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Top 10 Flashfire Cards:

#9 - Toxicroak EX

- Flashfire

Date Reviewed:
May 13, 2014

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Standard: 3
Limited: 4

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

#9 Toxicroak EX 

Continuing the trend of seemingly random non-Legendary, non-starter Pokémon that are given the EX treatment, we have Toxicroak, which makes the #9 slot on our countdown. 

Toxicroak is a mediocre EX in almost every respect (and that’s being kind), with an especially sucky second attack, but his one redeeming feature is Triple Poison. For just a DCE, it does pretty much what it says on the tin: inflicts Poison that does 30 damage between turns. Add in a Virbank City Gym, and that bumps it up to 50. 

Now that’s pretty nice, but it would still take four turns to KO another EX, and that is too slow without the right support. Dragalge FLF is a possibility as it prevents Poisoned Pokémon from retreating with its Ability, but you might prefer Garbodor DRX’s Ability lock, which would prevent Virizion EX from just shutting down the poison entirely. Unfortunately you can’t have both so you are left with a tricky metagame call on that one. 

For those reasons I don’t quite see Toxicroak becoming the focus of a deck, but he could possibly have some uses as a tech. For one thing, he is one of the few basics than can hurt Pyroar FLF, and he’s splashable too thanks to the Colourless Energy cost. Even so, it’s hard to see how Toxicroak  fits into the current format, but that Triple Poison is the kind of attack that deserves some respect.


Modified: 3 (if only Triple Poison did some damage so you could use Muscle Band . . . even 10 would do)

Limited: 4 (the Poison is great here, and even Smash Uppercut is usable)

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