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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Slowpoke #66/90

HS Undaunted

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited:  2.90

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Combos With:  See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Slowpoke (Undaunted)

 

Apparently this is the first time a Slowpoke has ever been reviewed on Pojo’s CotD. I feel honoured. (Sort of).

 

To be honest, this Slowpoke is rubbish. HP is ok, but Weakness, Retreat cost, and attacks are all on the appalling side of bad.

 

But . . . it’s impossible not to like this card.

 

Why?

 

Because it has an attack called Rambunctious Party, that’s why. The thought of people actually declaring that out loud as an attack name is priceless. Also, I really want someone to put their hand up and call for a judge to ask them what ‘rambunctious’ means, but to save tournaments from disruption (and judges from potential embarrassment), I’ll give a definition right here:

 

                                noisy, very active, and hard to control, usually as a result

 of excitement or youthful energy

 

Honestly, is there any better word in the English language to describe a Pokémon tournament?

 

Rating

 

Modified: Rambunctious! (expand your vocabulary through Pokémon!)

Limited: 2.5 (That attack is actually semi-useful)

 

Combos with . . .

 

A Thesaurus

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo! Today's Card of the Day is the newest representation of a Pokemon that we've never reviewed before here at CoTD. Today's Card of the Day is Slowpoke from HS Undaunted.

Slowpoke is a Basic Water Pokemon. Some Water Pokemon are commonly played right now, like Gyarados, and to a lesser extent, Kingdra, Blastoise, and Feraligatr Prime. Other random Water techs can make their way into decks as well. 60 HP is pretty good for a basic, as it will probably be able to survive for at least a few turns early game until your opponent brings out the heavy hitters. Lightning Weakness is super terrible with the omnipresent Luxray GL Lv. X, No Resistance and a Retreat Cost of 2 are quite bad as well.

Slowpoke has two attacks. The first, Rambunctious Party, allows you to look at the top 5 cards of your deck, choose as many Basics as you like, and put them onto your Bench. This attack is actually a pretty good opener, especially if your deck is running many Basics, or if you can't play a Supporter because you are going first or didn't draw into your Call Energy or Pokemon Collector. The only real problem with this attack is that it is a waste if you don't have a Basic within the top 5 cards, but most decks shouldn't have a problem with having at least one.

The second attack, Rain Splash, does a very vanilla 20 damage for [WC]. Very average, but you probably shouldn't be attacking much with Slowpoke anyway.

Modified: 2/5 If you're going to be using Slowking Prime as a draw engine anyway, Slowpoke can be pretty good at getting you more basics at the beginning of the game. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't bother. The first attack and HP are pretty good, but the bottom stats are really bad, making Slowpoke pretty average.

Limited: 2.5/5 Rambunctious Party is great here, where you probably have a ton of Basics relative to your deck size and limited draw power. If you have a Slowking Prime, even better.


Otaku

Apparently we’ve never reviewed a Slowpoke before.  This is probably because it is a Basic Pokémon capable of Evolving either into Slowbro or Slowking and was really only useful for that purpose.  Today’s Slowpoke, from HS-Undaunted doesn’t look to change that. It is a Basic Water Pokémon with a solid 60 HP (since it can evolve).  It has a dangerous Lightning Weakness: clearly the big hitters of that type would already OHKO it.  The threat comes from smaller Lightning Pokémon who only need to hit 30 damage to do the deed.  No Resistance is predictable yet disappointing as is the Retreat Cost of two; yes it is appropriate for Slowpoke (who isn’t known for speed), but it still hurts that even the Basic of its line costs that much.

 

Slowpoke has two attacks.  Rambunctious Party is interesting: for (C) you get to look at the top five cards of your deck, bench any Basic Pokémon you find there, and shuffle the rest back.  This is interesting, but not good.  Sure you might luck into a full Bench from a single Slowpoke.  Odds are you’ll only snag one or two, and there is a realistic chance you’ll just whiff.  To maximize the effect, you’d have to run more Basic Pokémon and the idea of a good set-up Pokémon is to allow you to run less while accessing them better!  Call Energy turns just about any Pokémon into a superior opener, and even amongst actual openers you should easily be able to snag two or three more Basic Pokémon.

 

Its only other attack is Rain Splash for (WC), and that just does 20 damage, which is 10 to 20 damage too low to be useful.  Below I’ve scored it for use on its own: it is the best of the two available Slowpoke right now.  In Limited play, it can actually be useful since you probably won’t have access to any other set-up cards.

 

Ratings

 

Modified: 2/5

 

Limited: 3.5/5

 

I am still selling my former collectables on eBay.  I’ve had a lot of hobbies over the years, so at various times I’ll have comic books, manga, action figures, and video games on the auction block.  You can take a look at what’s up for bids here.  I usually add new stuff on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Just a reminder, Pojo is in no way responsible for any transactions and was merely kind enough to let me mention the auctions here. ;)


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