Hey! It’s kn3ll_ again with your card of the day! This time it’s Bibarel, from Stormfront.
As it evolves from Bidoof, I’ll say that Bidoofs aren’t good and are very flippy, and that I’d probably use the one from Stormfront.
Let’s get to the good stuff. “Unaware”, its Poké-body, prevents all effects of attacks except damage done to Bibarel. This may seem similar to Steelix Prime’s Poké-body, which prevents Special Conditions, but in reality, It’s much better. Bibarel is not affected by attacks that drag it out onto the field, prevent it from attacking, Special Conditions, or even the placement of damage counters. That’s pretty good!
Its first attack, “Amnesia”, costs two colorless (Double Colorless Energy anyone?) and deals 20 damage. Not great, but it also allows you to prevent the opponent from using one of their attacks next turn. So it goes from not great to… still not that great. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to switch and switch back.
And then we have “Surf”. Surf costs two water energy and deals 60 damage with no drawbacks. That may not sound fantastic, but if we think about it, that’s pretty good… If we give it an Expert Belt, it can hit as hard as Garchomp C LV.X (without sniping ability, that is) and it’ll be 10 HP bulkier. Not bad! It also hits a few of the common decks for weakness, such as Donphan and Charizard.
Bibarel SF is an oddity: Very few Stage 1 Pokémon can hit as hard and as fast as Bibarel without any drawbacks. Its Poké-body makes it even more annoying, and 100 HP is enough to take punishment. 60 damage for 2W allows Bibarel to attack faster than a lot of decks can get set up. I’d go as far as to say that Bibarel could make a decent deck, if someone took the time out of their day to make a list. If Seviper CL can compete, this certainly can.
Perhaps the biggest advantage Bibarel has is that it’s simply frustrating to play against. It’s not cool-looking, it’s not Donphan, or Steelix, or Garchomp. It’s some silly little beaver-thing, and it hits like a bear. I’ll give it a 3/5, which is probably higher than a lot of the readers would rate it. What I say to them is to get a 4-4 line and take it to the tables, and it’ll probably earn you respect pretty quickly.