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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- Plasma Storm

Date Reviewed:
March 29, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Druddigon (Plasma Storm) 

Dragon Types in Pokémon can usually be relied on to look pretty cool. Even the ones who don’t actually look much like Dragons (*looks at Altaria and Flygon*), but I’ve never really like Druddigon. Maybe it’s the chunkiness, or the random primary colour scheme. 

Anyhoo, in terms of the card up for review today, Druddigon is a Dragon Type Team Plasma Basic. Dragon Typing is pretty good (only Weak to its own Type, which also means it can be used to counter them), and being a Plasma Pokémon gives it access to some support. 110 HP isn’t terrible I guess, but pretty much all the heavy-hitters in the current format will have some way of KOing it with one attack, even if they need some assistance from Hypnotoxic Laser to do it. Retreat cost of one? I’ll take that. 

Druddigon comes with two attacks, the first is Guard Press which costs two Energy of any Colour and does a mere 20 damage to the defending Pokémon. True, it does also reduce the damage taken by Druddigon on the next turn by 20, but this usually won’t be enough to save it from a KO and, even if it did, the amount of damage it is inflicting is negligible. Maybe it would buy you a turn to set up Druddigon’s second attack, but that hardly seems worth the effort. 

That’s because Dragon Claw does 90 points of vanilluxe damage for the big cost of two Fire, a Water, and a Colourless Energy. That is a really awkward cost and is pretty much only manageable in a deck using Emboar BLW which can accelerate the Fire Energy while the Water is attached manually. Why you would use this over the non-EX Rayquaza is beyond me though: Shred is a better and cheaper attack than Dragon Claw, and the card has the same Typing and better HP than Druddigon. 

With Little Rayquaza readily available thanks to Dragon Vault, I don’t really see a place for Druddigon, even as a tech in a deck that can deal with the Energy cost.


Modified: 1.5 (outclassed by other Dragon Types)

Limited: 3 (solid high HP Basic)

Jebulous Maryland Player

Druddigon is a Basic Dragon Pokemon with 110 HP.  It is weak to Dragon and has a retreat cost of 1.  It is a Team Plasma Pokemon.
'Guard Press' costs 2 Colorless Energy and does 20 damage.  During your opponent's next turn any damage done to Druddigon is reduced by 20.  This isn't good at all.  There are weaker Basics out there that do 20 damage for 1 energy.  The effect isn't that great either.  If you have anything on the field beside Druddigon, chances are they'll Catcher something else up.  And thats if they just don't straight up attack Druddigon (with Hypnotoxic out there, the 20 reduction isn't that helpful).
'Dragon Claw' costs 2 Fire, 1 Water, and 1 Colorless. It does 90 damage.  Once again, not worth it.  Other Basics (EXs) do the same (if not more) for less.
This is definitely not a good card.  I like the other Druddigon more.
Modified: 1.5/5
Limited: 2/5
Combos With:  ...
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