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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Nidoqueen Lv. 50

Diamond & Pearl Mysterious Treasures

 

Date Reviewed: 09.24.07

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.33
Modified: 3.25
Limited: 4.00

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


Otaku

Please keep in mind that I am currently unaware of how the first few Battle Roads turned out

 

Name/Level: Nidoqueen LV.50

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Rarity: Rare

Card#: 31/123

Type: Psychic

Stage: 2 (Evolves from)

Hit Points: 120

Weakness: Psychic +30

Resistance: Lightning -20

Retreat: CC

Poké-Body: Mother Pheromone

The attack cost of your Nidoran ♂, Nidorina, Nidoran ♀, Nidorino, and Nidoking’s attacks is (C) less.

Attack: (PPC) Give Aid [90]

If you have the same number of or less Benched Pokémon than your opponent, this attack’s base damage is 50 instead of 90.

Name/Level: Nidorina LV.25

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Rarity: Uncommon

Card#: 56/123

Type: Psychic

Stage: 1 (Evolves from)

Hit Points: 80

Weakness: Psychic +20

Resistance: None

Retreat: (C)

Attack#1: (C) Rescue

Search your discard pile for up to 2 Pokémon, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand.

Attack#2: (PC) Scratch [30]

Name/Level: Nidoran ♀ LV.12

Set: Mysterious Treasures

Rarity: Common

Card#: 91/123

Type: Psychic

Stage: Basic

Hit Points: 50

Weakness: Psychic +10

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: Call for Family

Search your deck for Nidoran ♂ or Nidoran ♀ and put it onto your Bench.  Shuffle your deck afterward.

Attack#2: (PC) Poison Sting [20]

Flip a coin.  If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Poisoned.

 

Attributes: Nidoqueen LV.50 is a Stage 2 Psychic Type.  I think being Psychic will come in handy for the foreseeable future: this format could be nicknamed “I Love Lucario” right now.  If you haven’t been able to follow Pokémon lately, Poison-Types from the video game are now Psychic instead of Grass.  Yeah, let that sink in and then continue reading.

 

Nidoqueen has 120 HP, which is the old maximum and still quite good.  Psychic Weakness is a concern, and +30 damage hurts.  Still, at least it isn’t the worst (we’ve seen new cards with +40 and some LV.X still have the classic x2 Weakness).  Lightning Resistance is most welcome.  Even if it is only -20, with Nidoqueen’s HP she should be a hard kill for Lightning Types.  Given the amount of Fire we’ve seen, I suspect Water will flood the Battle Roads, which means the Lightning decks will also see a surge in play.

 

 

Yes, I probably deserve to be punished for that many puns in a row.

 

The Retreat Cost is only two, which is low enough you can pay it if you must, but high enough you’ll probably want to include some cards to change out your Active.  If one is really concerned, they could run Phoebe’s Stadium to drop the cost to zero, but unless we get a Psychic Nidoking soon, that would be ill advised.

 

Nidoqueen can choose to Evolve from either the most recent versions of Nidoran ♀ and Nidorina, the δ Delta Species versions from EX Dragon Frontiers, or a combination of the two.  Honestly, I cannot recommend one over the other: both have advantages and disadvantages, the main thing being the newer copies have better attacks but the older can still combo with the remaining δ Delta Species Pokémon support.  Holon Lake, for example, would aid in set up of all but Nidoqueen LV.50 herself and that’s just a Celio’s Network away.  Otherwise, the Attributes and Abilities of the newest Nidoran ♀ and Nidorina are fairly priced and reasonably helpful.

 

Abilities: What will get Nidoqueen played is her Mother Pheromone – nice name for a Poké-Body, huh?  This potent Poké-Body drops the attack costs of all other Nido-Pokémon by (C), and best of all it stacks!  Two copies of her in play would drop the cost of Nidoran ♂, Nidorino, Nidoking, Nidoran ♀, and Nidorina (but not Nidoqueen) by (CC), three by (CCC) and four by (CCCC).  This acts as a very interesting form of Energy acceleration.  We all know how nice Energy acceleration is: rarely does it fail to yield a top deck for a format.

 

Give Aid will always give a solid 50 damage.  Not too impressive for (PPC), since this is a Stage 2 Pokémon, but at least its 10 damage over what you’ve paid for.  Remember, Mother Pheromone does not affect cards named Nidoqueen, so it’s still going to have its full Energy cost.  It does have an effect though: if you have less Pokémon on your Bench than your opponent, you hit for a big 90.  Not enough to OHKO most Stage 2 Pokémon, but with a few copies of Plus Power it remains a potential threat.  Given how the deck seems meant to be played (two Nidoqueen flanking a Nidoking δ as a minimum set up), this is clearly a fall back attack.  Your opponent must choose whether to KO Nidoqueen first (and risk you powering up Nidoking δ properly) or KO Nidoking δ first (risking another coming up).

 

Uses and

Combinations: Two copies of Nidoqueen LV.50 allow Nidoking δ to hit anything in play for 30 points of damage at no Energy cost.  For just a single Darkness Energy requirement, you can it the Defending Pokémon for 60 and if you discard a Pokémon from your hand a Benched Pokémon for 20.  The speed this combo gives makes the attack strong enough to do some good (well, for you, not the opponent).  If you go second, an incredibly lucky opening could have you set up then.  Realistically, whether you go first or second, by your second or third turn you should be totally set up and that’s what matters.

 

One can and probably should run one or two Nidoqueen δ in the deck: Invitation still speeds up your set up and Vengeance is a great clean-up attack (and if the rest of your deck works, it’s not like you’re going to need your Energy attachments for much else).  For that matter, if you find you have the space you can likely make good use of the Special Energy cards with Trainer like effects.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 2/5 – Unfortunately, Nidoking δ doesn’t OHKO Baby Pokémon.  If it did, then this deck (running Chaos Gym) might actually be viable: since you don’t need much Energy for powering up, you could devote it to “replacing” Trainers, that is running more Cyclone Energy, Warp Energy, Heal Energy, etc.

 

Modified: 4/5 – Stellar basis for a deck, though I hope we get a new Nidoking soon to go with it: even with cost breaks, Nidoking δ is still kind of iffy.

 

Limited: 4.5/5 – The lower Stages all have excellent attacks for this format.  If you can pull even a 1-1-1 line, it should fair quite well.  Remember, for Pre-Releases, the “four-per-deck” limit doesn’t apply, so if you pull more than four copies of Nidoran ♀ and/or Nidorina, you can and probably should run them.

 

-Otaku


Greenzan
goose
Nidoqueen Lv.50 MT
 
Hey there, today’s COTD is one of my favorite cards from the new MT set. With a beautiful 120 HP, Nidoqueen can survive an attack from almost anything (Except that “Mega Powered Monkey” Infernape Lv.X) The ability to do 90 damage without discard or coin flipping is astounding, sure you have to have more pokemon than your opponent but there is some easy ways to get that done. The Pokebody, Mother Pheromone, can’t be used much now (Seeing as the only Nidoking isn’t that good.) But it will have more uses once the new Nidoking comes out (Hint, hint, nudge, nudge) Two retreat cost is just enough to make you play Phoebe’s Stadium if you want to play this card.
 
(Slightly biased because I use a deck with her…)
 
Pros –
120 HP
90 damage without coin flip, discard, Etc.
Nice Pokebody (Better once new Nidoking comes out.)
Nidoqueen delta (Yep, she’s still useable, and now she has a sister. Lol)
 
Cons –
Must have more benched poke’s than opponent (Can be played around)
2 retreat cost (A little bit Hefty)
 
Unlimited – nope, there is no such thing as a great stage 2 in unlimited 1/5
 
Modified – This thing rock’s, with a strength charm she can OHKO the raging red BBQer and any other pokemon with only 100 HP or less. 4.5/5
 
Limited – Once you get it out, it will do great (even though you will probably only be doing 50 damage per turn.) 4/5
 
I have a very good deck with her and… Umm… another psychic pokemon, (Fear of Net-deckers)
 
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.”

Tiberius
Nidoqueen Lv.50
Poke-Body: Mother Pheromone: The attack cost of your Nidoran (Female), Nidorina, Nidorna (Male), Nidorino, and Nidoking's attacks is [Colorless] less. *
(PPC) Give Aid (90) If you have the same number of or less Benched Pokemon than your oppoennt, this attack's base damage is 50 instead of 90.
Weakness to Psychic
Resistance to electricity
Retreat Cost 2C
120 HP

And so comes the queen of beasties... maybe. lets see.
Mother Pheromone is helpful, but probabaly won't be used unless you're running some kind of Nido deck. There aren't any male Nidos in the set though, limiting this cards use in limited. and even with the -energy cost for the females, it is needed to make this card even slightly playable on anything else besides limited. that -cost will get you a free searcher in Nidorina, and a 1-energy scratch for 30. not bad, but there are better things. the free searcher impresses me though... but look... it has to be from the discard... which dampens things, because they have to be pokes... overall... not too impressive.
Give aid pales in comparison to sneasle's beat up in unlimited, so stay out of there with this. sneasel is faster, can do more, and has no weakness. In limited, however, if your bench is stuffed there, you might be able to mete out a couple of 90s... which will probably kill things, shrinking their bench so it stays as 90... nice synergy... with itself... :-) and its only a pluspower away from OHKOing him too...
Weakness to psychic is getting evil, considering theres more poisons than ever, but you can get around that.
Resistance is helpful, but not hugely so. its better than grass, or none at all, so im not complaining.
Retreat cost... is acceptable. Its not so huge that you can't retreat when you want to, but just don't make it a habit, cause it will drain you.
120 HP... I wish it was a bit better, but it works. Infernape can't kill it in one blow, which is a plus, I suppose, allowing you to get something on him (or a pluspower) so something else can easily finish it, unless they retreat, which they probably will considering it has no retreat cost.. (grrr...) Overall, sort-of solid, but needs some support... maybe a powerful Nidoking in the next set?

Unlimited: 1/5 beaten up by sneasel

Modified: 2.5/5 a tentative score. it needs some help to shine

Limited: 4/5 only a few lightnings in the set make its weakness tiny.
one bis synergetic attacker can win you games

Tiberius

Jesse Farler
Nidoqueen Lv. 50

This Nidoqueen's attack isn't very good without a lot of help. Dusknoir is a good combo with this Pokemon along with Nidoqueen ä, or set this up with Nidoking ä. However, the Mother Pheromone PokeBody isn't all that good.

Modified - 2/5...there are just better combos out there right now. Flyvire, Lucario Empoleon variants, and etc.

Limited - 3/5...if you get the full line 50 and/or 90 is very good...
Olly
nido queen
 
unlimited: 3/5 quite good here because of nidoqueen frlg
 
modified 4/5 Why is it that nidoking and nidoqueen always have that good combo between them take a look at nido king from dp3
 
Nidoking L.55 – Psychic – HP130
Stage 2 – Evolves from Nidorino

[C][C] Poison Rub: 20 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Poisoned. Before doing damage and Poison, you may choose 1 of the opponent's Benched Pokemon and switch it with the Active Pokemon (the newly brought out Pokemon takes the damage and Poison).
[P][P][C][C] Pride Attack: 60 damage. Flip a coin for each of your Benched Nidoqueen. This attack does an additional 30 damage x the number of heads.

Weakness: Psychic (+30)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2
 
pride attack will dish out massive damage but a bit to hard to setup. And with the DF nido set and the new basic metal/dark energy you could have quite a bit of fun with this deck
 
Limited: 4.5/5
 
just this one rule  if you pull it play it

 


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