pokebeach.comGranbull was released a couple of sets ago, but for some reason, it didn’t win Worlds last year, or any other tournament for that matter. Join me as I attempt to unravel a mystery that has bewildered the Pokémon community since its release.
Granbull has a great Colorless typing, meaning it can hit Garchomp C LV.X for twice as much damage. 90 HP isn’t bad for an unevolving Stage 1 Pokémon. The Fighting Weakness hurts, but what really kills this card stat-wise is the massive Retreat Cost of CCC. You’ll definitely be packing some Warp Energy if you choose to play this card.
With no Poké-Anything to be seen, Granbull’s playability will be based solely on its two attacks. The first, “Timid Tackle” for the nicely managed cost of CC does a solid 50 damage. In addition, when you use “Timid Tackle”, two things happen: Granbull receives 20 damage and is switched with one of your Benched Pokémon.
That is really fantastic, reducing Granbull’s HP to 70 which not only puts within “Dragon Rush” range, but it also makes it very easy for Luxray GL to 1HKO it as well.
When I saw the massive CCCC cost “Chomp” requires to be used, I was thinking it must say something like “Knock Out all of the Garchomp Pokémon your opponent has in play.” Instead, it does a terrible 40 damage with the “Rage” like effect of doing an additional 10 damage for each damage counter on Granbull.
My Recommendation: Don’t play it. Ever. If you see someone using it, give them the cold shoulder for a week. At least.
My Rating: 1.5/5
Note: This card was requested via the COTD Request Thread. I only say that because I received a few questions asking why I review uncompetitive/uninteresting cards sometimes, so now (in case you hadn’t) know why.