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Graveler LV 37


Date Reviewed: 02.02.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.33
Limited: 2.33

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

Graveler LV 37


Stage 1 Pokémon that evolve are probably the hardest cards to review. This is because, with certain very rare situational exceptions like Vibrava RR, you don’t ever want to have one in play. If you are playing a Golem deck, you want to get Golem into play as quickly as possible, using Rare Candy to bypass the Stage 1, or Broken Time-Space for instant evolution. That’s why people playing Stage 2 decks will almost always play fewer copies of the Stage 1 than of the Basic or the Stage 2.


But just supposing you are stuck with Graveler, for some reason. Would that be a complete disaster? Well, Graveler does have 90 HP, which is very good for an evolving Stage 1, and might help it survive a turn while you get the Golem out. It has a Grass Weakness, which is one of the better ones to have at this moment (although that could change), and it has a Resistance to Lightning which is very good news, as this would be a difficult Bright Look + KO for a Luxray LV X. The Retreat cost of three is abysmal, however, even though you would never want it active.


Graveler’s attacks are straightforward and not very interesting. [C][C] gets you Tackle, which does an underwhelming vanilla 30 damage. For [F][F][C] you get Double-Edge. An expensive attack which does 70 damage to the Defending Pokémon and 10 to Graveler itself. Honestly, if you can’t get a Golem out by the time you get three Energy on this, there is something very wrong with your deck. This is an attack you shouldn’t have to use. Ever.


So, as a Stage 1 that can take a hit if you are absolutely forced to use it, Graveler is a decent card. However it does nothing to make it more than a mere stepping-stone towards its Stage 2 evolution. Ultimately, the effectiveness of that Stage 2 decides how playable Graveler is and Golem, while not terrible, is most definitely not a top tier card.




Modified: 1.5 (ok for what it is but is just there to evolve)

Limited: 2 (fairly sturdy and 70 damage is handy in Limited)


Hello again, Pojo readers! I hope you all are enjoying the various HeartGold/SoulSilver Pre-release events going on right now. Today we are reviewing the Rock Pokemon from Arceus, Graveler Lv. 37.

Graveler is a Stage 1 Fighting Pokemon that evolves from Geodude and evolves further into Golem. Thus, if you are playing Graveler, you are most likely running it for Golem or in a Limited format. Graveler has 90 HP, which is pretty standard for an evolving Stage 1. Weakness to Grass isn't so bad right now, but could end up being a bigger problem as there are many potent Grass Pokemon in HeartGold and SoulSilver. Resistance to Lightning (i.e. Luxray GL Lv. X) is fantastic. A Retreat Cost of 3 is really expensive, so Graveler is probably staying out unless you Switch or Warp Point.

Graveler has two attacks. Tackle does 30 damage for [CC], which is acceptable given the Colorless energy requirements, and can be useful if you're waiting for a Fighting Energy or Golem, and is also good if you don't want to damage yourself with Double-Edge. Speaking of Double-Edge, it does 70 damage for [FFC], and Graveler does 10 damage to itself. 70 damage for 3 energy is pretty solid on a Stage 1 that evolves further, but you should be careful when using this attack because all of the recoil damage could aid your opponent in getting a quicker KO.

Overall, a generally solid Stage 1 evolution for your Golem.

Modified: 2.5/5 You would probably only use this here to get a Golem out if you didn't have a Rare Candy. A Golem AR / Bronzong SF deck or something similar might be viable as a rogue deck or just something fun to try at your league. Quite decent for a middle evolution.

Limited: 2/5 You're obviously going to run this if you grab a Golem, and Colorless energy requirements are great here, so Tackle can be splashed without much trouble. Unfortunately, there are quite a few Grass types here, so be careful if you're going to use it.


Graveler LV.37
Platinum--Arceus, #37

The Fighting-type Pokémon Graveler is a traditional hitter, and that is what we have with this latest entry.

Its first attack, Tackle, deals 30 damage for {C}{C}. It is moderate damage, but the attack cost is high to deal that much damage. It does give you an option to deal damage when building up for the next attack, waiting for Golem, or need that primary hitter.

Its second attack, Double-edge, deals 70 damage for {F}{F}{C}, and Graveler does 10 damage to itself. Graveler is meant to endure attacks while dishing out heavy damage. This would be a balanced attack.

Its three Energy Retreat Cost is atrocious, especially when Graveler is near being Knocked-Out. This is tradinitional with Graveler and Golem. Super Scoop Up, Switch and Warp Point are great uses to save Graveler from additional pain.

90 HP is decent health for a Stage 1 Evolved Pokémon to endure damage.

Modified: 4/5
Limited: 3/5


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