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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Zubat - Team Rocket Returns

Date Reviewed: 12.08.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Zubats are all about getting to Golbat and Crobat. Or in this case, Dark Golbat and Dark Crobat. So, this review will focus on how this Zubat stacks up against the other ones that are available to choose in the various formats.

In Modified, you have a choice of this Zubat and the Hidden Legends one. They have identical basic stats, only their attacks are different.

Of the two, Hidden Legends is the better choice with a great hand- disruption attack. TRR Zubat is not bad, though. Just that a flippy Paralyzation attack and mediocre damage attack don't stand out. 2.75/5

In Unlimited, there's a swarm of Zubats to choose from. Seven, to be exact. Here, you have to balance Retreat Cost against Hit Points. Your main choices are Revelation Zubat with 40 HP, a free retreat, and an auto-Poison attack verses Hidden Legends Zubat with 50 HP, a One Retreat Cost, and a hand disruption attack. TRR Zubat is down around choice 4 or 5. Not a stand out. 2.25/5

In Limited, you don't have a choice among Zubats. Unless you are drafting TRR along with the original TR set. That's worth considering, though. I recommend trying it. You can usually get TR boxes or packs pretty cheap because it was the most over-produced set, coming right when the popularity of the game took a tumble. So, being the only Zubat, let's consider it against other Common Basics. In that light, it is still fairly mediocre. It has a standard HP, average attacks, and a standard Retreat. It's Psychic Weakness is not bad since there aren't a lot of Psychic type commons in the set. However, there is nothing special about it. It's main purpose is to get you to D Golbat. This card is good, but only if you can "Swarm" it. Since you're not likely to pull many copies of this uncommon, I wouldn't plan on being able to do that. It's very unlikely that you'll get up to the Crobat since it's a rare holo. Therefore, unless you were lucking in drawing the evos, skip the bat. 2.5/5

Johnny Blaze
Zubat – We are taking a look at the whole Dark Crobat line from Team Rocket Returns this week and what better Pokemon to take a look at then its basic stage of Zubat.

In current Modified format you have 2 different versions of Zubat to choose from. There is the TRR’s version and also the version that appeared in Hidden Legends. My review will be based on the Team Rocket version. Although the HL’s Zubat is a decent one too.

Zubat has the typical weakness to Psychic. Its 1st attack, Dark Streak for 1C, lets you flip a coin and on the result of heads your opponents active Pokemon is paralyzed. Its 2nd attack is Ambush for 1C+1G, It does a base damage of 20 and on a coin flip of heads it deals an extra 10 damage.

Unlimited – 3/5 :You will be using it to evolve into Crobat or Dark Crobat so it really doesn’t make a difference here.

Modifed – 3/5: You need it to evolve into Dark Crobat and its 2nd attack can do a possible 60 to Grass weak Pokemon on a heads flip.

Limited: 4/5 – For 2 energies one of them being colorless and dealing a possible 30 or 60 to Grass weak Pokemon Zubat is a good pick here. 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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