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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Dark Charizard - Team Rocket

Dark Charizard 80 HP
Stage 2 Fire Pokemon
Team Rocket

C: Nail Flick: 10

FF: Continuous Fireball: 50x: Flip a number of coins equal to the number of Fire Energy cards attached to Dark Charizard. This attack does 50 damage times the number of heads. Discard a number of Fire Energy cards attached to Dark Charizard equal to the number of heads.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 2.25 (based on 7 reviews)
Modified: 2.57  (based on 7 reviews)
Reviewed January 17, 2002

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


In standard, Dark Charizard is definitely an energy-hogger.  Sometimes you'll get more heads than you want.  It's useful to KO the high HP Pokémon, like Chansey, but having only 80 HP makes it sub-par.  Even with Rocket's Hideout, when your opponent can play a gym to KO something, they can put themself in a nice situation.  I'd give it a 2.5/5.

In modified, it can work with Typhlosion, although the Double Stage 2 thing isn't exactly easy to pull off, especially with multiple Typhlosions to work at it's best.  I'd give it a 3/5 in modified, though.


Dark Charizard has a lot of things working against it:

Weak Basic (in Modified, where you have to use the TR Charmander)
Stage 2
Very flippy attack
Low Hit Points for a Stage 2

It does have a few things working for it:

Great Damage/Energy ratio!
It's Dark, so it can use Darkness Energy (not that you would really bother with this card...)
ummm... that's about it.

The 50 damage per heads gets a lot of people's attention. But, you wind up either not doing enough damage or doing way too much and then having to discard all of your energy.

I would not play this card if I planned to win.

Standard: 1.75
Modified: 2.25


In Standard: Uhh...Dark Charizard isn't meant to be in this format, period. I mean, first its a Stage 2 with 80 HP, 100 with Rocket's Hideout in play. Nail Flick is well, below average. Continuous Fireball is nice with heads, but once you get the KO you have to keep flipping, more and more overkill. Plus Zard can be SER'd then you have nothing but Nail Flick. Your opponent plays a Stadium breaking Rocket's Hideout, then sends up his Chansey and cry as your "big bad" Charizard goes down. It has the potential for some massive damage, but it is a Stage 2 with a horrid Stage 1, forcing you to play Breeder, which would get Lassed...(rambles on and on), I give it a 1.5/5 in Standard.

In Modified: This card doesn't impress me very much in this format either. Sure you can play Typhlosion with it, but the consistancy factor of pulling the combo off is very low. Plus Totodile can KO Charmander AND Dark Charmeleon. Where the threat of Removal is gone, the threat of Water Pokemon is there. I give Dark Charizard a 1.75/5. It is better in Modified than it is in Standard because it has Typhlosion to help get the energy, back. Just don't play Dark Charizard in either format, please...


Yahh...missing two days of CotDs...bad Satoshi! *smack* Okay, moving on. ;-)

Hey, look! It's another Charizard! The good news? He looks pretty cool and has spiffy, low-cost attacks.

"But wait Satoshi, what's the bad news?"

Well, the bad news is...he kinda sucks. =/

In standard, this guy is a joke. Granted, he can do some hefty damage in a short amount of time, but with cards like Blaine's Arcanine running around, he just doesn't cut it. He does, as stated above, have some very cheap attacks, which is a plus. However, Nail Flick is simply sub-par and Continuous Fireball isn't really all that continuous-in reality, the average player will get to use it only once or twice before Dark Charizard bites the big one.

In modified, he might actually be ok-if not for that lovely 40 Charmader.  x_X One hit KO, anyone? And in all seriousness, the most I can see Dark Char doing in modified is serving as a secondary line in a weird Big Fire deck...and even then, why use him when you can use Blaine's Arcanine (AKA the better of the two). Sorry Charizard fans-we are not amused.

Standard: 1.75/5
Modified: 2.5/5


TR Dark Charizard

Well, I guess this is the slightly faster version of that highly touted
flamer, Charizard the Lizard/Dragon thingy. For F(1 Fire Energy), your big, bad Stage 2 can ping your opponent in the fingernail for 10. For FF, you get to play craps. All figures following are averages for FF: 50% of the time, you do 50 damage. 25% of the time you do 100, and 25% of the time Charizard attacks for zero with a dumb look on his face. Of course, you can up your odds of doing damage by putting more F on him, but you also stand to lose more of your Energy cards. In decks that run tight on energy, Dark Charizard
just doesn't fit, I'm afraid.

Now in limited, that's something else. The big fire-breather ain't nothing to sneeze at in a world where, in one fell swoop, 50 damage can easily wipe a typical 40 or 50 hp draft Pokemon from the face of any playmat. If you bust him in an early pack, and have the time to draft enough Charmanders and Dark Charmeleons, along with other supporting fire Pokemon, you could have a pretty hot deck (pun intended) in your hands.

Standard Constructed: 2
Modified Constructed: 2.5
Draft: 4


Dark Charizard in Standard
A lot of people don't know how powerful this card can really be. The potential of doing 100 by your 2nd turn is amazing. It's fast with Pokemon Breeder...and it doesn't take a large consumption of energy to dish out the damage consistantly. Although you'll have to keep playing the Fire to keep him going, Continuous Fireball is very cheap attack (energy-wise) so it will probably just take an extra turn or two to power him up again. It's not that vulnerable to Energy Removal either. Oh, and his first attack....Nail Flick, I almost forgot. =/ It does 10 damage for a Colorless Energy. It's a pretty pathetic attack...I can only see it being used in certain situations when you need that 10 extra damage to Ko that Electabuzz. ;x It's low HP of 80, which is low for a Stage 2 Pokemon and it's semi large Fire demand may be a downfall to this card. Still, it could be played with Rocket's Hideout and it doesn't take too long to build up.

Rating: 3.25/5

Dark Charizard in Modified
Water is more popular in Modified. We have Ferligatr, Suicine and plenty of original decks like Misty's Dewgong, Dark Blastoise and Kingdra. Wooper is used more in Modified too. Dark Charizard could be decent combined with Darkness Energy...but even that wont be able to compete with the overused Ferligatr.

Rating: 2/5


Dark Charizard... is it good? Well I think it has promise, and here's why.

In standard, it isn't the GREATEST of pokemon, but it still packs a wallop. It's attack does tons of damage a turn if you have some energy on it.

In modified, it is GOOD. With Brock's Ninetales, it works. Nail Flick is just funny though... somebody at TPC was just ASKING to be fired =P

Standard Rating: 3/5
Modified Rating: 4/5
It's good, and you should try it!
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