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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Gyarados #24

Dragons Exalted

Date Reviewed: Oct. 23, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.33

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
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Gyarados (Dragons Exalted)

Today we are taking a look at the ‘Atrocious Pokémon’ Gyarados. In what sense will the card be atrocious though? ‘Horrifyingly wicked’ (like Gyarados SF) or ‘very poor quality’ (like . . . errr . . . almost every other Gyarados)?

With Gyarados, you know you will get two things: great HP for a Stage 1 (in this case 130), and a horribly weak Basic Magikarp which is pretty much a liability from the moment it hits the table (not to mention easy prey for an extra Prize from Darkrai-EX’s Night Spear). The Water typing isn’t so great at the moment as it hits nothing really playable for Weakness (until Landorus-EX makes an appearance), and while Eelektrik decks seem to have shifted away from Zekrom and towards Rayquaza, being Lightning Weak still isn’t ideal. Finally that retreat cost of three is a bit off-putting, but with most decks running multiple Switch these days so it shouldn’t be that big an issue.

All fairly standard for Gyarados so far, but what will make or break the card is the attacks . . . and they are disappointingly vanilla. One Water and two Energy of any Colour means you can use Sharp Fang for a less than mediocre 60 damage. Add another Energy to the cost and Swing Around will do that same 60, plus give you two coin flips for another 30 damage each. Even with the best possible outcome (120 for 4 Energy), Gyarados does not seem to be worth the trouble of the Weak Basic and the multiple Energy attachments (though it can use DCE).

It’s hard to say too much about the card to be honest. It’s not laughably bad, but at the same time there nothing there of any interest, and it falls miles short of being competitive. It feels like the typical filler card, designed without much effort and destined to end up in the binder without a second look. I can’t even say its ‘atrocious’ in any sense . . . it’s just there, being all average and dull.

Rating

Modified: 1.5 (classic set filler)

Limited: 3.5 (solid HP, can fit into most decks)

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're back to looking at a Dragons Exalted card, and this one is a new version of a fan favorite. Today's Card of the Day is Gyarados.
 
Gyarados is a Stage 1 Water Pokemon. Water Pokemon aren't so common right now, but that's expected to change with the release of Blastoise and Keldeo-EX in Boundaries Crossed: that being said, most Water-types are going to have to have some way to deal with the common Lightning-types in the format, as they will usually pose a problem. 130 HP is very good for a Stage 1, meaning that Gyarados can probably take a medium-sized hit or two before going down. Lightning Weakness is a problem against Zekrom and friends, although admittedly Lightning-types are seeing a bit less play due to the emergence of Rayquaza-EX. Rounding out the bottom stats, Gyarados disappointingly has no Resistance, as well as a very large Retreat Cost of 3.
 
This version of the Atrocious Pokemon has two attacks. Sharp Fang does 60 damage for a Water and two Colorless, which is very mediocre. This attack will deal solid damage in Limited, but there are generally much better options in Modified to can deal more than 60 damage for three Energy. Swing Around is a variation of a flip attack for a Water and three Colorless, starting off at 60 damage and flipping two coins, dealing 30 more damage for each heads. Due to the unreliable nature of this attack, you'll probably average about 90 damage, which once again will be decent in Limited, but not in Modified. Overall, Gyarados's attacks are too expensive for their damage output for Modified, but can be very solid, if not great, in Limited.
 
Modified: 1.5/5 Gyarados has decent HP, but everything else is pretty bad for this format. Lightning Weakness is definitely a big problem, and neither of Gyarados's attacks are very good. Be sure to go for other options.
 
Limited: 4/5 On the other hand, Gyarados is great for Limited. 130 HP is once again excellent for a Stage 1, and Lightning Weakness isn't such a huge problem here. Also, both Sharp Fang and Swing Around are fairly expensive, but they have very relaxed Energy requirements, only requiring one Water Energy each. This allows them to fit easily in any deck running a few Water Energy without having to be overly reliant. Once again, Gyarados is a solid addition to any Limited deck running Water.

Jebulous Maryland Player

Gyarados
 
Gyarados is a Stage 1 Water Pokemon with 130 HP.  It is weak to Lightning and has a retreat cost of 3.  It is searchable by Heavy Ball.
 
'Sharp Fang' costs 1 Water and 2 colorless energy.  It does 60 damage.
 Once again, the damage output isn't worth it.  There are so many Basics with attacks that do a lot more for 3 energy (and they have effects).  It should either costs less or do more.
 
'Swing Around' costs 1 Water and 3 colorless energy.  It does 60 plus
30 more for each heads you flip (2 flips).  So you will be averaging
90 damage with the attack.  This is what 'Sharp Fang' should have been.  4 energies for a flippy 90 is definitely not worth it.
 
Gyarados just takes way too much energy to do anything.  By the time you power it up, it'll be gone (at least a smart player would target it).  With 130 HP, it won't last long (2 hits if you are lucky).
Lightning weakness is not something you want to have now either.
 
It's a shame this card isn't good, I've always liked Gyarados.  Maybe one day, right?
 
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 2.5/5
Combos With:  ...
 
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