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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Bouffalant #110 - Dragons Exalted

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.67
Limited: 3.67

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: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Bouffalant (Dragons Exalted)

Bouffalant! Like Tauros, only with a cool 70s style afro! He’s a pretty nice Pokémon and his BLW card brought us a decent revenge killer. Can this tradition continue with the new set?

Well, as you would expect, Bouffalant is a Colourless, non-Evolving Basic Pokémon with a decent 100 HP. The Weakness to Fighting isn’t the best as Terrakion (in both EX and non-EX flavours) is still a thing. The Retreat cost is a bit of a downside as well: two Energy means that Bouffalant is both a pain to Retreat and not searchable with Heavy Ball.

Now that’s out of the way, we can start looking at the things that do make Bouffalant a good card. For a start there is weirdly-named Bouffer Ability (the Japanese called it ‘Afro Guard’ which is so much better). This should be familiar to anyone who remembers Donphan Prime’s Exoskeleton as it is exactly the same: it reduces any damage Bouffalant takes from attacks by 20. Any damage-reduction effect is extremely useful in Pokémon, often leaving your opponent either short of the KO, or forced to spend extra resources (such as PlusPower) to get the job done. With an Eviolite attached, Bouffalant can reduce damage taken by 40 points per turn, making him very hard to deal with in a single attack.

But there’s more to Bouffalant than just defence. For three Energy of any Colour you also get Gold Breaker (no, I don’t know why it’s called that either). This attack does just 60 damage under normal circumstances (which is very mediocre), but if the Defending Pokémon is an EX, that is doubled to 120. Nice. More than enough to 2HKO any EX, regardless of Eviolite or Giant Cape.

Put it all together and you have a nice little weapon against all the big bad EX Pokémon. Bouffer makes it a two-shot KO for anything non-Fighting or non-Rayquaza EX, while Gold Breaker means that he can exchange KOs very effectively, taking two Prizes for the one which he gives up. I suspect that in the end, this Bouffalant will be used in much the same way as his BLW cousin – as a situational tech that can tilt the Prize exchange in your favour when played at the right time. Colourless Energy costs mean he can fit in just about anywhere too. Bouffalant is by no means an auto-inclusion in most decks, but don’t be surprised to see him popping up here and there at tournaments.

Rating

Modified: 3.25 (useful card to have in an EX format)

Limited: 3.75 (splashable, durable, and handy if your opponent was lucky enough to pull an EX)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Bouffalant
 
Bouffalant is a Basic Colorless Pokemon with 100 HP.  It has a weakness to Fighting and a retreat cost of 2.
 
'Bouffer' is an ability that reduces any damage from attacks by 20.
So he has a built in Eviolite.  So it will take 120 to OHKO it, which isn't that hard (Zekrom can do it).  Darkrai EX and Registeel EX won't be big fans of this guy because their 30 damage outputs will be reduced to 10, making it take even longer to knock out Bouffalant.
 
'Gold Breaker' costs 3 Colorless energy and does 60 damage.  If the Defending Pokemon is an EX, it does 120.  More damage against an EX is good, but 120 isn't exactly take them out (except poor lil' ol' Mew EX).
 
The impression I am getting is that people will tech this card rather than have him being a main part of the deck.  The Colorless costs make that easy to do.  The problem I run into is, I don't think it's that great of a card.  It can't easily be searched for, except Emolga and Ultra Ball.  While 120 is a lot, it won’t OHKO an EX.  It'll take 2 turns to KO the EX, which you might not have.  And when you run into a big non-EX Pokemon, it will take even longer to knock out (3 turns for Garchomp or Hydreigon).
 
I could be missing something, but right now my opinion of this card is that it is decent tech.  Compared to Sigilyph, it is more versatile.
The cost is easier to pay and the ability protects from all attacks.
 
Modified: 4/5
Limited: 3.5/5
Combo's With: ...
 
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