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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Kakuna 

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 1, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: See Below
Limited: See Below

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

Kakuna (XY)

April 1 is a very special day, and Pojo has given us a very special review. Yes, after nearly 14 years of CotD, it’s time to look at our very first Kakuna!

Actually, I’m not sure a review is even necessary, as it should be obvious to everyone how broken this card is. It is truly one of the highlights of the latest set. For a start, Kakuna is an evolving Stage 1: this is great because it means you don’t have to waste valuable space on rubbish cards like Rare Candy in order to get your Stage 2 into play, and this leaves you more room to run fantastic cards like Plume Fossil and Hooligans Jim & Cas in your deck. Another great thing about Kakuna is that you evolve it into Beedrill XY: a card that can do 120 damage for just two Energy and make itself completely immune to any attack! How could it possibly lose?

But that’s not all. This Kakuna also has Harden, the iconic attack as seen in the video games. For the insignificant cost of one Grass Energy (remember, you can use Virizion EX’s Emerald Slash for acceleration), Kakuna will prevent any attack damage next turn if that damage is 60 or less. What makes that so special? The fact that Kakuna has 70 HP of course! When you use Harden, you are forcing your opponent to knock out Kakuna in one hit, which would totally disrupt any plans they might have to KO it very slowly over a number of turns.

The more I think about, the more I wonder if you really need Beedrill at all. This Kakuna seems destined to dominate the format until it gets rotated out.

Rating

Modified: 5 (better than Darkrai, Rayquaza, and Mewtwo combined)

Limited: 5 (if your opponent pulls one of these bad boys, just scoop)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Kakuna.
Unlimited 150 review.
An unexpected powerhouse from the XY expansion, with the right support this Kakuna is indestructible! For just one Energy it can reduce damage to itself but a mighty 60, combine with Hard Charm to make that -80 and it’s becoming almost impossible to 1 hit KO! Now combine with Virbank City Gym and Hypnotoxic Laser and it can Toxic stall any Pokémon to a KO!

Ok, that’s enough April fooling around… it’s a Kakuna. Beedrill is actually a top-tier deck in this format but you really don’t play it for the Kakuna cards. There’s other versions that search for Evolutions and put them into play or into hand that you’d probably be better off playing to support the deck's rapid swarming theme. But, this one is pretty good at stalling until you can get your Beedrill into play and it’s one of the better Kakuna without an Evolution searching attack. Just don’t expect it to win any games by itself.

Rating: 3 (As far as Kakuna go it is one of the better ones, Rating is 0 in a deck without Beedrill!)


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