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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Mightenya  

- Kalos Starter Set

Date Reviewed:
February 6, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.00
Limited: 1.25

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Mightyena (Kalos Starter Set) 

Y’know, I do get the purpose behind the Beginning Set releases in Japan (and their equivalent here). They contain simple Pokémon without complex combos and mechanics that are a good introduction to the game for the new, younger players who discover the TCG alongside the latest video game. It’s good when this type of card gets released outside of a main set too: that way players can choose whether or not to buy them and the sets don’t contain so much useless filler and wasted rares. 

That said, this Mightyena is bad even by starter set standards. A low HP Stage 1 with a single, deeply unimpressive attack in the shape of Hard Bite: for two Energy you get a base damage of 40 with a coinflip for 20 extra. To put it another way, you need heads just to KO most evolving Basics. 

If it weren’t for that coinflip bonus though, this card would be a serious contender for one of the worst of modern times (which is post-Diamond and Pearl for me). However, when the best thing you can say about a card is that it isn’t as bad as the catastrophically awful Arcanine SV, it’s time to move swiftly on. I seriously hope this is the worst XY card that I have to review in the coming months. 

Rating 

Modified: 1 (move along please, nothing to see here)

Limited: 1.5 (if you end up playing this, you’ve pulled really badly)


HEZ
Intro to
Unlimited 150

Mightyena.

Modified.
Not too sure why we’re reviewing this unremarkable card, maybe because Mightyena’s not been on a card since 2009? The usual problem of “they’ve made Basics so strong that evolutions are pointless”  doesn’t even apply here, this would have been bad years ago. A maximum and unreliable damage output of 40-60 is poor regardless of Stage. I guess the art is fairly cool looking…

Unlimited 150.
No, just no. It’s a shame because Mightyena has had several cool cards in the past such as the Platinum version which can attack for free or the ex that can constantly causes switches with its Ability. If only the new Poochyena had an attack or Ability that allowed it to evolve (like Ascension) or search for a Mightyena it might have redeemed the Starter deck somewhat.

Ratings.
Every format: 1


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