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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day


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Steelix - Skyridge


Date Reviewed: 06/24/03

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

X-Act
Steelix SK COTD
 
In the space of two consecutive sets, we got two Steelix. The latest one is the least promising of the three, in my opinion.
 
Its Poke-Body is reminiscent of a Expedition Tyranitar, but for Metal Energy: all basic Energy cards attached to Steelix provide Metal Energy instead of their usual types. The problem is, both its attacks are hugely overcosted, and therefore, unimpressive. For three Energies, of which one can be colorless (we might just as well say that) Steelix does... 20, or 30 and paralysis. For four Energies, one of which may be colorless, it does either a sure 40, or if you want to risk, it does either 80 or 0. A Lugia in Neo3 had this same attack for 4 Colorless Energies, and it's a Basic Pokemon. It is "only" 100 HP, and its hefty 4 retreat cost stick to it.
 
In my opinion, in spite of its nice Poke-Body, this Steelix is not worth playing in any format... well, maybe except Draft.
 
Unlimited: Besides the fact that Steelix loses out to Scizor in this format (and in Modified), if you really want Steelix in your deck, at least don't use THIS one. In this format, this Steelix has the added disadvantage of being much weaker to SER than its Neo Genesis counterpart. (Remember, DCE doesn't provide two Metal Energies on Steelix, because of that nice "basic" word in its Poke-body description.) So, no.
1.5/5
 
Modified: In Modified it is slightly more viable, but not by much. Again, Scizor is a much better proposition here than any Steelix, and to add insult to injury, this Steelix is the worst Steelix of the lot. So this ridiculously long metallic snake is seen here to be almost worthless.
2/5
 
Draft: In Draft it's decent. A 100HP Stage 1 is quite difficult to counter in this format, and its attacks, thanks to its Poke-body, are obviously splashable. It is even better if you managed to draft a Metal Energy or two. Grass resistance is pretty useful too in this format. Just be careful of Fire Draft decks, and you should do pretty decently. Umm, of course, this is true as long as you're drafting Skyridge with at least Aquapolis, since Skyridge, oddly enough, doesn't have an Onix! So be careful of this little fact.
3/5
pERfeCt 0nE
Steelix

I really don't see how this is very good at all.  Its another version of the Neo Revelations Lugia =P.  Its HP is expected to be as it is, the fire weakness is a big minus in my book, with Cargos and Typhlosions all around us. The power only makes him Zzzzap-able.  If you choose to put basic energy on him, he's Zzzzap-able, if not, its a waste of a power= lol.  I see this making way into Draft decks though.

Unlimited-  No thank you!  Please come again...
rating--- 0.75

Modified-  Far to weak to (how shall i say this) cards.  He dies to cargo, g8r, g8r/sect, Scizor, Typhlosion, Toed, everything, and stuff.
rating--- 1.25

Draft-  The meaning of its existence.  100HP, 40 a turn, uses ANY energy type, and only stage 1...not bad...decent at that...A first pick, if you see him, pick him =/.
rating--- 3.5
dontknow09 Skyridge Steelix

Neo Genesis Steelix was one of the best defensive pokemon cards ever made. It resisted grass, carried 110 HP for being a stage 1, and could use metal energy without the side effects. This new Steelix doesn't seem as defensive as its NG cousin. I'd say it was built for more of an offensive tacit. It loses 10 HP, but 100 is still good considering its a stage 1. Just got to watch out for 50 fire damage. Bottom stats remain exactly the same, and lets hope that stays unlike Scizor which lost resistance to grass in Aquapolis.
Rare Metal is similar to the Expedition Tyrannitar's Dark Aura, except using metal. That's a good thing because of its heavy priced attacks. Personally, I don't like those kinds of Poke-Bodies since its sort of indirectly tells a player to attach any basic energy to Steelix instead of abusing Metal Energies effect like you are supposed to do.  Skyridge Steelix's attacks are not economical. Squeeze is so expensive to do a possible 30 and paralysis. Half the time, its like doing 20 regular damage for 3 energies. Metal Tail is so horrible. 4 energies to do 40. Or one could risk doing 80, but "Tails Fails". This Steelix sure is offensive, buts it no point if 1) You don't do enough damage or 2) You don't do any damage.

Unlimited- It is way too slow. SER leaves the iron snake without any iron. Basically a big target to pick off of. Sometimes, that extra 10 HP really helps.  1/5

Modified- Even in modified, it is still way too slow. Although the Poke-Body helps with the overpriced energy costs, the -10 bonus of real metal won't occur. Go ahead and use it, still won't beat NG Steelix, nor AQ Steelix.  2/5

Draft- Getting evolutions out is hard enough. Even if you do get it, what could you possibly do? Charge up for 3 turns to do 20/30? Or charge up for 4 turns to do 40/80/0? A basic pokemon that does 10 for a colorless could do the same damage it takes for a Steelix to charge up. Not worth it. Probably the worst steelix ever.  1.5/5

-dontknow09

Meganium45
OK, This is by far the third Best Steelix, behind Aquapolis, and Genesis.  Heck, even Shining Steelix gives this one a run for its money (lol)

100 HP, not good for a Steelix

Weakness to fire, resistance to Grass, pretty normal for a Steelix

4 Retreat cost - not good, but it's what we're used to.  that is why they invented switch and warp energy.

Poke-Body - geesh, if this was a Poke Power (more than just this Pokemon) then it might be good, but this Steelix's attacks just don't cut it.  It does turn every type of energy into metal, alleviating the need for metal in a deck, but, heh,

First attack, Metal, Metal, Colorless for 20, flip for 30 and paralyzed!  For three energy, too much cost, too little benefit.

Second attack, Three Metal and a colorless for 40, or the option to flip a coin, if heads 80, if tails, 0.  Too high of a risk/reward here.  Reminds me of a Certain Psychic Lugia (which is a better card, but not by much)

Uses, well, um, could be grass protection in a Kabutops deck where you don't want to have to use Metal Energy, but, in the end, this is a waste of cardboard.

Ratings -

Unlimited - 1/5  No use for a 3/4 energy attack pokemon that does not do, like, 100 damage in this envio.

Modified - May be some use, but it finishes third behind its Aquapolis and Neo Genesis brethren.  1.6/5

Draft - OK, the power is good here, and you can get away with taking a while to load up, and there are not many good switching cards in Skyridge, so you have a chance to hold them a turn. 3/5 - I would still look to draft a Pikachu before I drafted this card.

The Poke`mon Master 1110
Steelix:

I want to like this guy, really I do.  But somehow I can't.  He could be useful, but he has lower HP and higher costing attacks that Genesis Steelix.  And to top it all off, the attacks aren't even all that great.  Still a nice card, and if you draft with another set that has Onix, he is AWESOME in draft!

Unlimited:  Not a chance.  Don't play him.  Genesis Steelix actually does ok in Unlimited, but this one will get eaten.  1/5

Modified:  Again, Genesis version will do the trick for you.  No real reason to play him.  If you wanna play steel type, go with Genesis Steelix of Aquapolis Scizor (Just watch out for my Jumpluffs and Ledians!! =D)  2.75/5

Limited:  Like I said, if you can draft Onix from a different set, then Steelix can win you entire games.  But the absence of an Onix in Skyridge REALLY hurts him bad.  2.5/5

The Bottom Line:  2/5

Thundachu Steelix Skyridge:

Overview: Steeeeeelix. I have to say I like the Neo Genesis one better. 100HP makes 10 less than Neo 1. The Poke-Body comes in handy, but they only provide Metal Energy. You need "real" metal energy attached to it to reduce the damage. Squeeze is ok I guess =\ For 2 metal and 1 colorless it does 20 damage automatically than 10 extra if you flip a heads. Metal Tail can be good. For 3 metal and 1 colorless does 40 and if you want you can flip a coin if heads does 80. Remind you of any other card(coughNeo3Lugiacough). 4 retreat is bad. Balloon Berry can definitely be nice here. Weakness to fire makes it target for Typhlosion and Magcargo and Entei and. Resistance to Grass. Aint no Crobat here I reckon.

Unlimited: 2/5(ewww)

Modified: 3.5/5

Draft: 4/5(Only a stage 2 and with adding energies in draft that's nice. All u need is an Onix.)


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