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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Raichu-ex

EX Emerald

 

Date Reviewed: 05.18.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 2.45
Modified: 3.35
Limited: 3.75

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


Johnny Blaze
Raichu-ex – This is an excellent card in today’s environment.  It takes down 2 of the top tier decks being Ludicolo and the other Zapdos.  It holds its own against almost all Ex’s too except maybe for Hariyama-ex or Medicham-ex with its Rai-Shield Power.  The free retreat for an ex is awesome too.
 
Its 1st attack Power Short can either do 30 or 50 to benched Pokemon, 60(When you apply weakness to the active) or 100 (When you apply weakness and the Poke-Power to the active ).  Its 2nd attack PikaBolt is perfect with Boost energy to do a 2nd turn 70.
 
Unlimited: 2.5/5 – Weakness to Fighting fairs very bad against Tyrogue.  It does warrant an extra .5 points due to the ability to ohko babies on the bench. 
 
Modified: 3.5/5 – Very nice to use today against Zappy-ex and Ludicolo.  The Fighting weakness does warrant a 2nd look because of Magma, Sand-Damage T-Tar, and Hariyama-ex to name  a few popular Fighting types.  Definitely Raichu-ex is a splashable back-up in your Modified deck. 
 
Limited: 4/5 – With the abundance of Pikachu’s to draft for the basic and Raichu’s flexibility in doing bench damage along with Rai-Shield makes Raichu-ex a very solid pick.
 

Otaku

Review too long?  Skip straight to the scores and summary.

 

Name: Raichu ex

Set: EX Emerald

Card#: 97/106

Rarity: Pokémon-ex

Pokémon-ex Rule: When Pokémon-ex has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Type: Electric

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Pikachu)

HP: 100

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: None

Poké-Body: Rai-shield

Damage done to any of your Raichu ex in play by attacks from your opponent’s Pokémon-ex is reduced by 30 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).  You can’t use more than 1 Rai-shield Poké-Body each turn.

Attack#1: (LC) Power Short

Choose 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon.  This attack does 30 damage to that Pokémon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.) If that Pokémon has Poké-Powers, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage.

Attack#2: (LCCC) Pika Bolt [70]

Name: Pikachu

Set: EX Emerald

Card#: 60/106

Type: Electric

Stage: Basic

HP: 50

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: (C)

Attack#1: (L) Pika [10]

Attack#2: (CC) Thundershock [20]

Flip a coin.  If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Paralyzed.

 

Attributes: Here we have another Stage 1 Pokémon ex.  As such, it should be pretty strong to offset the need to Evolve and the two-prize loss when it is KO’d.  Raichu ex is an Electric Pokémon, a fairly solid type: Resistance is now somewhat rare, while Weakness is reasonably common.  We have 100 HP: this is not the number you want to see on your Pokémon ex.  Granted, it’s better than 80 or below, but this number makes you vulnerable to Desert Ruins Desert Ruins then results in an effective HP of 90 or less against a good deal of decks.  This is a Stage 1 though, so they really could have given it a little more HP, but Raichu aren’t renowned for their HP, so at the same time 90 probably wouldn’t have been more accurate anyway.  Confusing, huh?

 

Let us move onto the bottom stats: Fighting Weakness is not happy.  100 HP plus Fighting Weakness tends to render one Magma bait; that is decks styled after last years top 15 and up World Champion deck.  The recent Medicham ex might be another threat, and we already have Nidoking/Nidoqueen, Hidden Legends Machamp, and a few other nasty Fighting decks that mean you’ll need to watch out.  Sadly, there is no Resistance.  At least there is also no Retreat Cost, which is as good as it gets and only two other Pokémon-ex have it that good.

 

Now, let’s back track a bit: I said this is a Stage 1.  So we’ll have to use a Pikachu.  There are four legal choices.  How does the Emerald version stack up?  The first attack is a hair overpriced but the second attack is just as under priced.  I like this one since it can Paralyze, though others have better damage or a risky way to get extra Energy attached.  The only difference between Pikachu legal for the Modified Format is the attacks; stats are the same.

 

Abilities: First up is Raichu ex’s Poké-Body, Rai-Shield.  Reducing damage taken by 30 is good, even if it is just against Pokémon-ex.  Non-Fighting Pokémon-ex have to hit for 130 damage to OHKO Raichu ex, or 80 twice to “two-hit KO” it, etc.  The good news is that Rai-Shield affects all of your Raichu ex.  The bad news is that since they don’t stack, it only matters if you use a different Raichu ex.  Currently, there is one other in the Sandstorm set, and it isn’t too good.  Still, keep it in mind should another Raichu ex get released.  Overall, I’d rather this blocked another 10 to 20 damage and the max HP score was just 90, or blocked damage from at least one more category of Pokémon.  For that matter, only blocking damage from Pokémon-ex, while probably the most useful category (what Pokémon do you think are going to be most apt to OHKO something?) it still is a restricted category.

 

The first attack doesn’t seem like much at first.  When I first read this card, I figured I wouldn’t worry about it unless another Raichu ex was released (the Poké-Body always seemed promising in that regard).  Then it hit me when reading this attack.  It needs just (LC), making it quick to power up.  It hits for base 30 damage, and can snipe the bench.  Not great, but not horrid.  Then I finish reading.  Oh, it does another 20 if the target has a Poké-Power.  Better: some small Basics can be OHKO’d.  Finally, it really hit me: Active Pokémon still have Weakness and Resistance applied.  This is an Electric Pokémon.  If it hits an Electric weak Pokémon with a Poké-Power, it will do 100 damage.  Pidgeot has exactly 100 HP!  It is another Pidgeot killer!  With a Strength Charm, this attack would OHKO a Zapdos ex.  No Slugma has more than 50 HP, so if you hit the Smooth Over Magcargo with it, an Ancient Technical Machine [Rock] (used by a back up Evolved Pokémon, of course) would also be KO’d via De-Evolution.  I find this to be quite, quite nice.

 

Now, that last Raichu ex had a nice big attack, but it was too hard to power up!  TPC apparently learned their lesson: this Raichu ex can hit for a respectable 70 for just (LCCC).  Four Energy may seem like a lot, but when 3 of it can be supplied by a Boost Energy, it is quite reasonable.

 

Over all, this card has some pretty solid abilities, with enough synergy between them to warrant giving this card a try.

 

Uses and

Combinations: This is where things get tricky.  One could use Electrode ex in an attempt to speed things up.  Combined with Dark Electrode, you can still hit hard and power yourself up quickly.  Yes, Darkness Energy would be something of a waste on Raichu ex, but speed is speed.  Sandstorm Elekid might be more reasonable though.  It is nearly useless for attacks, though.  Still, it is probably the better option.

 

Another good candidate would be Sandstorm Xatu, with its Healing Winds Poké-Power.  Granted, it’s not as potent as Heal Dance, found on Hidden Legends Bellossom and Emerald Gardevoir, but those are Stage 2s and don’t stack.  Xatu also can hit the bench for damage counter placement (getting around Metal Energy) and also has a free retreat, fitting well with this Raichu ex.  Toss in Low Pressure System for a small HP bonus, and your choice of legal Raichu (both have combo opportunities), and a Plusle from Deoxys, and it sounds like you have a deck.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 2.25/5-Much like yesterday’s cards, it almost is worth trying to run.  OHKOing a Baby Pokémon is nice, and 70 would take out most Basics in one hit as well.

 

Modified: 3.5/5-I am starting to think this thing has some real potential.  It seems to be good at targeting what most decks rely on for fast set ups, and it sets up reasonably quick itself.

 

Limited: 4/5-Damage reduction is great in this format.  Sniping the bench is fabulous.  A reliable 70 is good as well.  Blocking 30 damage in this format is really special though.

 

 

Summary

Thunder-Thunder-Thunderrats hooooooooo!  Yeah, maybe five people will get that sorry excuse for a joke.  Anyway, I doubt I’ve stumbled across the next big thing, but I do think I’ve found a fun new toy to harass net-deckers with.  This is a solid Pokémon that seems geared towards attacking common game practices.
 


Ash
Hi. Can you believe it? Yes, Ash is finally back. After a 2-month test period, I get a two-week break, and prepare for the final exam on June 13. Anyway I AM BACK!! LOL in that period I learnt a lot, and knew Otaku, and many top players in US (THANKS Chris and Alex for the Appr game).
OK today's COTD is – Raichu EM. EM stands for the newest PTCG set, EX:
Emerald! Let's see the spoiler:

Raichu ex (EX: Emerald) 100 HP – lightning Stage 1 – evolves from Pikachu

Poké-Body: Rai-shield: Damage done to any of your Raichu ex in play by attacks from your opponent's Pokémon-ex is reduced by 30 (after applying Weakness and Resistance). You can't use more than 1 Rai-shield Poké-Body each turn.
[1L] Power Short () Choose 1 of your opponent's Pokémon. This attack does 30 damage to that Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.) If that Pokémon has Poké-Powers, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage.
[3L] Pika Bolt (70)
Weakness: Fighting
Retreat Cost: 0

Well – pretty good, both for the Poke-Body and the attacks. Power Short attack can be a Baby-Pokemon killer and it can also destroys many Pokemons such as Jirachi, Ludicolo and Pidgeot, anyway ANY Pokemons with Poke-Power.

Combos - Yeah, and of course – Boost Energy. It helps Pika Bolt attack A LOT. And also Pokemon Reversal and strength charm, crystal shard – just for Dark Dragonite. =P OK seriously Pokemon Reversal is really good here. Think about it, Pidgeots are in most of the decks in our metagame, and because it has Poke-Power and lightning weakness, Raichu ex can OHKO it by 2 energies. That's awesome. And yeah also for Jirachi DX.
It can OHKO: Butterfree RG, Ludicolo DX (both), Milotic HL, Pidgeot RG, all 100 HP with Poke-Power. And also the Pokemons with Baby Evolution power LOL. There're too many so I don't want to list all of them out.

I have a idea suddenly – can we use it with Raichu ex SS? Yeah maybe.
=P I think Raichu RG + Raichu ex SS / EM would be great, but I dunno if it'll work, since I've never tested it. Lol

Ratings:
Unlimited: 4/5 it is AWESOME. Baby killer!!
Modified: 4/5 it's great overall. Pika-Bolt can do some fast and big damage since it can do 70 with a Boost and 1 lightning. Rai-Shield can help it to prevent Pokemon-exs. But it is still easy to be OHKOd by TM Groudon or Machamp.
Limited: 3.5/5 woo it's awesome if you can pull the whole line out.
Not hard, yeah, ah don't forget we have Wally's Training in EM!!

Overall: 4/5 yeah a pretty good card here.
 

Travis
Raichu EX (Stage 1 Pokemon)

Background: The 2nd Raichu EX currently (1st being in SS), It also comes with 100 HP. Unlike its predecessor though, it is weaker attack wise, but has a Poke-Body to compensate. Weakness to fighting (Machamp, Dark TTar, etc. threat), and no resistance or retreat cost.

Poke-Body: Rai-shield: Damage done to any of your Raichu ex in play by attacks from your opponent's Pokémon-ex is reduced by 30 (after applying Weakness and Resistance). You can't use more than 1 Rai-shield Poké-Body each turn. It is nice to reduce damage, but not from an ex, which would more than likely KO Raichu outright.

Attacks:

Power Short (1 Lightning, 1 Colorless): Choose an opponent's pokemon, deal 30, no resistance or weakness... ya ya, we get it. The part that makes it stand out a bit though is the ability to do an extra 20 if the pokemon you choose has a poke-power. Neat.

Pika Bolt (3 Colorless, 1 Lightning): Solid 70, moderately priced.

Ratings:

Unlimited: 1.5/5: Lack of EX' make the Poke-Body worthless, easily KO-able. Overall, don't bother.

Modified: 2.75/5: Poke-Body sees a bit more use due to Exs, dependable damage.

Limited: 2.5/5: Decent damage, though it takes a bit to power up and you lose half of your prizes if it is KOed.
 
Bullados Raichu ex

Attributes: 100 HP is pretty good, but, again, the Legendary Birds ex, which are Basic, have 110 HP. This should be at 120-130, but the 100 can be upgraded with a LPS. Weakness to Fighting shouldn’t be a problem, the only Fighting Pokemon really used are the Monarchys and Machamp. Otherwise, nothing. Free retreat is always a GREAT asset, even WITH the limit on retreats now imposed. It means that Raichu can be a reprive of a turn if/when your active is KO’d.

Poke-BODY: Rai-Shield
Pokemon-ex are the most powerful Pokemon in the game today. Reducing all their attacks by 30 is small, but can be very useful if in the right situation and against the right ex’s.

Attack #1: “Power Short”
30 or 50, depending on whether the opponent has any Poke-POWERs, but not Poke-BODYs, and can be done to any of your opponent’s Pokemon. Use this if you can KO something on the bench that’s going to be annoying, but it still isn’t much damage. Overall, a decent, if not slightly overpowered for the energy cost.

Attack #2: “Pika Bolt”
You’re getting a mighty fine price break for the damage being dealt. 70 damage is nothing to sniff at, easily able to OHKO almost any Basic in the format and most stage 1s as well, AND 2 hit KOs on almost every non-stage-2 ex.

Ratings:

Unlimited:
There are no Pokemon-ex, and 100 damage is easily obtained through Sneasel. 70 damage is decent, but not worth the energy you put into it, even with DCE in the format, and there are almost NO Poke-POWERs in Unlimited. It could’ve been better, but it’s not horrible.
2/5

Modified:
In conjunction with its counterpart from another set, it can be quite annoying, if not powerful. It just ends up that the damage and the HP just aren’t high enough for this to be a major contender, even with the natural resistance to Pokemon-ex.
3/5

Limited:
Very, very powerful here. It can easily OHKO almost every Basic with the exception of Groudon and maybe a couple of others, and 2HKOs everything else. Even though there are very few Poke-POWERs in this set, the first attack is still very good at picking off the damaged bench. With 100 HP and the right setup, it is a force to be reckoned with, and almost impossible to break down once it gets up.
4.75/5
 
Scyther 21 Well well well If it isn t Raichu EX.

Looks like another one lets check it out.

HP 100.

First of all NO EX should have 100 hp or less.

Type Electric.

Weakness/resistance Fighting no resistance but

Free retreat cost,

Rai shield No matter who no matter what type or pokemon

Rai shield has the resistance against any body.

Then you can do damage to any pokemon if they have a

Raichu or any other pokemon with an effect it does 20 more damage

If you don t know what is next FDC. That s right so 30=20=50

damage that can kill a Deoxys in 2 turns.

And pika bolt straight 70 damage this card is pretty good.

Now time to grade.



Modified 3.3

Unlimited 3.7

Limited 3.7



Thanks Scyther 21.
 


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