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Haxorus #88

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

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

Haxorus (Noble Victories)

Up for review today is a card that got a fair bit of interest when the spoilers for the set first leaked (people do love a cool-looking Dragon). However it seems to have been mostly, if not completely, absent from the tournament scene.

Haxorus is a Stage 2 with a pretty good 140 HP (making it reasonably safe from Reshiram and Zekrom OHKOs . . . they’ll need two PlusPowers). In fact that HP is even better than it seems, thanks to Haxorus’ lack of a Weakness: anyone wanting to OHKO it will have to hit for the full amount of damage. The Colourless Typing is a fairly neutral thing: on the one hand it makes Haxorus capable of fitting into a deck alongside virtually any other Type, but on the other, Colourless is hitting nothing significant for Weakness right now.

If you like coin flipping, you’ll love Haxorus’ Dual Chop attack. For the cost of a Double Colourless Energy, you get two coin flips with 50 damage for each heads. It’s not something you would want to rely on (even with Victory Star Victini on your Bench), but as a quick way of doing (potentially) 100 damage before you had the Energy for anything better? Sure, why not?

The attack you really want to use here is Giga Impact. For the very reasonable cost of three Energy of any Colour, Haxorus does 120 damage. That is Unova Dragon levels of damage efficiency and as you would expect, it comes with a drawback: Haxorus cannot attack on the next turn . . . not even with Dual Chop. This is annoying as it means having to run Switch or Dodrio UD if you want to attack on consecutive turns (which you most definitely do). Haxorus could really have done without that drawback too. It’s hard enough for a Stage 2 to be playable in this format and the only ones that really get used are either a) bench sitters like Vileplume UD and Typhlosion Prime, or b) OHKOing monsters with built-in draw engine (Magnezone Prime). If you do want to go down the Dodrio route, then Chandelure NV, with its spread damage and Status effects is the superior choice.

What the card designers have done is made a card that is a bit like the Unova Dragons . . . and then turned it into a Stage 2. That’s not a good thing. In the past this would have been a formidable Pokémon . . . now it’s outclassed by Basics.


Modified: 2.5 (came out dressed for the wrong format)

Limited: 3.5 (Colourless big hitter – good for a Stage 2)

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