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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Ferrothorn

- XY BREAKpoint

Date Reviewed:
April 19, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.5
Expanded: 1.5
Limited: 3.0

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

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aroramage

...I'll make this short. 

Ferrothorn is a GREAT Pokemon in the games, but his TCG counterparts have always fallen short of anything exceptional. It's not usually Ferrothorn's fault - he got printed just before Pokemon-EX were a thing and has been struggling like every other Pokemon to stand out against them. That being said, this Ferrothorn isn't doing anyone any favors. 

Metal Claw is just vanilla 2-for-40, and Spike Lash...oh the lost potential here. At 3 Energy, he ends up spiking (ha) your opponent's Pokemon for every Energy in their Retreat Cost. This can either amount to a lot against heavyweights or nothing at all if they're like Vespiquen. So how much damage does he do for each Energy?  

10 damage. 

In other words, this attack will do anywhere from 0-40 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon. That's either really good or really bad, but the fact that this card's damage output is so low is what has me frazzled. Even if it was just 20 damage per Energy, I'd say that'd be more threatening! But lemme guess, Ferrothorn's not an offensive Pokemon, he's defensive so his attacks should suck, right? 

And this is why Carbink isn't that great either, by the way. 

Rating 

Standard: 1.5/5 (don't get me wrong, up to 40 damage can do a lot for you in terms of setting up) 

Expanded: 1.5/5 (but nobody plays a Stage 1 for "set-up" - at least not that I'm aware of) 

Limited: 3/5 (he's got uses, but competitively he's too slow to use) 

Arora Notealus: Ferrothorn, buddy, just keep your Iron Barbs ability at least! Or make the opponent regret attacking you in some other way, I dunno. Smack off Energy or get rid of Tools, something! 

Next Time: Out amidst the cold mountains, a twisted fate awaits...


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