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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Hariyama  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 24, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.25

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

Hariyama (Plasma Freeze) 

Hello and welcome to another week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. There’s still plenty of stuff to cover from the Plasma Freeze set, so let’s get going. 

We kick off with Hariyama, a Pokémon that feels like it hasn’t had a card in ages – certainly not a good one anyway. This one has 120 HP, which is pretty solid for a Stage 1 Pokémon (though of course we have non-EX Basics that have more!), Weakness to Psychic (not a disaster), and a heavy Retreat cost of three. Nothing there that will either make or break the card. 

Hariyama’s first attack is Fake Out. For a Fighting and a Colourless Energy, you get 30 damage and a coin flip for Paralysis. Now Paralysis is a very nice Status Condition as it will lock an opponent who doesn’t have a Switching card or a Keldeo-EX handy, but combined with a coin flip and a low damage output, it isn’t anything more than a means of hopefully buying a turn when you don’t have anything better to use. Add another Fighting Energy, and you get to use Pivot Throw. This is slightly more impressive as it does 90 damage: enough to OHKO a Darkrai-EX or a Thundurus-EX due to Weakness, and two-shot most other EX Pokémon. Unfortunately, it comes with an unnecessary drawback: during your opponent’s next turn, damage to Hariyama is increased by 20. 

This card really didn’t need that downside. It’s not as if it is particularly difficult to KO anyway for most decks, and that’s really the problem. A three Energy Stage 1 is a relatively big investment these days, and if it can’t stay on the Field more than a turn, it is not really a very efficient use of those resources. It’s not as if Hariyama is an especially bad card, both of its attacks can do something decent . . . it’s just pretty mediocre and a lot less viable than other Fighting Pokémon such as Landorus-EX and Terrakion NVI. When better Pokémon exist, then there is no reason to be playing a card like this. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (a very ordinary Stage 1)

Limited: 3.25 (solid enough, and Fake Out is worth taking a chance on)


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