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Garbodor #49

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.87

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

Garbodor 49/101 (Noble Victories)

I’ve probably said too many times already that I really like the new Gen V Pokémon. There’s always an exception to the rule though, and this is it. Garbodor isn’t funny or cute, it’s just gross. Did we really need something that was a bit like Muk only 10 times more disgusting?

Oh well, I’m sure I can learn to live with it if the TCG card is good . . .

Garbodor is a Stage 1 Psychic Type Pokémon with a reasonable 100 HP. Actually, it’s not all that reasonable – it will still get KO’d by the format’s big hitters just as easily as, say, Cinccino. Like most Psychic Pokémon (except the ones that are really Ghosts in the video game), it’s Weak to its own Type. The only Psychic Pokémon that gets much play right now is Chandelure NV, but that is getting more than enough play to make Garbodor an unattractive choice. The Retreat cost of three is similarly bad.

When it comes to attacks, Garbodor has a couple of tricks up its sleeve, but they really don’t amount to much. Gentle Wrap costs [P][C], does 30 damage, and prevents the Defending Pokémon from Retreating. Retreat lock is a useful effect, but when combined with low damage output on a low HP Pokémon, it isn’t all that attractive. Compare Druddigon, a Basic which can perform the same lock, do 60 damage and has a built in Rocky Helmet: a far superior card to Garbodor, but even so, it’s not something you see much (or at all) at the top tables in tournaments. The second attack, Gunk Shot (ewwwww), is just as mediocre really. Two Psychic and one Colourless Energy for 60 damage and Poison? It would be hard enough to keep Garbodor alive long enough to attach three Energy, so you would definitely want more reward than that.

At a time when everyone is looking again at every Psychic Pokémon in the format, desperate to find something that will counter the forthcoming Mewtwo EX, I’m pretty sure that we can do better than this pile of rubbish.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (no me gusta)

Limited: 2.75 (decent HP and Status Conditions make it ok-ish here)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're continuing our reviews of Noble Victories with Garbodor.

Garbodor is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Psychics aren't so common right now, but with the release of Next Destinies just around the corner, expect the type to see a huge surge in popularity upon the release of Mewtwo-EX and possibly Gardevoir. 100 HP is in a somewhat awkward range for Modified, as the value is enough to take a weak hit or two, but isn't enough to stand up against the metagame's most prominent threats, though it should be more serviceable in Limited. Psychic Weakness is bad against the aforementioned Mewtwo, but also the rare Mew Prime and Gardevoir. Garbodor also has no Resistance and an unfortunately large Retreat Cost of 3, so you'd better use Switch to move the garbage bag from the Active slot.

Garbodor has two attacks. Gentle Wrap deals 30 damage for a Psychic and a Colorless while also preventing the opponent from retreating during your opponent's next turn. While too expensive for the damage output in Modified, the attack is decent in Limited. Gunk Shot does 60 damage and automatically Poisons the opponent for two Psychic and a Colorless. Once again, the damage output is middling at best for Modified, but can be highly useful in Limited, as Special Conditions are often good in that format.

Modified: 1.5/5 Garbodor's HP is too low for Modified, and its attacks don't do enough damage to make any sort of impact.

Limited: 3/5 Garbodor is decent in Limited. Gentle Wrap is still rather weak, but can be good against a weak opponent to ensure a KO. Gunk Shot should do quite well in the format as 60 damage is pretty good for Limited, and the automatic Poison will slowly whittle down at the Defending Pokemon's HP until it is easily in KO range. Unfortunately, 100 HP still isn't all that much and a high Retreat Cost could make things difficult, but Garbodor is definitely usable in a Limited Psychic deck.


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