Crobat Prime is certainly an interesting card. It has 130 HP, which is OK in our 120-damage-for-3-energy format. Oh yeah! I forgot. Zekrom & Reshiram use PlusPowers. Zekrom doesn’t even need the PlusPower, though — Crobat has a x2 Weakness to Lightning. It’s -20 Resistance to Fighting is great, as it lessens DonChamp’s power.
Finally, Crobat Prime has a wonderful 0 Retreat Cost. This let’s you rotate out your Crobats quickly, and you don’t even need to waste an Energy. In the HS-On format, a 0 retreat is one of the best things you can have (sans Zekrom and Reshiram’s 120-frickin’-damage-for-3-energy-attacks.).
Well, his stats are OK, but how are his attacks? Crobat has 2 attacks: Severe Poison and Skill Dive. Severe Poison is amazing; for one P Energy, you poison your opponent. So what? Oh wait… The attack text says to place four damage counters on them between turns instead of the usual one. Shweet.
In a high-retreat format, this could be devastating. Crobat’s second attack, Skill Dive, also for the cost of P, does 30 damage to ay of your opponent’s Pokémon. This means that even if they did retreat (or used Switch), you can still Knock them Out, as they have already taken 4 damage counters for Severe Poison. So Crobat in itself is a pretty sick combo. Let’s see how you can use him…
pokebeach.comCrobat Prime owns his very own deck. The strategy is pretty simple: swarm with Crobats and use his sick attack combo to destroy your opponent. Another idea is to pair him with Kingdra Prime: you can use Spray Splash to weaken your opponent’s Poisoned Pokémon to put it into range of 1-shot with Skill Dive.
Unfortunately, that would mean two Stage 2’s, and in a slow format like HS-On, that could be dangerous. Crobat isn’t very splashable (a Stage 2 that requires an Energy type that’s not going to be used much, so that’s pretty much it.
So looking at all this, I think that Crobat Prime deserves a 3.5 out of 5. he owns his own powerful deck that is definitely useable in the HS-On format, but he has an unfortunate weakness to Zekrom (and to a lesser extent, Raichu). Thanks for reading, and I’ll see ya next time. Bye!
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