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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Krokorok #61/98

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.25

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

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2010 UK National
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Krokorok 61/98 (Emerging Powers)

One thing I really like about the whole Kookodile line in the BW set is that they kept a theme (attack lock) running through all the Pokémon Stages. The (English Exclusive!) version of Krookodile from Emerging Powers has Energy discarding as its main feature and attempts the same kind of mechanic with this Stage 1 version.

Krokorok is an evolving Stage 1 which doesn’t offer much to make waiting on the Stage 2 worthwhile. It has an acceptable 90 HP, a Water Weakness which isn’t a problem right now, but most likely will be in a few week’s time when we get Noble Victories (featuring Kyurem and Cryogonal), and a slightly inconvenient Retreat cost of two. Certainly nothing to get excited about there.

As far as attacks go, Krokorok has the underwhelmingly generic Bite (one Energy of any Colour for 20 damage), and the very expensive Crunch: [F][C][C] to do just 40 damage and get a coin flip for an Energy discard from the Defending Pokémon. Yeah, it’s on-theme with Krookodile EP, but seeing as the Stage 2 gives you the same effect (minus the damage, obviously) in the form of an Ability, there’s nothing to make you want to use Krokorok as an alternative. In fact, even if I was running a fun Energy denial deck with Krookodile EP, I’d stick with Krokorok BW just because it does offer some chance of survival via attack lock if you are forced to have it active. The BW version also has a handy Lightning Resistance which is inexplicably missing from today’s card.

So, plus points to the designers for going with a theme, but minus points when it comes to playability.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (pretty standard for an evolving Stage 1, the only surprise is that the other one is better)

Limited: 2.25 (reasonable HP, cheap attack . . . unexciting, but not terrible at a prerelease)


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