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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Sitrus Berry

EX Unseen Forces

 

Date Reviewed: 09.26.05

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.5
Modified: 2.66
Limited: 3

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

ninetales
1234
Sitrus Berry

Playability: Healing your Pokémon with trainers: if that’s what you’re in to, you have a lot of choices (Potion, Life Herb, and more). However, are any of these choices good? With exception to cards that remove all damage (e.g. Briney and Scoop Up), trainer healing is probably not going to help you very much. With Sitrus Berry, you could end up removing 3 damage counters from a Pokémon, only to have 30 or more damage done to it right after. This is not a game-changing card. Special conditions are often a lot more destructive than 3 damage counters, so you should probably put anti-special condition trainers in your deck instead of Sitrus Berry.

Imagine this: you have a damaged active Pokémon and you need energy to retreat it in order to save it (or to do an attack to get rid of the Pokémon that is threatening it) - but instead of drawing an energy at the beginning of your turn, you draw a Sitrus Berry; you just wasted your draw. Heal Energy is better, IMO (removes one damage counter, removes special conditions, and provides energy for retreating).

If you need to stall, retreating is probably better than taking off 3 damage counters. And for retreating, we have Fluffy Berry.

This is a fun card, but you probably won’t get very far with it. Think about all the big premiere events. How many people use trainers as the basis of their Pokémon-healing? Not many. In most decks you’re probably better off using Bellossom (Heal Dance) or Milotic.

Disadvantages: Can’t be attached to a Pokémon EX, or one with Dark or an owner in its name. Hopefully, if you have Dark/Rocket’s Pokémon, you have Rocket’s Hideout, which is not a one-time-use card (so, not really a big deal). As for Magma/Aqua Pokémon, there’s enough trainer support for them anyway (you wouldn’t want to waste deck space on this.) EX Pokémon tend to have high HP, and are usually meant for attacking and probably won’t benefit from this. Besides, there’s Super Scoop Up for healing EXs (but you should probably rely on Pokémon Powers for that). Sitrus Berry only works between turns, but in most cases, that’s not a problem. Your Pokémon has to have at least 3 damage counters for you to use the effect. But again, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Advantages: It removes more damage than Berry and Potion. It lets you stall against Sand Damage for 1.5 turns. There aren’t a lot of significant advantages.

Unlimited: Pokémon Center and Alakazam… there are better cards in this format for getting rid of damage. 1.5/5

Modified: You’re better off putting Blissey EX or Bellossom in your deck. 2/5

Limited: Blissey EX is in this set! Don’t draft Sitrus Berry. No Dark or owner’s Pokémon in UF, so it’s OK, but still, not as good as Blissey EX. 2/5

Questions/comments/corrections? E-mail: ninetales1234@hotmail.com
Eric Press Hey Pojo COTD readers! This is my first COTD review, so go easy on me.
Thanks to Pojo for giving me a chance. Today we look at Sitrus Berry

Sitrus Berry
Attach Sitrus Berry to one of your Pokemon (excluding Pokemon-ex and Pokemon with Dark or an owner in its name) that doesn't already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it. If the Pokemon Sitrus Berry is attached to becomes a Pokemon-ex or a Pokemon with Dark or an owner in its name, discard Sitrus Berry.

At any time between turns, if the Pokemon this card is attached to hasat least 3 damage counters on it, remove 3 damage counters from it. Then, discard Sitrus Berry.

Personally, I like this card a lot. Although not being able to be attached to alot of Pokemon hurts it a bit, I think it should see some play in certain decks. Removing damage between turns is good, instead of only on your own turn. Off the top of my head, I can think of a couple of good cards to use it with in Modified.

First is Meganium from EX: Unseen Forces. Bouncy Move's full potential only happens when you can safely put 5 damage counters on it, and with Sitrus Berry this makes paying that cost better. After you Bouncy Move, you automatically remove the three counters between the turn, and then Meganium's power kicks in and removes another, leaving only one.

Second is Feraligater from EX: Unseen Forces. Tonnage can get you 80 damage for 3, but at the cost of placing 3 damage counters on it. Sitrus Berry whisks those away after your turn.

Slowbro from EX: FRLG is another underplayed candidate. After you move alot of your damage counters from your other Pokemon onto him, you can remove some damage from him and keep him alive longer.

Overall, I like this card alot, but it is not meant for alot of decks. I wouldn't run it in T2, mostly because they play alot of ex's and it slows down the deck a bit. It also doesn't work in decks focusing on Dark Pokemon either. Also, with the reprint of Mr. Briney's, you can just scoop non-ex Pokemon up and then just play them back down in a turn or two. But,I think Sitrus Berry is a welcome addition to some decks with main attacking walls that you don't want to die. My rating:

Modified: 3.5/5
Unlimited: 2/5

~
R Pac~
Hey all,

Today's card is Sitrus Berry from EX Unseen Forces

Sitrus Berry is pretty much the crossbreed between a berry and a gold berry. It does the same thing by removing damage between turns, but removes 3 instead of 2 or 4 respectively. It also has the restriction of not being able to be attached to an EX or a Poke with Dark or an owner in it's name. So... it's a cross between berry and gold berry with restrictions :-\.

Sorry, just wont be played much. Healing just isn't used all too often in unlimited unless its a Poke Power, an effect of an attack or something like Poke Center that heals more on a wide basis. And even if a player would need extra healing, gold berry normally does the trick. Perhaps there are situations where this could help more than a gold berry. For example, this could be used to negate a smash punch from Tyrogue or a slash that wasn't sword danced by Scyther. But overall, I'm thinking focus band and gold berry will keep their spots at the top of the food chain when it comes to Poke tools.

Unlimited Rating 1.5/5

~R Pac~
Blastoise
1992
sitrus berry Ex Unseen Forces

I like this card..Alot! I actually like heal cards rather than being aginst them and this is a great one! Thirty damage off with no drawbacks. Sounds great to me. I run at least 3 heal cards and up until this it was potion, but I like this card and I use it. EVERY DECK TAKES DAMAGE so...every deck can use a heal card. 30 damage off a pokemon can save you for a turn or two which in return could get you a prize...or two! So 30 damage could mean a game to you. This is just another amazing tool from EX unseen forces!\
rokman Sitrus Berry
EX: Unseen Forces 90/115 uncommon
Trainer (Pokemon Tool)
Attach Sitrus Berry to 1 of your Pokémon (excluding Pokémon-ex and Pokémon that has Dark or an owner in its name) that doesn't already have a Pokémon Tool attached to it. If the Pokémon Sitrus Berry is attached to is Pokémon-ex or has Dark or an owner in its name, discard Sitrus Berry.

At any time between turns, if the Pokémon this card is attached to has at least 3 damage counters on it, remove 3 damage counters from it. Then, discard Sitrus Berry.

Effect:
Sitrus berry is a new card introduced to the playing community in EX: Unseen Forces. Its restriction is quite demanding. Making you use it on Pokémon that do not have an owner’s name in it its title, is not dark, and is not a Pokémon-ex. That is a hefty restriction, but of course this doesn’t make the card bad. I would presume most players would toss this card over in there not-so-good healing cards pile. Which, in my opinion, is not so good of an idea. If anyone was at Worlds 05, they may have noticed a certain deck. This deck was an effective healing Dark Steelix deck. Opening the eyes of the gaming community, to show that healing cards are very effective and useful in almost any deck. Sitrus berry isn’t at all helpful if your burned or confused because the effect happens before status effects.

Effective Combination(s):
EX: Unseen Forces Feraligatr is by far one of the greatest cards to combo Sitrus Berry with.

[2W] Tonnage (50+) You may do 50 damage plus 30 more damage. If you do, Feraligatr does 30 damage to itself.

3 Energy for 80 damage is ridiculous. By throwing Pull Away and Intimidating Fang in the mix, Feraligatr and Sitrus berry seem to be made to be played together. I can’t think of any other better combination than this. Obviously any low HP Pokémon can benefit positively from Sitrus berry.

Ratings:
Unlimited: 1/5
Gold Berry and Focus Band will always be the two best tool cards in unlimited. Sitrus Berry is not anywhere on the scale of usefulness near the two tool cards. The card isn’t as effective or spacious as most tools in the game. Its low rating is because it has no real need to be used in unlimited decks.

Modified: 2.5/5
I would consider Sitrus berry to be in the top ten most effective tools. It can be very effective if used on low HP Pokémon. This tool can be the turning point in any game. The downside is it has to be in between turns and that it is a tool.

Limited: 4/5
Great pull. You should be very excited with this card in your deck; this is probably the most needed card in all the EX: Unseen Forces drafts.

Conclusion:
Sitrus Berry should be considered in making most decks. It can rewrite the predicted fate of any game. My Favorite deck to use Sitrus Berry in is the already stated Feraligatr Deck. Maybe something like this.

16 Pokémon
4-3-4 Feraligatr UF
2-1-2 Pidgeot HL

15 Energy
9 Water Energy
3 Scramble Energy
3 Heal Energy

29 Trainer
4 Sitrus Berry UF
4 Rare Candy EMRLD
4 Professor Elm’s Training Method UF
4 Desert Ruins HL
3 Steven’s Advice HL
3 Great Ball FRLG
3 Pokémon Reversal FRLG
2 Mr.Briney’s Compassion POP2
2 Copycat TRR

I hope you enjoyed my Card of the Day!
Tom Today we’re looking at Sitrus Berry, an interesting Pokemon Tool that says between turns you may remove 3 damage counters from the Pokemon that it is attached to. At first glance it could be considered a better Potion being able to take away 3 counters instead of 2. However there 2 things that make Sitrus Berry less appealing.

First is the fact that it is a Tool, meaning you will only be able to have one attached to it, which limits the number of counters that it can have taken off at one time.

Second is that you can only take away the counters between turns. I understand the fact that doing it between turns can be helpful, and it can simply nullify an opposing Pokemon’s attack early game. But when it gets late game, sometimes 3 counters just can’t help much, not when an attack is doing roughly 70 to a100 damage.

But I’m not saying that Sitrus Berry is a bad card, far from it. It does have its uses. After all, you are taking away 3 damage counters, which can help keep your Pokemon alive for another turn or 2 to make that final attack or give you another turn to make use of it’s Power or Body. In fact you can use it with the new Feraligatr from Unseen Forces. Whenever you use its Tonnage attack, you can remove the 3 counters that it took from the attack. Still when push comes to shove, I would like to have the spot open for a more useful Trainer than this.

Unlimited: 1/5 Way better options.
Modified: 3/5 Useful, but there are better Trainers.
Limited: 4/5 Certainly useful here, I’d pick it up.
 
doomsong
123
Before I write today's review, I would like to thank the PokeStaff at Pojo for letting me write this.

Today's card of the day is Sitrus Berry from EX Unseen Forces. It's more potent than its predecessor, Oran Berry, but its use is quite restricted.
Let's see the spoiler:

Sitrus Berry
Trainer; Pokemon Tool
Unseen Forces 91/115; Uncommon

Attach Sitrus Berry to 1 of your Pokemon (excluding Pokemon-ex and Pokemon that has Dark or an owner in its name) that doesn't already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it. If the Pokemon Sitrus Berry is attached to is Pokemon-ex or has Dark or an owner in its name, discard Sitrus Berry.

At any time between turns, if the Pokemon this card is attached to has at least 3 damage counters on it, remove 3 damage counters from it. Then discard Sitrus Berry.

Sitrus Berry can only be attached to non-EX's and a Pokemon without Dark or an owner in its name. You must see the reasoning in this, though. EX's already have loads of HP (well, most do) and Dark/Rocket's Pokemon (the only

Modified-legal Pokemon with owners in their names are Rocket's) can get a
20+ HP boost from the Stadium card Rocket's Hideout. If those two were
20+ put
together it just wouldn't be so fair.

Combos: This can combo with other healing Trainers/Poke-Powers/Poke-Bodies to end up healing quite a bit, whether it's Ludicolo DX #19 or Life Herb.
Another combo would be Blissey EX and Milotic HL who heal all damage counters upon coming into play. If one of your Pokemon is damaged after those effects, if Sitrus Berry is on that is a great help.

The Verdict-

Unlimited: 1/5
There's Gold Berry in Unlimited, but it can make for extra healing if you run out of Gold Berries.

Modified: 2.5/5
It's much more restricted than Oran Berry but it heals an extra damage counter. I say that it's not worth the hassle of finding a specific Pokemon to attach it to JUST to heal 3 damage counters. Life Herb averages 3 damage counters for each one played (seeing that you need a heads flip) and can target Dark Pokemon/Pokemon with owners in their names.

Limited: 3/5
Healing = good in unlimited, but it doesn't take Special Conditions off, and

so many of the other Pokemon Tools are more useful, namely Energy Root. It gets the extra points because the only other healing available in the set is

Blissey EX and Potion. One is too hard to pull, the other heals 2 damage counters respectively.

I hope you enjoyed my first COTD review! Until next time.
 
Psylight Hao

Well thanks to Pojo for let me write my opionion of some cards I'm proud from there well in the net I'm Psylight_Hao, I run 3leagues in Guadalajara, Mexico so my post will be more realtionaded we the metagame here has well I will post in Spanish for players here in Mexico and has well Latin America.

English: For my first card in the COTD I got Sitrius berry, let's look at it the text says: "Attach Sitrus Berry to 1 of your Pokémon (excluding Pokémon-ex and Pokémon that has Dark or an owner in its name) that doesn't already have a Pokémon Tool attached to it. If the Pokémon Sitrus Berry is attached to is Pokémon-ex or has Dark or an owner in its name, discard Sitrus Berry." same as other poketools of the set it can be attach to a Dark, EX or owner that's isn't a big problem if You don't play those Pokémon It's like the old gold berry from Neo Genisis just one damage less you can always attach it to something that takes damage from their own attack like Feraligatr with Tonnage and still be free for attacking again next turn without much worry of a big amount of damage in your Pokémon. The card itself has potencial for healing is better than potion since you can remove 3damage counters the drawback is that your oponent hits your active from one hit K.O. it will be a lose.

Spanish: Ok bueno mi primera revicion en COTD tambien es en espańol, empecemos la carta dice que´no puede ser puesta en Pokémon EX, Dark o con un Nombre en ellos, y entre turnos podemos si el pokémon a que la balla sitrus esta unida tiene por lo menos 3dańos removerlos, que posibilidades nos da esto claro si no jugamos las clases Poémon antes mencionados, el remover dańos es vital en Pokémon TCG puede comprar turnos por asi llamarlo si lo necesitas ademas, la ventaja que tiene esta carta sobre la vieja y confiable pocion es que es entre turnos cuando remueves el dańo asi que puedes atacar con cierta libertad coan ataques que te dańen a ti mismo como es el caso de Tonnage de Feraligatr, el problema principal seria cuando te ataquen y derroten a tu activo de solo golpe ya que desperdiciarias la carta.

Ratings:

Unlimited: The format has a lot of healing trainings old Gold Berry is better for removing damage between turns. 1/5

Modified: If you can make room for a couple of this give them a shot, or if your deck focus in healing you will want this instead of potion, oran berry and of course life herb. Just remenber the limitations of the card 3/5

Limited: Here it shines, if you get one or two of this one it will be pretty nice since there isn't a lot of things for healing in the format althoght good old potion is reprinted again in the set and it can heal your EX that are very useful if You were lucky to draft one, 4/5
 

Kevin89 Heeya,

My name is Kevin, and I'm a pokeplaya from The Netherlands,

This is my first COTD.

Sitrus Berry:

A new healing tool, interesting.

Unlimited: we have gold berry here, and I don't think there are any decks that need more than 4 healing berries, so it seems pretty useless here.

1.5/5

Modified: I think it won't see that much play here either, it can't be attached to Pokemon-EX and Dark-pokemon etc, and Energy root is a much better choice for a lot of pokemon (the ones without pokemon powers) with less than 90 hp, due to the chance of being One Hit KO'ed.

However, this card is effective with the Stage 2's in Unseen forces;

With feraligatr, you can do 80 and remove the 30 damage feraligatr does to itself right after your turn.

Also, with Typhlosion, you can use Rage for a lot of damage and heal between turns so typh can survive to Rage on.

Its also effective with meganium, for the same reasons of feraligatr, do some extra damage, and use sitrus berry to remove the damage done to yourself afterwards.

It's not a bad card, but modified is about one hit KO's now-a-days.

2/5

Limited: this is a great pull, 30 damage is actually pretty much in most limited tournaments.

4/5
 


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