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Chesnaught - Kalos Starter Set

Date Reviewed:
February 3, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.00

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

Chesnaught (Kalos Starter Set) 

Hello and welcome to the first week of XY Pokémon reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. On the whole, I think they did a great job with the new generation of Pokémon: they didn’t go mad and give us 100+ new Pokémon of varying quality. What we got instead was around 70 well designed new creatures and today we get to review the first of them.  But if that sounds exciting, then maybe you should hold back on that excitement a little bit. This week’s cards aren’t from the proper XY set, but from the starter decks. They have their origin in the Japanese Beginning Set and, as people who follow these things know, that isn’t often a good sign when it comes to playability. 

Chesnaught is pretty typical of what you might expect. This Stage 2 evolution of the new XY Grass starter isn’t giving you anything special or even interesting to play with. True, the 150 HP is nice, but the attacks (the important bit) are just overpriced and underwhelming. There isn’t really much I can say about Needle Arm, which offers 50 points of vanilla damage for three Energy, and Tumbling attack doesn’t leave much more scope for discussion either. For four Energy, all you get is an effect-free 80 damage, plus a coin flip for an extra 40. Even with the flip, you still fall short of a OHKO on an EX or a playable Stage 2, and that is obviously not good enough. 

He may be a brand new Pokémon, but Chesnaught’s debut card follows a depressingly familiar pattern. A standard Stage 2 which is neither fast nor hard-hitting enough to be considered for competitive play, it’s also far too dull for a casual/fun deck. 


Modified: 1.5 (plus ça change, plus c'est la męme chose, as the French would say)

Limited: 2 (too much effort for too little reward)

Intro to
Unlimited 150


This week we’ll be reviewing several cards from the Kalos starter deck sets. As you probably already know though, starter sets rarely contain good cards except maybe some Trainer cards. So, without setting expectations too high, here’s Chesnaught!

So 150 HP is pretty good, there’s still no regular Basic Pokémon that reaches this HP so it has that going for it. Otherwise though, it’s pretty poor. Its attacks are either weak for the cost or are weak for the cost AND require a coin flip. The huge retreat seals its fate as unplayable.

The Chesnaught from the XY set probably won’t see any competitive play and that’s several times better so not much hope for this guy.

Unlimited 150.
Slightly better here I guess. You can set up a Stage 2 a lot easier but again you’re better off using the one from the XY set. That one is actually pretty good in this format as an unstoppable tank, hitting the max HP for a Stage 2 at 160! Add on a move that heals and you should be able to keep it on board for several turns if it avoids Fire types.  We’ll have to wait and see if future Chesnaughts provide better support than the starter set version. Acceleration, energy moving or healing would all help Chesnaught be a playable Pokémon.

Modified: 1
Unlimited 150: 1.5

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