Scizor, Teh Special Energy Titan!
January 3, 2003
As promised, a review of Dark Scizro, from Neo 4.
First off, he's got 70 HP. Pretty much a standar for any decent stage 1,
sometimes below standard. But, since he's dark, Rocket's Secret Hideout
allots him 20 extra HP, bringing it to a niiice fat 90. Much better.
He's Steel, and has two attacks, both requiring colorless energy. (bold
text is the attack name, regular text is the attack effect, and
italicized text is the base damage)
1st attack (C)(C): Threaten Flip a coin. If heads, look
at your opponent's hand. If he or she has any trainer cards there,
choose 1 if them. Your opponent shuffles that card into their deck.
2nd attack (C)(C)(C): Slash30
BAD attacks. REALLY BAD attacks. BURN THEM AND FLUSH THE ASHES DOWN YOUR
TOILET BAD attacks. Threaten cost two energies and it might not even
work! Lass would be much more effective, if played right (meaning, use
all your other trainers and then use Lass). If it just didn't
have that coin flip...
And Slash is on it's Jungle devolutionee, Scyther, no need for evolution
or crap. It's only a weak 1-1 energy-to-damage ratio.
Retreat Cost is an expesnive 2 colorless energies. Tsk tsk tsk. Nowadays
you have to be quick if you wanna win, and sometimes, that Switch just
isn't in your hand.
Plus, while it is resistant to grass, it's weak to fire. And, since fire
is the only type of energy that no pokemon has a natural resistance too,
I think fire decks should see a loooot of play.
And yet I am strangely attracted to Dark Scizor. Why, you ask? Simply
because it can use Dark and Metal energy to their full efficiency.
Imagine, 70 damage with Slash (four darkness energy attached), and 130
HP (with Rocket's Secret Hideout and four Metal energy attached)! You'd
be practically unstoppable!
But the likeliness of this ever happening is little to none. First off,
it would take at least 8 turns to get all that energy attached, even if
you did manage to find it all. Second, trying to keep that energy
attached is an Ursaring. Third, well, everything I've already said.
Frankly, your special energies would be put to better use powering up
your Steelix (no, I'm not anti-Steelix anymore) and/or Tyrannitar (WOOHOO!
TYRANNITAR! YOUR THE GREATEST!!! I WANT TO ELOPE WITH YOU!!!...Okay,
scratch that last part, but Tyrannitar IS my favorite pokemon, you know)
On a scale of 1-10, I'd rank it a 4.5. But hey, at least it LOOKS cool.