Yu Yu Hakusho
Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day
During your Main Phase, if your opponent controls a face-up monster with a higher ATK than the ATK of this card, you can destroy this card on the field. During your Standby Phase, if this card is destroyed by this effect, you can Special Summon this card from the Graveyard.
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3 is average.
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Date Reviewed - August 30, 2010
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Playful Possum is a Level 2, Beast type monster, of
the Earth attribute, with 800 attack and 600
defense. Almost cute, and nowhere near as
ravenous as most possums you are likely to
Anyway, you likely won't use Playful Possum to
attack or defense, probably about ever...but you can
Summon the card and then destroy it, if your
opponent controls a face up monster with an attack
higher than this cards...800? Shouldn't be too
I'm guessing this is really a combo card for Beast
players, although not a very good one. I guess
you could help pull a Synchro off or something with
this but aren't Beasts supposed to be quick?
This seems a bit counter-productive to me. OH,
and we have cards that do these things better, like
Playful Possum …
I kinda love it. A Beast. 2 stars. 800 ATK. It can
definitely fit into a lot of decks, and dish out a
little bit of bite if it is forced to attack
directly. But its effect is what makes it a charm.
If u have it face-up and ur opponent’s monster is
stronger, u can destroy the possum. Why is this
good? – Well, for 1 thing, PP aint gonna win a whole
lotta fights head-to-head, so he’s better off in the
graveyard anyway … especially since, because of his
effect, u can then special summon him later, during
a more optimal time of your choosing. Think Treeborn
Frog, with 700 more ATK points, a Beast, and isn’t
restricted to your standby phase or whether or not
you have spells and traps on the field.
Basically it’s an insurance card. U need 2 extra
stars for a Synchro summon? – PP is laying in wait.
U need to tribute something? – same deal. He woulda
been THAT much nicer had he been level 1, but I
foresee good things for this rodent … Possums are
Possums are best known for playing dead to deter
certain predators (namely the kind that won’t risk
eating something they didn’t kill themselves).
This is known as “playing possum”.
Playful Possum is a Level 2 Earth/Beast.
Level 2 will allow you to bring out a Synchro
monster with all but the smallest Tuners.
While Earth isn’t the best supporter
Attribute, at least it matches several prominent
Beast cards so there is some synergy.
The 800 ATK and 600 DEF are paltry, but at
least aren’t any worse.
Plus, all the above make the card easy to
fetch from the deck: you can search and add it to
your hand with
search and summon with
Nimble Mega Hamster.
This card’s effect allows you, during your
opponent’s Main Phase, to destroy itself if your
opponent controls a monster with a greater ATK
No, wait… it is during your Main Phase.
Shame on me for not catching that right away…
I’ll explain why that matters as soon as I finish
If your opponent has nothing face-up with a
higher ATK, the effect does nothing.
If something flips
face down, the effect fizzles.
During your Stand By Phase (any after using
the effect, not just the next), if
was destroyed by its own effect before heading to
the Graveyard you can Special Summon it back to your
side of the field.
This provides a Beast floater for Tribute and
Synchro fodder, but can’t function as a chump
it functioned the way I misread it, this would have
Because you could drop it (or leave it in
play after a Special Summon etc.) and only blow it
up if you had to.
To work on the opponent’s turn would allow
you to save it for just as their Main Phase ends… if
they had a monster that could kill it in battle, pop
it and get it back on your turn.
If they didn’t, leave it alive to avoid
something taking it out (Torrential
That isn’t how it works, though.
You either burn a drop or have to get it into
play off a searcher.
Then you have to blow it up on your turn,
given your opponent time to plan a counter.
On the bright side, destroying itself allows
you to trigger
Defender of the
making it a must for those decks.
Given how many other floaters there are, I
don’t know how useful
Possum would be for a Tribute or Synchro heavy
deck: they have so many other options now, and it’s
a hair less useful than I first thought.
for the craftsmanship of the card, the name is
clever enough, the art is functional, and the effect
seems adequately worded.
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