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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Bronzong Lv. 49

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 12.10.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 2.25

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Bronzong Lv 49

 

Bronzong is another Pokémon that the card designers seem to love. We now have FIVE of the Stage 1 in the Format, plus TWO SP versions!

 

This particular Bronzong comes with the very useful Metal Typing (Special Metal, with its damage reduction, is one of the best Special Energies in the game). It has a solid, but not spectacular 90 HP, Weakness to Fire (not good), and Resistance to Psychic (very useful). As you would expect, it has a big Retreat cost so be prepared.

 

Unfortunately, what it lacks is one of those PokePowers or Bodies that have made previous Bronzong semi-useful techs (for example, Bronzong MD in spread decks). Instead, this Bronzong relies on its attacks alone to give it playability status. Sadly, they aren’t much good.

 

Well, maybe that’s a bit unfair. Oracle Arrow will do a nice snipe for 40 damage on anything that already has damage counters on it. Useful for taking out Pokémon that have been retreated to avoid imminent KO, or knocking out 50 HP Basics with Crobat. If you want to do that, though, you are much better off with Honchkrow G, which does the same job, only faster (it is a Basic), and is able to benefit from SP Support.

 

Bronzong’s second attack, Antigravity, makes some attempt to mitigate the horrible Retreat cost by giving Bronzong free Retreat on your next turn. That’s nice, but with a cost of [M][C][C] and a damage output of only 60, it’s an attack which is much too slow and weak to be worth bothering with.

 

Maybe the designers are falling out of love with Bronzong. It certainly doesn’t look as if they wanted this one to see much play.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (Close to useless. There are so many Pokémon better than this)

Limited: 2.25 (the snipe can be useful, and speed is less of an issue)

 

Guy

Bronzong

Today's card of the day is Bronzong lv. 49 from the Arceus set. It has 90 hp, weakness to fire, resistance to psychic, and 3 retreat cost. The 90 hp is not to good, but he can take advantage of special metal energy. Weakness to fire is bad, but resistance to psychic is good....so MAYBE that balances out. But three retreat cost is bad. The first attack is not bad at all though. For a metal and a colorless energy you can hit any one of your opponent's Pokemon that has damage counters on it for 40 damage. This attack is definitely the best one, and can be combod with Crobat G, Spiritomb, the other Bronzong from Arceus (but I don't like that card in any deck), and who knows, maybe a spread deck can be built with this Bronzong, but I doubt it. Antigravity does 60 and allows Bronzong to become free retreat. At least its second attack allows it to escape during the following turn (because with 90 hp it can be toast quickly).

Modified: 2.25/5
Limited: 2.25/5


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