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Boldore #51

Emerging Powers

Date Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 2.50

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

Boldore 51/98 (Emerging Powers)

Hello and welcome to what seems to be Fighting Pokémon week here on Pojo’s CotD.

We kick off with one of those difficult evolving Stage 1 reviews. You know the drill by now . . . only a select few have ever been good for anything except evolving into the Stage 2 when Rare Candy isn’t an option. Let’s see if Boldore is going to be one of those exceptions.

The 90 HP is pretty standard for a Pokémon of this type: enough to survive a weak attack early game, but well in the range of being OHKO’d by virtually all decks. The Grass Weakness is pretty good as Weakness goes: the only Grass Pokémon that see much play are either non-attacking Bench support like Vileplume and Sunflora, or Yanmega whose Sonicboom attack isn’t affected by Weakness or Resistance. Slightly more of a problem is the very heavy Retreat cost. If this gets dragged active and you need to move it fast, you had better be holding a Switch

Boldore’s first attack, Smack Down, is an interesting one. For [F][C] you only get 20 damage (which is rubbish) unless the Defending Pokémon is Fighting Resistant, in which case it does an extra 60 (giving a total of 60 once you factor in the -20 Resistance). There are a few Pokémon being played which Resist Fighting (notably Yanmega Prime and Tornadus), but are they likely to be troubled by Boldore? Not really . . . the damage output is still a long way short of a OHKO, and a deck that has no other way of putting 60+ damage on a Yanmega . . . well, it isn’t a very good deck in this format. No deck would benefit from the ability to use Boldore’s Power Gem attack either. For a Stage 1, it hits decently hard (80 effect-free damage points), but the cost? An atrocious [F][F][C][C]. Not the kind of investment you want to put into a 90 HP evolving Stage 1.

So, no. Boldore comes closer than most Pokémon in its category to having a use outside of evolving, but it doesn’t quite make it. One underpowered, very situational attack won’t cut it.


Modified: 1.75 (not horrible compared to most Stage 1s, but still unlikely anyone would want to use its attacks)

Limited: 2.5 (eh . . . solid, but expensive for what it is)

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