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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Stoutland

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 4, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.50
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

Stoutland (XY) 

We end the week with another card that tries to do what other cards do, only worse.  

Stoutland is a Stage 2, so it would take a lot to make it playable. Unfortunately, all it has to offer are a couple of attacks that will cause most players to experience some déjŕ vu. Bite Off, which is effectively the same as Bouffalant DRX’s Gold Breaker, does 60 damage plus 60 more if the Defending Pokémon is an EX. Bouffalant has always seen a reasonable amount of play since its release, but that’s because it’s a Basic and therefore uses resources so much more efficiently than Stoutland. I can make the same point about Stoutland’s other attack, Wild Barking. For four Energy, this does 80 damage plus 20 to a Benched Pokémon, so essentially it is a worse version of Genesect EX’s Megalo Cannon, or a downright terrible variation on Darkrai EX’s Night Spear, depending on how you want to look at things. 

If Stage 2s are ever going to be playable as main attackers, they will have to do a lot better than this. Why should anyone run Basics and Evolutions and Rare Candy to do the same things that a Basic can do? That would make no sense at all. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (superfluous)

Limited: 2 (Colourless is always a bonus, but there are many better things to use)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Stoutland.
Unlimited 150 review.
Stoutland from Boundaries Crossed has a very powerful Supporter locking Ability, especially powerful considering Supporters are often seen as a safe way to draw cards as opposed to the more commonly lockable options of Trainers and Abilities. Running a 1-1-1 line as your main Pokémon is obviously not a good idea though and Stoutland could do with some more good versions to support it.
The XY version is ok, it has a very respectable 140 HP and one decent attack. Bite Off isn’t very good value as a 60 for 3 attack but against an EX, 120 seems much better. A Laser or Crobat G turns this into 130 for just the right number to KO popular “EX” Pokémon like Kyurem and Reshiram. Stoutland from Black & White would have been a decent card to add to the deck for Odor Sleuth but Giga Impact cripples it and the Dark Explorers one takes too much Energy for too little effect meaning the XY version comes it 2nd place for Stoutland cards.

Rating: 3 (Good HP, OK attacks. Decent as some muscle to back up Boundaries Crossed Stoutland)


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