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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Skarmony  #21/90

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.67
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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Combos With:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Skarmory (Undaunted)

 

So . . . today’s card is another unevolving Basic. Is this too supposed to be a starter? Let’s take a look.

 

Skarmory certainly has solid stats if you are going to open with it. 80 HP is hard to donk (unless you’re a Machamp). Psychic Resistance is always useful, while Fire Weakness may well become an issue in the new format. The single retreat cost is ok, especially as you will need to attach to Skarmory anyway to get any use out of it. I also want to say how much I love the artwork by Midori Harada who is pretty much my favourite TCG artist right now – check out the Scizor, Mismagius and Gyarados that she did for the Stormfront set.

 

Skarmory’s claim to be a starter Pokémon rest on its first attack, Steel Coat. For [M], you can search your deck for a Metal Energy and attach it to one of your Pokémon. What saves this from being totally useless is the fact that you can use it to search out Special Metal (Basic is not specified). The second attack I will deal with quickly to save Skarmory from embarrassment: it does a vanilla 40 damage for [M][C][C] . . . feel free to supply your own adjective – my choice would be ‘atrocious’.

 

So, is Steel Coat good enough to earn Skarmory a place in Metal decks? Probably not at the moment. The only Metal Pokémon that are playable are Steelix Prime (which has its own acceleration built in) and Dialga G (which wants to use Deafen asap, not mess around with starters). That may change as more cards are released, but I have my doubts. An attack that accelerates a single Energy per turn is not hugely useful compared to starters that speed evolution or get basics out, and it costs an Energy to use in the first place, so you would need it to survive a couple of turns before you were ahead on the deal.

 

Skarmory is not exactly awful (if we ignore the second attack), but it does represent an inferior choice for decks using Metal Energy.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.75 (there are better ways to get set up)

Limited: 3 (could actually be a nice opening here)

 

Combos with . . .

 

Try it with Steelix or Scrizor Prime, but I doubt you’ll want to keep it.

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Skarmory (HS Undaunted)

I have to say that while Skarmory is a mean-looking monster and a feared tank in the video games, the appearances it has made in the card games have never failed to dissapoint. Sadly this is no exception.

For playing this card you get 80 HP, fire weakness, psychic resistance and 1 retreat cost. This is pretty standard for a non-evolving metal-type basic in today's meta, and nothing good when compared to Skarmory's fearsome defense stat in the games. At least you can reduce incoming damage for a little more survivability.

Metal Coat is the first attack, and for the cost of M you can search your deck for a metal energy (Special or basic) and attach it to one of your Pokemon. This attack is marginally useful for setting up a metal-type tank, but those types of decks don't do very well at the current pace of the game. Also, there are other non-attacking options for searching out Special energy, so this attack gets the gong, especially because of the energy cost requiring a specific energy to start with.

I really dislike the loss of free attacks in HGSS-onward sets, that was a brilliant change to gameplay, much the same as changing up the level of weakness for different Pokemon. Why are they removing these excellent additions from Diamond and Pearl? My personal theory is Nintendo are trying to simplify the game for younger players, but I really wonder if this is the best way to do it.

Now that I have finished ranting, Razor Wing is the second, over-costed attack that deals 40 vanilla damage for MCC. This isn't worth the investment and should never be used.

This Skarmory is an insult to the breed, even more so than any other Skarmory card I have seen. Sign a petition to have a decent 100 HP Skarmory introduced to the game!

Modified: 1.5 (it can search and attach Special metal energy, which is the only reason the score isn't lower)
Limited: 1.5 (even if you get some Special metal energy to use, Raticate will take them away)
Combos with: do you really want to hear my opinion on that?


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