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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Pichu

EX Emerald

 

Date Reviewed: 06.10.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.


Johnny Blaze
Pichu - Limited: 3/5 - A nice little wall since it can be healed by evolving into Pikachu and that lets you draw a card that's about it. All other formats it is a stinker to play. That's why just the score for Limited.

Hinkbert
Pichu

There’s a theme of “collect” Pokemon this week. Pichu represents the only baby Pokemon to have 2 cards in modified. The Sandstorm Pichu has an attack that is more unusual than this one, and as such can find a place in more decks. This version of Pichu really only fits in decks with Pikachu and Raichu, although it can fit well. Conceivably you could start with this card and do collect for a little early game setup, then evolve and heal, use whatever Pikachu you wish to use, I would recommend either the TA/TM because it’s similar to the Emerald version, but can use agility in a pinch, or Perhaps the FR/LG to help get energy to build up a Raichu or Raichu ex. Pichu can also help if you go second if you already have a Pikachu in your hand, you can immediately evolve/heal to give yourself the early damage advantage. Unfortunately both of these situations will often be a little too slow against well made tournament decks, but they could still work conceivably well.

Unlimited 1/5 In this format there’s the competition with the babies that can stall given that they make your opponent flip to attack, so there’s no special reason to use this one there.

Modified 2/5 The strength of Pichu relies on the strength of Pikachu, and more specifically Raichu, so the more powerful they are, the more powerful it becomes. But ultimately Pichu isn’t even an integral part a deck using Pikachu and Raichu, he just may be able to help them some.

Limited 2/5 Under other circumstances I might give this little guy a bit of a higher score, but with so many Emerald Pokemon having collect this card isn’t as powerful. But if you draft Pikachu, which is likely since it’s also a common, then his score is a little higher since healing is always good, and if get a Raichu ex too then all the better. Basically Pichu score increase .5 with each useable cards you get.
 

Otaku

Name: Pichu

Set: EX Emerald

Card#: 59/106

Rarity: Common

Type: Electric

Stage: Basic

HP: 40

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: (C)

Poké-Power: Baby Evolution

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may put Pikachu from your hand onto Pichu (this counts as evolving Pichu) and remove all damage counters from Pichu.

Attack: (C) Collect

Draw a card.

 

Attributes: Pichu is a Basic Pokémon, making it easy to get into play.  It can be Evolved into Pikachu, thanks to its Poké-Power, so it isn’t a dead end.  Pikachu itself can Evolve into Raichu, giving you plenty of growth room.  It is an Electric Pokémon… but since the attack don’t do damage, it shouldn’t really matter.  Pichu only has 40 HP, so be careful with it: two good hits from all but the earliest opening Pokémon will KO it, and many Fighting Pokémon, at least that see play, have a shot at OHKOing it since it has a Weakness to Fighting.  Said Weakness isn’t too great, but could be worse.  There is no Resistance, so [insert complaint/].  The Retreat Cost is just one Energy: this is easy to pay and should rarely be a concern.

 

Abilities: Baby Power allows Pichu to be Evolved into Pikachu, with the added bonus of removing any damage counters.  This is very nice, since it means you have a decent shot at erasing early damage.  The attack, Collect, is pretty standard.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise: it’s been on every Pokémon this week.  It only needs one Energy, and it lets you draw.  Far from the worst opening move, but not as useful as some others.

 

Uses and

Combinations: Secondary opener for a Raichu deck (the primary should be either Dunsparce or Deoxys Plusle, both of which can snag Pokémon from your deck and bench them).  There isn’t much more to it than that.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5-Tyrogue bait.

 

Modified: 2.5/5-Specifically in a Raichu oriented deck, which I don’t think would be too great, this becomes a decent option, some might say filler, to ensure you have plenty of basics to start with.

 

Limited: 3/5-Pikachu and a Raichu ex are in this set, and it is a decent opener on its own thanks to collect.  The score is for on its own, but if you get at least a Pikachu and can work it in, make it a 3.5/5.

 

Summary

This feels like filler “Pre-Evolved” Pokémon.  It doesn’t do anything very exciting, but at least it isn’t completely useless.  Could have used another 10 HP as well.

 


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