We’ll get to the Stage 2s later, but for now, I’ll just
say that one of them may end up seeing some play, thanks
to its awesome Ability. With that said, it’s probably
too much to expect that a Pokémon with a great Ability
would have equally awesome and helpful Pokémon in its
Which brings us to the first of our two Gothorita
reviews . . .
What we have here is a Psychic Type (kind of neutral, as
it doesn’t hit, or get hit for, Weakness by any
significant cards in the metagame right now). The 80 HP
is . . .
adequate, as is the Retreat cost of one.
Well, there’s nothing here that you haven’t seen dozens
of times before on various Pokémon. For a single
Colourless Energy you get Double Slap (flip two coins
and do 20 for each heads. Add a Psychic Energy to the
cost, and you can use Psybeam to do 20 damage and
inflict Confusion (the lamest of all the Status
Conditions).Yes, it’s all very meh and generic for a
Stage 1: nothing disastrous, but at the same time, it’s
cards like this that make you realise why Rare Candy has
never rotated out since it was first printed way back in
So, should you be running this or the other one in your
Gothitelle deck? Come back tomorrow and I’ll try and
answer that question.
Modified: 1.5 (very standard evolving Stage 1)
Limited: 1.75 (not much use by itself here either,
though Confusion is ok)
Welcome back, Pojo readers! I hope that all of you
enjoyed your prereleases this weekend, and if you
haven't had them yet, be sure to check back here as
we're going to be reviewing some cards from the new
Emerging Powers expansion this week. Today's Card of the
Day is one of the two Gothorita from the set, #45.
Gothorita will end up being important if Gothitelle ends
up being popular, so it's important to know which one is
Gothorita is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Psychics aren't
too common in Modified right now, with the occasional
appearances of Mew Prime, Gengar Prime, Reuniclus, and
Jirachi UL/CL in decks, but there isn't a popular deck I
can think of right now with a primary Psychic-type
focus. Then again, with the release of Gothitelle, that
all may change. Gothorita has a decent 80 HP, which is
fairly acceptable for a Stage 1, although it still could
be a bit higher. Psychic Weakness is to be expected, and
isn't such a major problem right now due to the relative
lack of the type in Modified. In Limited, however,
Psychic is an incredibly common type, so you'll want to
proceed with caution there when using Gothorita. No
Resistance is unfortunate, and a Retreat Cost of 1 is
This Gothorita has two attacks, Double Slap and Psybeam.
Double Slap is your standard flip attack, allowing you
to flip two coins, dealing 20 damage times the number of
heads for a single Colorless Energy. Chances are you
won't be using this attack in Modified unless you're
really in a pinch, but it can be decent enough in
Limited if you don't have very much Energy. It's not
really the highlight of the card, though. Psybeam, on
the other hand, also deals 20 damage, but automatically
Confuses for a Psychic and a Colorless. Confusion is an
underrated Special Condition in my opinion, and will
more often than not force your opponent to retreat.
Since Modified is dominated by switching around, Psybeam
may not work so well here either, but in Limited, where
your opponents are much less likely to switch out, the
potential for Confusion is great.
Modified: 2/5 This particular Gothorita isn't so bad,
but I feel like the other one from the set is slightly
better. While automatic Confusion is very nice, the
attacks don't deal enough damage on their own to make
any significant impact in the Modified format. Then
again, being a Stage 1 in the middle of a Stage 2 line
will probably make it so that Gothorita won't be
attacking very often, but even still, I believe the
other (#46) will be slightly better.
Limited: 3.5/5 Unlike in Modified, this Gothorita is
both serviceable and effective. Double Slap isn't
anything to write home about, but Psybeam's automatic
Confusion is amazing in Limited, easily messing up your
opponent's plans despite Psybeam's rather low damage
output. If you get a few Gothita and plan on going
Psychic, this Gothorita is a decent choice, especially
when you get a Gothitelle too.