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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Shuckle  

- Legendary Treasures

Date Reviewed:
January 21, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.25

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

Shuckle (Legendary Treasures) 

Whatever you think about Legendary Treasure being mostly made up of reprints and not very playable new cards, it’s hard to deny that it contains some of the most adorable artwork the game has ever seen. Cards that depict multiple Pokémon have always been pretty rare and this set is full of some great ones: take this Shuckle for instance, which seems to feature them sharing their berry juice with a happy Emolga. Cutemon overload, for sure. 

Does the card itself live up to the picture? Of course not. Shuckle is an unevolving Basic with 80 HP and two attacks of questionable usefulness. The first, Share, heals 40 damage from a Benched Pokémon. Not horrible for the price of a single Grass Energy, but not especially valuable either. I can think of ways to heal damage that don’t involve using up attacks or giving away easy Prizes (Potion, Max Potion, Pokémon Centre). The offensive attack, Double Stab, is just a bit of nonsense filler really, as no-one is going to put three Energy on a Shuckle so they can have two ‘tails fails’ coinflips for 40 damage each. 

The artwork makes you want to play Shuckle, but everything else about the card yells ‘don’t even think about it!’ 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (would be nice to have a card that was both cute and playable)

Limited: 2.5 (Share is mildly useful in this format)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Shuckle

 

Modified:

Well, not much to say about this little guy. Double Stab is a generic coin flip damage attack so I suppose the main attraction is Share. If you need to heal your Pokemon though, you're much better off using a Trainer card like Potion rather than using up an Energy and an attack and most likely, a prize.

On the plus side, it has really cute art and finally shows us Shuckle sharing the juice it makes in its shell, something we've been told about in Pokedex entries for years but never depicted on a card.

 

Unlimited 150:

Same as Modified but amplified here, so many better options for Basic Grass Pokemon and healing effects. Shuckle really needs an impenetrable brick wall of a card at some point to better represent its in-game counterpart.

 

Ratings.

Modified: 1

Limited: 2

Unlimited 150: 1


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