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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Misty's Poliwhirl - Gym

Name: Misty's Poliwhirl 
Type: Stage 1 -- Evolves from Misty's Poliwag 
Card #: card 53/132 
Rarity: Uncommon 
Color: Water HP: 70 HP 
[1W] Rapids (20) If the Defending Pokemon has any Energy cards attached to it, flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 of those Energy cards and discard it. 

Attack: [3] Water Punch (30+) Flip a number of coins equal to the number of W Energy attached to Misty's Poliwhirl. This attack does 30 damage plus 10 damage for each heads.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 3.07 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 3.62
Reviewed January 25, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


This Poliwhirl isn't especially great in standard.  Water weakness isn't very common, and Scyther is still around and able to do 60 to it.  While able to take metals off Steelix (and sometimes get away with a dark off of a Sneasel without being KO'd), it is still an evolution that has a second attack based on getting lots of energy.  And lots of energy means Energy Removal vulnerability.  Both Poliwags are decent, but in standard, I wouldn't bother. 2.25

In modified, Poliwhirl is still useful versus Steelix, and has Typhlosion/Entei/Magcargo/Blaine's Pokémon to attack because of their water weakness.  Easier to turn into a high damage-do'er because of the lack of ER. 2.75/5

Other Things:
I believe Poliwhirl is a strong draft card and especially powerful in rareless tournament formats, also a counter to Arcanine.


This is one of the better cards from Gym heroes (which, admittedly, is not saying a lot...). Misty's Poliwhirl doesn't cut it in Standard. There are better ways to do what it does. It's first attack gives you a chance at Energy Removal. In Standard you can just use an Energy Removal Trainer and save your attack for dealing out damage. It's second attack gives you a chance at doing a lot of damage with the investment of a lot of Water energy, but using it well requires either time or Rain Dance.

Again, there are better ways to make use of those two resources.

Now, in Modified, Misty's Poliwhirl shines a bit more. You get access to Energy Removal (albeit via a flip) and you often have time to build up the energy on it so its second attack becomes worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is overshadowed by Gatr. Still, you may want to consider it. And if you do, slip one or two Misty's Poliwrath in your deck as well. I've cleared my opponent's bench by slapping down a Wrath and using Water Ring after they have retreated a number of highly damaged Pokemon to keep them alive.

Standard: 2.75/5

Modified: 3.75/5


I love this card. One of the best non-rare stage 1's in the game. First off, it has a great basic. If you're using the right one... you'll have a great start that can even turn into FTKO's. Rapids is great... 20 and the ability to discard =) and Water Punch is broken! Just throw the water down and letta rip! (No offense Feraligatr, but no one likes your rip anyway. =/) This card is good.

Standard Rating ~ 3.5 - It's good, and a necessary pokemon in a raindance deck.

Modified Rating ~ 4.0 - Even better here... although crobat takes it out. Hard.

No rares Rating ~ 4.0 - This is where it is used most. It's very good here... although you'll face an occasional erika's weepinbel that can take you out.

~ RaNd0m


Misty's Poliwhirl is great. It has 70 HP, an energy removal attack, and an attack with the potential to do as much damage as you would realistically need. It has good basics to choose from, and fully ultilizes the Misty trainer. In addition, it's weak to grass and not electric, which means it's not as vulnerable to Rocket's Zapdos.

In standard, you have Computer Search, Oak, PlusPower, and Item Finder to help do masses of damage, but Scyther can deal with it fairly quickly. I give it a 3 and 3/4 out of 5 in standard.

In modified, there is a lack of cards that remove energy at all, which boosts it's usefullness quite a bit, as well as being able to do lots of damage with Misty and it's Water Punch attack. I give it a 4 out of 5 in modified. is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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