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Beautifly #8

Dragons Exalted

Date Reviewed: Sept. 20, 2012

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

Beautifly (Dragons Exalted)

If I didn’t give Silcoon such a big build up yesterday, it is a least partly because he evolves into today’s card. Beautifly is one of those cards that some players (especially new or younger ones) look at and think ‘wow, that’s really useful’. Except it really isn’t. Let’s find out why . . .

Beautifly is a Stage 2 Grass Pokémon with a relatively low 120 HP, Weakness to Fire (not really a problem as of the time of writing) and a reasonable Retreat cost of one. A bit frail, but nothing to completely count him out of contention. Yet.

Triple Energy is Beautifly’s first attack. For a single Grass you can search your deck for three different Types of basic Energy and attach them to your Pokémon however you want. Energy acceleration is great, we all know that (which is why we play Eelektrik), but there are limits, and setting up a Stage 2 and using a non-damaging attack really goes beyond them. The need for different Types of Energy is also a bit of a kick in the teeth. The only Pokémon that would really benefit from that are Ho-oh-EX, which has its own acceleration Ability, or Colourless Pokémon, which have Double Colourless Energy. Already Beautifly is looking redundant, even in the decks where you think he would work best.

Beautifly’s second attack is much more expensive. Drainpour costs [G][C][C], does a mere 40 damage, but does let you heal 40 from each of your Benched Pokémon. Again, healing is nice enough (which is why we play Max Potion), but using a fragile Stage 2 and an expensive attack to do it? No thank you. You could get the same net effect after two turns by setting up a couple of Serperior BLW with their Royal Heal Ability, but when was the last time you saw that in a deck?

The things that Beautifly does might be useful, but they are a country mile away from being useful enough to justify inclusion in a competitive deck. Stage 2 Pokémon are still hard to use in this format and need to offer something very special in order to be played. Beautifly most emphatically does not fall into that category.


Modified: 1.5 (not worth the deck space or the effort)

Limited: 2.25 (being a Stage 2 counts against it, but both of the attacks are slightly more effective here)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Beautifly is a Stage 2 Grass Pokemon with 120 HP.  It has a weakness to Fire and a retreat cost of 1.
'Triple Energy' cost 1 Grass energy and lets you search your deck for
3 different type of basic Energy and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like.  This is a great attack to get energy on your field.
 The major flaw (?) is that it is 3 different types of energies.  I know if it was 3 basic energy, then it would be more versatile.  But I should be grateful they don't go to your hand.
'Drainpour' costs 1 Grass and 2 Colorless energy and does 40 damage.
It then heals 40 damage from each of your Benched Pokemon.  The healing effect is really good, but the damage output isn't.
Especially not for 3 energies.
When I saw this card I figured people would try this with Ho-oh EX.
Not sure if people have (I haven't), but I understand that dedicating a Stage 2 Pokemon for energy acceleration is not that great.
Honestly, you could just use Cilan and run Junipers and Ultra Balls.
That puts the energy in the discard with the Ho-oh EX.  Though putting the 3 energies on the field means 3 less attachments...
I guess it's something to be worked out.
Modified: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Combo's With:  ...
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