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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Throh #58

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: Oct. 14, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.75

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Throh 58/98 (Emerging Powers)

We finish the week with the Judo Pokémon, Throh.

Like Sawk, it has decent stats for an unevolving Basic: 90 HP, Psychic Weakness are fine. It has a slightly heavier Retreat cost of two, which you are never going to pay for a Pokémon like this.

Throh’s only attack, Scarf Hold, actually refers to a move in Judo (kesa gatame), which is one of the first holds you learn. I like the thought that went into that . . . at least it’s better than giving it a generic Headbutt/Chop/Scratch type of attack. For [F][C], you get a less than great 30 damage, but also a coin flip to stop the Defending Pokémon from attacking next turn. I guess it’s fairly obvious why this isn’t good in Modified . . . even if you hit the flip, they can Evolve or Retreat out of the lock, and 30 damage isn’t going to do much for you anyway.

In Limited though, this is if anything even better than Sawk. The low damage isn’t such a drawback, the lock is harder to break, and the solid HP keeps him around for a while. So, use him at the Prerelease, then tuck him safely in the binder.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (Low damage, very fragile lock . . . it ain’t gonna work)

Limited: 3.75 (very solid choice)


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