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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Delphox  

- Kalos Starter Set

Date Reviewed:
February 4, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.5
Limited: 2.0

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

Delphox (Kalos Starter Set) 

If you’re like me and want to blast through the early stages of a new Pokémon game, then you probably pick the Fire Type starter too, which in this case means (eventually) using Delphox. Fire can usually be counted on to have the speed and power to make the first couple of Gyms a piece of cake. 

I wouldn’t be in such a hurry to use this card, though. Like yesterday’s Chesnaught, what we have here is a very vanilla Stage 2 that doesn’t even try and convince you that it is worth playing. I mean, seriously . . . look at the attacks. 

Will-O-Wisp is actually annoying me because it is a straight vanilla two Energy for 30 damage attack. How hard would it have been to include a coin flip for Burn? Y’know, just to make it a bit more like the video game version of the attack. Fire Blast is just the typical generic big Fire attack. Decent, but not great, damage (120), for too high a cost (four Energy), plus a discard. We’ve seen similar things on all the big Fire Pokémon before and they are nothing to get excited about. Yes, Emboar LTR can help with the Energy costs, but that would just be a waste considering the many better alternatives. 

If you can wait one whole day until the proper XY set is officially released, then you can get an interesting and potentially useful Delphox to play with. Meanwhile let’s just quietly pretend that this one doesn’t exist. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (takes an exciting new Pokémon and makes it boring)

Limited: 2 (still not worth the bother)


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Intro to
Unlimited 150

Delphox.

Modified.
Any Fire type Pokémon that simply wishes to attack is forever going to get compared to Reshiram (B&W) now. Does Delphox pass the Reshiram test? Only just, it beats it by 10 HP at least but its attacks are overall worse. It requires 1 more energy than Reshiram for their second attack but 1 less discard for the now fairly standard 120 damage, I wouldn’t want to invest 4 energy on this Pokemon . Reshiram was available in a starter deck and has been reprinted numerous times, so any new player wanting to play a Fire deck should probably go for that easily obtained Basic Pokémon over buying this Stage 2’s starter deck.

Unlimited 150.
In this format the “Reshiram test” is a little more in Delphox’s favour as Reshiram is counted as an ex and is worth 2 prizes when knocked out whereas Delphox remains a regular Pokémon. 4 energy still remains a little steep but you can stream 120 damage with just manual energy attachments whereas Reshiram requires additional support. The other Delphox from XY provides the deck with a decent draw engine in the same Pokémon line and a solid attacker too. Given the quality of the XY Delphox and the overall OK-ness of the starter set version, Delphox probably only needs 1 more really good version to make a decent deck.

Ratings:
Modified: 1.5
Unlimited 150: 2


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