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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Pidgeot - EX:
Fire Red and Leaf Green


Date Reviewed: 8.31.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Johnny Blaze Pidgeot – Great card. A lot of folks underrate this because of it being a Stage 2. But with a Power like Quick Search, with no drawbacks, and you get to search your deck for any card that is just broken IMHO. 2 for 40 with its Clutch attack is also very good. Especially against Colorless Weak Pokemon like the ever popular Rayquaza. The Lightning weakness is very bad as Lightning will make a huge comeback in FR/LG.

Unlimited: 3/5 - Many viable search cards in this format and this just adds to it. With low attack costs Pidgeot can be powered up with 2 Recycles or just 1 DCE and start attacking. With a Fighting resistance to the ever popular Rogue this just adds to its playability.

Modified: 4/5 – Great card in this format. Like I said earlier you can search your deck for any card with no drawbacks!! ‘Nuff said. Again just watch out for Lightning with, Blastoise going to rain down on the new format Lightning will make a huge comeback.

Limited: 2/5 – Not that great here. Low chances of pulling all the stages, but if you do and you can get it out Watch out.
 

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Name: Pidgeot

Set: EX: Fire Red and Leaf Green

Card#: 10/112

Type: Colorless

Stage: 2 (Evolves from Pidgeotto)

HP: 100

Weakness: Electric

Resistance: Fighting

Retreat: None

Poké-Power: Quick Search

Once during your turn (before your attack), you may choose any 1 card from your deck and put it into your hand.  Shuffle your deck afterward.  You can’t use more than 1 Quick Search Poké-Power each turn.  This power can’t be used if Pidgeot is affected by a Special Condition.

Attack: (CC) Clutch [40]

The Defending Pokémon can’t retreat until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

Name: Pidgeotto

Set: EX: Fire Red and Leaf Green

Card#: 45/112

Type: Colorless

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Pidgey)

HP: 70

Weakness: Electric

Resistance: Fighting

Retreat: None

Attack#1: (C) Clutch [10]

The Defending Pokémon can’t retreat until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

Attack#2: (CC) Cutting Wind [30]

Name: Pidgey

Set: EX: Fire Red and Leaf Green

Card#: 73/112

Type: Colorless

Stage: Basic

HP: 50

Weakness: Electric

Resistance: Fighting

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Corner

The Defending Pokémon can’t retreat until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

Attack#2: (CC) Gust [20]

 

Attributes: Pidgeot is a Stage 2 Colorless Pokémon.  Being a Stage 2 means it can’t just be tossed into any deck, though with some simple combos, it can be out and ready to go first turn, but weaker than it would be going the slow and steady route.  All in all, being a Stage 2 is becoming less of a disadvantage.  Being Colorless is once again more a neutral trait-it just seems to awkward to run a Sprout Tower or Unown N in Unlimited, and in Modified, there’s nothing but pros (there are Colorless Weak Pokémon, but not Colorless Resistant).  We have a nice 100 HP.  Just about as low as I’d want on a Stage 2.  Anything less would require significant compensation.  Along the bottom, we see the expected Electric Weakness.  Not great, but at least that type sees only limited play in Modified.  We see a Fighting Resistance.  This is getting more useful in Modified, and is wonderful for Unlimited-Neo Discovery Tyrogue is sort of the universal opener/cleaner in that format.  Let me add I am thrilled to have a Resistance.  Last bottom stat is a perfect free retreat.  It doesn’t get any better than that-you can send this up whenever you need and not worry about it getting stranded just because you can’t/don’t want to discard energy… well, unless they play cards that add to your retreat, of course.

 

Before moving onto Abilities, let us touch upon what it can evolve from in this set (I wish I had time to be as thorough as I used to and basically cross review everything, but alas, I can’t).  The Fire Red/Leaf Green Pidgeotto is like a smaller Pidgeot, which isn’t too bad.  It has a much weaker Clutch, and a straight damage attack, both of which are under-priced.  It also has a passable 70 HP for a Stage 1, so it won’t cripple this line.  The rest of its stats match Pidgeot’s, which is pretty solid.  The Pidgey is like a smaller Pidgeotto (again, appropriate).  It has a decent 50 HP, basically an even weaker version of the Clutch attack (different name though), and a straight (CC) for 20 attack.  Other than a still manageable retreat of (C), it matches its higher stages’ stats.

 

Abilities: The Quick Turn Poké-Power is pretty amazing.  Computer Search was an incredible card in Unlimited, and was a Trainer with the same “search your deck for any one card” effect.  The difference was that it required two cards be discarded.  This makes Pidgeot competitively priced, since most decks there would run at least 3 Computer Searches.  That means that in total, at least nine cards would go to this searching power.  That’s enough to run a 4/3/2 line of this.  Doesn’t matter as much for Unlimited-most will stick with the Trainer since they can usually spare the discard, and want to be able to easily use it first turn and multiple times in a single turn if they want.  Still, it might be worth considering since you get a Computer Search each turn.  The limit was a good idea-otherwise, even as a Stage 2, it would replace the Energy Draw version of Delcatty.  As is, it could be a rival-a single card, no strings attached, and as stated, doesn’t need too many slots when you look at the value of the effect.  It also has decent attack to go with this: Clutch.  Getting 40 damage from just (CC) is pretty good.  Tack on the effect that your opponent can’t retreat, and you have a real bargain.

 

Uses/Combinations: As stated, this will rival and may replace Delcatty as the top supporting Pokémon… at least it the set rotation occurs and we lose Oracle, as expected.  While technically less beefy than Delcatty (a Stage 1), it also has a Resistance to the up and coming Fighting decks.  You might consider combining it with Technical Machines (and maybe some of the Pokémon that can abuse Technical Machines, since it could search out the best one to use.  Pokémon that can inflict Special Conditions, especially from the Bench, might consider it as well.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 3/5-Who knows, with Trader and Rare Candy, maybe it could replace Computer Search… but not likely.  Still, there are niche decks that probably could use getting a guaranteed card each turn without needing a Trainer.

 

Modified: 4/5-This could be the thing to replace Delcatty.  Has some potential in its own deck.

 

Limited: 4/5-Good line, and search power is insane.  It loses a full point though-not for being hard to get but for a solid amount of Electric (“splashable” and non-splashable) that are in this set.

 

Summary

I think it sets a fast, but not too fast, pace for Pokémon.  Pokémon lacks as broken of single cards as say, Yu-Gi-Oh, but I still worry we may have opened Pandora’s box here.

 

 


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