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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Latios

Holon Phantoms

 

Date Reviewed: 03.21.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1
Modified: 2.37
Limited: 2.75

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


Jermy101
2005 World
Champion
Latios

Unlimited - Latios is only good for his Poke-Body since its attacks suck. The only evolved Pokemon with a great Poke-Body is Vileplume ex, but that's an ex, so I think it's unusable in this format. 1/5

Modified - Let's see the poke-bodies it stops. Well it stops Rocklock, so that's good. Shuts down Liability decks, since they can't finish you off with typhlosion or victreebel's body. Shuts down Magcargo UF's power, in case you're afraid of fighting. It makes nidoqueen's body turn off X(. I guess if you're in a rocklock area you could throw this in with a Latios. 3/5

Limited - Dive is bad. And Aqua Blast is too expensive. I don't think it's very good here. 2/5
 

William
Hung

Latios delta

Unlimited: 1/5 - It can stop some Poke-Bodies by combining either Latias or Latias ex, but it's not worth the trouble, and the attacks are not good enough.

Modified: 2/5 - This sounds really harsh, but stopping Poke-Bodies just doesn't do enough for you. Again, the attacks are below average.

Limited: 4/5 - Decent Basic with decent attacks - at least compared to other Basics and in the sealed format in general - is something I'll take and insert into my deck whenever possible (at my Prerelease).
 

ninetales
1234

 

The first attack is average. For one energy of any type, you get to do 10 damage (not as good as drawing a card, IMO). We have seen this before. The second attack is nothing out of the ordinary, either.

Its Poke-Body is the reason to play it. There are hundreds of evolved Pokémon (excluding Pokemon-EX) with Poke-Bodies (around 170 in Modified, over 450 in Unlimited). What does its Poke-Body shut down?

-Ninetales and Altaria (Safeguard)
-Cloyster (Exoskeleton)
-Arcanine (Extreme Speed)
-Dark Magcargo (Hot Plate)
-Dark Ampharos, (Darkest Impulse) as well as Dark Tyranitar (Sand Damage) -Houndoom (Lonesome) -Rhydon (Power Diffusion) -Poliwrath (Spiral or Spiral Swirl) -Dark Dugtrio (Sinkhole) -Jumpluff (Buffer) -Shedinja (Empty Shell) -Aerodactyl (Prehistoric Power) -Kabuto (Ancient Protection) -Giovanni Machamp (Fortitude) -Haunter (Transparency) -Prevent effects of attacks Poke-Bodies, like Venemoth (Protective Dust) -Armaldos (Primal Veil)

Combinations: As to which Latias you should use with this, I would go with a good attacker (because they don’t have to be benched in order for you to use the Poké-Body, and you only need one Dual Aura for it to work). Use Latias [DS]. If you want use the Poke-Body of Latias instead, then put Latios [DS] in your deck. All Latios and Latias (except the ones from DS) have bad attacks.

Unlimited: This kills Aerodactyl Rock-Lock, Aerodactyl/Ninjask, and other Aerodactyl decks. Good against Dark Vileplume and Houndoom. 3/5

Modified: Plenty of beneficial Poke-Bodies to stop (thats only a small list). Make sure you put some counter-gyms in your deck to protect yourself against Giant Stump, (Dont want to use up two spots on your bench for this when only 3 spots are available) like a Cursed Stone, or a Battle Frontier so you can punish them for relying on Poke-Powers as well. Watch out for Feraligatr EX. 3/5

Limited: Well, Latias is in this set, so you get to use Latios Poke-Body.
But, according to set spoilers, there wont be many Poke-Bodies in this set.
Latios has almost zero value here. 1/5

Questions/comments/corrections? E-mail: ninetales1234@hotmail.com
 

Ness
Like Latias, Latios is a basic with weak attacks and a bad weakness. A Pidgeot can Clutch this Pokémon for an easy OHKO. However, if we played Latias/Latios, we wouldn't use them to attack, but rather to deal with some hard-to-deal-with Poké-Bodies, like Darkest Impulse & Sand Damage.

Again though, Battle Frontier would be better off doing this job. However, in the case that we'd like to play Pidgeot yet do not want to lose to Rock Lock, Latias & Latios can definitely help. Worth it? Probably not.

1.5/5 Modified.

1/5 Unlimited. Too many better cards.
4/5 Limited. Strong basics are always nice when it's hard to get evolutions.
 


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