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