Today’s card is the always-prettyful Lopunny.
With only 80 HP, this is quite a fragile Stage 1 card,
and that isn’t helped by Fighting Weakness. The Retreat
cost of one is ok though.
Lopunny also has a PokePower, Relaxing Shower, which
allows you to discard an Energy Card from your Hand and
remove a damage counter from each of your Pokémon. There
are a few other cards that have similar effects and
oddly enough they all seem to be feminine Pokemon.
Blissey PL will let you remove two damage counters at
the cost of discarding any card, but only from one
Pokémon; meanwhile, Nidoqueen RR will remove a damage
counter from each of your Pokémon between each turn, but
she is a Stage 2 and her Maternal Comfort PokeBody can
be shut off by Dialga G LV X.
Usually, Nidoqueen will be the first choice Pokémon to
do the healing job, but I can see Lopunny working in
those decks that benefit from Energy discarding. Maybe
in a Kingdra deck which focuses on Aqua Stream, or in a
Tyranitar deck to put Energy in the discard for Darkness
Lopunny’s single attack is nothing special, doing 40
damage for [C][C] and removing all Special Conditions
from Lopunny. Not terrible, but 40 damage isn’t even
going to worry a Colourless-Weak Pokémon like Garchomp C
LV X or Flygon.
So, Lopunny may find a role to play in a rogue deck
focusing on tanking, healing, and using discarded
Energy. There aren’t really any of those at the top
tables these days, so Lopunny probably won’t see much
play for the foreseeable future, but it’s a card that
you should keep in mind when deckbuilding. Who knows,
you may be the one to put her to good use.
Modified: 2.25 (for most decks, there are better
Limited: 3.75 (plenty of Energy to discard in this low
damage format. Lopunny is a reasonable attacker here