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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 

 Krookodile

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 21, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.87
Limited: 2.00

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

Krookodile (XY) 

We end the week with a look at Krookodile from XY. The game designers seem to really like him (six cards in three years), but not enough to make him playable, apparently. 

To be fair, making a playable Stage 2 at all is a real challenge these days. When Basics are as overwhelmingly powerful as they are now, it’s hard to create an evolution that can compete without being ridiculously overpowered. This means that Stage 2s have been relegated to a support or combo piece role (Blastoise, Emboar, Gothitelle) and only rarely emerge as main attackers in competitive(ish) decks (Empoleon, Garchomp, Dragonite, I guess). 

Which is a very long way of saying that, because it is an attacking Stage 2, Krookodile has very little chance of claiming a place in the competitive scene. It’s not as if his attacks are very good either: both are relatively expensive (requiring three and four Energy) and do underwhelming amounts of damage (50 and 80). The effects are of dubious value too. Bother gives you a coin flip to stop your opponent using Supporters next turn, which would be ok if it wasn’t so unreliable, while Knock Back forces the opponent to switch out their damaged Pokémon. This will often be counterproductive, sending their Pokémon to the safety of the Bench so it can’t be finished off next turn. 

Like almost every Stage 2 we have seen in the post-Black and White era, this doesn’t do nearly enough to deserve your attention. Not by a long way. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.75 (if you want to try a Supporter-lock, use Stoutland BCR)

Limited: 2 (Barely worth the effort, even here)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Krookodile.

Standard.
There’s quite a few Krookodile legal in Standard, none of which have been useful so far. Is the XY version any better? No, it’s another frustrating “almost there” card, that seems to be a theme this week!
Bother is so very nearly an amazing attack just like Arbok’s Gastro Acid and Rhydon’s Mad Mountain. If it wasn’t for that coin flip you could be locking your opponent out of Supporters with an Active Krookodile and locking their Abilities with a benched Garbodor. You can’t even try to help your odds with this double lock with a “Fliptini” as Garbodor shuts it down.
With so many hugely powerful, unrestrained Basics you’d think the designers would stop restricting the attacks on Evolved Pokémon, but it seems they’re mostly just made to fill space in the packs where you don’t pull an EX. It may have been a good deck but it wouldn’t have been overpowered, it requires several evolved Pokémon, 3 Energy and to not get switched out or have its Tools messed with. Oh well…

Unlimited 150.
The coin flip is just as restricting here but it does have better Ability locking partners such as the locking classic, Muk (Fossil). It also has Krookodile from Dark Explorers to team up with, whose Bombast attack maxes out at 280 damage in this format. Even with so many printings in its short time in the game, Krookodile doesn’t have a stand out card, the XY version just missed out on being a monster in this format!
This card will always be somewhat dear to be as it landed some lucky, well timed coin flips and won me a Prerelease, so that’s something right?

Ratings.
Standard: 2
Unlimited 150: 2.5


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