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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Toxicroak lv. 39

Diamond & Pearl Mysterious Treasures

 

Date Reviewed: 09.11.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.18
Modified: 2.40
Limited: 3.67

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


Otaku

Name/Level: Toxicroak Lv.39

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Card#: 36/123

Rarity: Rare

Type: Psychic

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Croagunk)

HP: 90

Weakness: Psychic +20

Resistance: None

Retreat Cost: C

Poké-Body: Poison Sacs

Your opponent can’t remove the Special Condition Poisoned by evolving or devolving his or her Poisoned Pokémon. (This also includes putting a Pokémon Level-Up card onto the Poisoned Pokémon.)

Attack: (PC) Knuckle Claws [30]

The Defending Pokémon is now Poisoned.

Pokédex #: 454

Specie: Toxic Mouth Pokémon

Height: 4’03”

Weight: 97.9 lbs

Flavor Text: Its knuckle claws secrete a toxin so vile that even a scratch could prove fatal.

Name/Level: Croagunk Lv.16

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Card#: 78/123

Rarity: Common

Type: Psychic

Stage: Basic

HP: 60

Weakness: Psychic +10

Resistance: None

Retreat Cost: C

Attack#1: (C) Ghastly Sound

Flip a coin.  If heads, your opponent can’t play any Supporter cards from his or her hand during his or her next turn.

Attack: (PP) Finger Poke [20]

The Defending Pokémon is now Poisoned.

Pokédex #: 453

Specie: Toxic Mouth Pokémon

Height: 2’04”

Weight: 50.7 lbs

Flavor Text: Its cheeks hold poison sacs.  It tries to catch foes of guard to jab them with toxic fingers.

 

Toxicroak LV.39 is a one of the new Stage 1 Diamond/Pearl generation Pokémon we got in Mysterious Treasures.  Please note that I will stop referring to it by its level since it is the only version of the Pokémon to exist at the moment.  It is a Psychic-Type, because apparently they are shifting Poison Pokémon (its video game type) from Grass to Psychic.  I think it’d make more sense as a Grass-Type, but this might be more a “balance” issue: think how many Pokémon this adds to Psychic’s stables and how many formerly Grass/Poison and Bug/Poison Pokémon finally can be something other than Grass.

 

Being Psychic is a boon at the moment; though don’t be surprised if this changes come Battle Roads.  One of the decks I tend to see is Mario (Machamp/Lucario), and of course, those are Psychic Weak Fighting-Types.  It is good to have an edge over something established.  Psychic Weakness has long been fairly common to the game: “true” Fighting and Psychic-Types in addition to “Poison” Types.  So I would consider this change to be a big benefit to Toxicroak.

 

It has 90 HP.  This is adequate for a Stage 1 by Diamond/Pearl, though only just since it doesn’t Evolve further.  Thankfully, while it is Psychic Weak as Poison-Types are wont to be, it is only at the “+20” level.  So another Psychic Pokémon has to hit 70 damage to OHKO it.  Even with the pumping up Diamond and Pearl gave Pokémon, that’s requires a pretty big attack: the final, expensive attack for a “big” Basic or intermediate Stage 1, and even for end-stage Pokémon it isn’t going to be easy.  Sadly, there is no Resistance on this card.  I find this sad because I sincerely feel that this is an important part of the game.  I do hope they more fully integrate it in the future, especially since it, like Weakness, is now a +X amount for the most part.

 

Toxicroak has a nice, affordable single Energy Retreat Cost, which is low enough for Phoebe’s Stadium to eliminate.  A free Retreat Cost is even better and so often important to a deck for its utility.

 

Toxicroak has a Poké-Body and a single attack.  The Poké-Body is probably the reason you’d play this: Poison Sacs prevents the Poison Special Condition from being removed via the easiest method early game: Evolution.  It isn’t bad, but honestly it isn’t too good since that isn’t the most common method of removal (just the easiest early game since you usually want to Evolve anyway).  The most common method is Benching the afflicted Pokémon, either by retreating or using cards like Switch.  As such, the effect is mostly an annoyance, not a killer strategy.

 

Knuckle Claws, the attack, is similarly and solid attack, but nothing brilliant, even combined with its Poké-Body: 30 damage and guaranteed Poison for one Psychic Energy and one more of any Energy type.  That amount of Energy “pays” for 25 points of damage.  Automatic Poison tends to be worth about a Colorless Energy.  So we are getting an extra 15 points of damage… which is reasonable as a bonus for being a Stage 1 (remember folks, even with Rare Candy it still takes some work to run Evolutions and get them into play).

 

Speaking of Evolutions, let us look at the Basic form of Toxicroak, Croagunk.  Only one version exists, and it is not horrid, but neither is it anything special.  For one of any Energy, on a successful coin flip, you can block Supporters.  When it works, it will buy time, but not for long against well made decks.  Finger Poke is just Knuckle Claws without the discounts afforded to a Stage 1: if each Psychic Energy requirement yields 15 points of damage, then it should do 30.  Where is the missing 10?  The automatic Poison isn’t free, you know.

 

How best to use this card?  As stated, Phoebe’s Stadium will give you a free Retreat Cost.  Whether that is the best Stadium, I cannot say.  I do think Ariados LV.32 can help: its Sticky Poké-Body will bump up your foes’ Retreat Costs, and that basically means the only way to ditch Poison against an Active Toxicroak is using cards like Switch or the rarely useful “healing” cards.  I can find no good way to prevent the changing out of Pokémon, but there is one Pokémon to “add to the stack” that might final create a good combo for the deck: Crobat LV.45.  This newest Crobat and set-mate to Toxicroak seems a natural partner: it’s Poké-Power does a two-counter Poison when you Evolve something of yours into Crobat and its attack does 50 damage to the opponent’s Pokémon of your choice and has a 50% chance of returning Crobat and everything attacked to it to your deck.  Even if it doesn’t, it is already a free Retreat Cost Pokémon.  Either you have the opponent nearly locked into attacking while severely Poisoned (and unable to Evolve out of it thanks to Toxicroak or affordably retreat thanks to Ariados LV.32) or “wasting” attacks on Crobat (who will probably be shuffled into the deck next turn).  Just remember the deck has to set up quickly or else they will be able to OHKO whatever you throw at them.

 

For those of you who aren’t caffeinated yet, that’s a bad thing.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1/5 – On the bright side, there are more combo buddies!  Too bad they all get pwned by the raw power of other decks.

 

Modified: 2.5/5 – Even in the deck I described, it isn’t overly valuable.  If Crobat was a Stage 1 Pokémon so there was room for one more line, maybe covering this small aspect of getting rid of Poison would matter more.

 

Limited: 4/5- Cha-ching!  Finally it gets someplace to shine.  First, poison is sickly good here.  Second, about the only way to get rid of it is retreating or Evolving.  It is quite common to be unable to retreat due to a lack of Energy or lack of Bench.  Sure, Evolving happens less often, but when it does, it is important.  Both Toxicroak and Croagunk are better beatsticks here as well.

 

-Otaku


Greenzan
goose
Toxicroak Lv.39 MT
 
Hello, today is 9-11, let us all remember those that have died and that will… Alright, now that that’s over, today’s COTD is Toxicroak. I am disappointed at this attempt to help status effects. Yes, keeping your opponent poisoned even when they evolve is nice, but only doing 30 and auto poison isn’t enough. They should have given him a second attack that did more damage. Now that that’s done, I’m kind of shocked that they made poison pokemon psychic. Grass pokemon had a hard enough time being good even with them. Without the wide array of poison pokemon, it is going to be hard for there to be many good grass decks. Who knows, maybe they’ll put it back later.
 
Pros –
Auto poison
Can’t evolve out of poison
 
Cons –
Can still retreat out of poison
Weak attacks
OHKOing distance for the “Mad Blazing Incinerator” Infernape
 
Unlimited – Just no. 1/5
 
Modified – If this card did more damage (And maybe had 10 more HP) then it would be OK. 2/5
 
Limited – Auto poison = $$$ you want this here. 4/5
 
Isn’t it kind of funny that free hug day (Yesterday) and 9-11 are only 1 day apart?
 
“Common sense is not so common.”
Michael from Denmark

2 worlds and 4 national finals.

Toxicroak lv 39

Its hits fast and hard 30+ poison is just a tad bether than 40 but would anyone play a card that just dealt 40 at pc? I don’t think so its pokebody isn’t very usefull retreat and the toxic is gone. And the “devolving doesnt stop poison” well like that is EVER going to matter. Hp and retreat is nice but its nothing special .

 

Modified 2,5

Classic:1.5

Limited 3


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