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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Pyukumuku
- Sun & Moon

Date Reviewed:
April 7, 2017

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.50

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

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Pyukumuku (Sun & Moon, 47/149), again another brand new, never before seen Pokemon coming out of the most recent expansion Sun & Moon, has 60 HP and a little bit of an unusual ability.  Innards Out allows you to place six damage counters on the opponent’s active Pokemon if that Pokemon knocks Pyukumuku out by damage from an opponent’s attack.  I tried Pyukumuku out early on in a Decidueye GX (Sun & Moon, 12/149) deck thinking that I could park Pyukumuku in the active spot and drop Feather Arrows on opponents.  I quickly found Pyukumuku lacking, however, especially in comparison with its many alternatives. 

Pyukumuku has a couple of major problems with it.  Innards Out only works if Pyukumuku is knocked out.  Six damage counters for a prize card doesn’t seem like a good trade to me.  I’d find Pyukumuku much more appealing if it did, say, ten damage counters or six damage counters and left the opponent’s active Pokemon confused or poisoned.  Also, we would probably use Pyukumuku significantly more if it worked like a Bursting Balloon (Breakpoint, 97/122) and put damage counters on the opponent’s active Pokemon even if it did not get KO’d.  We’d also probably prefer if it had 120 or 130 HP, but at 60 HP, Pyukumuku probably will be OHKO’d by the majority of attacks.  Innards Out, like Bursting Balloons, does not work if Pyukumuku gets KO’d from any damage other than from an attack. 

As I mentioned, however, we have a number of superior options to choose from over Pyukumuku:

ˇ         Tauros GX (Sun & Moon, 144/149)

ˇ         Sigilyph (Breakpoint, 55/122)

ˇ         Froslass (Generations: Radiant Collection, 8/32) 

I would use all three of these over Pyukumuku.  Tauros will probably put a lot more than six damage counters on your opponent’s active Pokemon if it gets hit.  Sigilyph works even if it does not get KO’d.  Froslass has a 50-50 chance of KO’ing a Pokemon that knocks it out.  All of these clearly do more for you than Pyukumuku. 

Rating

Standard: 1.5 out of 5

Summary

While not the worst card in the set, Pyukumuku has too many limitations to function as we’d like it to in a competitive deck.  The designers could have made it much better than the version they settled on, and that simply provides us with a number of superior options that will help us win more than if we used Pyukumuku.


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