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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Bronzong LV 45

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 02.01.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.40
Limited: 3.65

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

Bronzong LV 45

 

Hi and welcome to another week of Pojo’s CotD. Prereleases for the new HGSS set are well under way now, so this gives us just one last week to mop up a few stragglers from the Arceus set. Did we miss any undiscovered gems? Keep reading to find out!

 

We kick off the week with Bronzong LV 45.

 

It’s Metal Type, which is always good as you can toughen it up with Special Metal Energy. 90 HP is pretty ordinary these days on a Stage 1. It has a horrible Weakness (Fire) and a great Resistance (Psychic), so that balances out, I suppose. The Retreat cost of three is no surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less terrible. Basically, this is active until it gets KO’d (assuming you wouldn’t want to waste a Warp Point on it).

 

Bronzong’s first attack, Wide Laser, is actually pretty decent. 10 spread to all of your opponent’s Pokémon for [M] is a good deal. It could even have some uses in combination with cards that just spread to already-damaged Pokémon like Gallade 4 and Gengar LV X. It is certainly more usable than Hyper Beam, Bronzong’s second attack, which does 50 for [C][C][C] and gives you a flip to discard an Energy from the Defending Pokémon. That’s way overcosted in today’s format and even the Energy discard, if it hits, is not always so effective given the popularity of low-Energy attackers at the moment.

 

Sadly, the spread attack alone isn’t enough to make Bronzong playable. There are better spreaders around (Abomasnow, Manectric PL, Bronzong MD), and even those don’t see much play these days thanks to the amount of healing in the format (Nidoqueen RR, Garchomp C LV X).

 

So you are left with a second-rate card in a format which is hostile to it. Not much to recommend here.

 

Rating

 

Modified: 1.75 (when spread becomes playable again, use something else)

Limited: 3.25 (actually good here: cheap spread and Colourless second attack can be very effective) 

BoDragon

Bronzong LV.45
Platinum--Arceus, #33

Bronzong from Platinum--Arceus is a straight attacker with nifty attacks.

Its first attack, Wide Laser, for {M}, does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokémon, Weakness and Resistance not applied to Benched Pokémon. This is a good attack to spread damage on your opponent's Pokémon.

Hyper Beam, its second attack, does 50 damage for {C}{C}{C}, and has a 50% probability of discarding an Energy card attached to the Defending Pokémon. It is a decent attack. I wish it could deal more damage for three Energy. It is worth building up the attack cost and using Wide Laser before striking with Hyper Beam.

The three Energy Retreat Cost is expensive. If you intend to retreat Bronzong, consider a Pokémon with the ability to provide Bronzong with free retreat, or use Switch and Warp Point.

Ratings:
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

BoDragon


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