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Galvantula #43

Dark Explorers

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
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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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
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Galvantula (Dark Explorers)

Hello and welcome to a short (and interrupted) week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. This is because our US readers have the 4th July holiday coming up. I hope you have a great time!

We kick off the week with a look at Galvantula from Dark Explorers. While I’m not fussed about the big yellow spider itself, I do think that its Basic, Joltik, is completely adorable, so I guess I’d like a reason to play him. Let’s see if this card can provide it.

Galvantula is a Lightning Type whose 80 HP seems a bit low, even for an unevolving Stage 1. The best thing you can say for it is that it makes the Fighting Weakness somewhat irrelevant. Terrakion NVI and Groudon-EX won’t have too many issues OHKOing this regardless. On the plus side, the Retreat cost of one is fine, and Lightning Types do have access to Eelektrik NVI for Energy acceleration.

Not that Galvantula is likely to need it, as both its attacks are very cheap. For one Lightning Energy, Quick Turn lets you flip two coins and do 20 for each heads. This is yet another generic ‘filler’ attack that you see quite a lot of. I guess doing 40 for one isn’t bad if you flip two heads, but any other outcome is pretty bad. This isn’t an attack that you would ever use as part of a strategy, it’s just there if you have nothing better to do. The second, Electrisilk seems to have a bit more of Galvantula’s personality about it. For one Lightning and one Colourless Energy, it will do 30 damage (which is poor), but if the Pokémon has no Retreat Cost, it will do 40 more damage.

There aren’t many free Retreat Pokémon that are played these days (the Babies, I guess . . . Mew Prime . . . Zebstrika), but of course you could fix that with the Skyarrow Bridge Stadium which reduces the Retreat cost of Basic Pokémon by one. Now things like Smeargle, Shaymin, and Tornadus become vulnerable. You might also care to know that if your opponent uses Darkrai-EX any Pokémon the attach Dark Energy to will also trigger Electrisilk’s attack due to the Dark Cloak Ability.

But is any of this worth it? I mean yes, you could use Galvatula to KO Smeargles fairly cheaply or even do substantial damage to a Tornadus-EX. But if you think about how frail Galvantula is, and how limited it is as an attacker, then it’s pretty clear that there are a lot better things you could be putting in your deck that this. A Stage 1 that can max out its attack at 70 only under certain circumstances is just not doing enough.

Sorry Joltik . . . you still deserve better.


Modified: 1.75 (just not powerful enough)

Limited: 2 (there are only 2 Pokémon in the set with free Retreat, so it’s even underpowered here)

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