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1 being the worst. 3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Pidgeot was very popular in RSon modified, and I think it
still will be in HL modified. The way you can just take any
card from your deck is very powerful. So don't be afraid to
use singles in your deck! The free retreat is helpful, and
so is the Clutch attack which can stop your opponent from
retreating while setup your bench. Clutch is often just used
with a DRE for a quick 30 damage. Of course he is weak to
Lightning, so watch out for Zapdos ex. But the Resistance to
Fighting can help out vs Medicham ex type decks.
Unlimited - It actually might be good here but I never tried
it. A 1/1 line might even work since you can just Computer
Search for the Pidgeot line, then use the pidgeot line to
search for stuff. But not sure how effective this would be.
Modified - It's a monster in this format because of the low
amount of draw/search available. Searching for any card when
you need it is great. Search for that strength charm, or the
briney at the bottom of your deck, whatever. I'm not giving
it a perfect score though cause it is a stage 2, so it can
sometimes be hard to get into play. 4.5/5
Limited - If you get Pidgey and Pidgeotto in addition to
Pidgeot, take it!! There is practically no draw/search in
this format so you need all you can get. 5/5
We continue Worlds Winner week with IMHO one of the most
overrated cards ever created.
Attributes: 100 is pretty decent, but not quite enough
to survive against the biggest hitters in the format.
Weakness to Lightning is bad, as there are a LOT of
Lightning that can easily do 50 damage, OHKOing this
Pokemon. Then again, it should never be active during
your opponents turn. Free retreat is awesome, and you
should take advantage of that.
Attack #1: [CC] Clutch
It's a decent attack for a stage 1 or as a backup
attack. It shouldn?t be the main attack on any stage 2.
It?s just not powerful enough to do anything but stall
for a while. 40 for 2 is nice, but just not enough
damage, and the effect is annoying at best.
Poke-POWER: 'Quick Search'
This is why everybody is fussing over this card, its
ability to search anything out of your deck when you
need it. Also, this is stackable, so you can use 3-4 of
them in a turn if you so desire and you have enough
Pidgeot in play.
Pre-evolutions: Pidgey is quite possibly the most
annoying Pokemon that I know. I'm sorry to say that I
lost a game because I was Pidgey-locked in the first few
turns, and ended up decking out. Corner should be used
if it can mess with your opponent, but use the other
attack if Corner wouldn't do anything. Pidgeotto again
has the Clutch attack, but this one does damage. Again,
just use it to annoy, not to attack.
Unlimited: Comp Search is better at what Pidgeot does,
and there's too much board disruption in the format for
him to be safe for long. Also, Muk is popular enough to
pose a problem for Pidgeot. However, Slowking and
Vileplume are still popular decks that stop Trainer
usage. Pidgeot can be used to get past those. Still,
unless you know that you?re going to be facing one of
those, Pidgeot is all but useless.
Modified: It's a good card, no doubt about it. The
ability to search any card in your deck is a very
powerful ability. However, in order to play it, you need
a minimum of 6 cards in your deck devoted to getting
Pidgeot out (2-1-2 line with 1 Rare Candy). Also,
Pokemon Power stoppage is a popular strategy right now.
Because of this, there are better options out there for
deck searching. First, there is simply Trainer usage.
Trainers can search out Pokemon and many other Trainers,
but cannot search out Special Energy cards. Next, there
is Jirachi, which can only search through the top 5
cards of your deck, but allows you to choose any of
those cards to go into your deck. The downside is that
Jirachi falls asleep, and might not be usable next turn.
My personal favorite alternative to Pidgeot is Magcargo
from Deoxys, mostly because he is not affected by Battle
Frontier, but also because he takes up less space in a
deck and has a more productive Basic form than Pidgey.
One of the Slugma has a similar ability to Corner, but
actually does damage. The other one can get a card from
the top of your deck. Both of these are better than
Pidgey, who doesn't do much damage, and whose Corner
doesn't do any damage. Pidgeot is still a good card.
However, because there is so much out there to counter
it specifically, and that there are a few alternatives
that are almost up to its searching ability, Pidgeot
gets a relatively low score from me.
3.99/5 (not good enough for a 4, but most certainly not
Limited: Difficult to get out, but very effective once
it's out. 40 damage is pretty good in Limited, and its
searching ability is unparalleled in the set. The
problem is getting a line good enough to play it, and
then getting it out of the deck. Also, it can
potentially cause you to deck out if you're not careful.
Because of the dreadful downsides, it also doesn't get
as high a rating as the others will probably give him.
We now look at Pidgeot, and its evolutionary line.
Pidgey, Pidgeotto and Pidgeot all have an attack that
prevents the opponent to switch out. Interestingly,
jermy seems to have relied on these attacks quite often,
and the opponents report that they were surprisingly
annoying, at the very least.
The most interesting thing about Pidgeot, however, is
the Poke-Power, which gets you any card off your deck
for free. This is probably the most broken Poke-Power
ever written. Pidgeot’s Clutch attack does 40 for 2
colorless and then the opponent can’t retreat (once
again), which is pretty good versus colorless-weak
cards. You Clutch for 80, then, unless the opponent
finds a switching card, the Defending Pokemon dies next
Other things that makes Pidgeot even better is its
free-retreat (a very rare thing to have these days), and
its resistance to Fighting.
Pidgeot does have its counters, but these are limited to
Battle Frontier and cards that switching off
Unlimited: It’s also good in Unlimited, especially if
the opponent is denying all your Trainers with Slowking
or Vileplume ex. Its attack can be powered up by a
simple DCE and is actually pretty good. It also has
resistance to the ubiquitous Tyrogue and free retreat.
However, getting a Stage 2 out when your opponent is
disrupting your Trainers is easier said than done, and
playing a Stage 2 in Unlimited just to support your
other Pokemon may slow the deck down instead of speed it
Modified: Totally broken in Modified, if you ask me. I’d
give it a 5 if Battle Frontier and cards that switch off
its Poke-Power didn’t exist. 4.5/5
Limited: The Pidgeys and Pidgeottos shouldn’t be too
hard to get, and they are actually very decent, so if
you get them and see a Pidgeot around, grab it. If you
manage to get it out in a game, it’s basically an
auto-win. Its colorless type makes it splashable into
any deck too, which is even better. 5/5
Alright, the pokémon that I name myself after, it means
I got to like this card. I confess, I try to find every
way possible of making Pidgeot’s prior to this one
playable. From the no energy for you decks of Jungle
Pidgeot, to the Rocket’s Zapdos/Pidgeot EXP deck that I
was known for a long time ago in unlimited back when
metals reduced self damage and you could retreat more
then once (the two things the entire deck revolved
around). Finally they make a Pidgeot that I don’t have
to struggle to work out how to make usable.
This is the only Pidgey that has 50HP. I remember
getting annoyed at how Pidgey never had more then 40HP.
Starting wise though Pidgey is not very good, it would
be rare to say the least that your opponent would want
to retreat early and they would usually just evolve then
retreat in the case of a rival Pidgey. So Pidgey is
truthfully not one of the basics you want to open with a
game with however there are far worse ones. 2 colourless
for 20 is alright, but this attack is rarely used, all
in all a very average basic.
A better stage 1, Pidgeotto has a zero retreat cost,
always cool especially if you started the game with a
Pidgey and later got something you wanted active, just
evolve Pidgey and retreat. Clutch is again only useful
in certain situations but at least it does damage while
cutting wind could do a lot of damage against a
colourless weak pokémon, especially with a strength
charm. A much better stage 1, compared to its basic.
This card appears in so many decks, it is very overused
and for good reason.
The ability to search out any card from your deck once a
turn is downright broken. Want evolutions? Energy?
Stadium? Draw power? Pidgeot gets whatever the situation
requires and fits into a lot of decks, mostly ones that
revolve around stage 2 pokémon as once Pidgeot is out
the deck flows very smoothly. Of course battle frontier
stops it cold so searching for the counter before you
need it may be a good idea. It’s a solid attacker too,
100 HP and 0 retreat is very good and 2 energy for 40
damage no retreat is quite good as well, so don’t
underestimate its use for dealing quick damage as well
Unlimited: Its good here too, not as good as in modified
of course but not to be underestimated. While it’s not
to be dismissed it tends to be not as useful due to
computer search, oak and the superior draw options
available to players. Also gust of wind can get rid of
Pidgeot in this format, if it is really being a pain to
the other player, unlike in modified where it can hide
in the safety of the bench.
Modified HL-on: There is no card that searches for any
card you want in this format and most cards that do
searching either have a flip, or are a supporter and
even then they are limited in what they can find. You
can play your supporter and other things then use
Pidgeot in addition to give you 1 extra card of your
choice so its ability never goes to waste. This may be
obvious but some players I know use Quick Search first,
play it then say Copycat and get what they just searched
for. Don’t do this, always do Quick search when there is
nothing else to do or just before Pidgeot will be
removed from play (like through a Briney) so that your
search will be the most accurate. I don’t need to keep
saying how useful this card is, it’s pretty obvious.
Limited: Search for any card? Once a turn? Trainers are
broken if they search for evolutions just the once. This
thing can do it again and again and search for any card.
Simply put, get this card and a good supporting line to
match and you have very good chances.
Hey I'm Ash and my
COTD of Pidgeot RG
Hey guys! Yeah I am wondering when is American's summer
Mine's in July to September, so I am now in the very
last day of vacation
Okies today we'll have Pidgeot RG for our COTD review!
YAY! Mm it's one of the card that Jeremy has used in
worlds, together with a lot of stuffs. So this two weeks
we will keep on reviewing the cards in his deck. Ah,
Pojostaff should have told you about that right? I
haven't checked Pojo for a few days.
Anyway, let's read the spoiler...*yay*
Pidgeot RG - 100 HP - Colorless
Poke-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.
 Clutch (40) The Defending Pokémon can't retreat
until the end of your oppone nt's next turn.
Resistance: Fighting -30
Pidgeot has been a very interesting Pokemon for a long
time. The Jungle one is cool. Well it is another
Computer Search that we've been looking for, but it's
free. Nintendo is a bit stupid to put it in the theme
deck, otherwise I believe a Pidgeot's value will more
much higher than Rare Candy or such things. I still
haven't started my review?!
Yes in last format E-on, we usually use Oracle +
Delcatty. This combo is excellent since you can use more
than one Energy Draw every turn, and I usually prefer
drawing more other than Quick Search =.=. In the very
beginning of PTCG we use Computer search, which is a
nice card...and with Item Finder, you can have up to 8
Computer Search in your deck. So in here we have a
conclusion – we have search cards in every format
(except neo block). ;x What is the advantage of this?
'What you want, is what you get'. In a game which
depends on luck, controlling everything is quite
important. For example, if you have such a suck hand in
the early start, and you can't get anything that you
need, you can just use Pidgeot to search for a Copycat
and do everything you want. A quite famous (and rare)
combo is 1st turn RC Pidgeot, search for Dunsparce,
retreat, attach an energy to Dunny, SAR. You need that 4
cards that you need in order to have such a start.
Magcargo is cool too, it is very similar to Pidgeot.
Advantage of playing Magcargo: you can combo with
Ludicolo, TVR, Steven, Mary's Request, etc etc. And you
can play Battle Frontier, to stop your opponent's
Pidgeot but you won't be affected. You can still search
things, which increases your setting up speed and take
the advantage. The attacks are ok too.
Disadvantage: well putting on the top of your deck is
the problem. You can't get that immediately unless you
can draw it with Lud / TVR / Steve. So ah when you need
a card to win the game but you can't get it in this turn
and next turn your opponent kills your Pokemon and the
card that you put on the top of the deck is quite
useless then it is funny.
Which one to play with? I prefer Magcargo at this
moment, since Battle Frontier seems to be great VS this
metagame. But 3 retreat cost is such a problem. =(
Unlimited: 3/5 IMO Computer Search is better. Discard
cards? If you use Electrode ex / Blaze then it isn't a
problem + Pidgeot 2-1-2 standard line use up a few
Modified: 4.5/5 yeah it's a great card at this
moment...lightning weakness is the worst part of Pidgeot.
BTW if you dunno, Jeremy played
3-2-3 Pidgeot line, because you have higher chance of 2
Pidgeot in play so if your opponent kills one of them
you can still search.
Playing 2-1-2 line, it is hard to pull out the whole 2
line. Maybe prized, waste bench spaces, waste candies,
Limited: 4.5/5 if you can pull out the whole line then
congrats. There IS switch in FRLG so maybe he won't be
clutched for once, but later he will be clueless to do
everything. Free retreat allow you to retreat as often
as you want.
Overall: 4/5 nice >,<
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