PokeBeachHey guys, Celebi’ here. Now, I’ve had some trouble finding a card to review, since nobody has requested anything recently. After scrolling through all the current sets many times, the card that caught my eye was…Smoochum.
I think that Smoochum might have a use in MewBox. This deck is not quite mainstream, but at the same time, it’s not “crazy” enough to be a rogue. It uses Vileplume to Item lock and Mew Prime’s “See Off” to put Pokémon like Jumpluff HS and Muk UD into the Lost Zone; Mew then can use their attacks.
MewBox often uses Aipom UL to stall the opponent. Aipom’s first attack, Tail Code, lets you move an energy attached to the Defending Pokémon to another of your opponent’s Pokémon. This can literally stop your opponent for the rest of the game. Say your opponent has a Magnezone active with only one energy on it. You can use Tail Code to move the energy to a useless benched Pokémon such as a Cleffa. They attach next turn, then you move it away. Lather, rinse and repeat. They’ll never get 2 energy on the Magnezone, and you just wall them from doing anything.
Aipom is a really fun card to play with (but not to play against). However, it has a couple of downsides. First, it has 1 retreat, forcing you to waste your energy attachment for the turn if it gets Catchered up. Second, it has a Fighting weakness, which makes it terrible against Donphan (which only needs one energy to attack, making Tail Code ineffective, and it can OHKO Aipom) as well as Phanpy, which can OHKO Aipom as long as Phanpy has 30 damage on it.
Another option could be Smoochum. She has the usual baby Pokémon stats: 30 HP, the Sweet Sleeping Face Poké-Body, and no weakness, retreat, or resistance. She also has the typical zero-energy attack. Smoochum’s attack, Energy Antics, lets you move an Energy card attached to one of your opponent’s Pokémon to another of their Pokémon. Smoochum then falls asleep.
PokeBeachThis means that there’s a 50% chance that Smoochum will be invulnerable next turn, if you hit tails on the coin flip. Now, because you moved the energy to another Pokémon, there’s not a very big chance you’ll even be attacked, but it’s always nice. Also, free retreat is quite useful because you won’t be stuck if you start with Smoochum. On the other hand, Aipom is a terrible starter.
Of course, Smoochum does have its downsides. First, it has only 30 HP (20 less than Aipom). This means that there’s a big chance of getting donked if you go second. Also, if you do use Energy Antics but flip several tails, Smoochum will be stuck in the active spot, forcing you to burn a Switch.
I’m not necessarily trying to hype Smoochum as a better card than Aipom, but I think it might have some potential. MewBox is an interesting new deck and Smoochum might be able to help it out. What do you guys think?