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Butterfree #16/123

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 02.12.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 3.10

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Butterfree (HGSS)


Butterfree is one of the original 151 Pokémon, and is obviously a favourite of the people who design Pokémon because they seem to re-make it for every new generation (see Dustox, Beautifly, and Mothim for details).


This particular Butterfree has  120 HP which is ok, but it’s ability to survive is not helped by a double Weakness to Lightning which, as we all know, means easy KOs for Luxray GL LV X. The Fighting Resistance is nice though, especially if Donphan Prime sees as much play as expected. The Free Retreat is excellent as always.


Almost all of the Butterfree that have ever been printed come with some kind of healing ability, and this one is no different. For the bargain price of [G], Cure Powder removes three damage counters from all of your Pokémon. Sounds pretty useful, doesn’t it? Especially late game, or as a counter to spread decks. But then you realise that Nidoqueen RR can do almost as good a job by just sitting on the bench and removing 10 damage from all of your Pokémon between turns. Building up a Stage 2 just for some mass healing, at the cost of using your attack for that turn, just isn’t worth it. It does too little to advance the game state in your favour.


But don’t despair, Butterfree does have a second attack, Whirlwind, which does 60 damage for [G][C][C] and forces your opponent to switch. 60 for three Energy is barely average these days and even though the attack is disruptive, the disruption can sometimes favour the opponent retreating their damaged Pokémon for them. Because the opponent chooses which Pokémon to bring up, there is little to stop them from simply pushing up a free retreater like Chatot or Crobat and switching back on their turn anyway.


I’m afraid that the bad double Weakness and sub-par attacks means that Butterfree has taken a step back in HGSS. The Butterfree from GE is still clearly superior. And if you want a healer . . . just use Nidoqueen or even the new Blissey Prime.




Modified: 1.5 (not totally useless, but way short of being competitive)

Limited: 1.75 (if you go to all the trouble of evolving a Stage 2, you would want more than this offers)


Our first week of reviewing HeartGold and SoulSilver cards ends with a review of Butterfree. Many people are talking about how Metapod HGSS can be used as tech in Grass decks, but how does Butterfree compare?

As most of you should know, Butterfree is a Stage 2 Grass Pokemon. Grass Pokemon aren't the best thing to be right now with many counters running around, but they have tons of support. Butterfree has 120 HP, which is a bit standard for a Stage 2, but could afford to be a little higher. Weakness to Lightning is generally bad due to Luxray GL Lv. X, and like everything else in HGSS, the Weakness is x2. Resistance to Fighting is to be expected from a Flying Pokemon, and no Retreat Cost is great.

Butterfree has no Powers or Bodies but two attacks. The first attack, Cure Powder, removes 3 damage counters from each of your Pokemon for [G]. Even though this seems like it could be pretty good, but there are better ways to heal spread damage, such as Nidoqueen RR, Garchomp C Lv. X, and Blissey Prime, as their healing does not require an attack on a Stage 2. The second attack, Whirlwind, inflicts 60 damage for [GCC] and switches if the Defending Pokemon is not Knocked Out. Unfortunately, for the only damaging attack on a Stage 2, it is a bit weak.

Modified: 2/5 While Butterfree won't be useful as a main attacker, it does provide some decent support options. Butterfree's attacks are very interesting, but they aren't really very powerful. If you're running Metapod HGSS as a tech for your Grass deck, it may be worth running a Butterfree. If not, Butterfree is probably not worth running.

Limited: 2.5/5 Stage 2s are hard to get out in Limited, but are usually really good when you do get them out. The healing attack can actually be quite useful here, and Whirlwind can work to provide decent damage and disruption.


For Friday, 2010-02-12:



HeartGold & SoulSilver, #16


Today, we look at another exciting Grass-type Pokémon from HeartGold & SoulSilver, the Butterfly Pokémon Butterfree.


Butterfree has 120 HP and free Retreat Cost, both allowing it to endure attacks and escape harm's way.


Curse Powder, its first attack for {G}, removes three damage counters from each of your Pokémon.  The attack deals no damage, but it removes damage from your damaged Pokémon who can use any such heal. 


When you have built Butterfree up with Energy for two additional turns, it will have power for its second attack, Whirlwind.  It does 60 damage for {G}{C}{C}, and causes your opponent to switch the Defending Pokémon with one of his or her Benched Pokémon.  This attack can easily knock our Pokémon with 60 or less remaining HP; otherwise, your opponent will be switching damaged Pokémon to his or her bench for later sacrifice.


Notice Butterfree's weakness to Lightning-type Pokémon.  Luxray [GL], Raichu and Ampharos can give it trouble.



Modified:  4/5

Limited:  5/5

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