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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Cofagrigus #46

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 18, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.00

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:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Cofagrigus 46/101 (Noble Victories)

When the details started leaking from Japan about the new Generation V Pokémon, Cofagrigus 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, Cubone, and Drifloon for details), but not Pokémon names, oh no.

So instead we ended up with the oddly-named 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, Cofagrigus has weirdness covered here too. Damagriiigus (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 Reuniclus BW and something with a ton of HP (like a Reshiram, Zekrom, or Kyurem), but 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. If Damagriiigus got to spread around the counters however it liked, things might have been different; as it is, the attack isn’t much use, 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 Confusion? Bleh, 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.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (doesn’t offer much beyond an amusing attack name)

Limited: 2 (eh . . . still too weak)

virusyosh

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 solid attack.

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


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