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Date Reviewed: 03.29.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.00

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

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Shuckle HGSS
Hello, and welcome to another week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD!
We start with Shuckle, a Rare Holo from the recent HGSS set. Shuckle is one of the more . . . different looking Pokémon, but it’s pretty cute and likeable. We all know that it is going to have to come up with more than that if it is going to get any tournament play though.
Shuckle’s stats don’t do anything to make that possible. 60 HP on an unevolving Basic? Ewwww. Fire Weakness seems to be not too bad at the moment as BlazeRay use has declined and Charizard hasn’t made much of an impact. The Retreat cost of one is . . . ok.
Much like its brother Shuckle from SW, this Shuckle has a PokeBody that tries to give it some protection. Whereas Shuckle SW’s Pot Shell was semi-useful (protection from Pokémon with Special Energy attached), Shuckle HGSS’s Shell Barricade is really . . . pointless. Ok, it prevents all damage done to Shuckle while it is on the Bench but . . . why would you even want Shuckle taking up space on your Bench in the first place? It doesn’t have a useful Power or Body to use while sitting there, it isn’t waiting to evolve into something good . . . it isn’t even a starter Pokémon that you might want to Retreat after setting up. I suppose you could use it to absorb damage from Luxray’s Flash Impact, but there are many better options for that.
Even worse, you are unlikely to want Shuckle in the active position either. Its solitary attack, Poison Jab, costs [F][F] to do 30 damage and auto Poison. That’s not terrible in itself but . . . Status Conditions are easily dealt with (Unown G, Retreat, Poke Turn, or Evolve your way out of them), and 30 damage is puny these days. Only having one attack that needs two Energy is also bad . . . it makes Shuckle slow and resource-hungry: two things that you really don’t want a 60 HP Basic to be.
Sadly, Shuckle offers players little or nothing of any real value, and so will never be worthy of a place in any decent deck.
Modified: 1.5 (I suppose it does something . . . but not nearly enough)
Limited: 2 (the Poison attack works better here)

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