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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Crobat - Skyridge

Date Reviewed: 05/29/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

X- Act Skyridge Crobat

I hope I'm reviewing the correct Crobat, seeing that Skyridge has 2 Crobats (1 of which is a Crystal Pokemon). I'm reviewing the non-Crystal one here. This Crobat's Poke-Power (called Carry Off) is evil, especially in the early stages of the game. Once during your turn, you flip a coin, and if it's heads, you get the opportunity to shuffle any Pokemon from your opponent's hand into his or her deck. Evil as it might be, this Power can be easily countered, in my opinion, by cards such as Pokemon Trader, Pokemon Fan Club, or just sheer card drawing. Just as a note of interest, multiple Crobats let you flip more than one coin per turn, although getting them out quickly is a different matter. another note of interest: while it retains a 90HP, a free retreat cost and a weakness to Psychic, it loses Fighting resistance. Odd.

Unlimited: Well, shuffling any Pokemon from your opponent's hand into his or her deck won't hurt him or her much, as was already highlighted. Denying your opponent of Pokemon is nothing compared to Trainer denial, and this latter strategy, therefore, should be implemented. Crobat also has a not-so-good attack too, in my opinion. So steer clear of this card here.

Modified: Here it's actually worse. In this format, Trainers that search for Pokemon are commoner than in Unlimited, so Crobat's power is nothing but a temporary annoyance. And I don't hide the fact that I don't like its attack at all.

Draft: Here it can be reasonably good, although, frankly, I'd stick with the Golbat for this format (it simply owns). Trainers are already limited, so depriving your opponent of Pokemon is pretty savage. Of course, getting the Crobat out is a different proposition, however. If you do, and with the help of some luck (a coinflip), your opponent gets stuck for some time with what he or she got before you got your Crobat. Its attack, doing an average of 40 for [GCC], isn't what you expect of a Stage 2 though, although Poison and Confusion is pretty nice in this format. Actually, I'd pick it for the sole reason that Skyridge Golbat's attack is awesome for this format. :)
TR Shadow Crobat
Nice hand disruption in the Pokemon Power. The game at this time needs more hand disruption. The 90hp is pretty nice to have too. The fact that you can use the power every turn (though, it IS a flip) helps. It may have been a lot better if the Pokemon Power let you shuffle Trainer cards in instead of Pokemon only. No retreat is pretty handy. It allows you to use Double Gust fairly frequently. The weakness to Psychic doesn't hurt it too badly either. Double Cross is awesome! It's cheap and it has great affects. It's like one of those "Flip 2 coins. This attack does something times the number of heads" things, but with a bonus if you get no heads. On average, you will only do 40 damage, though.

Unlimited 4/5
Modified 4.5/5
Limited 3/5

~TR Shadow~
Thundachu Skyridge Crobat:

Overlook: This is one of my favorite cards in Skyridge. Weakness to Psychic is ok since alot of people dont use Psychic decks anymore, no retreat is great for a stage 3. Dont see many of those. 90HP is wonderful. For 2 Grass energy and 2 colorless lets you flip 2 coins 40 for each heads. If both are tails the defending is both confused and Poisoned. Either way you get lucky. Either do 80 or get 2 of the best status effects. The pokemon power is awesome in Unlimited. If your opponent has Sneasel or Slowking in his/her hand that could come in handy.

Unlimited: 3/5

Modified: 4.5/5

Draft: 2/5(Stage 2 evo in draft =\)
Meganium45 This I feel is one of the best new Skyridge cards out there.  Usually cards with a good Pokemon Power have no attacks, and cards with Good attacks have a worthless Pokemon Power.

90 HP, that is enough for this Bat! 

Weakness to Psychic - Alakazam and Espeon will own this Bat, but that is why Wizards gave us Murkrow.

No resistance - fighting would have been nice, but outside of Rogue, not much fighting used

No retreat - too good, and very rare these days!

Attack - Double Cross - 2 heads 80, 1 heads 40, 0 heads confused and poisoned.  Heck, better than the original crobat with a Grass - Colorless - Colorless cost, actually makes this card splashable!  I can imagine situations where I would root for 1 head!

Pokemon Power - flip a coin, if heads look at your opponents hand and have them shuffle a pokemon into their deck!  How broken!  Especially when comboed with Desert Shaman and Noctowl.  But unlike hand disruption of old, this bat can attack!  When run properly, the deck of Crobat(Sky)/Noctowl(NG) is NO fun to play against!

Ratings - Unlimited 2/5 too much of an energy hog, although I could see comboing this with Slowking to make a nasty deck.

Modified - 4.5 out of 5.  There are good counter cards (Espeon, Promo Mew) but this deck must be considered when preparing for a tourney

Draft - 3/5 hard to get out a stage 2 line, but if you get this one out in Skyridge, game over, there are no switching cards outside of Cyclone Energy in this set

Props to Newman for coming up with the first of the Crobat/Noctowl/Shaman decks.  I hate to play against that thing.  He had it designed before the card was released in English.  Several other people came out with it just after it was released, but I must give the props to a player from my gym!

See you on the boards

pERfeCt 0nE Skyridge Crobat

Well the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this card was Neo Revelation Crobat.  I dont know if I could honestly say which one is better but the fact that this one is Zzzzap-able, I would give it to NR crobat.  But to the reviews now:

Unlimited-   I doubt anyone will try to play this guy here.   His attack is too costly in Unlimited but his retreat and HP kinda make up for it =/.   Pichu is still very popular here and sneasel will gust and kill it.
rating--- 2

Modified-   this is its home.  Along with Noctowls and more of its own kind- this crobat can help throw away your opponents whole hand!!!   Use desert shaman to drop both players hands down to 4; then go for your noctowl and crobat flips to drop their hand to energy cards only!!!  In fear of pichu, you might want to try using Healing Field or Pokemon Centers.   I like its attack alot.  Its posible to hit for 80 and its possible to cause sleep poison, which could be devestating if they cant DoubleGust out of the way next turn.
rating--- 4.125 LOL ( i was caught between 4 and 4.25 )

Draft-   Insane here if u can draft a Zubat and Golbat.  90HP and free retreat in draft is insanity!!!  Most players will have to hold any evolutions in there hand until they draw up all necessary components to evolve and strike.  Carry Off can prevent that stage 1 or 2 they are holding on to from ever hitting the bench.  And again, the second attack can be devestating with a few 80 damage hits!!!
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