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| EX Power Keepers|
(Pokémon Trading Card Game)
EX Power Keepers logo
|Cards in set||108|
|Set number||Sixteen (By Pokémon USA)|
|Release Date||February 14, 2007|
|Preceding Set||EX Dragon Frontiers|
|Following Set||Diamond & Pearl|
Included in the 2007-2008 Modified Format
EX Power Keepers is the sixteenth Pokémon Trading Card Game set released by Pokémon USA. It also the first set since EX Emerald to be released only outside of Japan, and the first since EX Unseen Forces not to include Delta Species Pokémon. The set is based on the Hoenn Elite Four as seen in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, as all four members (Drake, Glacia, Phoebe and Sidney) and the first Champion (Steven) have their own Stadium cards and Pokémon. The set also consists of several reprints of cards from older sets, and is the last third-generation set.
Types of Pokémon
EX Power Keepers marks the last appearance of Pokémon-ex. Pokémon-ex are incredibly powerful. Their HP are usually far above that of their regular form, and they are much stronger. On occasions, some Pokémon-ex, such as Altaria ex, have two Resistances, and some have no Weakness (such as Dragonite ex). Some, however, such as Typhlosion ex, have two Weaknesses, putting them at a disadvantage. Another disadvantage of Pokémon-ex is that when Knocked Out, the player who has done so must take two Prize cards instead of the usual one.
EX Power Keepers marks the last appearance of Pokémon-*. Pokémon-* tend to be fairly similar to Pokémon-ex in that their HP are sometimes elevated and they can sometimes be stronger than their regular counterparts. However, this is not as regular in Pokémon-* as it is in Pokémon-ex. Pokémon-* usually appear in sets in groups of three; for example, Mudkip, Treecko and Torchic and Regirock, Regice and Registeel. Only one Pokémon-* may be put in a deck, regardless of whether it is a 30-card deck or a 60-card deck. The group in this set is Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon, a group of cards that are available as Player Promotional cards in Japan.
Use of the Elite Four
The Elite Four, as seen in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, play a large role in the Pokémon and Trainer cards present in EX Power Keepers. Sidney uses Pokémon such as Absol, Cacturne, Mightyena and Shiftry. Phoebe uses Pokémon such as Banette, Dusclops and Sableye. Glacia uses Pokémon such as Glalie and Walrein. Drake uses Pokémon such as Altaria, Flygon and Salamence. All members of the Elite Four also have their own Stadium card, which benefit Pokémon of the type they are usually matched with.
Also making an appearance in EX Power Keepers is Steven, who in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire was the Champion of the Elite Four. He uses Pokémon such as Aggron, Armaldo, Cradily, Claydol, Metagross and Skarmory: the latter three of which are Pokémon-ex. Also in the set is the Trainer card, Steven's Advice, reprinted from EX Hidden Legends.
The Champion of the Elite Four in Pokémon Emerald, Wallace, makes no sort of appearance in EX Power Keepers.
EX Ruby & Sapphire • EX Sandstorm • EX Dragon • EX Team Magma vs. Team Aqua • EX Hidden Legends
EX FireRed & LeafGreen • EX Team Rocket Returns • EX Deoxys • EX Emerald • EX Unseen Forces • EX Delta Species
EX Legend Maker • EX Holon Phantoms • EX Crystal Guardians • EX Dragon Frontiers • EX Power Keepers
Diamond & Pearl • Mysterious Treasures • Shining Darkness