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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Venomoth #11/102  

HS Triumphant

Date Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.75

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

Venomoth (Triumphant)

 

I know the whole Pokémon concept was inspired by the creator’s childhood hobby of bug collecting, but does anyone else feel that we have more than enough of this type of Pokémon? Butterfree, Mothim, Beautifly, Dustox . . . all pretty much the same.

 

Anyway, Venomoth is a low HP Stage 1 Pokémon (you can already see where this is headed can’t you?) with Fire Weakness and a Retreat cost of one. It does however have both a PokePower and an attack, so let’s see if it can make itself useful.

 

That Power, Poison Moth Wind, is a real double-edged sword. Once per turn you get to flip a coin. Heads and your opponent’s active is poisoned; tails and your active takes the poison. Now Poisoning for free is obviously nice, but is it worth the risk? Not normally, no, although there is a possible combo with Steelix Prime which can’t be affected by Status Conditions. Steelix decks often run Skuntank G to do this job against non-SP Pokémon. On the plus side, unlike Skuntank G, Venomoth will affect SP Pokémon as well (and doesn’t need a Stadium in play to do it); on the minus side, it’s slower being a Stage 1, and the Power is flippy. Flipping for Conditions, even with a Power, doesn’t really seem to work in this format . . . ask Houndoom Prime just how much play he has seen recently.

 

Venomoth’s attack is nothing special either. True, for [G][C] you get 30 damage and a coin flip for the best Status Condition in the game (Paralysis), but the unreliability and low damage of the attack, combined with Venomoth’s frailty, means you don’t really want to be attacking with it except as a desperation move.

 

Really, Venomoth is an incredibly niche tech that will almost always lose out to more consistent options. After all, Steelix Prime doesn’t really need a Skuntank to take down SP Pokémon.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.5 (I wouldn’t personally run it in Steelix, which is the only reasonable deck I can think of that could use it)

Limited: 2.75 (both the Power and the attack can really annoy your opponent, but the risk of Poisoning your own active is a very big one here)

 

Combos with . . .

 

Steelix Prime 

conical

12/9/10: Venomoth(Triumphant)
 
I...liiiiivvvvveeee agaaaiiin!!! *ahem*
Anyways, sorry for my absence, my dedicated (and possibly imaginary) readers. I had some finals to study for, and with those out of the way, I can return to reviewing Pokemon cards. For those interested in my opinion on the rest of the week's cards, I suppose I can give them a brief review:
 
Rapidash: Pretty mediocre, there's better trapping attacks; however, I for one like the art.
 
Solrock: Inferior to Mesprit as a tech, could still be an archetype with Lunatone SV.
 
Spiritomb: Despite almost reaching Imposter Professor Oak levels of pointless disruption, might still work in Gengar Prime.
 
With that out of the way, I can talk about Venomoth, and it's a good thing I spent time talking about other cards, because Venomoth isn't that good. Most Venomoth aren't, but most of them are also uncommons, which make them useful in no-rare tournaments or in limited. This Venomoth, on the other hand, is a rare. Which is to say, this card can't even claim much success in limited, apart from having a useful power and a cheap attack.
 
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 2.75/5


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