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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day



- XY

Date Reviewed:
March 24, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 1.38
Limited: 3.25

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

Simisage XY 

Hello and welcome to a new week of reviews here on Pojo’d CotD. We have a mixed bag for you this week: some overrated cards, some underrated cards, and a couple that I’ve never heard anyone mention. 

Simisage would be a card that falls into the latter category. It’s a low HP Stage 1, which doesn’t help its case, but it does have an ok attack in the shape of Torment which does 20 for one Colourless Energy and lets you disable one of the Defending Pokémon’s attacks. Seems pretty good against Pokémon that only have one attack (or one good one) such as Darkrai EX, Thundurus EX, Keldeo EX etc, but the truth is that there are quite a few Pokémon in the format with an Amnesia-style attack (Infernape PLS, Golduck BCR, for example), and they never work because the solution is as easy as retreating for another attacker. Most of the time, it will be no more than a minor annoyance that does no significant damage. 

Couple this with a very mediocre second attack (vanilla three-for-70) and you it’s not surprising that Simisage has slipped into the format pretty much unnoticed and we are left with yet another in a long series of utterly forgettable cards featuring the BLW Monkey Trio. 


Modified: 1.75 (now you know about it, feel free to forget about it)

Limited: 3.25 (I rather like Torment here as it’s a lot harder to deal with and the low damage output isn’t so terrible)

Intro to
Unlimited 150


We’ve seen a lot of the elemental monkeys since they were released in Black & White and here they are again in the XY base set… is anyone else sick of them yet?
Clogging up a rare slot in the set is another mediocre Simisage. There has been some use for attacks like Torment in the past (Sableye from Crystal Guardians springs to mind as a handy tech during its time in Standard) but it’s just not useful right now. There’s plenty of Pokémon with just 1 useful attack, Torment shuts down Pokémon like Lugia EX for example. But coming off a Stage 1 with 90 HP and dealing only 20 damage isn’t too useful, it doesn’t even set up a 2 hit KO with its second 70 damage attack. Even if it does lock a Pokémon out of attacking, so many decks play ways to switch their Pokémon like Keldeo EX and Float Stone.
It is one of the better Simisage, but that isn’t saying much.

Unlimited 150.
Even in a format where it doesn’t have to compete with 180 HP Basic Pokémon, Simisage still can’t find its place. It doesn’t have any good versions of itself to team up with and there’s little synergy between the 3 different Black & White monkey Pokémon. If you really must play them, your best bet is to try and abuse the cheap damage on the Next Destinies versions but as far as Stage 1 Grass types go you’d be better off with something like Tangrowth.

Standard: 1
Unlimited 150: 1

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