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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Swalot Lv. 40

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 12.07.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 1.50

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

Swalot Lv 40

 

Hello and welcome to another week of Pojo’s Pokémon Card of the Day.

 

We kick off the week with Swalot, a card that has great . . . artwork. Normally Swalot is one of the sillier-looking Pokémon, but this time the artist has managed to make a rather cool looking card with it. But is it the kind of card you would want in your deck? That’s the really important question.

 

Well, it has a nice (for a Stage 1) 100 HP. It also has Psychic Weakness, which isn’t too good, but isn’t quite as bad as its Retreat cost of three. Ouch. Still, Psychic Pokémon can always take advantage of Moonlight Stadium, as well as Warp Point and Switch.

 

Damage Roller is a cheap attack for [P], which lets you put damage counters on the Defending Pokémon until its HP is the same as Swalot’s. Although placing counters can sometimes be a useful alternative to a damage attack, it is shut off completely by Unown G. What’s more, it is only going to be useful after Swalot has taken substantial damage (it is this, rather than the Energy Cost that slows it down). The biggest drawback with this attack, though, is that it is impossible to get a KO with it, leaving the Defending Pokémon free to retreat or be PokeTurned, or Scooped Up next turn while something else knocks out your damaged Swalot.

 

The second attack, Entangle Tackle is quite a bit more expensive at [P][P][C] (sigh . . . no Upper Energy). It only gets you 50 damage too, which is very weak. Luckily, you have the option to increase the damage to 80, provided you do 30 damage to one of your Benched Pokémon. Obviously, you could avoid taking the damage by protecting your Pokémon with Manectric PL or Bench Shield, or Playing a Pokémon that is immune to Bench damage like Quagsire GL. Really though, I suspect that the idea behind the card is to swarm Swalots and pile damage on them so that they can get the most out of Damage Roller.

 

Trouble is, it’s not a very viable strategy. Swalot needs to be on the verge of a KO just to put the Defending Pokémon in a similar position, making it a very fragile, hard to manage, and not very effective combo. Try it if you want something quirky for League, but leave it in the binder when you go to a tournament.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.25 (clumsy and not worth the effort)

Limited: 1.5 (not really any better here, but 100 HP could keep it around for a few turns)


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