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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Butterfree

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
June 11, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.50
Limited: 2.75

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

Butterfree 

I definitely have a soft spot for this Pokémon, seeing as he featured in the most moving and emotional episode of the anime ever (‘Bye Bye Butterfree’). We haven’t seen him in the TCG for a while now, so let’s hope his comeback is a good one. 

You can’t really talk about Butterfree without mentioning his pre-evolutions and their Adaptive Evolution Ability which means that they can evolve on the turn they are put into play (including the first turn). Put simply, if you have the whole evolution line in hand, you can go from Caterpie to Butterfree in one turn . . . even on turn one. It’s like having a built-in Broken Time-Space. Now this is obviously amazing . . . imagine if you could do it with Empoleon or Delphox . . . but unsurprisingly, it is balanced by the fact that Butterfree is a pretty terrible card. Quiver Dance may allow him to accelerate some Energy and heal himself, but what is the pay off? Gust, which does 70 points of utterly vanilla damage. Even if Butterfree was a Basic, he would be virtually unusable. 

So, is there any hope for him at all? Well, there is the combination with Miltank FLF. A first turn Butterfree can also mean a first turn Miltank hitting for 80 damage (or more if you have Muscle Band or Silver Bangle). The deck obviously has a pretty serious damage cap and no real secondary attacker to speak of, but it’s fun and fast enough to deserve some play, even if it’s only at a casual or league level. 

Rating 

Modified: 2.5 (the card itself is rubbish, but Miltank and the pre-evos make it into something half-decent)

Limited: 2.75 (your biggest problem is pulling enough of the right cards) 


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150
Butterfree.
Unlimited 150 review.
 
Other than having more HP than any other Butterfree ever, there’s not really anything spectacular about this card in U150. In Standard, its rapidly evolving lower stages make it somewhat interesting to aid Miltank but you could play better Stage 2s in either format.
 
Butterfree has never been as lucky in the TCG as its Generation 1 partner bug, Beedrill. This card is the same, it doesn’t really do much. Using an attack for Quiver Dance would be good on a Basic but not a Stage 2. Once you have got 3 energy on it you still only get 70 damage for your trouble.

Rating: 2 (Unimpressive card in a poorly supported evolution line.)


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