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Yu Yu Hakusho
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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- XY

Date Reviewed:
April 17, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 2
Limited: 2

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

Conkeldurr (XY) 

According to the flavour text, Conkeldurr taught humans how to use concrete 5,000 years ago. Hey, at least he’s good for something.  That’s probably a bit unfair as Conkeldurr in excellent in competitive video gaming, as far as the TCG is concerned though, he’s been far less impressive. 

I don’t want to write this one off completely, though, as Wake-Up Slap has the potential to do 90 damage for a single Fighting Energy, and that’s the magic number you need to OHKO Darkrai EX, Thundurus EX, and anything else that happens to be Fighting-Weak. You do have to find a way to inflict a Special Condition (Hypnotoxic Laser and Munna BCR seem like the obvious things to use), and that Condition is removed by the attack (which is bad if you aren’t getting a OHKO), but it doesn’t seem too horrible or difficult to pull off to me.

Despite this, I don’t see Conkeldurr getting much, if any, play. Dynamic Punch is expensive and less than mediocre, Wake-Up Slap isn’t all that if you aren’t hitting for Weakness, and worst of all, Conkeldurr is a Stage 2. In ye olde days, we would have bent over backwards to make a 90-for-1 Pokémon work in a deck, but now? It’s not enough to be generally effective and there are plenty of Basic options (Landorus EX, Terrakion LTR, Sawk PLB) if you are trying to abuse Weakness.


Modified: 2 (Had potential, but there are easier things to use in the current format)

Limited: 2 (not so easy to trigger Wake-Up Slap here)

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Unlimited 150 review.
Conkeldurr, it’s a funny looking Pokémon, but I’m sure it has its fans. The addition of this new version means there’s probably enough decent Conkeldurr to build a deck with, especially as there’s 2 themes running across the 3 of them; Special Conditions and tanking.
A good partner for Conkeldurr is Skuntank G, letting you get a reliable Special Condition onto the Defending Pokémon, netting a nice 90 damage for just 1 Energy. Just make sure you have another Pokémon to take the Poison for Conkeldurr or make it immune somehow! Dynamic Punch has ok base damage but is really good with a heads though I’m not sure if it warrants running Fliptini.

The Skuntank G plan goes nicely with the Plasma Storm version, meaning you’re essentially doing 130 for 3 Colorless, enough to KO most big Basic beaters like Reshiram and Kyurem. Noble Victories #64 Conkeldurr has been dying to get into the game with its 220+ HP and having these 2 decent versions to back it up should help. Fighting types will get some more support in the upcoming Rising Fist set which might help Conkeldurr even more.

Rating: 3 (Good HP and a nice, cheap attack)

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