Pendulum Effect You cannot Pendulum Summon monsters, except "Performapal" monsters, "Magician" Pendulum Monsters, and "Odd-Eyes" monsters. This effect cannot be negated.
Monster Effect When this card is Normal Summoned: You can add 1 "Performapal" monster, "Magician" Pendulum Monster, or "Odd-Eyes" monster from your Deck to your hand, except "Performapal Skullcrobat Joker".
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April 13, 2016
Performapal Skullcrobat Joker just got hit by the
new TCG banlist, and for good reason: it is key to
the Performapal archetype, as well as other
DARK, Spellcaster, with standard level 4 ATK,
Skullcrobat already has a lot going for him as a
monster. Adds either a "Performapal" monster,
"Magician" Pendulum Monster, or "Odd-Eyes" monster
from your deck. This card was a must at 3 in not
only a Performapal deck, but Magician Pendulum and
Odd-Eyes based decks. With a scale of 8, and no
significant effect as a spell card, Skullcrobat is
much better as a monster that searches out your
scales or even other Performapals to search out your
scales. Searchable with plenty of of support from
Pendulum monsters, as well as the newly
semi-restricted Allure of Darkness, it's no wonder
Skullcrobat was restricted to 1 to slow down
Rarity snobs can get a new Super Rare version of
their 1 legal Performapal Skullcrobat Joker. Ok have
fun with that. It is somewhat difficult to
distinguish gender for this card, not that it
matters to playability. For pronouns, let's go with
she because of the long blonde hair. She is a Level
4 Dark Spellcaster-type Pendulum monster with 1800
Atk and 100 Def and Scales of 8. Those stats for any
Level 4 are great. 1800 Atk is decently high. 100
Def is low, but that doesn't matter too much except
in "Traditional" format where any card is possible.
I miss Witch of the Black Forest. Anyway,
Peformapals have a ton of support as do Spellcasters
which many of the Performs are. Allure of Darkness
at two makes her Dark attribute that much more
appealing. Her effects are also mostly appealing.
As a Pendulum monster, Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
gets two sections for card effects. Her Pendulum
Zone effect just restricts your Pendulum Summons to
Permapals, Magicians, and Odd-Eyes. No Dracos being
the major issue in Dracopals. The Monster effect is
why this card had to be limited. When she's Normal
Summoned you can search any Performapal, Magician
(Pendulum), or Odd-Eyes monster from your Deck to
your hand except herself. It's not even limited to
once per turn. If you run a deck that lets you do
multiple Normal Summons, Joker could get multiple
cards a turn. Performapals have enough search and
draw power that limiting Joker to one doesn't even
hurt the deck all that much. She's still great and a
necessity to all Performapal variant decks.
Score: 4/5 Good stats and good effect.
Art: 4/5 I guess the hat might have a bat on it, but
certainly not Crobat.
The moment this came out, I said, “Well, that card’s
getting restricted.” No one is surprised by Joker’s
hit. I can’t think of a single other archetype
besides performapals that have so much monster
support. The Dark Illusion set coming out in Japan
this month has 8 more cards on the horizon, and it’s
probably not going to end for a long time.
Now while a whole host of decks that profited from
Joker got hit by the new ban list, this card at 1 is
still going to make a lot of appearances. The fact
that it can search for Odd-Eyes or “Magician”
pendulum monster is a bonus I don’t even understand
to this day. This card has potential and a shelf
life that is going to extend far longer than most of
his counterparts for that reason alone, even at 1.
And I haven’t even touched on his impressive scale
number, excellent type and attribute, or legit
This card was absurd at 3, and is a treasure at 1.
And as long as ARC-V is still airing, Joker will
only get better as new sets release. Don’t be
surprised if this card is still so strong that he
requires time on the bench (banned).
Future Potential: 5/5
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