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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Dark Typhlosion
Neo Destiny

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard/Unlimited: 2.13 (based on 3 reviews)
Modified: 2.45
(based on 3 reviews)
Draft: 2.97
(based on 3 reviews)
Reviewed March 25, 2002

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


80HP is decent for a Stage 2 considering you can boost it to 100HP with Rocket's Hideout. The retreat cost is only ONE! You don't see a lot of Stage 2s with only one retreat cost now do you? The card stats has been pretty good up to now. Let's look at the attacks...

Claw Swipe is a so-so attack. One Colorless for 20 damage is good but considering that it's a Stage 2, we're kinda expecting for better attacks. Although with a Darkness Energy, you can do 30 damage for one Energy, which is VERY efficient.

Rushing Flames is an interesting attack. Note though that the attack doesn't specify WHICH Pokemon you discard the Fire Energy cards from, so you can discard the ones from your bench Pokemon as well! Now it's SLIGHTLY more playable but there's always the coinflips. After doing some simple Math, the attack only does an average of 20 damage for each Fire Energy cards discarded. Not exactly good. You would need to discard SIX Fire Energy cards to KO Gatr! It's just not really worth it and unreliable.

But what about the combo with Typhlosion [Fire Recharge] or Entei [Holo], you say? The Typhlosion + Dark Typhlosion "combo" won't work since you still have to evolve both Typhlosions from the SAME Cyndaquils. Plus, running two different Stage 2s is very slow, even in Modified. With Entei, it's slightly better but the attack is still unreliable. You could end up discarding all of your Fire Energy cards, hoping for a KO, and get ZERO Heads! Building up Dark Typhlosion or your bench afterwards, would take a long time and Dark Typhlosion would probably be KO-ed.   

In Standard, don't even bother with this guy. Same thing with Modified as well. In Draft though, it's a bomb! 80HP, one Retreat, and both attacks are really good! Getting it out would be a problem though...

If you want a similar attack but more reliable, try Blaine's Charizard. Dark Quilava, on the other hand, is an AWESOME card! 2nd turn Blaine's Magmar-like attack can be devastating in Modified, especially if your opponent didn't bench any Pokemon... :-P

Standard/Unlimited Rating: 1.4/5 (Great Stats but the attacks are pretty bad...)
Modified Rating: 1.8/5
Draft Rating: 3.4/5 (Good luck getting it out though!)


Not a bad card. A bit heavy on the energy discard, but you do get a decent return for it (an average of 20 Damage per discard) and it is very flexible in that you can discard off of any of your Pokemon. This allows you to keep your energy protected on the bench while exposing only one energy card to loss by KO on your active. Since your energy can be discarded from anywhere, Blaine can by used to stack up a benched Blaine's Pokemon and/or Holo Entei can get you going fast too.

Unlimited: Stage 2, open to ER, lots of discarding, flippy attack. All of this gives it a 2.25/5

Modified: You should be able to get this up and running by turn three. By using Blaine and Entei, you should be able to get 3-4 discards every other turn. That would have you doing 40-80 damage every other turn. I don't know. It looks like fun, but other Fire cards will perform that well for you without running through you deck quite as fast and without the flipping. 2.75/5

Draft: It a holo and a Stage 2. If you get one, it will be the only one in your deck. You will be lucky to get 2 of the stage 1. If you are Drafting this with the Team Rocket set, The Bosses' Way will help you get the card. But, even if you get it out, you will have a hard time feeding the energy this thing needs in a Draft deck. I'd pass on it. 2/5

Lord Gothmog

Dark Typhlosion is actually pretty good. It's first attack is 30 with a Darkness energy, and if you look at it's second attack closely, you'll see it refers to fire energy attached to ALL your Pokemon. Blaine, anyone? 

In standard, you have Pokemon Breeder, so you can play this with regular Typhlosion(the good one with bad art) and skip the mutually exclusive middle evolution. Energy Removal is a factor, but since it doesn't matter if you spread the energy around, you can make them waste their SERs on just one energy. Toss in some Blaine's Tauros or Magmar or Charmander or something with some Blaines, and you get an extra flip per turn. I have to give this a 3/5. He uses Darkness energy, has undercosted attacks, and the HP isn't seriously bad.

In modified, it's harder to effectively run with the regular version, but since the format is generally slower, a fast stage 2 could grab the advantage. I would support it with Blaine's stuff, Rapidash or Arcanine perhaps, because if you get tails on their energy, they'll be powered to attack next turn, and the Blaine trainer yeilds an extra flip. However, with the dominance of Feraligatr and the lack of breeder, I have to give it a 2.8/5 here. It's possible that you'll get it out faster than gatr, but without regular Typhlosion it'll be harder.

In limited, this thing is a bomb. If you can get enough fire cards to play Mono-Color, it will overpower them very quickly. I'm going to give it a 3.5/5 here, considering that Dark Quilava will burn through your deck if you're forced to attack with it, and you could discard this thing in the process. Otherwise good, though. 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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