Feraligatr – Fusion Strike
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2022
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is horrible. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Looks like we have another Water starter Pokemon to look at.
Feraligatr from Sword & Shield Fusion Strike is a Stage 2 Water type with 170 HP, Lightning Weakness, and a retreat cost of CCC. It’s ability – Rowdy – states that when you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you must flip a coin. If heads, discard the top 5 cards from your opponent’s deck. If tails, discard the top 5 cards of your deck. Crunch costs WWC for 140 damage and also discard an Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.
Feraligatr’s ability is the only appeal of this card, but I think the investment is way too much to do such a thing and it is also unreliable. You’re devoting deck space and time to get Feraligatr out AND you have a 50/50 chance of what you’re trying to accomplish? If anything, they should let you choose instead of flipping a coin, because if you were to get Feraligatr out and lose the top 5 cards of your deck (which could be crucial cards that you won’t be able to retrieve), then you might not be able to win. Even while milling the top 5 cards of your opponent’s deck might seem like a good thing, they might have something in there that they could retrieve. So, even that option is not always the best option.
I actually don’t know. Maybe someday players might find some use of devoting bench space dedicated to milling, but I recall even a basic Pokemon such as Durant with its Devour attack hadn’t seen much success.
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