Hey guys! It’s Dane again, and I’d like to thank moasherstomper from the forums for requesting today’s COTD: Mandibuzz.
pokebeach.comMandibuzz is a Stage 1 Darkness Pokémon, which is great, as it can abuse Special Darkness energy. Mandibuzz has a nice 90 HP, a horrible x2 Weakness to Lightning (Zekrom is gonna be huge), an OK -20 Resistance to Fighting, a single Retreat Cost, and two amazing attacks.
Mandibuzz’s first attack, Blindside, costs a single Darkness energy, and says to choose one of your opponent’s Pokémon that has any damage counters on it, and do 50 damage to that Pokémon. 50 for one?????? That’s insane!!!! It will be in crazy power for Battle Roads, but unfortunately, Mandibuzz’s power will weaken when the HGSS-on format comes, as Crobat G will be gone.
Thankfully, Mandibuzz’s power does not end there: Punishment, for the cost of a Darkness and two Colorless, has a base damage of 40, but if the Defending Pokémon is a Stage 2, it does 40 damage plus 60 more!!! You can also abuse Special D Energy as I said above, so you can do a maximum of 140 damage (in the HGSS-on format)!! Mandibuzz has got some real power.
Mandibuzz would be a great backup attacker in Sabledonk if you don’t grab the donk. You could also use Honchkrow, but Mandibuzz has more power for a single energy. Mandibuzz has great versatility, in my opinion. You could throw him in a lot of decks, mainly as a Gengar counter (LostGar will still be popular in the HGSS-on format), and will work well.
But what if you don’t want to use Mandibuzz? What if you want to DESTROY him? Simple. Use Zekrom. Period.
Mandibuzz is a great Pokémon (even if he evolves from one of the ugliest Pokémon ever) that has a lot of power. In my opinion, Mandibuzz will soon become one of those huge techs that you’ll be worrying about at Nationals, Worlds, and next season as well. So I think that Mandibuzz deserves a 3.5 out of 5. I really wanted to give him a 4 out of 5, but considering that he is a different type (aka not colorless), he may not fit in every deck. Thanks for readin’, and I’ll see ya next time. Bye!
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