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Emolga #49

Next Destinies

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2012

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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Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Emolga (Next Destinies)

In the anime, Iris has an Emolga which is nothing less than completely adorable. However, she (the Emolga, not Iris) also has this habit of using her Volt Switch attack to tag in another Pokémon at random, much to the annoyance of her owner. This card seems to kind of replicate that in the TCG . . . not sure if that is intentional or not.

Emolga is an unevolving, Lightning Type Basic Pokémon with 70 HP and a Weakness to Fighting. Those last two facts mean that it is not the most durable Pokémon in the format (to put it politely). The Retreat cost of one is pretty standard, though there has been a free Retreat Emolga in the past, so it feels like it could be better.

With just one attack and no Abilities to offer, you know that Bounce is going to have to be extremely good to tempt players to take this card out of the Binder. The first disappointment here is the cost. To use Bounce, you need one Lightning and one Energy of any Colour. That means that without acceleration (from Eelektrik most likely), it will take two turns to get Emolga to do anything, and that is just not good enough for an unevolving Basic. The second disappointment is the low damage output: just 30 for two Energy – barely enough to leave a scratch on some of the Pokémon that see play now. Even the effect is something of a double-edge sword. After doing damage, Emolga switches out for a Benched Pokémon. Yes this will give it some measure of protection (it’s unlikely an opponent will even want to waste a Catcher on this), but at the same time, it leaves another Pokémon vulnerable to attack . . . and that Pokémon is almost certainly going to be more worthwhile in your deck than Emolga.

You can see why Iris, Ash, and Cilan find Emolga so annoying now, can’t you?


Modified: 1.5 (Cuteness isn’t enough, unfortunately)

Limited: 2 (you may well not have anything decent on your Bench to Bounce into play)

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