Hello again! It's aroramage back again with another
card review for the new Flashfire set! Today we've got
the master of slicing and dicing, Barbaracle! To think
it takes seven Binacle to make this guy! Luckily you
only need the one, but will it be worth it?
Barbaracle has two attacks, one of which is a vanilla
3-Energy Boulder Crush for 80. Not bad, but not great
either, and the fact that all the energy need to be
Fighting limits it greatly. Of course Barbaracle isn't
the kind of guy you play for his Boulder Crush. Nahhh,
you'd want to use his first attack, Rock Rush.
Multipliers can be fun, like with Barbaracle's Rock
Rush. All you need is 2 Fighting Energy attached to him,
and after that, it's just a matter of how much Fighting
Energy you've got in hand. You see for each Fighting
Energy you discard for Rock Rush, it deals 30 damage. So
2 Fighting Energy gives you 60, 3 for 90, and all the
way up to 6 for 180 to KO a Pokemon-EX!!
True to form, though, this is a high-risk attack.
Most of the time you'll have to discard your entire hand
just to deal enough damage for a KO - and that's
provided you're aiming for the KO like you should. You
might be able to combo it with Juniper if you feel like
trying to draw a lot of Fighting Energy, but it's better
to work with Professor's Letter to add 2 at a time and
go for that.
Right now, Barbaracle's just got an attack with
potential that's normally too much to work with, but
with the upcoming Furious Fists expansion bringing with
it some cool Fighting-support in the form of a new
Energy and a damage-increasing Arena, Barbaracle may in
the future have a spot in Fighting decks.
...or maybe it'll just be nice and cozy in your
Modified: 2.5/5 (maybe a 3 when Furious Fists comes
Limited: 3/5 (once again, barring a Pokemon-EX
showing up, you should be...okay)
Arora Notealus: Come at me, bro! I've got claws on
hands for DAYS!!
Weekend Thought: This week we've come across some
cards that make for interesting combinations (notably in
the latter half). What other combos/uses can you come up
with based around these cards?