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- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 15, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.75
Limited: 3.88

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst. 
3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

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Lanturn (Plasma Freeze) 

Hello and welcome to the week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. We kick off the week with a look at Lanturn from Plasma Freeze. I’ve had a soft spot for this Pokémon after having a lot of fun playing the Prime version couple of years ago, so it would be nice if this was also usable. 

Lanturn certainly does have a couple of decent attacks to help with that. Special Tackle cost one Lightning Energy and does 30 damage (which is ok), but if any Special Energy is attached, it will do an extra 30. Your options for this are really limited to using Blend WFLM at the moment, as you will likely prefer to use the second attack if Lanturn has a Lightning and a Double Colourless, but nevertheless, 60 for one is a decent return, and capable of KOing most evolving Basics. Speaking of the second attack, Extreme Current isn’t that extreme, but it does hit the magic 90 damage for three Energy, and that’s enough to score a two-hit KO on an EX Pokémon under normal circumstances. True, the attack does have a drawback (the need to discard an Energy), but it’s nothing too serious and can be worked with easily enough. 

So, does this mean Lanturn is actually playable? Sadly not. The attacks aren’t bad, but 90 HP is pretty horrible as it makes Lanturn (and its Basic for that matter) very easy prey for virtually any attacking Pokémon in the format. Being a Stage 1 only makes the problem worse, as it is a step behind all those Basic EXs when it comes to speed too. Despite the decent attacks, Lanturn doesn’t really have the muscle to back it up. 


Modified: 2 (a small fish in a big pond)

Limited: 3.75 (the attacks are good here and you could use Plasma as the Special Energy) 


Welcome back, Pojo readers! I know that Plasma Blast is just around the corner, but be sure to stick with us for our last few reviews of Plasma Freeze before we dig into the new stuff! Kicking off our COTD week, today's Card of the Day is Lanturn.

Lanturn is a Stage 1 Lightning Pokemon. Lightning Pokemon (and Stage 1s) don't see a whole lot of play right now aside from Eelektrik decks, of which Lanturn could possibly fit if it fulfills a niche. 90 HP isn't a great start, as it's a relatively low HP value that means the electric anglerfish will easily get OHKO'd. Fighting Weakness is expected on a Lightning-type; no Resistance is unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of two is also just about what we'd expect, although you'll want to probably use something like a Switch or Escape Rope in order to make the most out of Lanturn's Energy.

Lanturn has two attacks. Special Tackle starts off at 30 damage for a single Lightning, but does 30 more damage if there are any Special Energy attached to Lanturn. This could be 60 damage for a single Blend WLFM (if you'd play those together for some reason), or, more likely, 60 damage for a Lightning and a Plasma Energy in Limited. Rounding out the attacks, Extreme Current does 90 damage for a Lightning and two Colorless, with the additional requirement to discard an Energy in order to use the attack. Overall, Lanturn's attacks aren't really anything that groundbreaking, making it best for the Limited format.

Modified: 1.5/5 Lanturn is greatly outclassed here by a myriad of other Basic and/or Pokemon-EX attackers. Be sure to look at some of those instead.

Limited: 4/5 Lanturn is very efficient in Limited, and it makes an excellent attacker as such. Special Tackle's cost-to-damage ratio is already excellent, and while adding a Plasma Energy in Plasma Freeze Limited won't make it the most efficient attack, 60 damage for two Energy is still very good. Likewise, Extreme Current's 90 damage will take a significant chunk out of most of the Limited metagame, so it's also worth powering up. Plus, since Lanturn's an uncommon, it's possible you'll get multiples! In summary, Lanturn's an excellent, cost-efficient attacker for your Lightning deck in Plasma Freeze Limited.

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Another sub-par 90 HP Pokémon, you'll need a Blend Energy to upgrade Lanturn's Special Tackle from 30 to a mediocre 60 damage. Extreme Current is far from impressive, dealing only 90 damage and also requiring you to discard an energy. A simple Pokémon with weak stats that is easily OHKO'd, this Stage 1 isn't worth the spots it would take up in your deck.

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 3/5

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