Today’s card is Sudowoodo, that incredibly annoying
Pokémon that blocks your way in the Gold and Silver
video games. It’s a strange-looking thing that doesn’t
ever seem to get made into a good Pokémon . . . and here
it is as a Holo Rare. Should you be prepared for
disappointment if this is the shiny in your pack?
In a word, ‘yes’.
Sudowoodo has a very solid (for a Basic) 90 HP, but that
Water Weakness could be a problem if you run into
Gyarados. Gyarados (and Water Pokémon generally) seem to
be in a bit of a decline lately, though. The Retreat
Cost of two isn’t something you are going to want to pay
with actual Energy, so if you did put this in a deck
(WHY???), then be prepared to let it fight to the death
or include some switching cards.
Really, though, it’s the lacklustre attacks that condemn
Sudowoodo to the binder for all eternity. The first,
Push Over, does 20 times the amount of Fighting Energy
attached. A damage ratio of 20 for one Energy is, if
anything, below par these days (don’t believe me? Look
up Jumpluff and Donphan Prime) so although you COULD
accelerate a bunch of Fighting Energy on to a Sudowoodo
(Regirock LA + Stark Mountain seems the obvious way),
you aren’t really getting a good enough reward for all
Things don’t get any better with Sudowoodo’s second
attack. For three Energy of any Colour, Rumble will do
40 damage and prevent the Defending Pokémon from
Retreating next turn. I suppose you could use it to lock
something like a Claydol and then KO it over two turns
but . . . nah: there are much better lock strategies
available (such as in the Gliscor/Spiritomb deck).
Basically, I’ve no idea why they made this card a Holo
Rare when I’d rather pull almost any of the Uncommons
Modified: 1.25 (no way this should be a Holo)
Limited: 1.75 (Just because bad attacks are marginally
better in Limited)
Combo with . . .
Regirock LA + Stark Mountain . . . but it’s still very