Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Granbull (Heart Gold/Soul Silver)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Granbull from the Heart Gold/Soul Silver set. This is a stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance, and a high retreat cost of 3 colorless energy cards. Once again this card doesn't have a Poke-Power or Poke-Body but it does have two moves, the first move is called Timid Tackle and for two colorless energy cards Granbull does 50 damage but unfortunately you then have to switch Granbull with one of your benched Pokemon and before you do Granbull does 20 damage to itself. Granbull's second move is called Chomp and for 4 colorless energy cards Granbull does 40 damage plus 10 more damage for each damage counter of Granbull, so this move has a maximum potential of 120. So as far as strategy goes I would recommend using this card in combination with a card that has free retreat cost that way you could use Timid Tackle a few turns in a row since you can just retreat the Pokemon you use in the switch since it has free retreat costs and at the same time it would want to have a high hp too, but then once you get 40 damage on Granbull I would keep it in there and then use Chomp. But the major downfall with this card is that it requires too much energy to do damage and since it is only a stage 1 Pokemon card it doesn't necessarily have the capabilities of getting that much energy cards on it before it gets knocked out, so I would rate this card a 2 out of 5, I think this card would be amazing if it had the hp of a stage 2 Pokemon but it doesn't so it isn't that great. So thanks for reading today's review of Granbull from Heart Gold/Soul Silver, stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Hypno from Heart Gold/Soul Silver.


Nintendan said...

Today is Granbull. A Colourless Stage 1 with 2 attacks. The weakness is bad, no resistance and a disgusting retreat cost of 3.
And 90HP is'nt something that great of a Stage 1. I mean Donphan has 120.
The first attack, Timid Tackle, does 50 and Granbull does 20 to itself, for two energy or a double colourless energy. While being able to deal damage fast, Granbull is hurting itself and putting it in the one-hit KOable range of almost any fighting type. However, you switch Granbull after dealing damage, so he's only vunerable to snipers. Another great thing about this is that you switch out while doing damage, so instead of discarding energy, you're switching out and doing damage which is a lot better.
The second attack, Chomp is absolutely unbelievable. For 4 energy, it does 40 plus 10 for each Damage counter on Granbull. Ok, so maybe you can do 60 after using Timid Tackle, but that's not the point. 60 for 4 is just terrible. Donphan can do 60 for 1 fighting energy. Not to mention, it will take along time to power him up, unless you run Doule Colourless Energy.
I give Granbull 2/5
While 2 for 50 is nice, you're hurting yourself. And this can build up Chomp but the damage will build up on you faster than you think. Just think, 2 Timid Tackles puts you at 50HP. A very vulnerable target.
I say Granbull greatest strength is it's speed. 2 for 50 can KO a lot of basics. He can also succeed late-game. With lots of damage counters on him by taking easy prizes with Timid Tackle, he can do 120 at maximum with Chomp.And when you need to retreat him, just Timid Tackle away into a wall.

PrimetimePokemon said...

@Nintendan thanks again for the wonderful insights, it is well appreciated

Charles said...

If you go first you can use the Timid Tackle to get damage on Granbull and then use the Chomp attack