Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
Pokemon Body- It gives defense against poison. I haven't seen to
many poison Pokemon being used yet, so this power would be
situational how useful it would be.
Target Slash- deals 10 damage to Pokemon it O.K. for 1 colorless
energy. If your opponent has Seviper as an active it does 30 extra
damage. So far I haven't seen to many people using Seviper.
Super Slash-For three energy does 30 damage plus 30 more if
evolved. Since evolution is popular this attack could possibly
deal some decent damage. With only 70 hit points and 3 energy to
possibly do 60 damage, I would use this Pokemon as a supporting
Pokemon to the big hitter.
It is colorless and can be used in any deck type. Weakness to
fighting isn't to bad, there are only a couple of good fighting
Pokemon in the modified format.
I wouldn't use this card. It is to weak for this format and the
attacks are not powerful enough.
Might be all right. The Super Slash attack could be handy at times
to deal some real damage to your opponents evolved Pokemon. Target
Slash seems to wimpy of an attack while powering up Super Slash.
*I love Fresh Dragon meat, 60Hp stage
ones, and evolved pikachus, electabuzz’s, and marrils for dinner.*
Unlimited: 2/5—I dunno, a couple
Pluspower, a gust, and Zangoose on Slowking??
We do have MPM2….
Modified: 4/5—Ok, this card is
going to go to a five when dragons comes out—in two days lol, heck
let’s give it a five now! 5/5
2 on 2: 5/5 – Same……
Draft: 5/5 – Big colorless basic,
extra 30 to those hard-earned evolutions your opponent has, and
then only one retreat to boot?
Yikes!!!! This card got a sweeping 5 in the new age formats!!!
C ya next time,
Again, the magic number of 70 as the HP. No matter what Basic you
are, that 70 will save you time and time again. Fighting weakness
is only a minor concern, as Solrock will be the bulk of the
Fighting that you'll face. No resistance, no mention. Retreat of 1
is pretty good, especially with the attack costs. I'd say pay this
thing, unless you're running low on energy.
Poke-BODY: "Poison Resistance":
Nothing to mention here. No real strategic value. It's just some
measure of defense against Seviper and other Poisoning Pokemon.
Attack #1: "Target Slash"
10 or 40… This is actually pretty decent, as Seviper will see at
least some TecH play. However, this is just a support attack, and
not meant to really deal any significant damage.
Attack #2: "Super Slash"
D…a…n…g… This is the reincarnation of Scyther, and might actually
be better than the original thing. Although it doesn't have the
free retreat or a good resistance, it has an attack that is at
least as good, and potentially more powerful than the original. He
could replace Scyther in many Unlimited decks, if the owner is
feeling good about facing a Rogue.
It remains unclear as to whether or not this thing is good here. I
think that it could be, just because it has virtually the same
attack as Scyther, and HE was the KING TecH of this format for a
very long time. My gut says that Zangoose could be the next
OMG, this thing is broken. 9/10 of the decks out there are going
to have evolutions in them, and the other decks will be TecH
decks, running Seviper amongst others. I think that he IS the
Scyther of this format: maneuverable, quick, powerful, and weak to
very little. He is potentially the card that brings back haymaker
as it once was. 4.875/5
God-like. Many decks here will run evolutions, and, even without
that help, 30 damage for [CCC] is nothing to sneeze at. IMO, this
guy could rule this format, if you get good drafting cards along
with him (Marill, Wailmer, etc.) Extremely good. 4.875/5
Did anyone else notice that this was the first article where I
gave a card a good rating for all three major formats?
Well, he can't be poisoned. Snow White's evil Stepmother cringes
as she open up a pack and sees this.
Unlimited- Not really too much use. The power is somewhat like
that of Snorlax, except it is only for poison and it doesn't get
shut off by Special Conditions. Seviper won't get played in
Unlimted for two main reasons, 1) Poison is easy to get rid of,
and 2) who plays Ex Pokes in Unlimited? No Seviper more or less
means no Zangoose. Tyrouge... need I say more? 1.25/5 here.
Modified- There are some pretty nice Ex Pokes in Modified,
Sandstorm to be more accurate, so Seviper will see some play. This
is a good counter, he deals 40 for *C* to Seviper and he resists
the poison that Sevy deals out. Lot's of evolved Pokes in this
format too, so the 2nd attack comes into play nicely here. 60 for
*CCC* is nice also. Good basic, 3.75/5.
Limited- No posion is nice as Status rules here. There will be
many evos in a Sandstorm draft, and you may even see a Sevy. 3/5
Now, I've gotten the pleasure of
seeing this competitively used in my area, and it's a cool card to
have, just in case something very bad happens...yes...very, very
Now, let's look at him: Vital stats are decent, such as a solid
HP, solid body (to not get poisoned will help vs Sceptile), and
his 2nd attack is also vicious. Albeit the attack costs 3
colorless, it still is good against any ole evolution, and could
even make or break a game of Gardevoir ex VS Gardevoir ex! Bottom
stats aren't too scary...weakness and retreat of 1 are to be
Unlimited (2/5): I hate to say it, but there are better colorless
pokes than him. Chansey could take more hits, Cleffa could
draw/stall, and don't even get me started about the splashables (ie
Scyther, more babies, etc).
Modified (3.5/5): Now, this guy is a formidable card in E-on, for
its ability to drastically weaken an evo Pokemon. For example,
your opponent has a Gardevoir ex out in play, and you Super Slash
it only ONCE. This opens up bold paths, where you could kill such
a large creature with something as measly as a little Ralts from
Sandstorm! In short: he's good late-game. So, since this fact is
true, I personally suggest that, if you do play him, play 1-2 of
him. Just remember that he's easy fodder to a strong-enough deck,
and building him up is not NEARLY as important as building up your
Draft (4.5/5): This guy is about one of the greatest things to
hope for: clean and simple. He's EXCELLENT as a basic sweeper,
EXCELLENT as an evolution killer, and EXCELLENT all-around!
Although weakness is a rather large factor here, he will most
likely pull you one or two prizes!
I just love this guy. He's the guy who will keep the dragons in
check in modified.
Unlimited- Well, since evolution is rare (i did say rare, i myself
play raindance, fable, etc. once in a while) he will basically be
doing 30 for CCC. Zangoose has the ability to be rogued with a
pluspower too. He isn't a good choice.
Modified- Not only have some people been using him for a Sceptile
counter, but now he is a Dragon counter. He OHKOs Salamence,
Flygon, Altaria, and nearly KOs Dragonite EX.
A 70 HP basic with C retreat and a weakness to fighting are stats
that I personally like. His attack is relatively cheap for the
amount of damage it deals (assuming you attack evolved pokemon).
Zangoose will deserve to be teched into many decks and you should
always consider him. On a side note: isn't this little guy so hard
to get a hold of? With a total of 3 boxes between me and my
firends, I only had one and had to trade away a very decent amount
to get more of these =/.
Draft- Incredible. A 70 HP basic that can deal 60 to evolutions
and 30 to basics is great. Being colorless makes it all the more
useful in draft. His C for 10 attack isn't great, but its
something until he can use his CCC attack (assuming hes your
starting active pokemon)
2 vs. 2- With the high number of supporting pokemon in 2 vs. 2,
Zangoose with a strength charms can possibly pull multiple prizes
off your opponent fast. His HP won't hold up long, but just keep a
solid hitter or some fossils ready.
Multiplayer- In fear of taking 60 a turn from such a
cost-efficient card, they may try to double-team you to make your
time a little more difficult. Try to take advantage of this by
either using Mr.Briney's Advice at the right moment or having an
ally who also uses cost-efficent hitters or simply big-hitters to
win with speed and raw power.
Zangoose can’t be Poisoned.
(C) Target Slash [10+]
If the Defending Pokémon is Seviper,
this attack does 10 damage plus 30 more damage.
(CCC) Super Slash
If the Defending Pokémon is an
Evolved Pokémon, this attack does 30 damage plus 30 more damage.
As the only Zangoose, it is not
competing with or teaming up with other versions of itself. It is
a Basic Colorless Pokémon, which is not too bad for Eon, but
stinks for Unlimited, where it faces Sprout Tower and Unown N. At
least soon Colorless Weak Pokémon are coming (and no Resistant
ones that I know of). 70 HP is good for an Unlimited Basic and
Great for a non-Pokémon ex Basic in Eon. Weakness to Fighting is
a pain, but understandable, and really needed to maintain balance
for Eon (in Unlimited, Tyrogue proliferation renders this card
almost unplayable). No Resistance sadly. Last for this section,
a retreat of just one energy, easy to pay for in either format.
Poison Resistance is useful, but not
overly useful. Target Slash is fine since you expect 10 for (C)
anyway, so the effect is a pure-but-rarely-seen bonus. Super
Slash is what got it here though. Again, we have an attack that
has the damage you paid for and an effect for free. (CCC) for 30
has proven useful since the days of Scyther, and additional 30 to
Evolutions is beautiful for Eon.
It makes a solid opener/cleaner/emergency back up for most Eon
decks, but is pretty pointless for Unlimited. You can also make
best use of it in decks with extra means of Energy attachment in
Eon. Once EX Dragons comes out, this will have even more of a
use… but I’d hate to “spoil” it for anyone.
1/5-No. Tyrogue kills it, and evos aren’t really played.
3.5/5- It’s not for every deck, but good for many, especially
those who can slap more than one energy card down at a time (just
put one on it for safe keeping, then its ready to go when the main
guy is KO’d). It might be a must, for the handful of Pokémon ex
who are weak to Grass and thus very weak to Seviper…
4/5-Great for slapping down most other Basics, resists one of the
worse Special Conditions in Limited, nukes another AB3, and if
your opponent drafted an evo, you can slap it down. ;) Too bad
there is so much good Fighting in this set.
Hello once again, sorry that I missed
the other few day's CotD. Its midterm week with a lot of
papers/reports and stuff, and you know, things are getting rough,
and I have exams to study for, etc. while still maintaining a life
outside school/pokemon. Hope you understand, etc.
While I was gone, however, I went to the EX: Dragons Prerelease at
PCNY, and there were like 100 people there, and I'm not even
exaggerating. (there were 75 participants that arrived, a few left
after getting the packs) there were also loads of parents/grannys,
etc. and I was able to get 1st place in 11-14 while my friend Mike
(perfect0ne, used to be and I think still is a CotD reviewer) got
tied for 1st in 15+, mike and I both being undefeated. Also
congrats to the 10- kid who won, cuz he played great and had a
really nice deck. Also nice to know that I'll be joining Mike next
year in the 15+ age division, so we can't both win EX: R/S
Challenge, Sandstorm Prerelease, and Dragons Prerelease again, =P
Without further ado, here's today's CotD, Zangoose, my friend
Carlo's fav poke, and its a good poke in the gb game, though
overshadowed by slaking. Zangoose is great, though the three
energy attack might not be so great.
Zangoose [C] 70 HP
If the defending Pokemon is named Seviper, then this attack does
10 damage plus 30 more damage.
If the defending Pokemon is an evolved Pokemon, then this attack
does 30 damage plus 30 more damage.
Retreat Cost: [C]
Zangoose kills erm, any stage one or stage two with less than 60
HP. Fossil Kabutops comes to mind, but kabutops takes this in one
hit too. Also, it kills Magikarps. Another bonus in any format,
since Magikarps are the best cards in any format.
Ok, back to reality, in the older sets you have scyther,
electabuzz, and they are pretty good, zangoose is a runner up at
most. 30 for 3 is decent, but then the evolution bonus comes in
handy., Problem is it doesn't OHKO evolutions, though its a
perfect Salamence (holo) Flygon (holo) Lati@s ex counter, all
going to be played, might be a reason to play Zangoose. I'm still
kinda busy tonight, sorry about this, but school is kinda more
important that pokemon right now for me. I'll just do the ratings.
Unlimited: Eventually might join the old folks (Scyther,
Electabuzz, Chansey) as a BBP just like Mewtwo ex has somewhat
replaced Promo Mewtwo. Good card against Wiggly, Fable, Muk, Dark
Muk, and even blastoise. Does 70 damage to some Stage 1s like
fable and muk with a pluspower. Might be played. 3/5
Modified: One of the better BBP, joins Seviper as a great EX
counter. Bad card illustration, but doesn't matter, anything that
can consistantly hit 60 on a evo for 3 energy is nice. 3/5
Draft: No-one drafts anymore, now its all sealed, thanks to
Nintendo. IMO, draft is more fair, and actually takes skill.
However, Nintendo makes more money from Sealed Booster drafts, so
they changed it. Anyway, its a miracle here, you pull it out, you
might as well win if you can power it turn 3. Of course even cards
like mewtwo ex can be taken down in draft, so zangoose is nothing.
Still a nice card though. 3.5/5
Sealed Deck: A different type of draft. Zangoose works well with
the Caravan theme deck, imo. Even if its not Caravan, its still a
card to add in. A basic with 70 hp and can do up to 60 on other
sandstorm Pokes deserves a slot in a deck. 3/5
I've been asked by some readers, so I'll explain myself here. The
reason that I don't rate cards in multiplayer and 2-on-2 is that
there are no tourneys that play that way. Those two methods of
playing are casual, and if its casual, there's no point on
commenting on it. You can basically play anything in casual. My
base set Tangela/ neo gen skarmory/ jungle electrode deck does
fine in 2-on-2 or multiplayer. No-one is actually serious.
Thanks for reading.
P.S.: I'm trying to write a report for the Dragon prerelease, I
hope i can post it on pojo sometime, (for the 2 people that
e-mailed me for a report).
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