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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
March 13, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.13
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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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Bouffalant (Plasma Storm) 

For a non-evolving Basic, the AfroBull has had quite an impressive short history in the TCG. Revenge Bouffalant from BLW was a nice addition to decks running Double Colourless Energy as his ability to do 90 for two Energy made him a useful surprise weapon against a Zekrom that had used Bolt Strike or a Reshiram that had taken too much damage from repeated Afterburner attachments. More recently, Bouffalant DRX has found a place in quite a few decks thanks to his relative durability (for a non-EX) and his more than useful anti-EX attack. 

So, how will this new version measure up? Well, like the rest, he’s a 100 HP Colourless Basic Pokémon, Weak to Fighting, and has a Retreat cost of two. Unlike the other Bouffalant, this one is a Plasma Pokémon, so you can use him with the (currently fairly limited) Team Plasma support cards like Colress Machine. None of those things exactly scream ‘play me!’, so I guess we should look at the attacks . . .  

For a single Energy of any Colour, you get Tool Breaker. This does no damage, but it does discard a Tool attached to the Defending Pokémon. The most important user of Tools right now is Garbodor DRX, and that’s a Bench-sitter, so you would have to use Catcher in combination with Bouffalant to do the business here. Why you would want to use a Pokémon’s attack when you can just use a Trainer (Tool Scrapper) to do this job is beyond me though. Better hope the second attack is a bit more useful. Except it isn’t. Hammer In does a very mediocre 70 damage for the massive cost of four Energy (even if they are Colourless). Basically, that’s rubbish, requiring a huge investment for very little return. Not that I would expect Boufallant to last long enough to use it. Or maybe it will . . . your opponent probably wouldn’t see him as a threat worth targeting, and with good reason. 

After the other versions we have seen, this new Plasma Bouffalant is a bit of a let-down to say the least. 


Modified: 1.25 (please just use Tool Scrapper)

Limited: 2.25 (still very mediocre, but can be discarded with Team Plasma Grunt for some draw)


Happy midweek, Pojo readers! Today we're reviewing the newest iteration of a popular Basic Pokemon. Today's Card of the Day is Bouffalant from Plasma Storm.

Bouffalant is a Basic Colorless Team Plasma Pokemon. Colorless Pokemon are great since they can easily fit into any deck, and are most commonly seen as techs, supporting Pokemon, or secondary attackers (like Tornadus-EX). As a Team Plasma Pokemon, Bouffalant gets a whole host of Team Plasma support, most of which begins in the next set. 100 HP is good for a non-EX Basic Pokemon, and Bouffalant should be able to take at least one hit in Modified before going down (though Hypnotoxic Laser really hurts in this regard). Fighting Weakness is bad against Landorus and Terrakion, no Resistance is unfortunate but expected, and a Retreat Cost of 2 can be paid for in a pinch.

This well-coiffed Pokemon has two attacks. Tool Breaker discards a Pokemon Tool attached to the Defending Pokemon for a single Colorless Energy, which could be good against Garbodor variants, but not much else. Additionally, Tool Scrapper does a much better job than this attack at destroying Tools, so you'll probably just want to use that instead. In Limited, however, Tool Breaker can easily get rid of your opponent's annoying Eviolites, which is a major plus. Hammer In does a vanilla 70 damage for four Colorless Energy, which is just plain slow by today's Modified standards, and maybe even in Limited as well. 70 damage isn't all that impressive for that cost, but it's at least usable in Limited.

Modified: 1/5 Bouffalant isn't all that great, even with all of the Garbodor variants running around this particular States metagame. Tool Breaker is almost entirely worse than Tool Scrapper, aside from the fact that Bouffalant is more easily searched out (though you still have to burn an Energy and use an attack to get the watered-down effect). Also, Hammer In doesn't do nearly enough damage for its cost, so it's best to just stay away from this one and run Tool Scrapper with much better attackers instead.

Limited: 3/5 However, Bouffalant is decent in Limited. Tool Breaker can get rid of the opponent's Eviolites (and the occasional Victory Piece), and Hammer In does steady damage for the cost. However, four Colorless Energy is rather difficult to power up in Limited, so you'll want to hopefully keep your opponent away from Bouffalant until it's ready or use Colress Machine. Either way, Bouffalant can be great if you have the necessary time to power up its attacks.

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