Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX – A Pokemon TCG Card Review

Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX is the #1 card in the Unbroken Bonds set for the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG). It also has a Full Art version, an alternate art Full Art, and a Rainbow Foil version. This Ultra Rare GX card is powerful in many ways, but its GX attack is particularly potent. While it’s far from the top GX card in Unbroken Bonds, it’s worth checking out for both collectors and competitive players alike.

Because this GX Pokemon card is a Tag Team, if it’s knocked out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards, rather than the typical two prizes for a regular GX Pokemon. But, because it’s a combination of Pheromosa and Buzzwole, its power level is much higher than an ordinary GX Pokemon card.

This GX card features two decent attacks, plus a particularly nasty GX attack. It’s Grass-type and two times weak to Fire attacks with no Resistance. It has 260 HP, which is low to mid-end for Tag Team GX cards. Their retreat cost is just two colorless Energy.

Breaking Down Pheromosa & Buzzwole Tag Team GX’s Attacks 

First, we’ll talk about the first two attacks. The first of Pheromosa & Buzzwole GX’s attacks is Jet Punch. It costs a mere Grass Energy to use and deals 30 damage to the opposing Pokemon. But, it also deals 30 damage to a benched Pokemon. It’s a nice simple attack. The second attack packs a wallop for just two Grass Energy and one Colorless Energy. It deals 190 damage. While that sounds incredible, the drawback is that during your next then, it only deals 60 damage. This means to get it back to 190, you can’t use it for a turn.

The GX attack is what really makes.this card shine. Keep in mind you can only use one GX attack per game. So, especially with this one, you need to make it count. This Tag Team Pokemon’s GX attack is called Beast Game GX. While it only does 50 base damage, the other effects are incredible. If this attack knocks out an opposing Pokemon, you get to take an extra Prize card. Then, if you have seven more energy than this attack requires, which is only a single Grass energy, then you instead take three extra Prize cards. Properly timed, this attack can win you the game.

Is There a Good Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX Deck in Competitive Play?

Understandably, Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX is a powerful card in competitive TCG play. The fact that it can theoretically take all six prize cards at once is a huge deal. There are various decks built almost entirely around this GX card that are quite good. The Pheromosa and Buzzwole deck dominated Champions League Chiba in Japan and was the tournament’s winning deck.

In the Pokemon games themselves, Pheromosa is an Uber-tier Bug & Fighting type Pokemon. So, competitive players of the Pokemon Sun and Moon games can tell you he was a great choice for this Team Up. Buzzwole is also a fine competitive Pokemon with the same typing, also playable in the Uber competitive tier of the video game. although it’s relatively under-used. Fans of these Pokemon are probably happy to see this tag team

How Collectible is Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX?

From a collector’s standpoint, you may think that Pheromosa and Buzzwole Tag Team GX is a valuable card. In the early going, it’s actually very inexpensive. But, collectors clearly see that this card has a future, as 61 have been submitted to PSA for grading, 46 of which have returned a Gem Mint 10. For any modern Pokemon card, that’s the only grade that brings any sort of price premium. 

The Full Art versions of Pheromosa and Buzzwole have fared better. The regular Full Art version numbered 191/214 has 18 PSA 10 graded copies which currently exist. The alternate art Full Art version numbered 192/214 has done better, with 29 PSA 10 graded examples in existence. 

Interestingly, the Rainbow Foil secret rare of  Pheromosa and Buzzwole – numbered 215/214 – is not more expensive than the alternate art 192/214. With 33 PSA 10 examples (out of 56 total PSA submissions), it’s likely to hold the most long-term value. That’s because it’s more condition-sensitive. So, despite currently having a fair amount of PSA 10 copies already, it’s the rarest version of this card.

Of course, Pheromosa and Buzzwole are hardly iconic Pokemon. Despite its incredible game-winning power, you can own a copy of the GX card for a very reasonable price. As is always the best advice with modern graded cards, if you are looking at investing in Pokemon cards as an investment, you’ll want to go with the rarest version (in this case the Rainbow foil) in PSA 10. If you just want one of these for your collection, though, a PSA 9 Mint graded copy of any of these cards will suffice.

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