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Porygon-Z G Lv 56


Date Reviewed: 12.03.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.75
Limited: 3.25

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

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Porygon-Z G Lv 56


Porygon-Z G looks like being one of the very last SP Pokémon that we shall see. It seems odd to get a set with just two of them (Beedrill G is the other), but in this case it is absolutely necessary that Porygon is an SP Basic: if it wasn’t it would be a complete failure. Let’s see why . . .


Almost every aspect of Porygon-Z G is irrelevant: the 80 HP, the lame attack, the Fighting Weakness . . . There are only two important things about it: it’s Power, and the fact that it is SP.


Dowsing Code, Porygon’s PokePower, has a very specific function. When it is played from the hand to the Bench, it returns two Tool cards from the Discard to the deck. Obviously decks that do not play Tools have no use whatsoever for it. Even decks that just play a couple of Expert Belts for damage boosting will be unlikely to want to give it Bench space. In a deck where the use of Tools is absolutely essential, though, this card has a key role to play. At the moment, the only competitive decks that really need Porygon are ones built around Luxray AR, which likes to discard Tools to attack. However it could also have a use in reviving decks which need Energy Link to work (such as those using Electivire SW for Energy acceleration). In the past those decks have failed partly because Energy Link was unsearchable and couldn’t be recovered. Well, with the Arceus set, both of those problems are solved with Department Store Girl and Porygon-Z G.


So, why is it important that this card is an SP? Well, partly because it needs to be a Basic to be playable, but mostly because it can work with PokeTurn. PokeTurn means that it can be used repeatedly when needed, and also that it doesn’t have to be left on the Bench, taking up space and being vulnerable to sniping.


Porygon-Z G is a real niche card. You won’t see it in many decks, but for those decks that do use it, it is an absolute staple.




Modified: 3 (only does one thing, but does it extremely well)

Limited: 3.25 (lots of very useful Tools in the set. Great to re-use what you pull)


Porygon Z G:


Porygon Z G's poke-power: Dowsing Code allows you to shuffle two tool cards from your discard pile into your deck when you play Porgygon Z G from your hand to the bench. This power would seem useful in SP decks, but in reality, the ability to poke-turn the energy gain (or expert belt) back to the hand will usually save your tools from hitting the discard pile. So Porygon Z G in an SP deck may not be the best idea, but will take some play testing to see. Porygon Z G is useful in the new Gadget Bolt Luxray deck, and may even be useful as a 1 card tech in other decks that rely heavily on Expert Belt. Remember, the tool cards go back into the deck, not to the hand, so there still is the matter of getting the cards out of the deck to deal with. If they went to the hand this card would be a LOT better, but for now its potential makes it playtest worthy.


Modified: 2.5/5

Limited: 3.25/5

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