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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Furfrou  

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 12, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.25
Limited: 3.75

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

Fufrou (XY) 

Fufrou might be a brand new Pokémon, but his debut in the TCG is enough to give you a severe case of déjŕ vu. He’s a Colourless Basic Pokémon with an Ability (Fur Coat) that reduces damage done to him by 20 and an attack which costs three Energy. Sounds familiar? Yep, Bouffalant DEX comes immediately to mind. 

Bouffalant DRX continues to see a decent amount of play as a solid weapon against EX decks (which is most decks), so will Fufrou get the same treatment? Probably not. Although his Energy Cutoff attack has a higher base damage (80 as opposed to 60), and gives you a coin flip for an Energy discard, you are much more likely to want Bouffalant on your side of the Field as his Gold Beaker hits EX Pokémon for a much more impressive 120. Factor in a Muscle Band and Laser/Virbank and you can actually OHKO a 170 HP EX with Bouffalant, and that is something you can never achieve with Fufrou. The extra 10 HP Bouffalant has can also make a practical difference: for example only one of these cards is KO’d in one hit by a Darkrai EX/Dark Claw combination. 

If it seems like this review is more about Bouffalant than it is Fufou, that’s kind of unavoidable. The design of the new card makes the comparison inevitable, and it is not a comparison that works out in Fufrou’s favour. Put him in your binder, keep calm, and carry on using the Afro Bull. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (Bouffalant has a better hairstyle as well)

Limited: 3.75 (Decent Colourless Basics are always more than useful deck filler in limited)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150
Furfrou.

Standard.
This card looks awfully familiar… yep, it’s almost another Bouffalant (Dragons Exalted)!

Bouffalant has seen some play combined with Eviolite to get a fairly impressive -40 damage for itself. Furfrou can do the same, now with the more versatile Hard Charm. What it comes down to is the difference in their 3 Energy attacks. Bouffalant’s Gold Breaker attack does double damage vs an EX but doesn’t deal with most EXs very effectively as most can survive the 120 damage. Depending on who hit first, If they can’t 1 hit Bouffalant it will almost certainly be able to 2 hit KO them though. Furfrou’s attack has a higher base damage but an unreliable effect, discarding an Energy on a coin flip. While this can be effective (especially combined with Hammer Items) I think I’d personally rather go with the certain effect of Bouffalant over the risk of Furfrou.

Unlimited 150.
Everything said in the Standard review is still true here except one thing, Pokémon EX generally have much lower HP here. This means Bouffalant can get a 1 hit KO with Gold Breaker much more reliably than in Standard, making it the definite superior of the 2. If you really like Furfrou though, there are reasons to use it, such as in an Energy denial deck. It also gets even more support in the form of Drake’s Stadium which can combine with Furfrou’s Ability and Hard Charm to give a whopping -50 damage! Damage output, like maximum HP is a little lower in this format so tanking with Furfrou is a much more viable option here!

Ratings.
Standard: 2.5
Unlimited 150: 3


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