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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Lampent  

- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
April 18, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.38
Limited: 2.00

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: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Lampent (Plasma Storm)

Bit of a strange review today, as we bring you a look at an evolving Stage 1. That’s ok though because the Chandelure line is one of my favourite concepts from Generation V (I know it’s a love-it-or-hate-it thing). There’s also a chance that Chandelure itself may be playable as there is one due in the next set with a pretty neat Energy acceleration Ability.

This Lampent isn’t like Eelektrik NVI – and evolving Stage 1 which you play for its own sake – it’s only going to be used as a way of getting Chandelure into play, and anything beyond it acting as a stand-in when Rare Candy is not available is a bonus. So . . . where do we find our bonus here?

Not in the low 70 HP, that’s for sure. Nor in the Water Weakness and Fire Typing. The attack is very poor too: two Energy for a vanilla 20 damage. The one appealing thing about the card is the Ability, Freefloating, which gives Lampent no retreat cost (instead of the usual one) so long as it doesn’t have any Energy attached. The effect is useful, I guess, and there’s not much reason for attaching to Lampent anyway, so it’s not hard to meet the conditions for Freefloating. I just feel that they could have easily given the card free retreat and had done with it. It’s effectively the same thing is the vast majority of cases (unless Garbodor DRX is around), just less awkward.

Eh, I’d still probably pick Lampent NVI over this one for its cheap Catcher-style attack and extra HP, though having a free retreater floating around in a format full of Hypnotoxic Laser-induced Status effects, couldn’t hurt.

Rating

Modified: 1.75 (I suppose it’s a little better than the average of its kind)

Limited: 2 (the Ability is nice enough, but that’s about it)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Lampent

Lampent is a Stage 1 Fire Pokemon with 70 HP. It is weak to Water and has a retreat cost of 1. It is searchable by Level Ball.

'Freefloating' is an ability that gives Lampent free retreat when it has no Energy attached. I think this ability is kind of wasted on a Pokemon with 1 retreat cost... I'd understand if it had 2 or 3 retreat, but 1 isn't that significant. Maybe in a pinch, but I don't think you want to run a Pokemon assuming you'd be in pinches.

'Will-O-Wisp' costs 1 Fire energy and 1 Colorless energy. It does 20 and that's it. At least Simisear did more for less...

This is not a good card. Plus it's a Stage 1 in a Stage 2 line, so most of the time it'll get skipped because of Rare Candy.

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 2/5
Combos With: ...

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