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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Sharpedo EX

- Primal Clash

Date Reviewed:
April 14, 2015

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3.0
Expanded: 3.5
Limited: 4.0

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being horrible.  3 ... average.  5 is awesome.

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aroramage

When I was younger, I like so many children watched Pokemon. It was a great show (still is), though it's a bit repetitive in nature, which is probably why I gave it up eventually. Still, it's come a long way since late 90s-style animation - if there's one good thing that's come from being around for so long, it's gotta be the improved animation and effects they've been using! But the main reason I bring up the anime is that I do distinctly remember one of the episodes having the cast on a boat that gets attacked by a school of Carvanha and Sharpedo. 

And I gotta say that with Mega Sharpedo around, they're gonna need a bigger boat! Huh? Huhhhh? 

...anywho, Sharpedo-EX, like Camerupt-EX, has been denied his Mega Evo...for some reason, but maybe he won't need it! After all he's got a lot of Water supp-ooohhhh, right, Dark-type. Alright, that's fine, still got support, and maybe he's got good attacks too! Like Hunt looks decent, acts like a free Pokemon Catcher AND deals 30 damage to the new Pokemon. That's pretty good as a means of snagging those Bench-sitters, making it difficult for opponents to get em back!

Except for Keldeo-EX. And Float Stone...and any sort of manual retreat-whoa wait! Maybe you can combine this with some of that Team Aqua stuff to increase the retreat cost to make it more difficult for the opponent to switch out! Except that it'll affect Sharpedo-EX too, but at least he starts out at 1. Heck, you can even get rid of it all with Darkrai-EX on the bench-OOOOOHHH, maybe I just came up with a new strat :P 

And then there's Jagged Fang, which is a 3-for-100 strike that can discard an Energy off of both Pokemon. Could be useful if you combine it with Head Ringer, making it so your opponent has an even rougher time trying to fight back against Sharpedo-EX. And the best part is, if they can't recover to do enough against Sharpedo-EX on their next turn, he's probably already KO'd them, meaning you don't have to discard an Energy from him to keep them from doing their thing! 

Sharpedo-EX here has a lot of potential, so what's to stop you from using him? Well not a whole lot, save for perhaps the better options available. Compare him to Seismitoad-EX for a second; both have two attacks that cost 2 and 3. Ignoring the effects of these attacks, their first attack does 30 damage apiece - not too bad, though Seismitoad-EX has the advantage of working out with any Energies whereas Sharpedo-EX needs a Dark Energy. And then their second attacks deal 100 damage (Sharpedo) and 130 damage (Seismitoad), meaning one outmatches the other as a start. Throw in the effects from these attacks, and you can see that Sharpedo-EX doesn't match up. 

And in a similar vein, he has a rough time matching against other EX. Still, he's a solid card, and I imagine he'd do better with support like Dark Patch. Heck, maybe he is a tournament-level card, what with that strategy from before! Your Garbodor ain't safe no more, Seismitoad, cause Sharpedo's come a-hunting for it! 

Rating 

Standard: 3/5 (not too shabby a card, not the best EX but there's potential here that could ruin Garbotoad) 

Expanded: 3.5/5 (does better here in a Dark deck, especially with Dark support hanging around) 

Limited: 4/5 (really good at snatching Benched Pokemon, and if it weren't for things like Alpha Growth, he could definitely go toe-to-toe with even Primal Kyogre-EX; problem is...Alpha Growth exists) 

Arora Notealus: It's funny, actually. One of Sharpedo's big traits is tearing things apart and having the Rough Skin Ability, both of which have been emulated with Sharpedo cards in the past. The recent one in Plasma Storm, in fact, has the Rough Skin Ability! The more recent Team Aqua's Sharpedo probably fits the general Sharpedo trend the least but is a powerful searcher for Team Aqua decks. Needless to say, Sharpedo in any form can be dangerous.

Next Time: From the seas to the sands...


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