It’s one of the unwritten rules of Pokémon that when you
get two versions in the same set, one will be worse than
the other. Yesterday’s Cofagrigus
was quite good, so I think we all know where this is
Like the other one, this is a Stage 1 Pokémon with 100
HP, so it isn’t remaining on the field for very long.
Unlike the other version it has no Ability to work with,
just two attacks. The first, Elongating arms, costs just
a single Colourless Energy and does
30 damage to any one of your opponent’s Pokémon.
Now I’m not going to complain about a cheap 30 snipe
attack, but I will point out that you can do even better
elsewhere (Landorus-EX, for
example). I wouldn’t mind so much if the second attack
wasn’t so luck-based, but
the aptly-named Crazy Slap costs a substantial amount of
Energy and gives you four coin flips, each doing 40
damage if they end up heads.
So, the potential is there to do a huge 160 damage, but
that’s a very unlikely prospect and one that competitive
players will shy away from. You pretty much want to know
what damage output you can manage in the TCG, and
leaving it all in the hands of
Arceus (the god of Pokémon) is a long way from
ideal. Average luck only gets you 80 for three, and that
just isn’t good enough.
Yep, this is a card that lives up to its billing. If you
want sniping plus a hard-hitting second attack, then
Kyurem PLF is your guy.
Modified: 1.5 (the second best
Cofagrigus in Plasma Freeze)
Limited: 2.5 (the snipe is nice, and why not chance your
luck in a casual format)
Hello once again, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing
another set counterpart to yesterday's COTD. Today's
Card of the Day is Cofagrigus (#57) from Plasma Freeze.
Cofagrigus is a Stage 1 Psychic Team Plasma Pokemon. As
I've mentioned over the past week, the commonly played
Psychics are Deoxys-EX and Gothitelle, with Cofagrigus
(#56, yesterday's COTD) seeing play in the currently
fringe Flareon/Cofagrigus build. Seeing as one
Cofagrigus sees play, it's possible that this one could
act as a tech in that deck. 100 HP is still not amazing
for a Stage 1, so care will have to be taken in order to
make sure that Cofagrigus isn't Knocked Out too early.
Darkness Weakness is still a problem against Darkrai; no
Resistance is equally unfortunate; and a Retreat Cost of
two isn't too bad - you can pay it if necessary.
This version of Cofagrigus has two attacks. Elongating
Arms does 30 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon
for a single Colorless Energy, which is a decent snipe
attack. You'll likely want more mileage out of your
attacks in Modified, but it's great in Limited for
finishing off your opponent's damaged Pokemon, or taking
out their weak Basic. Crazy Slap is your standard flip
attack, allowing you to flip four coins, dealing 40
damage times the number of heads for a Psychic and two
Colorless. You're never going to use an attack this
unreliable in Modified, although averaging 80 damage in
Limited is nice. Therefore, Cofagrigus seems like a
Pokemon tailor-made for the Limited format, as its
Modified prospects aren't great.
Modified: 1.5/5 Elongating Arms is decent, but 100 HP,
Darkness Weakness, and Crazy Slap are all pretty bad.
Therefore, if you're looking to play a Cofagrigus,
consider playing the one we reviewed yesterday.
Limited: 3/5 Cofagrigus is decent in Limited, but not
great. Elongating Arms is good, as it allows you to
snipe your opponent's Bench on the cheap, but Crazy Slap
is a very expensive flip attack, even if it has the
capability of OHKOing most of the format. I'd recommend
running Cofagrigus as a secondary attacker in a Psychic
deck if you need another Pokemon line, but it's probably
not worth building a deck around. At least it gets
Unlike its fellow Cofagrigus, this card is never making
its way into a winning deck. Hitting a benched Pokémon
for 30 or averaging 80 for three energy is simply not
putting enough damage in play to be effective in
In limited, its ability to finish off a damaged
benched Pokémon that retreated to safety as well as the
perks of being a searchable Plasma Pokémon make it an
outstanding Stage 1 choice.