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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Toxicroak
- Steam Siege

Date Reviewed:
Sep. 8, 2016

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2.5
Expanded: 3.0
Limited: 3.5

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

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aroramage

Well now here's an interesting twist - a Fighting Type that centers itself around Poison of all things! Truly Toxicroak is unique among Pokemon for being one of the few that can do this sort of thing. 

So what all does Toxicroak do? Well for starters, he's got a nifty hit in Poison Jab at 2-for-50. That's a pretty good start, especially considering he's a Fighting-type, but then it gets a little stronger with the coin flip for Poison. Sure it's not much and isn't terribly reliable, but it can get the job done and put in some good work other attacks might fall short on, especially when combined with Strong Energy and Fighting Fury Belt. 

Then there's his Ability, Poison Enzyme. As long as the opponent's Active Pokemon is Poisoned, it can't do any damage to Toxicroak - that is to say, any damage done to Toxicroak from Poisoned Pokemon is negated. So you can see what they were going for - Poison Jab for good damage, and if you Poison they can't do anything to Toxicroak in terms of damage. Course, that's about the most that can be done. 

Toxicroak's Poison Enzyme, while effective against damage, won't stop too much else. Effects that switch him out, discard his Energy or Tools, do damage to other Pokemon, prevent the player from playing different cards on their next turn, prevent Toxicroak from attacking next turn - there's a lot of effects out there, and Toxicroak can't stop any of them from getting through. At least not any better than he can keep the opponent's Active Pokemon Poisoned. All it takes is a Switch or some form of healing like Pokemon Center Lady, and Toxicroak won't be able to do much. 

Still, his lock is a small and unique one, so he'll probably end up seeing a little play at least. Who knows, maybe there'll be a deck that focuses around his strengths and eventually locks everyone out. 

Rating 

Standard: 2.5/5 (really not that bad of a card, all things considered, just needs that extra strength) 

Expanded: 3/5 (one such strength being HTL, with its instant Poisoning) 

Limited: 3.5/5 (really takes out the need for relying on the coin flip when you can just instantly guarantee it) 

Arora Notealus: Definitely someone to be aware of. Wouldn't want to lose it all to a Toxicroak deck, would we now? 

Next Time: WHIRLWIND CHAOS!!...sorta


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