Hello, Pojo viewers! We are ending this COTD week by
reviewing a Stage 1 Colorless Pokemon from the Arceus
set: the Endurance Pokemon, Shelgon.
As previously stated, Shelgon is a Stage 1 Colorless
Pokemon. Being a Colorless Pokemon isn't terrible: the
Energy requirements are flexible and not too many
Pokemon have Colorless resistance (Look out though, as
ghosts such as Gengar SF and Spiritomb AR are very
popular. 80 HP for an evolving Stage 1 is a bit low, but
to be expected. Weakness to Colorless can lead for some
interesting mirror matches, but won't provide much of an
issue outside of that. Shelgon also has no Resistance,
and the manageable but not perfect Retreat Cost of 1.
Shelgon has no Poke-Powers or Poke-Bodies, but does
have two attacks. The first, Scrunch, has the chance of
preventing all damage done to Shelgon during your
opponent's next turn for [C]. This attack is very
similar to that of Base Set Chansey, which was very
popular for sponging damage many years ago.
Unfortunately, Shelgon doesn't have the HP or the luxury
of a slow format to be a good wall. Good thing it can
Shelgon's second attack, Dragon Bump, deals 40 damage
for [CCC] but deals 20 more if Shelgon has at least one
basic Fire Energy and one basic Water Energy attached.
Requiring two different types of basic energy to add
extra damage to an attack isn't good at all, but since
every Salamence in Modified uses both Fire and Water
energies, there is a good chance for these conditions to
Overall a somewhat vanilla Stage 1.
Modified: 1.5/5 None of the Shelgons in this format
are really spectacular, so if you're running a Salamence
deck, you could give this a try. To compare Shelgon AR
to the other Shelgon in the format, Shelgon SW has an
unreliable way to deal 80 damage for [CCC] and Shelgon
SF only deals 50 for the same price, but also has 90 HP.
I'd still recommend using Rare Candy or Broken
Time-Space to get to Salamence as fast as possible,
Limited: 2/5 Colorless energy requirements, decent
HP, and a relative lack of Colorless Pokemon make this a
decent pull in Limited it you're short of evolution
lines, or if you're going to be using Fire and Water