Sableye (Stormfront 48)

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Sableye LV.31
ヤミラミ Yamirami
Illus. Kyoko Umemoto
Evolution stage Basic Pokémon
Card name Sableye
Type Darkness
HP 60
retreat cost
English expansion Stormfront
Rarity Uncommon
English card no. 48/100
Japanese expansion Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky
Japanese rarity Uncommon
Japanese card no. 062/092
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Sableye.

Sableye (Japanese: ヤミラミ Yamirami) is a Darkness-type Basic Pokémon card. It is part of the Stormfront expansion.

Card text

If Sableye is your Active Pokémon at the beginning of the game, you go first. (If each player's Active Pokémon has the Overeager Poké-Body, this power does nothing.)
  Impersonate [create category]
Search your deck for a Supporter card and discard it. Shuffle your deck afterward. Then, use the effect of that card as the effect of this attack.
Darkness Overconfident [create category]
If the Defending Pokémon has fewer remaining HP than Sableye, this attack's base damage is 40.

Pokédex data

Sableye - Darkness Pokémon
No. Height Weight
302 1'08" (0.5 m) 24.3 lbs. (11.0 kg)


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Following the release of the Black & White set, which controversially changed the game's first-turn rule to permit the use of Item and Supporter cards on the first turn of the game, this card was a major contributor to an unhealthy competitive format. This is due to its Overeager Poké-BODY enabling the player to consistently steal the first turn and win the game by using a combination of powerful Item cards, Uxie's Set Up, Crobat G's Flash Bite, and Seeker to clear the opponent's Bench and, if necessary, weaken their Active Pokémon to be Knocked Out by Sableye's Overconfident attack; all of this could happen without the opponent ever getting a turn in the match. Because of this, many players threatened to not attend the 2011 National and World Championships unless Play! Pokémon would change the format to eliminate the threat of Sableye; this resulted in the first pre-Worlds rotation in the game's history.


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