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Dunsparce #29/95

HS Unleashed

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2010

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.00
Limited: 3.40

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Dunsparce (Unleashed)


So today we take a look at Dunsparce, one of the weirder Pokémon in the franchise.


This isn’t going to take long.


Dunsparce is an unevolving Basic with a low 60 HP, Weakness to Fighting, and a Retreat cost of one. It has a single attack, Return, which does 10 damage (pretty irrelevant) and allows you to draw cards until you have six in your hand.


With Claydol rotating out, everyone is looking for cards that help you draw, but Dunsparce isn’t something they will be turning to. Unless you can play out most of your hand early, you won’t really be drawing much with Dunsparce, thanks to the ‘up to six’ restriction. If you really want to burn your hand and use an attack to re-stock it, then Chatot MD is a much better option (no-Energy attack, free Retreat). Otherwise, there is always Uxie – vastly superior as it doesn’t waste an attack.


Don’t expect to see this in competitive play . . . even after Claydol is rotated.




Modified: 1.25 (it does draw, but you have a lot better ways to get the job done)

Limited: 3.25 (ANY draw here is nice, and this can be a reasonable starter)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Dunsparce (HS Unleashed)
Sorry for the late reviews readers, I've finally caught up and posted my reviews for the past 1 1/2 weeks. Thanks for your patience!
Dunsparce is actually quite a nice card. The concept is similar to Chatot MD, as it is meant to refresh your hand while you set up.
60 HP, 1 retreat and figthing weakness are pretty much expected for colourless Basics, and it means that Dunsparce will probably survive your opponent's first hit. This is great news as it means that Dunsparce is one tech that will actually be able to do it's job, and do it effectively.
Dunsparce has only 1 attack, but it doesn't really need another. Return is a strange name, but the effect is great. 10 damage  for C is nothing special, but the added effect is to draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand. The obvious drawback is the need to attach energy in the frist place, as well as needing to be able to play cards to get decent draw out of it. Also, it doesn't get rid of a bad hand like Chatot does. If you have cards you want to keep though, Dunsparce is great for early draw. The best out of the set I'd say.
Modified: 3 (won't replace Chatot as shuffle draw will still be better 2 out of 3 games, but it is an option for new players and still has a niche to fill)
Limited: 4 (even with the other options in the set, Dunsparce is the shining star)
Combos with: Spammable Trainers and other cards you play quickly.

virusyosh Welcome back, Pojo readers! Today's Card of the Day is Dunsparce from HS Unleashed.

Dunsparce is a Basic Colorless Pokemon. Dunsparce doesn't have any evolutions, so it must be able to do some pretty awesome things on its own in order to see some play. 60 HP for a non-evolving Basic isn't a good start, as this amount is really low and is easily within OHKO range. Double Weakness to Fighting is bad if you're up against Donphan, Machamp, or Promocroak. No Resistance is pretty standard, and a Retreat Cost of 1 isn't terrible, although it would be better if it were free.

Dunsparce only has one attack, with a fairly simple effect. Return costs a single Colorless energy, dealing 10 damage and allowing you to draw cards until you have 6 in your hand. The damage output is very low, and would not be the point of using this attack. Drawing until you have six cards is pretty good, as this works similarly to Uxie's Set Up or even (in some capacity) to Claydol's Cosmic Power. However, this effect is unfortunately part of an attack, and therefore wastes precious time where you could be working to knock out the opponent. Dunsparce may work in some capacity as a early game set-up Pokemon or something similar, but there are generally better options with Trainers, Supporters, or Poke-Powers in the metagame.

Modified: 1.75/5 I'm not totally convinced that it can't be used in Modified, as it may be able to restore your hand after your hand has either been emptied or hit with Cyrus's Initiative/Sablelock. Even still, using Uxie, Claydol, or Supporters are still probably better options, as you aren't delayed in hitting your opponent hard.

Limited: 3/5 Cheap, Colorless energy requirements and a card-drawing attack make Dunsparce pretty good in the slower format as a starter. Its HP still isn't that great, but the card draw can be amazing here, even if you draw a decent amount of Supporters.

Dunsparce, can you reclaim your place as a great opener?


No, no you can’t.  This is a good effort, though!  Dunsparce (HS – Unleashed Uncommon 29/96) has a passable 60 HP for a Basic with no Evolutions available.  It has a mildly concerning Fighting Weakness x 2: it won’t often matter because the heavies in Fighting decks would OHKO it anyway.  Only when the Fighting deck has a slow start and doesn’t rush to Evolve but still takes Dunsparce down with lower stage Fighting Pokémon or the like will it have been a burden.  The lack of Resistance is lame/lazy on TPCs part and could have helped this card.  The single Energy Retreat Cost is good, at least.


Dunsparce has a single attack and if this were a slower format and/or lacked such potent Trainer-lock decks, would make it a good starter: Return needs just a single Energy, does 10 damage, and lets you draw until you have six cards in hand.  It wouldn’t be for every deck but it’d allow you to run a deck packed with cards you could play right away (mostly Basics and Normal Trainers) but still hold a key card or two in hand to build a nasty combo.


As is, though, you’ll rarely pick this over the other options available to you.  Brilliant opener for Limited, of course: any draw power tends to be potent here.




Modified: 2/5


Limited: 5/5


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