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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Rocky Helmet

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.25
Limited: 4.75

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Rocky Helmet (Noble Victories)

Today we get to review what I think is one of the most interesting and underrated cards from Noble Victories: Rocky Helmet. This card also has a very weird and literal illustration. Seriously? A safety hat with rocks stuck on it? I don’t see anyone (apart from maybe Lady Gaga) wearing something like that.

Rocky Helmet is a Pokémon Tool that is sort of like the counterpart to Eviolite. Except any Pokémon can use it, not just Basics. When it is attached to an Active Pokémon, if that Pokémon is damaged by an attack, then you get to put two damage counters on the attacking Pokémon.

Just to clear some things up, Rocky Helmet does not work on the Bench (so it’s not activated against snipe or spread); it doesn’t work with damage counter placement (like Gengar Prime’s Cursed Drop); it doesn’t work against PokéPowers, Bodies, or Abilities (like Absol Prime’s Eye of Disaster or Kingdra Prime’s Spray Splash) and it doesn’t work against Status Condition damage (Burn or Poison). Now that’s sorted, let’s look at what it can do.

The most important thing Rocky Helmet can do is to put Pokémon that attack into it within range of a OHKO. Imagine an undamaged Reshiram with Eviolite attached. It would take three PlusPowers to OHKO it with another Reshiram, Zekrom, or Zoroark. If it attacks into Rocky Helmet, however, it then only takes a single PlusPower to KO it on your next turn. If a Magnezone Prime attacks into Rocky Helmet, it can be KO’d using Bolt Strike or Blue Flare without the need for a PlusPower. If a Gothitelle attacks into a Rocky Helmet that was played before the Trainer Lock, it leaves itself with 110 HP – an easy OHKO for the Dragon decks that often struggle to beat her.

As you can see from those examples, Rocky Helmet can be a powerful tool for shifting damage calculations in your favour . . . especially with Eviolite around. I’ve found it to be especially effective in Reshiram/Typhlosion decks, where the damage from Afterburner makes Eviolite less worthwhile. It can also be useful in decks like Cinccino that are prone to falling short of the damage they need to OHKO high HP Pokémon. It could also find a place in a slow/passive deck like Gothitelle/Reuniclus which invite attacks, knowing they can spread the damage they take around and heal it off, but don’t exactly have stellar damage output themselves.

It’s definitely a card which can give good results in a lot of decks. Try it out: you may be pleasantly surprised.

Rating

Modified: 3.5 (That 20 damage is more useful than you think)

Limited: 4.5 (in a low damage/low HP environment this card . . . ummmm . . . rocks. (Sorry))

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! I apologize for missing the last few reviews, my grad school work has picked up over the past few days, but it should subside soon (and then I'll be able to review things much more regularly). Today we're reviewing one of the new Pokemon Tool cards from Noble Victories. Today's Card of the Day is Rocky Helmet.

Rocky Helmet is a Trainer - Item that is a Pokemon Tool, meaning it can be equipped to a Pokemon and provide an extra effect. Rocky Helmet's effect is that if the Pokemon Rocky Helmet is attached to is Active and damaged by your opponent's Attacking Pokemon, put 2 damage counters on that Attacking Pokemon. Rocky Helmet works especially well against tanking opponents like Gothitelle and the rather rare Steelix Prime. For instance, a Gothitelle hitting a Reshiram or Zekrom with Madkinesis will take 2 damage counters from the helmet, leaving it in Reshiram or Zekrom's KO range with Blue Flare or Bolt Strike. In general, Rocky Helmet can make an appearance in any deck that needs a bit more damage to be effective (and there are many), though it may be difficult to find the space for it in your deck lists.

Modified: 3/5 Rocky Helmet is a great addition to the Modified metagame, although admittedly it will be a "card #61" for many decks. It can work well in just about any deck (except for Trainer lock and Durant), but it may be difficult to fit into your lists. However, if you can find the space (or if tanks are fairly common in your area), give Rocky Helmet a try. You probably won't be disappointed.

Limited: 5/5 It's a Trainer - Item that provides a great effect with relatively little drawback. It's definitely worth running in Limited.


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