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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Vivillion  

- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 4, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.75
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

Vivillion (XY) 

Today we take a look at Vivillion, the obligatory flying insect/butterfly thing that we get in every Generation, from the classic Butterfree to the more recent Volcarona.  

What we have is a Stage 2 Grass Pokémon with an average 130 HP, so you know it will have to work super hard to get any play time. Stage 2s are difficult to use in a format dominated by fast, powerful Basics and those that see play tend to be Bench sitters with ridiculously good Abilities (like Blastoise BCR) or very low cost attackers like Empoleon or Garchomp . . . and even they struggle to stay competitive. 

Vivillion, sadly, doesn’t even come close in either category. It has no Ability for a start, and the attacks are underwhelming. Conversion Powder is cheap enough for a single Grass Energy, but all it does is give you the option of inflicting either Poison or Sleep on the Defending Pokémon. You can get both with Hypnotoxic Laser, so no need to waste an attack for that. Colourful Wind is a bit more interesting: it does 30 damage for three Energy of any Colour, but for each different Type of Basic Energy attached to Vivillion, it will do 30 more (note that it needs Basic Energy, so Rainbow won’t increase damage). 

In theory, then you could be hitting for a massive amount of damage, given that we now have nine Basic Energy Types, but in practice it will be difficult to achieve . . . well anything really, as it would take far too long to power up Vivillion to a reasonable level. Ho-oh EX’s very similar Rainbow Burn attack might offer less of a reward for your efforts, but at least it can attach its own Energy via the Rebirth Ability (not that it is used much as an attacker anyway). 

Vivillion is a bit better than yesterday’s card, but still falls into the ‘unplayable novelty’ category. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.5 (impractical)

Limited: 2 (slightly more suited to this format, but I’m still not sure it’s worth it)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Vivillon.

Standard.
Today is another Stage 2 Bug Pokémon and Vivillon is an interesting one. Being a Stage 2 is kind of crippling to any Pokémon’s playability, it would either need an incredibly cheap, powerful attack (i.e. Emploeon) or a really good Ability (i.e. Blastoise) to see competitive play. It’s just the Potential for huge power with Colorful Wind that stands out, for 3 different energy you can do 120 damage with no other drawback. If you can somehow get 5 on it its 1 hit KOing 180 HP EXs. This is never going to happen but you can dream…
Besides, I don’t think Vivillon was really meant to get played, its main attraction is its gimmick of having a different pattern in different countries, making it appealing to obsessive collectors looking for a challenge. 

Unlimited 150.
Vivillon can probably do a little better in this format but like I’ve said about all the generation VI  Stage 2s, it will probably have to wait for a few more versions of itself to come out before you can start building around it otherwise you’ll be stuck with a 1-1-1 line.
As it stands, there’s Ho-Oh (Secret Wonders) that has a similar (though weaker) attack on a Basic Pokémon. If they just print a Vivillon similar to Beautifly from Dragons Exalted with Color Pick (search you deck for 3 different energy and attach them to a Pokémon) then perhaps we’ll see a heavy hitting Vivillon deck in the future.

Ratings.
Standard: 2
Unlimited 150: 2 (it’s just waiting for some support in its line!)


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