Pachirisu is currently the best opening Pokemon in the format. It works with many other combos and strategies. A favorite of everyone, lets look in depth at the uses and scenarios of Pachirisu. What gets everyone to use Pachi is call for family. Call for family lets you search for 3 basic Pokemon and play them. Call for family has several direct uses verses using some other attack turn one. It can work with other cards, pachi getting the Pokemon out, then sending up some other card (eg. Stanler, Furret, ect.). What makes it better than using a Pokemon's attack that gets you a holon mentor? It's done that turn, so you can evolve them next turn, and it prevents trainer cards being piled up in your hand. That can be a BIG problem if your opponent uses Absol, which are becoming common. It works so well because you can determine your next move, unlike if you got stuck in the Stanler-Absol scenario. Smash short is the icing on the cake. It does 10 damage for :colorless, but the effect is what makes it golden. If the defending Pokemon has a Pokemon tool attached, the attack does 3O more damage, discard the Pokemon tool, and your opponent must discard all other copies of that card located in their hand! This rips apart cessation crystal decks. As we all know, cessation crystal is a major blow against a powr: based deck. Therefore, powr decks should idealy run Pachis as openers. At 70 HP, with a 20+ :fighting: weakness, and 20- :metal: resistance, it has good status. A retreat cost of one is useful also, because in any normal scenario it should be switched turn 2, or sometimes turn 3. The one big danger to Pachirisu users is Riolu and Lucario, because they are :fighting: types, and attack for low energy costs. That's pretty much the only card that counters Pachi, since nothing else can really take it out turn 2, unless the defending Pokemon is loaded with PlusPowers. Here's how to use Pachirisu well: One trick is to have at least one other Pokemon that can take over for Pachi and search/draw, or have a Claydol engine ready to take over. Unless they've got Pokemon tools, you want to get something better in active once the bench is full. Let's face it, against just any Pokemon, smash short is pretty useless.