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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Toxicroak #66

- Boundaries Crossed

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.87
Limited: 3.30

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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Toxicroak (Boundaries Crossed)

Like Shuppet and Dusknoir, as far as I’m concerned, Toxicroak falls into the category of ‘evil Pokémon’. One dead giveaway is that he was the go to Pokémon for Team Galactic, another is that (in the TCG at least), he seems to be all about the sneaky strategies of Poison and Revenge.

This particular version is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokémon with a horribly low 90 HP, Weakness to its own Type, and a decent Retreat cost of one. With stats like that, you know it isn’t durable enough to be a main attacker, so we will have to examine it closely to see if there is any kind of other role it could play in a deck. If it does, it won’t have anything to do with Poison Jab, that’s for sure. It’s a mediocre attack that does 60 damage and Poison for the cost of three Energy. I don’t have much to say about it really . . . it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s a long way short of something you would need or want in a deck these days. The first attack though is somewhat more interesting . . .

For just one Energy of any Colour, Revenge has an unimpressive base damage of 20. However, if you had a Pokémon KO’d by an attack last turn, this will do 90. We’ve already seen the power of 90 damage Revenge attacks that hit popular Pokémon for Weakness: it is that which has made Terrakion NVI the most commonly seen tech for the last year or so, threatening the likes of Darkrai-EX and Zekrom BLW. With its Psychic Typing, Toxicroak is able to pull off the same trick against Mewtwo-EX. Even if it doesn’t survive the next turn . . . well hey, it just managed a 2-for-1 Prize exchange, which is great: there’s nothing much else that’s capable of that against the scary purple cat.

Of course, being a Stage 1 means that it is going to be difficult to surprise your opponent with this strategy (and not get your Coagunk Catched out for the KO), unless you can somehow incorporate Ditto BCR into your list. Already that’s four cards you need (including the Energy), and at this point I’m tempted to forget about Toxi altogether, play my own Mewtwo and just slug it out. However, if Mewtwo (or any Psychic Weak Pokémon) is giving your deck issues, you could do worse than give him a try.

Rating

Modified: 2.5 (reminds me a bit of the Fighting Type Toxicroak G . . . only not as good, obviously)

Limited: 3.75 (Revenge is super here, as is Poison)

he Ability, and the attack is eh, even by limited standards)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing yet another Rare from Boundaries Crossed that could be on the fringes of Modified play. Today's Card of the Day is Toxicroak.
 
Toxicroak is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Commonly played Psychics right now are Mewtwo and occasionally Sigilyph, and given the popularity of the former, Toxicroak is going to have to have some impressive attributes to get it to see play. 90 HP is standard for a Stage 1, and Toxicroak should be able to take a weak, unboosted hit before being Knocked Out (although it's worth noting that there are many Pokemon that easily deal 90 damage commonly played in Modified). Psychic Weakness is a problem against the aforementioned Mewtwo-EX and Sigilyph; no Resistance is what we've come to expect; and a Retreat Cost of 1 is easily paid and won't set you back too much in a bind.
 
The Toxic Mouth Pokemon has two attacks, Revenge and Poison Jab. Revenge is very similar to Terrakion NVI's Retaliate, dealing 20 damage for a single Colorless Energy, but doing 70 more if any of your Pokemon were Knocked Out last turn. 90 damage for a single Energy is pretty good, and with this, Toxicroak can "revenge-kill" an undamaged Mewtwo-EX, provided the Mewtwo doesn't have Eviolite attached. However, given that Toxicroak is a Stage 1 with a relatively low HP score, you're probably better off sticking with Terrakion and winning Mewtwo-EX wars the old fashioned way.
 
Poison Jab is Toxicroak's second attack, doing 60 damage and automatically Poisoning for a Psychic and two Colorless. While Poison is going to be good eventually (whenever Virbank City Gym is released), 60 damage for three Energy is still too expensive for the damage output. Therefore, when using Toxicroak, you'll probably want to stick to using Revenge most of the time.
 
Modified: 1.75/5 Toxicroak is definitely usable in Modified as a revenge-killer, however the Toxic Mouth Pokemon's low HP and Stage 1 status bring it down. While it can deal quite a bit of damage for cheap, Toxicroak's 90 HP means that it just won't survive against the likes of many commonly-played Pokemon. Therefore, if you're looking for a revenge artist, you're likely better off sticking with Terrakion.
 
Limited: 3.5/5 Toxicroak is a solid choice for Limited. Revenge does a lot of work in this format, as 20 for a single Energy isn't bad on its own, but 90 for one is quite amazing. While Poison Jab is still pretty expensive on a Pokemon with 90 HP, it can also work quite nicely here too. Overall, Toxicroak is a good addition to most decks running Psychic.

Jebulous Maryland Player

Toxicroak is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon with 90 HP.  It is weak to Psychic and has a retreat cost of 1.  It is searchable by Level Ball.
 
'Revenge' costs 1 energy and does 20 damage.  If any of your Pokemon were Knocked Out last turn, it does 90 instead.  So it is exactly like Terrakion and Bouffalant, except 2 major differences.  The first, is that it costs 1 energy.  The other guys needed a Fighting and an energy, or 2 energy.  So it's huge that it only costs 1 energy.  The second difference, Toxicraok is a Stage 1.  This is what kills this card (that and its Type).  The great thing about Terrakion is that you hand throw it down that turn and power it up.  With Toxicroak, you have to evolve it.  This slows it down considerably, as well as tells your opponent what you plan on doing.  Plus they can always catcher up Croagunk and Knock it out.
 
'Poison Jab' costs 1 Psychic and 2 colorless energy.  It does 60 and Poisons.  Not that great of an attack, seeing how Poison doesn't scare anyone right now.
 
I really wanted to play this card.  I guess it's because of the the artwork (because I know nothing about the Pokemon).  Sadly, it isn't competitive.  Especially it being a Psychic.  It can only take advantage of OHKOing Mewtwo EX with 'Retaliate'.  Another thing that makes Terrakion good is that it hits Dark Pokemon for weakness.  Why run Toxicroak when you can counter Mewtwo with Mewtwo?  There isn't really a card that can counter a Darkrai like Terrakion.
 
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 2.5/5
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