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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Rapidash Lv. 41

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 12.04.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.90
Limited: 2.65

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

Rapidash Lv 41

 

The firey unicorn has never seen much play in the TCG. Will this be the card that changes all of that?

 

With an HP of 80, Rapidash is not the toughest Pokémon around. Water Weakness isn’t much help either, as Gyarados, Palkia G, and Kingdra are all fairly popular decks right now. On the plus side, free retreat means that it isn’t hard to Bench if facing one of these Pokemon.

 

It’s also worth mentioning that Ponyta Lv 8 from the same set has an Ascension attack which makes it very easy to get Rapidash into play without having to search it out. But why would you want it active? Certainly not for the attacks. For [R] you have a no effect 20 damage attack in Fire Mane. For [R][C][C], Rising Lunge will do 50 damage + another 20 on a coin flip. Not outrageously expensive, but not exactly devastating either. As an attacker, Rapidash’s damage output is hardly impressive.

 

But then the attacks are not the reason to play this card. That would be down to Rapidash’s PokeBody, Wild Guard, which prevents all damage and effects done to Rapidash by SP Pokémon.

 

Sounds useful, right? Sounds a bit like Mewtwo LV X, in fact, and we know that is a very effective SP counter. Well, not quite. There are two major differences. Firstly, Mewtwo stops attacks by ALL Basics. Not just SP, but also Basic Pokémon LV X like Regigigas, Cresselia, Darkrai, Giratina as well as opposing Mewtwos and AMU decks, making it much more versatile. Secondly, Mewtwo is actually a pretty decent attacker in its own right: not only can it block, it can also dish out 120 damage by itself.

 

Of course, just as SP decks have answers to Mewtwo, they also have ways of dealing with Rapidash. Luxray GL LV X and Infernape 4 LV X can switch it out and attack something else, while Dialga G LV X shuts Rapidash’s Body down anyway.

 

Rapidash could find a place as a weak SP counter in a Fire deck which does not have the room for the Psychic Energy that Mewtwo needs. It might even be a useful tech in a deck featuring Charizard AR as it will boost Charizard’s attack just by being on the Bench. For everything else, though, there is a clearly superior alternative.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 2.25 (flawed SP counter: unless you play Fire, there is no reason to run this over Mewtwo LV X)

Limited: 1.75 (only 2 SP Pokémon in the set to counter)

Guy

Rapidash:

 

Rapidash's most alluring feature is its poke-body that prevents it from being effected by attacks (including damage) from SP pokemon. This power can be turned of by Dialga G however, but Dialga G can also be one hit knocked out by a heads or an Expert belt by Rapidash's second attack, Rising Lunge. As long as Dialga G is not in the field of play, this card is very useful. It is free retreat but it can be Bright Looked as well. I believe the card is useful if you are playing against ANY Sp deck other than Dialga G. It is effected by powers and bodies, but other than that this card will be very useful. Obviously it combines well with the new Charizard and will most likely find its way into some decks as a 1-1 tech.

 

Modified: 3.5/5

Limited: 3/5


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