46/101 (Noble Victories)
When the details started leaking from
Japan about the new Generation V
stood out as one of the weirder
concepts. Also its name translated as
‘Death Coffin’. When I saw that, I
thought ‘no way will we ever get that
name in the West’. Apparently, it’s ok
to have extremely disturbing flavour
text (see Yamask,
details), but not Pokémon names, oh no.
So instead we ended up with the
Cofagrigus, a Stage 1 Psychic
Type Pokémon with a standard, easy-to-KO
90 HP, a nice Dark Weakness (for now
only: very little Dark is played at the
moment, but that could well change in
the future), and an abysmal Retreat cost
of three. So far, there doesn’t seem to
be much to recommend it.
When it comes to attack names,
has weirdness covered here too.
(yes, three i’s
. . . seriously) costs [P][C]
and allows you to move all of the damage
counters from one of your Benched
Pokémon to the Defending Pokémon. At
first it seems like there might be some
useful shenanigans to be had involving
and something with a ton of HP (like a
then you think about it and realise that
you would be much better off just using
the Dragon’s Outrage instead because
it’s a) easier to pay for, b) does an
extra 20 damage, and c) you get to use a
high HP Basic instead of a weak Stage 1.
got to spread around the counters
however it liked, things might have been
different; as it is, the attack isn’t
which is a shame because it would have
been fun hearing players trying to
announce it during tournaments.
It’s not like
Cofagrigus has much else to offer
either. Perplex is far too expensive: a
Psychic and two
Colourless for just 30 damage and
I’ll pass on that, just like I’ll pass
on the card. Tune into tomorrow to see
of the other version of this Pokémon in
Noble Victories will be any better.
Modified: 1.5 (doesn’t offer much beyond
an amusing attack name)
Limited: 2 (eh . . . still too weak)
Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we're going to
review one of the new Psychic-types from Noble
Victories. Today's Card of the Day is Cofagrigus #46.
Cofagrigus is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Psychics
aren't all that common right now in Modified, with only
Mew Prime and Gothitelle seeing serious play; however,
with the release of Next Destinies and Mewtwo-EX, the
type will see a major resurgence in popularity. 90 HP is
fairly average for a terminally-evolved Stage 1,
although it's a bit disappointing due to the
high-powered nature of our metagame. Darkness Weakness
isn't so much of a problem right now, as the only
relatively common Darkness-types are the very rare
Zoroark, Hydreigon, and the occasional Absol Prime tech.
To round out the bottom stats, Cofagrigus has no
Resistance, and a huge Retreat Cost of 3, so you'll
probably want to use Switch to move this coffin.
Cofagrigus has two attacks. The strangely named
Damagriiigus allows you to move all of the damage
counters on one of your Benched Pokemon to the
opponent's Active for a Psychic and a Colorless. This
attack can be quite useful against spreaders like Kyurem,
and has great synergy with Reuniclus BW's Damage Swap
Ability. With Damage Swap, you can move whatever damage
your Active Pokemon gets to a Pokemon with high HP (like
Reshiram, Zekrom, or Kyurem) and then Damagriiigus the
damage onto the opponent. Of course, given that
Reuniclus also has very low HP, this could also be
somewhat difficult to set up.
Perplex deals a rather expensive 30 damage for a
Psychic and two Colorless Energy, while also Confusing
the opponent. While Confusion is nice, it's probably not
worth the cost outside of Limited, where it is a very
Modified: 2.5/5 Damagriiigus makes for an interesting
attack, and has potential when paired with Reuniclus.
However, Cofagrigus has very low HP, which is a huge
problem in a format where most things hit for 100 damage
or more regularly. That being said, Cofagrigus can be
incredibly strong in a rogue deck built around it,
especially if you pair it with support Pokemon to play
to its strengths.
Limited: 3/5 Cofagrigus is a solid Stage 1 for
Limited. Perplex is fairly useful in Limited despite its
rather steep cost, and Damagriigus is fairly decent as
well. However, Cofagrigus' low HP once again can let it
down, so be sure to take precautions when using it.
Combos With: Reuniclus BW