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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Krookodile  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
June 25, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified:
Limited:

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

Krookodile (Plasma Freeze) 

I get the feeling that Krookodile is one of those Pokémon that people really want to be good yet, despite getting some interesting cards, he never really makes the grade. A lot of that is down to the fact that he is a Stage 2 Pokémon in a format where a Stage 2 has to be really special to be worth the deck space and resources it demands. 

This Krookodile is a Dark Type, so there is some support available via Dark Patch and Dark Claw, for Energy acceleration and damage boosting respectively. The 140 HP is decent, but hardly infallible protection from OHKOs with Hypnotoxic Laser and Deoxys-EX around, but at least the Fighting Weakness isn’t quite as bad as it has been in the recent past. Psychic Resistance won’t come into play much, but it’s better than nothing, while the retreat cost of three mandates the inclusion of switching Trainers in your deck. 

When it comes to attacks, Krookodile has a couple of options. The first, Piston Headbutt, is competitively priced at one Dark Energy and for that you get 30 damage and an effect which allows you to move an Energy from the Defending Pokémon to a Benched Pokémon. Unfortunately, this is mandatory so it could end up helping an opponent if you use Piston Headbutt to knock something out. Most of the time though, it is a cute little disruptive effect that can set an opponent back a bit more than you would think by shifting the Energy to a non-attacker like, say, Blastoise or Garbodor. However, this kind of low damage trickery is not what you would play an offensive Stage 2 for. Really, they would need a huge cheap attack to be even worth considering. 

Unfortunately, Krookodile doesn’t have anything of the kind. All it has to offer besides Piston Headbutt is Hammer In: an attack which does 80 points of vanilla damage for three Energy. That’s not even a two-hit KO on an EX without some kind of assistance, and that just isn’t good enough. Despite the fact that I quite like the first attack, there is nothing on this card to be worth making room for. It’s binder only, I’m afraid. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (even some of the other Krookodiles are better than this)

Limited: 2.5 (not the worst Stage 2, but it doesn’t really repay the difficulty of getting it on the Field)


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