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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Terrakion #99

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Dec. 9, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.50
Limited: 4.50

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

Terrakion 98/101 (Noble Victories)

We close out the week with one of the Musketeer Pokémon from Noble Victories. When they made their TCG debut in Emerging Powers they were awful, which was sad because I really like them as Pokémon. Let’s hope for better things this time around, to go with the prettyful Full Art versions.

Terrakion is a Basic with a huge 130 HP that makes him equal to the Unova dragons (at least in terms of HP anyway). If a card has to have a Weakness, then Grass Weakness is pretty much as good as it gets due to the lack of top quality Grass attackers in the format. The big downside to the card at first glance is that mighty Retreat cost of four . . . you have two choices with an active Terrakion: leave him out there until he gets KO’d or use a Switch.

Terrakion’s first attack is somewhat similar to the Revenge Bouffalant from the Black and White set. Retailiate costs [F][C] and has a base damage of 30 . . . which is quite honestly poor. However, if one of your Pokémon was knocked out by damage on the previous turn, the damage output is 90, which is more than respectable for the cost. The downside is that your opponent will see it coming as (barring Shaymin UL shenanigans), it’s difficult to drop Terrakion and use him in the same turn due to the Energy requirement. This makes a Benched Terrakion an obvious candidate for being dragged out with Pokémon Catcher before it is ready to attack.

If the opponent can’t manage to drag out Terrakion, or KO him in the active position though, you could get a chance to use Land Crush. For [F][F][C] this attack does an effect-free 90 damage. That’s not a bad return, especially as there is no drawback, and especially as Terrakion is a Basic. In fact, it’s a slightly better costed version of Donphan Prime’s Heavy Impact . . . and that’s a Stage 1.

Now I know what some of you will be thinking: Terrakion just seems to be some kind of weird, inferior, cross between Bouffalant BW and Donphan Prime, and that’s actually pretty accurate. He’s not as fast as Bouffalant (you can’t just drop him and a Double Colourless for the Revenge KO), and he lacks the cheap one-for-60 attack of Donphan. What Terrrakion does have going for him though is that he’s a Basic with two very solid attacks and great typing in the current metagame. Popular Fighting-Weak cards like Zekrom, Magnezone Prime, and all of their Lightning-Type support (Pachirisu, Eelektrik), fear Terrakion with good reason. Sure, he takes a couple of turns to power up, but with that massive HP, he’s not the easiest thing to Catcher up and KO either.

Because of the lack of speed, it’s unlikely that we will see too many decks based around Terrakion as a main attacker (he’s also a terrible Pokémon to open a game with). As a tech card in a Lightning-heavy format though? Terrakion is definitely worth a shout.

Rating

Modified: 3.5 (not the quickest, but with high HP and two good attacks, Terrakion will see play as a tech)

Limited: 4.5 (Terrakion owns in this format. This card plus 39 Fighting Energy was a viable Prerelease deck)

virusyosh Jeff


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