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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Rhyperior

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 16, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

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

Rhyperior (XY) 

Yesterday’s card was a weak Pokémon with cheap attacks that were better than they seem. Today’s is in complete contrast to that: Rhyperior is all about the big numbers. Unfortunately they don’t do it much good and it is substantially less playable than Gourgeist. 

What do I mean by big numbers? Well 160 HP is impressive even for a Stage 2; the retreat cost is huge; and Rock Blast is one of those ‘flip for each Energy attached’ attacks that people like to mention when trying to work out which Pokémon can do the most damage (not including ‘infinity’ flip attacks). Thing is that Fighting has no real acceleration and committing huge resources to a coin flip attack is not a smart play, so it’s just not a very attractive attack to use in an actual game. 

Rock Wrecker can boast a high damage output too at 130, but even that isn’t as impressive as it sounds. The cost of four Energy hurts, and the ‘no Weakness, no Resistance’ clause is bad too as one of the main reasons for playing a Fighting Pokémon at all is to hit popular Fighting-Weak Pokémon like Darkrai and Thundurus. Oh, and you can’t use Rock Wrecker on consecutive turns either, just to make the whole deal a little worse. 

Note to card designers: Pokémon only need drawbacks to balance them when they are good in the first place. That doesn’t really apply to Rhyperior. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (all talk and no action)

Limited: 1.5 (not worth the effort)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Rhyperior.

Unlimited 150 review.
Rhyperior hasn’t had many cards since its first appearance back in Diamond and Pearl and only the LV.X is particularly interesting, mainly for its combo applications with Mew Prime in Unlimited. This new Rhyperior doesn’t change anything; Huge HP but bad attacks and Retreat cost. The first attack requires coin flips to do anything and nothing impressive enough at low Energy to combo with Fliptini. The second attack cripples it for a turn, really not what you want from a Stage 2! There’s a bit of a milling theme going on with a few this Pokémon’s cards but this new version doesn’t enhance this idea and instead provides us with another ineffective beater. The best thing this card can do is Level Up.

Rating: 1 (Nice HP, everything else is terrible…)


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