And now we get to take a look at
some of the other...interesting cards of the Steam Siege
set. Starting with Ampharos here!
So what does Ampharos do exactly?
Well for 3 Energy, you get Gigavolt, which does 80
damage and has a coin flip. Heads gives you 40 more
damage, and Tails Paralyzes them. That's...actually not
that bad. I mean you don't want to be setting yourself
up for gearing towards one effect more than the other *coughcoughTAILScoughcough*,
but it's nice to know in lieu of damage, you'll be able
to get the best effect in the game. And hey, 120 x 2 =
most HP of most M Pokemon-EX!
Speaking of Pokemon-EX, Ampharos is
actually designed to help you put pressure on them, as
he's also got the Ability Shocking Light! Once a turn,
you can put 3 damage counters on any Pokemon-EX your
opponent's got - that's it. That's a pretty big Ability,
all things considered! Sure, it'll be hard to fight off
a deck running Rough Seas, but it can match the damage
pretty evenly to make the match-up easier. And if you're
up against a deck not running Rough Seas or healing of
any kind, well then it's even easier to stack up damage!
After all, 6 turns of this Ability KOs most Pokemon-EX,
and it's only a couple more turns beyond that to KO M
There is just one caveat to
Shocking Light - it's only gonna hit 1 Pokemon-EX per
turn, and that's just mainly gonna be used for whatever
you're attacking anyway. I wouldn't necessarily
recommend Ampharos as your front-line man; sure,
Gigavolt is powerful and can be useful if it lands well,
but it's not a fully reliant attack, and Ampharos only
has so much HP. 140 to be exact. Maybe a Fighting Fury
Belt would be ideal...
In any case, Ampharos is a pretty
powerful in his own right, and if he were an EX himself,
definitely would be an awesome pick to pair with M
Ampharos-EX. Or heck, maybe there's a BREAK Evo in his
future! We'll see where he goes.
Standard: 2.5/5 (not too shabby, in
all honesty, but he isn't helped by his Stage 2 status
or the coin flips)
Expanded: 2.5/5 (he's gonna be a
bit slow, but he's got a good bit of value to make up
Limited: 3.5/5 (gotta say, that's
some stellar stuff)
Arora Notealus: Where does all that
wool go anyway? Mareep's got it, Flaafy's got some, but
then Ampharos has none. Then again, maybe it just goes
to Mega Ampharos?
Next Time: Don't get greedy now.