Today we look at an evolving Stage 1 from the XY set.
With this type of Pokémon, there are really two
questions you have to answer: is the Stage 2 worth
using, and does the Stage 1 help it in any way?
Well, the Stage 2 is Conkeldurr,
and neither the PLS nor the XY version that we looked at
last week have that much to offer. The XY one has a nice
low cost attack, but nothing to really persuade you to
suffer the inconvenience of running an evolution. But
supposing you really want to try it, or maybe somewhere
down the line we get a good
Conkeldurr: is it worth using this
Gurdurr as opposed to
skipping the Stage 1 entirely with the help of Rare
In a word, no.
With 90 HP and two unimpressive attacks, the only reason
why you would include this card in a
Conkeldurr deck is because
you feared Item Lock (Trevenant
XY and Dragonite PLF, I
guess) enough to want a hedge against it or because it
offered another route to the Stage 2 if you ran out of
Candy or wanted to use it for something else.
This Gurdurr is sadly
typical of its kind: it’s not a strong Pokémon, it
doesn’t assist its evolution in any way, and it doesn’t
bring anything different to the table. You would only
run it because you felt you had to, never because you
Modified: 1.25 (another anonymous Stage 1)
Limited: 2 (barely mediocre)