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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Venusaur EX 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
February xx, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 4.50

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

Venusaur EX (XY) 

Hello and welcome to the post-top 10 comedown here on Pojo’s CotD. We kick off the week with a look at the first Generation I starter to be given the EX treatment: Venusaur EX. 

As you would expect, Venusaur is a Basic Pokémon, boasting a mighty 180 HP. It’s the attacks that make or break a card like Venusaur, though, and unfortunately for fans of this Pokémon, they are pretty uninspired. Poison Powder costs three Energy and rewards you with just 60 damage and automatic Poison (of course), while Jungle Hammer costs a massive four Energy and does 90 damage whilst healing 30 from Venusaur. 

It’s not that these attacks are terrible or anything. Both can two-hit KO another EX (though Poison Powder will need Virbank City Gym). It’s more that they are mediocre, especially when you consider the cost involved. There’s just no real reason to be using Venusaur when you could be crushing your opponents with Darkrai, Rayquaza, Lugia, or Yveltal, just to name a few of the superior EXs . . . 

Or is there? See unlike those other EX Pokémon, the story doesn’t end with Venusaur EX because it can evolve into the very first TCG incarnation of a Mega Pokémon! Will this be any good? Well, that card is up for review tomorrow, so I guess we won’t have long to find out. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (uninspiring . . . apart from the goofy FA artwork, which I love)

Limited: 4.5 (big fat tank that can Poison . . . that’s excellent in this format)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Venusaur EX.

Standard.
I had high hopes for what XY would do for the game. I thought with Mega Evolution we could finally move away from focussing so much on big Basic Pokémon but no… they got around Mega Evolutions being the stars of this generation by making their pre-evolutions big Basic Pokémon EX.
So here we have Basic Venusaur EX. It has 180 HP and it’s a Basic, so that’s ridiculously good, but we’re used to that now. The attacks are ok but quite pricey, but  it can use Double Colorless Energy though so it can begin attacking from turn 2, KOing pretty much any non-EX, non-legendary Pokémon . You don’t play Squirtle because it’s a good Pokémon, you play it because it evolves into Blastoise and Venusaur EX is just the scaled up version of this idea, you wouldn’t play this without M Venusaur EX, there’s better options for Grass type Pokémon EX otherwise.
The huge retreat cost is going to be more of a problem once Lysandre is released and people won’t have to flip a coin to pull this huge lump into your Active position.
As a side note, Poison Powder uses the new “Your opponent’s Active Pokémon” terminology instead of “Defending Pokémon” though both are inexplicably used in this set.

Unlimited 150.
N/A (Banned).

Ratings.
Standard: 3
Unlimited 150: N/A


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