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Dodrio Lv. 32
& Reviews Summary
Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.
3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
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At first, I saw this
card, and I got excited….then I thought about it some
more and I got less excited…then I played it a bit in
limited and got unhappy with it.
Draw an extra card every
turn! WOW! This has potential right?
Until you look at the
bench space you have used with Dodrio that could have
been used for Claydol GE, drawing 1-6 cards a turn…with
a better attack (yes, Claydol has an attack, read the
Frankly I would rather
use Uxie, and be able to GET IT OUT OF THE WAY if I need
I know, I know, there is
no max hand size with Dodrio…who cares? If you have a
large hand, then you are not getting things done, and
are probably in trouble…Gengar is out there you know!
So, we have a card that
looks good, and is not. Is that the subtitle to this
Modified…a good idea,
but not a great one. Free retreat is helpful…2.5/5
Some redeeming qualities.
Limited…a very good
idea, but not a game-breaking one…trust me, I TRIED!!!
Too hard to search for the basic, and evolution in
limited, and you aren’t going to get a 3-3 line of a
rare, especially this one. 4/5
A REAL set comes out
this weekend…advent of arceus…go to
for locations, since the usual site is down!!!
Top 4 UK Nats
Dodrio Lv 32 SV
Dodrio SV is a card that did get some attention before
it was released. This was entirely due to its PokePower
Echo Draw which simply allows the player to draw an
extra card during their turn.
Now while extra draw that doesn’t use up an attack or
require the Pokémon to be active is never going to be a
bad thing, the issue is: is it worth the Bench space and
the resources needed to get it on to the Bench?
Unfortunately, the answer is: no. Not when we have so
many better alternatives to choose from.
Claydol GE, Uxie LA, Uxie LV X, even Porygon 2 GE with
the right Supporters ALL provide superior draw to Dodrio.
There is simply no reason to run this card unless you
have absolutely no access to any of those mentioned
above. Even then, you are probably better off saving the
Bench space and playing more draw Supporters or Pokedex.
Dodrio SV’s other attributes don’t give you any more
reason to include it in a deck either. It’s only attack,
Drill Peck does a very inadequate 50 for three Energy.
Its Weakness to Lightning also makes it an easy target
for Luxray GL LV X, though I am not sure they would
waste its attack on a Dodrio. Fighting Resistance and
Free Retreat are nice, but it would take a lot more than
that to make this card playable in Modified.
Modified: 1.5 (completely outclassed by other draw
Limited: 4.5 (here it can actually shine. There is
virtually no other source of draw in the set, so Dodrio
is a very nice Pokémon to have on your Bench).
Sorry everybody for missing the reviews the past few
days, but here we go again with Dodrio. Dodrio is sort
of interesting. When I first started playing again a few
months ago, I used a 2-2 Dodrio line as a poor man's
Claydol. Now, in no way, shape, or form am I
equivocating Dodrio with Claydol. However, if you are
new to the game, and do not have 50 bucks to drop on 2
Claydol on ebay, Dodrio MAY suffice until you gather
enough good stuff to trade for a Claydol or 2. You most
likely won't use Dodrio's attack, but at least you could
if you need to. His free retreat is nice, weakness to
lightning is BAD, and resistance to fighting is GOOD.
Overall I would say Dodrio is good for beginners. DO NOT
go to a tournament with only a Dodrio line for your draw
engine and expect to keep pace with your opponents'
Limited: 3/5 (any draw is good draw in limited)
Hello! I'm Kevin Ditzler and I'm a new contributor to
the COTD's! Well anyways, on to the review:
I've heard some (by some I mean some bad player every
now and then) hype around Dodrio SV lately. I honestly
do not see what anyone sees in this card. When looking
at this card, you must think about how it ranks up with
other cards that do the same things. This is obviously a
drawing card. It draws a free card every turn, and can
be used more than once, assuming you have more than one
Dodrio out there. Just one card. Its attack is also
amazingly expensive and deals a minimal amount of
damage. It has a free retreat, which isn't really worth
noting, seeing as how you never would want to be
attacking with this. Resists Machamp, weak to Luxray GL.
Cards that do a better job:
Pretty much can't go wrong with those two. Stick to
them, while sending your Dodrios to the binder.
Modified: 2/5 (2 just because it draws a free card.)
Limited: 4/5 (Amazing draft card! Free draws win you
draft tournaments. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 is
because its attack is a little expensive, even for
Have a nice day.