The Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Emerging Powers expansion reveals even more Unova Pokémon for playing, collecting, and trading with friends. Here’s a look at some of the cards you can look forward to finding in this latest expansion and how they can benefit your strategy.

Whimsicott

The Windveiled Pokémon has been popular in video game tournaments, and it’s soon to be popular in your next Pokémon TCG deck, too. Whimsicott (12/98) is a good choice for your Grass-type deck, with two very useful attacks. Its first, Encore, will do a great job of disrupting your opponent’s strategies by not allowing him or her to choose an attack next turn, instead only being able to use the one that you’ve chosen. Plus, Encore does a decent 20 damage. Then, once you power up Whimsicott, you can do damage and run with its U-turn attack: it does 40 damage, then brings Whimsicott right back to your Bench and ready for the next time you need it to join the battle.

2011 Pokémon World Championships

This player is happy to be one of the very first players to get their hands on the latest Pokémon TCG release Black & White—Emerging Powers!

Gothitelle and Gigalith

Pokémon often have attacks that do extra damage the more Energy is attached to it. What makes Gothitelle (47/98) special is that its Madkinesis attack requires only 3 Colorless Energy; but if you load it up with Psychic Energy, each Energy adds an additional 20 damage to the 30 damage attack. Simply paying the attack cost for this attack with Psychic Energy will have you doing 90 damage each turn and the opportunity to do even more when you add more Psychic Energy. And if a Psychic-type deck isn’t your thing, check out the Fighting-type Gigalith (53/98) and its Rock Bullet attack. It works the same way, except this time the attack costs 4 Colorless Energy and does a base of 40 damage, but then it does 20 more damage for each Fighting Energy attached to Gigalith.

2011 Pokémon World Championships

In the Prerelease Tournament, players group their cards into Pokémon types before deciding what Pokémon will make for the strongest deck.

Liepard

If you’re looking for a strong Pokémon that can do damage under the most difficult of circumstances, then Liepard (65/98) is your go-to Pokémon. Its Feint Attack is a classic that just keeps getting better. Unfazed by Weakness, Resistance, or whatever defenses your opponent has thrown in your way, this attack is doing 30 damage, and that’s that! And when you want to show the other player who’s boss, try the Claw Rend attack on a Defending Pokémon that already has damage counters on it. It’s does its usual 50 damage, plus an additional 30 damage to make sure your opponent recognizes your strength.

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2011 Pokémon World Championships

This player is excited to find a shiny and strong Tornadus in one of his Prerelease boosters.

2011 Pokémon World Championships

With so many good cards, it’s going to be easy for this player to decide which Pokémon to use!