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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Vanilluxe  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 9, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 2.38

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Vanilluxe (Plasma Freeze) 

Today we take a look at one of my favourite Pokémon: Vanilluxe. It’s just such a goofy concept that you can’t help liking it. 

Vanilluxe also has a pretty goofy-named attack: ChillMAX. This costs one Colourless Energy and gives you a coin flip for each Energy attached to the Pokémon. For each heads you then get to do a massive 60 damage. We’ve seen attacks of this type before (notably Darmanitan NEX), and they obviously combo with any form of Energy acceleration (including Double Colourless), plus Victory Star Victini to re-do the flips if necessary. It’s a fun and risky way to play, with three heads gettting you the OHKO on practically anything, but there are two big downsides to attacks like this: firstly there is the possibility of failure and a wasted attack; and secondly, when the Pokémon is KO’d it takes a lot of your Energy down with it, leaving you in a potentially bad position. 

And that’s a pretty serious drawback, especially when you consider that Vanilluxe is a Stage 2 with 130 HP. This means that it takes a lot of resources to get out and certainly isn’t safe from being OHKO’d thanks to all the powerful Pokémon that dominate the format. It isn’t even as if you will get much use out of the second attack either: Cold Breath does just 40 for two Energy and gives you a flip for sleep. 

In the end, Vanilluxe is a fun Pokémon that could be amusing to try out in a casual setting. But for tournaments? Keep him in the fridge. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (yeah, KOing an EX with ChillMAX is fun, but . . . )

Limited: 2.75 (fairly playable due to the cheap attacks) 


Ness
Two-Time World Champion
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Vanilluxe
 
Gaining some strength from the fact that it can easily be paired with Double Freeze Vanilluxe, this also 130 HP Stage 2 pairs works well with Double Colorless Energy and Victini (Noble Victories, Victory Star) to gain the capability of one-hit KO'ing even 180 HP EXes. Of course, you'll still need a decent amount of energy (at least 4-5) before you have a reasonable chance of landing 180+ damage, so don't get too excited.
 
Modified: 3/5
Limited: 2/5


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