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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Hariyama Lv. 42

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 12.29.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.00

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

Hariyama Lv 42

Another Fighting Pokémon today . . . it’s Hariyama from Arceus!

As I have said a few times in my reviews, Stage 1 Pokémon have a hard time in today’s format. Slower than SP Basics and not as tough as Stage 2s, it is really hard for them to find a competitive niche, especially as there are many Stage 2s which are blindingly fast thanks to low Attack costs, Rare Candy, and Broken Time-Space.

At least Hariyama has reasonable HP at 110. It’s going to need it too, as it has a horrible Psychic Weakness and attacks that take an age to power up. A Retreat cost of four does not do anything to help this card’s chances of making it to the tournament tables either.

The attacks, in terms of their damage and their effects are actually not too bad. Push Out does 50 damage and forces a switch, while Vortex Chop does 60 damage, but that increases to 120 if the Pokémon has any Resistance (enough to OHKO a Flygon or a Nidoqueen). The problem with them is their Energy costs. With the first attack costing [F][C][C] and the second [F][F][C][C], Hariyama is incredibly slow, which basically more than negates any advantage of playing a faster Stage 1 card in the first place. The likelihood of getting four Energy on this card before it gets KO’d is pretty slim. If I wanted to use a slow high Energy attacker, I would go for a stronger Stage 2 like Tyranitar or even yesterday’s card, Golem.

Even with Double Colourless Energy on the horizon in the next set, I can’t see this getting any competitive play. There are just too many Pokémon out there that can hit harder and faster for less Energy.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (slow card + fast format = unplayability)
Limited: 2 (speed less of an issue here)


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