader
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  20. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    I've never played with these much, especially not four-of, so I've just recently realized that having multiples lets you split the energy from your Active to multiple Benched Pokemon. And that's actually pretty cool, wish it wasn't overshadowed by other items, or tight deck spaces.