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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Dodrio - Aquapolis

Date Reviewed: 04/11/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Dodrio (Aqua.)

This card is too unreliable in Constructed, but it's amazing in Draft. Tri-Attack is so-so but Peck Attack is pretty good. Most of the time you would do 20 damage, which is fine for the 2 Colorless cost. Occasionally you can either Confuse your opponent or do a massive 50 damage.

In Unlimited, a bit too unreliable for my taste. It doesn't have a Free Retreat as well... Rating: 2/5

In Modified, a pretty good Pokemon to splash to your deck, especially if Fighting Pokemon worries you. Rating: 2.5/5

In Draft, this card is definitely one of the better Evos in Aquapolis. The fact that it's splashable as well makes this card a really high pick. Rating: 4.3/5
X- Act
Aquapolis Dodrio
This Dodrio would be semi-interesting card in Draft, but, honestly, in Constructed, it's horrible to say the least. For some reason, they wanted to make both Aquapolis Doduo and Aquapolis Dodrio with a single retreat cost. :/
Unlimited: You wouldn't play a Stage 1 in Unlimited to deal so little damage. Its Weakness ensures that Lightning Pokemon won't have any problem to KO it too. :/
Modified: Again, in Modified, this card does too little damage. Actually, Colorless Evolutions in Modified are an incredibly rare sight (although Light Dragonite is a welcome breath of fresh air for Colorless). And, as long as they continue to make Colorless cards suck so much, we can't expect Colorless to make a return anytime soon. :(
Draft: In Draft, this card is still underpowered. Of course, being a Colorless card, its attacks are obviously splashable. Tri-Attack is a carbon copy of Genesis Sneasel's Fury Swipes. And Peck Attack is... average. For [2], it does slightly more than 20 damage on average and has a 25% chance of confusion. What's nice about Peck Attack is that it's not tails-fails. The only good thing about Dodrio is that it's quite quick to set up, and that's it's Uncommon. Be careful not to let your opponent KO your 40HP Doduo though. :/
AQ Dodrio
I love this card. ^_^  Stage 1 with 70 HP is good, 1 retreat is good, resistance to fighting is good, weakness is always something to do without... but come on, there arent going to be but one or 2 cards from here on out without a weakness. even the legendary birds now have weaknesses. Attacks are so much fun.
Tri attack, its another fury swipes, and we know how fun fury swipes was on psyduck. *pictures a rare occasion: 4 heads, FTKO a baby!* (ahem) moving on, the next attack is what its all about. low cost, nice. effect, even nicer. ^_^ 25% chance of doing 50 (for TWO, and we flip when we get 50 for 3, but for TWO?), 50% chance of doing a standard 20 for 2, not bad, but not too good either, then double tails doesn't make it fail, it confuses them! *does the confusion dance* shut off the powers with a double tails. ^_^
Unlimited: Might actually work. *pictures ANOTHER rare occasion (only 3.125% chance) of confusing a 70 HP haymaker, haymaker getting damage from confusion, then double heads next turn* okay so that wont happen all too often, but you're doing decent damage with the bird, and maybe a crushing status effect. recycles = ;D playable! 3/5
Modified: Too much fun. Decent Damage, and anti-chan. do not deny its greatness with the 50 for 2. That's right... bow. 4/5
Draft: probably one of the 5 best cards to draft from AQ. its fast, uncommon, and packs a punch. beware lightning? you cant draft buzz though! ^o^ 4.75/5
TR Shadow

60 HP is a little low for a stage 1.  There's nothing special to say about it's attacks.  Well, I guess the first one's pretty cheap.  It's not anything to base a deck around, though.  Is flipping 3 coins for 20 times the number of heads really worth three energy?  On average, you'll only end up doing 30 a hit.  But a free retreat is always nice in a stage 1.  Then the resistance to fighting isn't bad either...

Unlimited 2/5
Modified 2/5
Limited 3.5/5

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