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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Protective Orb

Unseen Forces

 

Date Reviewed: 09.22.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.5
Modified: 3.25
Limited: 4

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


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If you find the review is too long, skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 

 

Name   : Protective Orb

Set       : EX Unseen Forces

Card#   : 90/115

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Pokémon Tool

Effect Text: Attach Protective Orb to 1 of your Evolved Pokémon (excluding Pokémon-ex) that doesn’t already have a Pokémon Tool attached to it.  If the Pokémon Protective Orb is attached to is a Basic Pokémon or Pokémon-ex, discard Protective Orb.

 

As long as Protective Orb is attached to a Pokémon, that Pokémon has no Weakness.

 

Attributes: Protective Orb is a Trainer; more specifically, a Pokémon Tool.  Trainer denial is moderately popular in Modified and extremely common in Unlimited, but all Trainers are hit that hard, so it’s not going to drop the score: just remember to use common sense.  What does help is that Pokémon Tools activate after they are already in play, and that means that if you can drop them into play before the assorted Trainer prohibiting cards hit the field, they’ll work fine.  Sadly, this too comes with a downside: since they remain in play, there are specific cards that can target them – like Ancient Technical Machine (Ice) – that aren’t currently seeing a lot of play.

 

Protective Orb is restricted to use by Evolved Pokémon that aren’t Pokémon-ex.  This is obviously a negative thing in that your options are lessened, but hopefully it will compensate by being more powerful.

 

Proving that Nintendo is learning how many rule lawyers play this game, once again the card states that if the Pokémon it is attached to stops being a non-Pokémon-ex or and Evolution, it gets discarded.  Yes, still a lot of cutting and pasting, but it’s the only way I can get these done in time: it’s a very busy week and I still have an exam to go.

 

Abilities: Eliminate the equipped Pokémon’s Weakness.  This is a fairly solid ability first seen on Weakness Guard.  Unlike Weakness Guard, which wasn’t a Pokémon Tool and only lasted until the end of your opponent’s next turn, Protective Orb will stay with a Pokémon until discarded by another effect.  As usual, this is mostly an advantage, unless you wanted to use another Pokémon Tool with it.

 

Uses and

Combinations: Most likely something to use when you absolutely have to cover your Weakness, need a Pokémon Stadium other than Ancient Tomb, and can’t squeeze in an EX Team Rocket Returns Kingdra line.  One thing to also note is that Ancient Tomb doesn’t cover Pokémon with an owner in its name… at the moment that would only apply to Pokémon that wouldn’t be legal for Modified or would already be unable to use Protective Orb due to being a Basic or Pokémon-ex.

 

Let’s brainstorm a bit and figure out if there are any specific decks that could really use Protective Orb?  Well, it might be useful for decks consisting of multiple kinds of Stage 1 Pokémon.  Why?  Yet another downside of Ancient Tomb is that it helps the opponent as well.  So in such decks, even though it makes using Strength Charm and Crystal Shard alongside it a pain, the ability to type match against the opponent without fear of reprisal will at the very least help against mirror matches.  Most such decks that take the type-matching route are going to naturally run afoul of their own Weakness quite frequently.  In my experience, unless your deck is fast enough and strong enough to out steamroll them, exploiting their own Weakness is their Achilles Heel.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1.5/5-Damage here tends to be high enough that Weakness rarely matters, and you’d usually just be better with Focus Band.  Did I mention the whole “mostly Basic attackers” angle?

 

Modified: 3.25/5-Much like Fluffy Berry, this card can help most decks, but the amount that it will help will vary greatly.  So find the decks that can’t make use of other means and have a bad Weakness.

 

Limited: 4/5-This one is a composite score.  First and foremost, it assumes you have a legal target to attach it to.  Second, it assumes you have a Weakness you know is going to cost you.  I remember Psychic Weakness being particular bad, given the Unown.

 

Summary

Protective Orb is another niche card, but like Fluffy Berry its covering something we are all familiar with, so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out which decks are best off packing it, and which should use something else.

 


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