Wigglytuff #90 (XY)
Yep, there are two Wigglytuff in XY, and we end the week
with a look at the second one. Normally when you get two
versions of the same Pokémon in a set, one turns out to
be obviously better than the other. Right now though, I
am struggling to see which Wigglytuff was supposed to be
the ‘good’ one.
Balloon Barrage is one of those attacks that increases
its damage for every Energy you attach to the Pokémon.
In theory, this means that Wigglytuff has the power to
OHKO everything. In theory, you also have Aromatisse XY
to move as much Energy as you need on to Wigglytuff.
However, just how much Energy do you really want to
invest in a 100 HP Stage 1 Pokémon? If you answered
‘none’, then you are correct because whatever you attach
to Wigglytuff will almost certainly be lost next turn
when it gets KO’d. Of course, piling Energy on
isn’t the smartest idea these days with Yveltal EX
around. Double-Edge pretty much causes the same problem
with its triple Energy requirement, and although it has
the magic 90 damage needed to two-hit KO an EX, it isn’t
likely that Wigglytuff will be around to finish the job
– especially as the attack self-damages.
Low HP Stage 1s are not especially playable right now,
and that goes double for low HP Stage 1s that need a lot
of Energy to attack. This Wigglytuff is cute and has
some nice artwork so at least he won’t ruin the look of
Modified: 1.5 (doesn’t even have an amusing attack name)
Limited: 2.25 (eh, use it if you have nothing better)
Today’s Wigglytuff comes from the Japanese XY
starter decks and as such is a little bit less
impressive than yesterday’s version. Up until just a few
years ago, a guaranteed 90 damage from a Stage 1 for
just 3 Energy would be unheard of but today it just
doesn’t cut it, especially with the recoil damage. It
can 2 hit KO everything but Mega Pokémon but I don’t see
it sticking around long enough to get the second hit in.
The first attack isn’t bad, letting Wigglytuff do decent
damage at 1, 2 and 3 Energy but with Mewtwo EX and
Yveltal EX just begging you to pile Energy on your
little Fairy, aiming for any higher number isn’t wise.
Again, much better news for Wigglytuff in this
format! For a non-EX Stage 1 its stats are quite
impressive and it’s one of the better Wigglytuff
available. When your opponent’s set up a devastating
sweeper with an Unown G attached, sometimes all you can
do is hit it for loads of damage. A quick Fairy Trans
off Aromatisse and this Wigglytuff can tailor its damage
to suit the target. Until we see some more Fairy Pokémon
printed, Wigglytuff will probably be the main attacker
of any Fairy deck at the moment; with a decent
back-catalogue of Colorless versions such as the one
from Great Encounters that work well with the current
Fairy support it should do the job well!
Unlimited 150: 3