pokebeach.comHey guys! It’s Dane here, and today’s CoTD is none other than Scrafty from Black & White.
Let’s start with his stats: he’s a 90HP Stage 1 Pokémon that’s Darkness-typed. He has a x2 Weakness to Fighting, a -20 Resistance to Psychic (meh), and a great 1 Retreat Cost. Not bad, but not good either. 90 HP is hurtful, but that’s what he has, and there’s nothing we can do about it (healing cards and/or Defender don’t count). Let’s hope he has some good attacks to help him.
Ummm, well, not really. His first attack, Spit Acid, costs a single Darkness energy and does 20 damage. Horrible. But wait; there is an attack text… it says the defending Pokémon is now Burned. Flip a coin. If heads, the defending Pokémon is also Paralyzed. Well that makes it a TON better. He can also abuse Special Dark and PlusPower. Still, on average, he’ll only hit around 20 and 30 damage, excluding burn damage.
It’s second attack, High Jump Kick, costs 2 Dark and 1 Colorless, and does a vanilla 70 damage. It could be worse, but it’s not amazing. As stated above, he does have Special dark making the maximum damage 110 (without PlusPowers) which, while better than 70 (much better), it doesn’t live up to HS-On’s standards.
Scrafty could possibly be used in Tyranitar, but that’d just be a waste of space, in my opinion. There’s not many other good Darkness decks out there (kn3ll_’s Scavenger deck might count, but it hasn’t attended any big tournaments yet, so…), and 90 HP is too low to base a deck off of. You could pair it with a beefier Stage 2, but the Stage 2 would probably take over as main attacker, and Scrafty would just slow the deck down.
All in all, Scrafty is a pretty mediocre card. It has no real use or synergy with anything, and the only upside would be that it’s a good card that new players could use to learn about Special Conditions and Special Energies. So saying all this, I believe that Scrafty deserves a 1.5 – 2 out of 5. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see ya next time. Bye!!!
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