If "Castle of Dark Illusions" is face-up on the
field, increase the ATK and DEF of this card by 100
points. As long as this "Castle of Dark Illusions"
remains face-up on the field, the ATK and DEF of
this card continues to increase by 100 points during
each of your Standby Phases. This effect continues
until your 4th turn after the card is activated.
Type - Zombie/Effect
Card Number - MRD-EN079
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 10.31.05
Pumpking the King of Ghosts
I’d wish you all a Happy Halloween, but…that just
seems too stupid.
Today we’re reviewing Pumpking, the King of Ghosts.
Now, I’ll get to the review in a minute, but
really…why is a pumpkin the king of ghosts? Does
this not sit well with anyone else? Am I the only
one who sees something a little discordant here?
Konami, pumpkin is a variety of squash, nothing more
– and you’re expecting me to believe that SPIRITS OF
THE DEAD are going obey one? Well, here’s one
customer you haven’t convinced.
Anyway, Pumpking isn’t great. It has 1800 ATK, which
is bad for a level 6 monster; but it also happens to
be a Zombie (a ZOMBIE PUMPKIN? Well, this card makes
more and more sense every minute, now doesn’t it?)
and thus fetchable via Pyramid Turtle.
As long as Castle of Dark Illusions is on the field,
Pumpking will gain a little bit of ATK for a little
while. So, the Zombie Pumpkin Ghost King gets
powered up by a misleading castle.
Even if you get the maximum boost from this effect,
it’s not worth it. Stick with Vampire Lord or Ryu
Kokki for your Pyramid Turtle beatsticks. Run this
in a fun Zombie Deck, but stay away competitively.
This one's gonna be short and sweet, as it's one of
those token reviews we do for holidays.
"IT STINKS!" </The Critic>
What they really should have done with this card was
give it an extra 2,000 ATK points on Halloween and
ONLY Halloween -- and obviously make it illegal for
Premiere tournament play. You know, like Birthday
1/5 all, as to be expected, I don't really buy into
the "make people feel good about a subpar card"
Pumpking, King of Ghosts was a joke review to get in
the spirit of Halloween.
Basically, this was a combo card from back in the
day that is only slightly less than terrible today.
Since it can be Special Summoned, there is some
merit to using it, but not enough to actually,
y'know, use it.
Don't play this card. A potential 3000 ATK is really
quickly destroyed with a Book of Moon. Although if
you did want to, you could use Tsukuyomi to flip
Castle of Dark Illusions face down and continually
increase his ATK. Wait, no, that's a terrible idea.
Happy Halloween all and today we review a very
Halloween appropriate card--Pumpking-the King of
Ghosts. So, let's take a look at our Halloween
1800 attack and 2000 defense aren't going to win
anything, and if that wasn't enough to bring this
card down, it doesn't function to it's "potential"
without Castle of Dark Illusion, and that isn't
worth it--AT ALL!
IF all this weren't enough, Pumpking is also cursed
by being a tribute monster, and please, there is
little to no reason ever to run this card, unless
you're running a Halloween or Holiday themed deck I
1/5 all around
5/5 Halloween/Holiday themed decks though, I guess
Art: 3.5/5 Interesting enough
You stay classy, Planet Earth :)
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