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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day


 Hard Charm

- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 11, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3
Limited: 4.25

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

Hard Charm

Yes, it’s pretty much Eviolite that works for Basics and Evolutions. There is a subtle difference though: Eviolite reduces all damage by 20, while Hard Charm only reduces damage done by the opponent’s Pokémon. 99% of the time this will make no difference at all, but there are few Pokémon in the format that have a self-damaging attack (such as Zekrom LTR), and in those cases you would obviously stick with Eviolite. 

Is it worth playing at all though? Hmmm . . . the effect is quite good but there are reasons why most decks stopped using Eviolite a while ago, and they apply to Hard Charm too. Partly it is because attacks have become so powerful that it is difficult to use defensive cards any more. Strategies based on walling opponents simply don’t work unless they offer substantial immunity from damage (such as Silver Mirror vs Plasma decks or Klinklang PLS vs EX decks). A 20 point reduction is easily subverted by Muscle Band or Hypnotoxic Laser, or made irrelevant by attacks like Rayquaza EX’s Dragon Burst and Black Kyurem EX’s Black Ballista. 

The other reason is that decks are so aggressive these days that it is hard to find a reason to use attach a Hard Charm when you can just boost your Prize-taking power with Muscle Band. Non-attacking Pokémon would rather have Float Stone, or protect themselves while they sit on the Bench with Mr Mime PLF.

Hopefully, there will come a time when defence-orientated decks will be able to take advantage of what Hard Charm has to offer. Right now though, it finds itself in the wrong kind of format. 


Modified: 3 (may get a chance to shine later)

Limited: 4.25 (excellent in a relatively low damage environment)

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Hard Charm.
Unlimited 150 review.

When Eviolite came out some were stunned by the power-level of the card. It completely obsoleted its predecessor Buffer Piece and made the new breed of big, Basic Pokémon even scarier. Seeing a Kyurem with Eviolite turn 1 is an intimidating sight!


Now we have Hard Charm, you’re no longer restricted to only make Basics into defensive behemoths and it opens up many older cards that focussed on defence as more viable options. Flygon ex (Power Keepers) can now reduce damage to itself by a total of 60 each turn and Scizor ex (Unseen Forces) can return to its old-school tactic of spamming Steel Wing until its Danger Perception Ability kicks in. But really, pretty much any Pokémon will appreciate having its defence boosted and unless they form part of a specific combo, cards like Giant Cape can easily be replaced with this new card.

Currently most decks play Windstorm and/or Tool Scrapper and we’ll have Surprise Megaphone soon which will further weaken defensive Tools as opposed to offensive ones which you can always get at least one use out of. That said, almost every deck can probably benefit from a Hard Charm and it’s yet another powerful option for Tool based decks.


Rating: 4 (Can easily fit into most decks, especially good for tanking or Tool based strategies.)


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