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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Rhyperior Lv. 66

Supreme Victors

Date Reviewed: 09.25.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.00
Limited: 3.37

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

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Meganium45
OK, this may be the quietly most overlooked card in the set.

This has replaced Ryhperior Level X in my Rhyperior builds (yeah, I was still using 1 X)

The top stats on this Pokemon, 140 HP weakness to water +30 are excellent.

Resistance to Lightning is also HUGE.

The attacks, 30+ damage counters for 2 energy make it a great wall attacker in a Rhyperior deck. Tough to one-shot, and really punishes whoever comes up against it.

Combine with the DP Ryperior that rips their deck apart, and this combo suddenly has some teeth, and is not a “deck ‘em or lose” type deck.

Yes, I like the Rhyperior. The 2nd attack, 60 for 4, and discard top 3 cards on a knockout will be very useful, with upper energy, or double colorless, but really hard to get out at this point. I can see this thing taking one hit, maybe 2, but gone after 3. Losing 4 energy would be really tough.

Still, worth trying out. Odd for a rhyp to have a good 2 energy attack like this.

Ratings…

Modified – 3.5/5 I am going high on this guy.

Limited – 3/5 – if you can get it out, I can see it taking 2-3 prizes before it goes down. One of the rare stage 2s I would consider playing in this format!

Vince
Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Rhyperior SV

Rhyperior is a Pokémon that you see once in a while at tournaments, mainly because of the powerful potential of the LV X. It usually turns out to be a little too slow to really make the top cut, though. Let’s see if this new version can give this deck a bit of a boost.

Having an HP of 140 is certainly impressive, and means that Rhyperior can take a hit or two despite a +30 Weakness to the popular Water type. The Lightning Resistance is very welcome, given the fact that Luxray GL is everywhere (although that will almost certainly be targeting a Pokémon on your Bench). The Retreat cost of four is a pain, but what did you expect?

Rhyperior’s first attack, Raging Drill, is a nice variation of the common ‘Rage’ attacks that we see on Pokémon like Golem 4 and Machamp SF. For [F][C], it will do 30 damage, plus 10 more for each damage counter on Rhyperior. Given Rhyperior’s high HP, this could be a cheap, hard-hitting attack to use when you don’t have the Energy for anything else. There are combos with cards that cause self-damage (Rainbow Energy, for example) which can increase Rhyperior’s damage output if needed.

By contrast, Deep Scrap is a very expensive attack at [F][F][C][C] for a mere 60 damage. It does have a very nice effect, though: if it KOs the defending Pokémon, you get to discard the top three cards of their deck. Obviously, you will be hoping to disrupt your opponent simply by getting rid of some key cards (especially ones like Rare Candy,or Team Galactic Inventions which they can’t recover). The attack can also be used in combination with other cards which force discards from the deck, such as Rhyperior DP, Flygon LV X or Absol G LV X which give you the option of winning by decking out your opponent.

Rhyperior SV is certainly a step up from Rhyperior DP in terms of its attacks, though the deck still struggles to do really big damage without the LV X and a combo set up to take advantage of its Hard Crush attack. This, and the lack of synergy with the LV X means that Rhyperior decks will still struggle to make an impact in this environment.

Rating

Modified: 2.5 (adds something to a Rhyperior deck, but not enough to make it top tier)
Limited: 3.75 (IF you can get it out, it can be brutal here)


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