Float Stone is the newest Tool Card that came out in Plasma Freeze. It has a simple effect: The Pokémon the card is attached to has no retreat cost. Is it good enough to compete with the other tools?
Float Stone might have a simple effect, but the effect effectively makes it a Switch in the form of a tool. This makes it much better than Switch if you just want to switch out and deal more damage from another attacker. However, Float Stone is effectively useless on a Pokémon with free retreat, and it does not allow for clutch plays, unlike Switch, which allows for a double retreat for another attack.
Strategies and game play:
When playing with this card, you are always going to have to be wary of Tool Scrapper. This card should only be played when it is necessary and at no other time. Of course, if your opponent does not play Tool Scrapper or if the deck prevents usage of the card, feel free to slap it down. As always, be cautious of where you put it down on.
Combos with other cards:
One of the most obvious cards that it pairs with is Keldeo-EX. Keldeo-EX has the Ability Rush In, which allows you to switch Keldeo-EX with the Active Pokémon, essentially giving all of your Pokémon a free retreat and a Switch at the same time. Of course, your opponent could just Catcher your Keldeo EX and try to put it to sleep or any other status condition, however, it is still an amazing combo.
Another obvious combo is with Garbodor. Garbodor can shut off Abilities with its Garbotoxin Ability, requiring a Tool to be attached to work. However, it can be Catchered up and stalled, and also lacked good Tools to attach. However, with the release of Float Stone, it can be attached to Garbodor and allow it to retreat for free, preventing Catcher stall and provides an excellent Tool for use with Garbotoxin.
Float Stone can be used in various ways, like retreating a Pokémon part to attack with another Pokémon which requires the former to be the Active Pokémon at one point, like Gothitelle or Kyurem, or can be used on a Pokémon easily Catchered up, like Deoxys EX, and can be generally used for the same purposes as Switch
Ways to counteract it:
As Float Stone is a Tool card, it usually is not much of a threat. However, should it be used with something like Keldeo EX, there are a few ways to get rid of it. Tool Scrapper can be used to get rid of the Tool and put other Tools into the discard pile. This is usually the most reliable and easiest way to counter it, only requiring to be teched into a deck in a single slot to be used. However, if your opponent is using something like Gothitelle or Togekiss which blocks it, it cannot be used to get rid of Float Stone.
Chatot, from Plasma Blast, can be used in a similar vein as Tool Scrapper, can be used to discard Float Stone. However, Sigilyph allows for the attaching of multiple Tools to itself, which means that if Silver Mirror is attached to it, Chatot is essentially useless.
The final way to counter Float Stone is through Item Lock. While not much of a counter and more of a strategy, Item Lock can be a very effective way of discarding Float Stone. By using Tool Scrapper on any Float Stone after setting the lock prevents the reattaching of Float Stone, thus preventing Float Stone from getting into play again. However, dropping the lock even once could allow your opponent the chance to reattach it.
There is also a way to nullify Float Stone with Snorlax. Its Block Ability prevents retreating, thus nullifying the effectiveness of Float Stone. However, your opponent could just Catcher around it to avoid it altogether.
-Gives free retreat
-Allows a free Switch every turn it is attached
-Combos with multiple Pokémon
-Won’t help switching when afflicted by Sleep or Paralysis
-Does not allow for clutch plays like double switching
-Prevents other Tools from being played
-Easily discarded with Tool Scrapper
Modified: Float Stone is a great card that can be used to switch easily. However, it does not replace Switch altogether, but can be used alongside it as a retreating option. 9.5/10
Limited: Switching is still a key concept in Limited, but ironically enough, it is not used as much as in Modified, with the lack of key Pokémon that let it work so well, and the fact that it is a much slower format. However, it is still a great card when you don’t want to discard much Energy. 8.5/10