Slowking (Neo Genesis 14)

Slowking LV.39
ヤドキング Yadoking
Team Plasma
Psychic
SlowkingNeoGenesis14.jpg
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage
079 Stage 1 Pokémon
Evolves from Slowpoke
Card name Slowking
Type Psychic
Hit Points 80
weakness
Psychic×2
resistance
None
retreat cost
   
English expansion Neo Genesis
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 14/111
Japanese expansion Gold, Silver, to a New World...
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Slowking.

Slowking (Japanese: ヤドキング Yadoking) is a Psychic-type Stage 1 Pokémon card. It is part of the Neo Genesis expansion.

Contents

Card text

English release

Pokémon Power:
Mind Games
ちえくらべ
 
Whenever your opponent plays a Trainer card, you may flip a coin. If heads, that card does nothing. Put it on top of your opponent's deck. This power can't be used if Slowking is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed.
PsychicPsychicPsychic Mind Blast
マッドインパクト
20+
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 damage plus 10 more damage and the Defending Pokémon is now Confused. If tails, this attack does 20 damage.


Japanese release

Pokémon Power:
Mind Games
ちえくらべ
 
You may use this Power if Slowking is your Active Pokémon. Whenever your opponent plays a Trainer card, you may flip a coin. If heads, that card does nothing. Put it on top of your opponent's deck. This power can't be used if Slowking is Asleep, Confused, or Paralyzed.
PsychicPsychicPsychic Mind Blast
マッドインパクト
20+
Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 damage plus 10 more damage and the Defending Pokémon is now Confused. If tails, this attack does 20 damage.


Pokédex data

Psychic
Psychic
Slowking - Royal Pokémon
No. Height Weight
199 6'7" (2 m) 175 lbs. (79.5 kg)
Pokédex entry
When its head was bitten, toxins entered Slowpoke’s head and unlocked an extraordinary power.
かまれたとき、頭にしみこんだ毒素によってただならない能力に目覚めたヤドン。

Release information

This card was released in Japan in the Gold, Silver, to a New World... expansion with its Pokémon Power only being able to be used when Slowking is the Active Pokémon. When this card was released in the English Neo Genesis expansion, the Active Pokémon stipulation was removed. This allowed it to be used from the bench, allowing players to use multiple Slowking to further reduce the odds of a Trainer card being successfully played (possibly down to 1 in 16). As a result, Slowking became extremely popular, with games often coming down to who could lay down one or more Slowking first and shut down their opponent out of almost all search and draw power, all while clogging the opponent's draws and being essentially shielded from attack due to being on the Bench. Due to its widely perceived negative influence on gameplay, the card was banned from the Modified format at the end of 2002. This print misaligned Mind Blast's damage to the top instead of the center.

Trivia

  • This card was the last specific card to be banned from any official event until the Sandy Cloak Wormadam card from Secret Wonders and POP Series 7 was banned from the 2008 North American Professor Cup, after dominating the 2008 European Professor Cup due in part to being printed in POP Series 7 as an Uncommon (all Rare rarities are banned from use in the Professor Cup).
  • This was the last specific card to be banned from organized play until Lysandre's Trump Card in June of 2015.

Origin

This card's Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Silver.


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