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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Dustox ex

EX Delta Species

 

Date Reviewed: 02.08.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.25
Modified: 3
Limited: 3

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


Jermy101
2005 World
Champion
Dustox ex

Dustox ex is the first Safeguard Pokemon that actually has decent attacks and high HP. Too bad it has some common weaknesses though, I think that's what keeps it from becoming too good.

Unlimited - No. It'll just get ERed to death. Though it is good against Suicune ex and Vileplume ex. 1/5

Modified - Shuts down ZRE(Zapdos Rayquaza Electrode). Good against a lot of other stuff too, like Steelix ex, Lugia ex, Arcanine ex. Just watch out for Fire and Psychic pokes. 4/5

Limited - Take it. Cascoon's poke-body makes it easier to get this into play, and since EXes have high HP and good attacks, they're really good here. 4/5
 

Raichu88

 

Dustox ex (Legend Maker)

A butterfly with glasses : P

Unlimited: Well not great here 140 would be enough. But it’s power will not help much

(only against Suicune ex/ Blastoise).

Rating : 1.5/5

Modified: Lot of ex Pokemon here so…. considerable. But then it’s attacks are not to good and weakness for Fire and Psychic is terrible. So I guess just trade it for something better.

Rating : 2/5

Limited: If you can get it out it could be fun. But while thinking about it is dangerous with Kecleon and all those psychic Pokemon in Legend Maker.

Rating : 2/5
 

Otaku

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

 

Name: Dustox ex

Set: EX Legend Maker

Card#: 86/92

Rarity: Pokémon-ex

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

Type: Grass

Stage: 2 (Evolves from Cascoon)

HP: 140

Weakness: Fire, Psychic

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Poké-Body: Safeguard

Prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Dustox ex by your opponent’s Pokémon-ex.

Attack#1: (GC) Silver Wind [40]

During your next turn, if an attack does damage to the Defending Pokémon (after applying Weakness and Resistance), that attack does 30 more damage.

Attack#2: (GCC) Cutting Wind [70]

Name: Cascoon

Set: EX Legend Maker

Card#: 30/92

Rarity: Uncommon

Type: Grass

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Wurmple)

HP: 70

Weakness: Fire

Resistance: None

Retreat: CC

Poké-Power: Emerge

Once during your turn (before your attack), if Cascoon is your active Pokémon, you may flip a coin.  If heads, search your deck for a card that Evolves from Cascoon and put it onto Cascoon.  This counts as Evolving Cascoon.  Shuffle your deck afterwards.  This power can’t be used if Cascoon is affected by a Special Condition.

Attack: (CC) Tackle [20]

Name: Wurmple

Set: EX Legend Maker

Card#: 70/92

Rarity: Common

Type: Grass

Stage: Basic

HP: 50

Weakness: Fire

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Poké-Body: Poison Payback

If Wurmple is damaged by an opponent’s attack (even if Wurmple is Knocked Out), the Attacking Pokémon is now Poisoned.

Attack: (C) String Pull

Switch 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with 1 of the Defending Pokémon.  Your opponent chooses the Defending Pokémon to switch.

 

Attributes: Dustox ex is a Stage 2 Pokémon.  It Evolves from Cascoon, who in turn Evolves from Wurmple.  The new Wurmple and Cascoon are actually pretty good: Wurmple can use its attack to bring something up that can’t hit hard, so that the Poison its Poké-Body inflicts will have time to work.  Cascoon has a chance of being able to not only pull a card that Evolves from it out of the deck, but then to Evolve into said Pokémon.

 

Dustox ex is a Grass-type Pokémon.  Grass Weakness is out there, and on some prominent cards, so if Dustox ex is up to snuff, it will have some nice match-ups.  However, Resistance is also out there, so watch out.

 

Dustox ex has 140 HP, which isn’t too bad for a Stage 2 Pokémon-ex: some are higher, some are lower, but over all it’s a solid score.  Unfortunately, they decided it needed two Weaknesses to balance out that HP: Fire and Psychic.  The good news is that the Poké-Body which we will get to later helps compensate for it to a degree.  There is no Resistance, which is a bit disappointing, but again, at least the Poké-Body will provide some defense.

 

A retreat cost of a single Energy is quite nice: it should be easy enough to pay most of the time.

 

Abilities: The most striking thing about Dustox ex is that it has the infamous Safeguard Poké-Body.  This means that other Pokémon-ex can’t hurt it, possibly opening up an interesting niche.  Simply put, this is a great Poké-Body, so I’ll just move on.

 

Silver Wind looks like a good supporting attack for a Pokémon-ex.  You pay for 25 points of damage, before factoring in being a Stage 2 and a Pokémon-ex.  Even after that, the 40 points of damage that it gives are pretty solid, especially since there is an effect on top of all that: your next attack, as long as it does damage, will do 30 more points of damage.  So a constant barrage of Silver Wind attacks would do 40/70/70/70/70/etc.  I find that very good for just two Energy.

 

The second and last attack is Cutting Wind.  You pay for 35 points of damage, and get 70.  Not bad.  However, it is a hair disappointing since that’s the same amount as a boosted Silver Wind.  Silver Wind’s effect will increase Cutting Wind’s damage as well, but only enough to average… 70 damage a turn.  Still, it makes a good finisher if you have being doing Silver Wind repeatedly.

 

Uses and

Combinations: Dustox ex simply must be a deck focus: there are no other Dustox in the Modified Format.  There is a Beautifly, but that’s a pretty tall order to run the two, since the split occurs with the Stage 1 of the line.  That is, you’d have to run both Silcoon and Cascoon, or rely on Rare Candy.  Given that this set brings us a powerful Stage 2 Pokémon capable of devolving multiple Pokémon with its attack… I don’t like that idea.

 

On its own, I see combining it with EX Hidden Legends Bellossom for healing, or perhaps EX Team Rocket Returns Kingdra to remove its Weakness.  Personally, I can’t think of anything else, but much like yesterday’s card, I feel there is something more that is just waiting to be discovered.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5-Pokémon-ex aren’t heavily used here, so there’s little benefit from the Poké-Body.

 

Modified: 3.5/5-Another Pokémon I feel has strong potential, though I can’t name specifics.  As long as Pokémon-ex are popular, it stands to have some favorable match-ups.

 

Limited: 5/5-The lower stages are quite good in this format.  It needs only one Grass Energy to use its attacks, allowing you to mix in other Energy types with ease.  The most troubling competition, other Pokémon-ex, can’t hurt it, and it does just enough damage that Silver Wind should feed many OHKO’s.  Basically, a perfect pull for this format.

 

Summary

Dustox ex is a very interesting card that is just looking for a deck to support it in Modified, as it is immune to attacks from the strongest Pokémon in the game.

 


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