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Slowking (Neo Genesis 14)

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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.

Card text

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.

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。

Trivia

  • Slowking was one of three cards to ever be banned from the Pokémon Trading Card Game because they were too good. Its Pokémon Power was simply taking over the game, as can be seen in the Riptide deck archetype.
  • 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).
  • The damage for Mind Blast is printed off-center.

Impact of Pokémon Power

Slowking's Pokémon Power was intentionally altered when it was brought to the US. In the Japanese version, Mind Games only worked when Slowking was the Active Pokémon. In its final US form, it could 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 Slowking first. Due to its widely perceived negative influence on gameplay, the card was banned from the Modified format at the end of 2002.

Origin

This card's Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Silver.


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