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Goodbye Gusting: Gusting Post Rotation

Guzma BUS 115Hey there Pokemon Trainers! It has been announced that August 15th is the day when cards will be rotating out of the Standard Format. One of the major tools that we will be losing are cards that have gusting effects. What is a gusting effect? Named after the card Gust of Wind from the Base Set, cards with gusting effects force the opponent to switch out their current active Pokemon. This usually is more powerful when it works like the original card where you are allowed to pick the benched Pokemon that switches in.

One of the staples of the metagame that has gusting effects we will be losing is Guzma. With Lysandre being in Standard before, we've been able to easily switch out the opponent's Pokemon comfortably for some time now. With Guzma leaving, this leaves a big hole in the meta. This isn't the only gusting card leaving the format as well. We are also losing Counter Catcher, Pokemon Catcher, and even Lycanroc-GX.

With all of these cards leaving, will there still be a way to have gusting effects? Worry not trainers, there will still be some cards available to you! We've hunted through all of the currently released cards to try and find every card we could that has gusting effects. We've also given them all a look to see which ones may see more use and which are the strongest options going forward. Ready to see all the gusting post-rotation has to offer? Buckle up trainers, we've got a lot of cards to look at!

Attackers

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There are Pokemon with attacks that have gusting effects, Pidgeot and Floette being potential options. The real issue with attacking gusters is that you have to use an attack. There's enough cards out there to allow the opponent to switch back out to whatever they wish with ease, anything from Switch Raft to Escape Board to do the trick. Or they can even simply retreat their Pokemon the old fashioned way. While there are options here, it's unlikely they will be very strong or used often.

Victreebel - Celestial Storm

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Victreebel has potential as a guster thanks to its ability Fragrance TrapOnce during your turn (before your attack), you may flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokémon. Reading the effect already reveals a major problem: it relies on a coin flip. This plus the fact that it's on a Stage 2 Pokemon likely leaves this one in the dust as a real option in decks.

Salamence - Celestial Storm

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Salamence also has an ability that can make it have gusting powers in Dragon WindIf this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, once during your turn (before your attack), you may switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokémon. Unlike Victreebel it doesn't take a coin flip. Instead it requires it to be the active Pokemon. This isn't too large of a problem with potential switching options and still allows you to force the gust when it's your own turn. It like Victreebel however, is a Stage 2 Pokemon making it hard to get out. Unlike Victreebel, you could consider sliding this into a deck using Lance Prism Star to try and get it out giving it a little more viability. It won't likely see that much use, but it shouldn't be counted out. 

Volcanion Prism Star - Forbidden Light

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Another ability in the works and this time on a Basic Pokemon! This one comes in the form of Jet GeyserOnce during your turn (before your attack), you may discard a [W] Energy card from your hand. If you do, your opponent switches their Active Pokémon with 1 of their Benched Pokémon. This ability comes with several issues. While it's not too difficult to have a Water energy in your hand, even Lady can give you many options for this, the way Jet Geyser switches Pokemon isn't as much to your advantage. The opponent is allowed to switch in whichever Pokemon they wish taking away your ability to put them in as bad of a place from it. With the card being a Prism Star as well only one can be in any deck, and once it's gone in a game it's gone for good. It may find use as it's a strong card otherwise, but it won't likely be a strong choice for gusting alone.

Suicune - Lost Thunder

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Another Water type that can help you gust! This time in the form of the ability Frozen FlowOnce during your turn (before your attack), if this Pokémon is your Active Pokémon, you may have your opponent switch their Active Pokémon with 1 of their Benched Pokémon. Salamence but on a Basic Pokemon? Not quite. Like its Volcanion counterpart it also allows the opponent to pick which Pokemon is switching out. This does have a lot more potential for use, however. It can easily retreat with Escape Board as well as potentially even Switch itself if needed. It's not perfect, but it's not an option to forget.

Ninetales - Team Up

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Ninetales may be the best Pokemon with a gusting ability post rotation thanks to its ability Nine TemptationsOnce during your turn (before your attack), you may discard 2 [R] Energy cards from your hand. If you do, switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with their Active Pokémon. Right off the bat you are allowed to choose the Pokemon switching in. You don't have to have it as an active Pokemon, and as a Stage 1, it's not too hard to get out. The tough part is discarding the Energy, but with Unbroken Bonds on the horizon with so many tools to help gain fire Energy it won't be all too difficult to force a gusting play on the turn you need it. It would be incredibly surprising if this didn't see any use.

Custom Catcher - Lost Thunder

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Custom Catcher is the only item remaining with the potential of a gusting effect. The keyword here is potential. Alolan Ninetales-GX can easily grab the two needed to force the switch, but there's always the potential for the card to be prized, and it's difficult to have both to use repeatedly. At most you have only two gusting effects a game. Still it may be the most powerful gusting card that will remain post rotation. The potential to help draw cards if needed isn't terrible either offering it a little more power in other situations. Some decks already are using Custom Catcher for this reason, and it's likely you may see four in most decks post rotation.


We hope this list has helped you find cards with gusting effects to use in your decks post rotation! Now it's time to hear what you think. Did we miss any important cards to mention? Think some of the cards we've shown are better or worse than we said? Let us know in the comments below or tell me over on Twitter @LiteralGrill. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

- Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps


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