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Gothorita #45

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 2.67

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
2010 UK National

We’ll get to the Stage 2s later, but for now, I’ll just say that one of them may end up seeing some play, thanks to its awesome Ability. With that said, it’s probably too much to expect that a Pokémon with a great Ability would have equally awesome and helpful Pokémon in its evolution line.

Which brings us to the first of our two Gothorita reviews . . .

What we have here is a Psychic Type (kind of neutral, as it doesn’t hit, or get hit for, Weakness by any significant cards in the metagame right now). The 80 HP is . . . adequate, as is the Retreat cost of one.

The attacks? Well, there’s nothing here that you haven’t seen dozens of times before on various Pokémon. For a single Colourless Energy you get Double Slap (flip two coins and do 20 for each heads. Add a Psychic Energy to the cost, and you can use Psybeam to do 20 damage and inflict Confusion (the lamest of all the Status Conditions).Yes, it’s all very meh and generic for a Stage 1: nothing disastrous, but at the same time, it’s cards like this that make you realise why Rare Candy has never rotated out since it was first printed way back in Emerald.

So, should you be running this or the other one in your Gothitelle deck? Come back tomorrow and I’ll try and answer that question.


Modified: 1.5 (very standard evolving Stage 1)

Limited: 1.75 (not much use by itself here either, though Confusion is ok)


Welcome back, Pojo readers! I hope that all of you enjoyed your prereleases this weekend, and if you haven't had them yet, be sure to check back here as we're going to be reviewing some cards from the new Emerging Powers expansion this week. Today's Card of the Day is one of the two Gothorita from the set, #45. Gothorita will end up being important if Gothitelle ends up being popular, so it's important to know which one is worth playing.

Gothorita is a Stage 1 Psychic Pokemon. Psychics aren't too common in Modified right now, with the occasional appearances of Mew Prime, Gengar Prime, Reuniclus, and Jirachi UL/CL in decks, but there isn't a popular deck I can think of right now with a primary Psychic-type focus. Then again, with the release of Gothitelle, that all may change. Gothorita has a decent 80 HP, which is fairly acceptable for a Stage 1, although it still could be a bit higher. Psychic Weakness is to be expected, and isn't such a major problem right now due to the relative lack of the type in Modified. In Limited, however, Psychic is an incredibly common type, so you'll want to proceed with caution there when using Gothorita. No Resistance is unfortunate, and a Retreat Cost of 1 is decent.

This Gothorita has two attacks, Double Slap and Psybeam. Double Slap is your standard flip attack, allowing you to flip two coins, dealing 20 damage times the number of heads for a single Colorless Energy. Chances are you won't be using this attack in Modified unless you're really in a pinch, but it can be decent enough in Limited if you don't have very much Energy. It's not really the highlight of the card, though. Psybeam, on the other hand, also deals 20 damage, but automatically Confuses for a Psychic and a Colorless. Confusion is an underrated Special Condition in my opinion, and will more often than not force your opponent to retreat. Since Modified is dominated by switching around, Psybeam may not work so well here either, but in Limited, where your opponents are much less likely to switch out, the potential for Confusion is great.

Modified: 2/5 This particular Gothorita isn't so bad, but I feel like the other one from the set is slightly better. While automatic Confusion is very nice, the attacks don't deal enough damage on their own to make any significant impact in the Modified format. Then again, being a Stage 1 in the middle of a Stage 2 line will probably make it so that Gothorita won't be attacking very often, but even still, I believe the other (#46) will be slightly better.

Limited: 3.5/5 Unlike in Modified, this Gothorita is both serviceable and effective. Double Slap isn't anything to write home about, but Psybeam's automatic Confusion is amazing in Limited, easily messing up your opponent's plans despite Psybeam's rather low damage output. If you get a few Gothita and plan on going Psychic, this Gothorita is a decent choice, especially when you get a Gothitelle too.

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