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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Pichu Lv. 9

Arceus

Date Reviewed: 01.26.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.17

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

Pichu LV 9

Awwww . . . it’s Pichu! Definitely one of those Pokémon that is designed purely for cuteness!

But cuteness alone won’t make a card playable, unfortunately.

Pichu is a Baby Pokémon and Babies in the DP and PL series all share the Baby Evolution Power, which means that you can evolve them as soon as they are played, even on the first turn of the game. The only card in the evolution line that actually benefits from including Pichu (rather than just using the Basic Pikachu) is Pikachu MT, with its Electro Recycle Power which lets you retrieve a Lightning Energy from the Discard every turn if it evolved from Pichu. This can be useful in a Raichu LV X deck, as that Pokémon discards an awful lot of Energy to attack. Unfortunately, making Raichu (in effect) a 90 HP Stage 2 Pokémon is of dubious worth, and Raichu decks have failed to make much of an impact on the tournament scene in any case.

So, does Pichu have anything of it’s own to contribute? Well, it does have a costless attack (great!) called Baby Steps (awwwww!) which lets you look at the top five cards of your deck and choose one. Clearly, there are situations in which this would be useful at the start of a game: you may get lucky and hit a card you really need. The key word here, though, is ‘lucky’. With so much draw and search in the game (Claydol, Uxie, Roseanne, Bebe etc), Pichu’s risky attack is simply not good enough to justify giving it room in your deck. If you want a starter Pokémon to improve your set up, you would be much better off with more reliable cards like Sableye SF (which can use the effect of a Supporter in your deck as an attack).

Outside of the Limited format, where there is little or no search, I can’t think of a single reason to choose little Pichu, sadly.

Rating

Modified: 1.25 (there are much better starter Pokémon)
Limited: 3.5 (ANY kind of search in Limited = yes please!)

virusyosh

Greetings, Pojo readers! Today our week continues with a review of Pichu from the Arceus expansion.

Pichu is a Basic Electric Pokemon. It has 50 HP, which is generally prety low for a basic. Hopefully it won't have to stay in this state for too long, as it can evolve. Weakness to Fighting isn't a huge problem, since the only major Fighting type played nowadays is Machamp SF, which KOs Pichu in one hit anyway. Resistance to Metal can be nice against Dialga G, at least until it powers up Remove Lost. A Retreat Cost of 1 is somewhat higher than expected for this baby Pokemon, but it can be paid without too much trouble.

Pichu has the Baby Evolution Poke-Power and one attack. As most of you probably know, Baby Evolution allows Pichu to evolve into Pikachu while removing all damage counters from it. This is good if you have a Pichu with a few energies that can be evolved to fully power a Pikachu, or to use a Pikachu that has a special effect if it evolves from Pichu, like Pikachu MT. Keep in mind, however, that if Pichu's Poke-Power is somehow turned off, it won't be able to evolve.

Pichu's single attack, Baby Steps, allows you to look at the top five cards of your deck and put one in your hand for no cost. This attack is quite decent early game in a deck utilizing Pikachu and Raichu, but won't find itself splashed into other decks, as we have so many other ways of drawing cards reliably in the format (Claydol GE, Uxie LA, Roseanne's Research, etc.)

Modified: 1.25/5 While the attack isn't totally useless, there are so many more card draw alternatives in the current metagame that are either better or more reliable.

Limited: 3/5 Any sort of searchability is great in Limited, and Pichu certainly doesn't disappoint in a set without many ways to draw cards. A great early game drop, it also doesn't require any energy to use its attack and can probably be used even if you don't use Pikachu or Raichu. It would be even better if it had slightly more HP and zero retreat cost, but I suppose it is a baby Pokemon.

BoDragon

Pichu LV.9

Platinum--Arceus, #25

 

Pichu from Platinum--Arceus is known for its Baby Steps attack.  Having a free attack cost, the attack enables you to look at the top 5 cards of your deck, choose 1 of them to put into your hand, then shuffle the remaining 4 cards into your deck.  This attack is similar to the concept of Pokédex Handy910is.  You do acquire a card for your hand, and it may or may not be the card that you need.  You are better off using other cards to search for specific cards in your deck in modified, but Baby Steps is slightly effective in limited.

 

Its Baby Evolution Poké-Power is always helpful to evolve into Pikachu.

 

Ratings:

Modified:  2/5

Limited:  3/5

 

BoDragon


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