Ponyta Lv 8
So, what does Delibird bring us for our last
pre-Christmas review? Oh look! It’s Ponyta!
The first thing people will notice about Ponyta is that
it has an Ascension attack. These are almost always
great (remember CG Shuppet?) as they allow you to search
out a Rapidash and evolve straight away. How great that
is obviously depends on whether there are any playable
Rapidash and the news on that front isn’t so good. The
only serious candidate is Rapidash SV with the Wild
Guard PokeBody (kind of like a poor man’s Mewtwo LV X).
Ponyta’s second attack is made irrelevant by the first
seeing as you will want to evolve it asap. That’s just
as well, really, as Combustion is both weak and
overpriced at [R][C] for 20 damage and no Effect.
Ponyta’s +10 Water Weakness is pretty much what you
would expect, but its frighteningly low 40 HP is a
different matter. You certainly wouldn’t want to start
with this. Retreat cost of one is ok, but it gets Free
Retreat when evolved anyway.
Basically, if you are going to play Rapidash, Ascension
probably makes this the Ponyta of choice. The fact that
it is such a weak Basic will probably give you a few
nervous moments though.
And with that, all that’s left is for me to wish all
CotD readers a Happy Christmas, and New Year!
Modified: 2 (if you must play Rapidash, use this)
Limited: 3.25 (Rapidash is decent in Limited and
searching one out with Ascension is great)