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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Vulpix #SH6

Platinum

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.10
Limited: 2.00

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

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Combos With:

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Vulpix (Shiny) (Platinum)

It’s cute, it’s rare, and if you want to play Ninetales, you will need to get your hands on some. Will you ever want to play Ninetales? Well, sure . . . if we ever get some top-notch Fire decks: Ninetales HGSS gives some seriously good drawpower to the likes of Charizard AR decks, and if Reshiram/Emboar ever lives up to the hype . . .

Ninetales works (like a type-specific version of the old Delcatty RS) by discarding a Fire Energy to draw three cards with its Roast Reveal PokePower. Obviously, to do that you are going to need Fire Energy in hand. Vulpix can get things going if you happen to start with it thanks to its cost-free Find Wildfire attack putting two of them in your hand. It’s not something you want to rely on, and your deck will probably have better starters, but at least it’s there. That, along with a decent 60 HP, is what makes this the best Vulpix to go for. It does have a couple of other gimmicky attacks, but you aren’t really going to want to use them.

As with all evolving cards, the real attraction is the Evolution, but given the fact that Ninetales has decent potential, and this is a solid Basic with some synergy with the Evo, you can’t really complain. (Except about the difficulty of getting them).

Rating

Modified: 2.25 (Nice Basic for a card which could be great some day)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Vulpix #SH6 (Platinum)
 
There are 2 usable Vulpix in the Platinum set and 1 playable Ninetales courtesy of HearGold/SoulSilver, so expect to see this card hit the table on the odd occasion.
 
Although many players will use the normal Vulpix due to its easy availability, the Shiny Vulpix has better stats with 10 more HP than the common version and a greater variey of attacks. Also, it has that special glow that makes you want to play it just to say you have one because it looks so adorable.
 
Other than that, the stats are pretty much the same. Shiny Vulpix, as it is known, is a Fire type evolving Basic with 60 HP, +10 Water weakness, a retreat cost of 1 and 3 attacks. The weakness means next to nothing with the low HP and the number of Water Poke'mon who have some kind of sniping attack and the retreat cost is manageable.
 
The first attack is Find Wildfire, which is a free attack that allows you to grab up to 2 Fire energy from your deck and put them into your hand. This has great synergy with the Ninetales from HGSS and is the main reason this card can be used effectively in competitive play. If you run enough copies you can even reduce the number of Fire energy you are running to make space for other cards.
 
Brusfire is the second attack, and for the cost of [r] you deal 10 damage to the Defending Poke'mon with an additional 10 damage dealt to each of your opponent's Benched Grass Poke'mon. This is a cheap attack if you want to go on the offensive early (another quality the other Vulpix from Platinum lacks) but you probably won't use it in 99% of battles since the setup is mcuh more important.
 
The last attack is , with a cost of [r][c] and a [r] discard. For the effort you get 30 vanilla damage. While I personally believe that having a higher damage option is good even if it is overcosted, the odds are overwhelming that you will never use this attack in a Modified match. I still like having the option though.
 
In the end, while I personally like using the discard-energy-and-draw attack of the other Vulpix, this Vulpix is the better of the two and the other Vulpix cards in the format aren't even worth a look. If you have this exceedingly rare card and run a CharPhlosion/BlazePhlosion deck, use it and fill out the remaining slots with the other Vulpix from PT.
 
Modified: 3.5 (The best Vulpix, but you still want to evolve as soon as possible. Starting with it is a good hand since you can search the energy out)
Limited: 1 (Don't play it. Even if you pull Ninetales PT, just keep it safe and sound in one of the special prerelease sleeves you get. Do you understand?)
 
Combos with: Ninetales HGSS

Conical 4/6/11: Vulpix(Shiny)(Platinum)
 
We've reviewed a few of the secret shiny basics that were printed from Stormfront to Arceus, but most of them haven't really been used, due to their subpar evolutions. Vulpix, however, has a very solid evolution in Ninetales HGSS, the quintessential draw engine for Fire decks.
 
Vulpix contributes greatly to Ninetales' Power with its energyless attack, Find Wildfire, which searches the deck for Fire energy. Considering that Ninetales needs Fire energy in order to draw cards, it's pretty easy to see that Vulpix helps this strategy greatly.
 
The other attacks are at least interesting, though they are not nearly as useful. Brushfire is pretty cool, but the 10 damage to Grass-types is fairly weak, and no one really plays Grass-types anyway. Well, SP decks may run Roserade GL, but with the many healing options SP decks have, I don't think they'll be terribly worried. Inflame combos well with Find Wildfire, but it isn't great damage, and you'd probably rather have the energy card in hand to Roast Reveal later. Ideally, if you have Vulpix active, and you can't evolve immediately, then you might as well use Find Wildfire, before hopefully evolving next turn.
 
Modified: 3.5/5
Limited: 3/5
virusyosh

Happy midweek, Pojo readers! I hope that you all are having a good week, and are ready for the release of the Black and White Starter Decks! Today we are continuing our week of reviewing useful but not-fully-evolved Pokemon by looking at the shiny Vulpix card from Platinum, which has seen a lot of play in Charizard builds and will probably see even more once Black and White is released.

Vulpix is a Basic Fire Pokemon. Fire is a fairly common type in today's Modified, with Charizard and Blaziken FB seeing some play, with the occasional Infernape 4. Additionally, Fire could get a lot more popular once Black and White comes out, due to the release of Reshiram and Emboar. 60 HP is fairly good for an evolving Basic, meaning it should be able to survive most assaults at the beginning of the game. Water Weakness is to be expected, meaning that Gyarados and Kingdra will easily get rid of you, but it's only +10, so that's great. No Resistance is unfortunate. Finally, a Retreat Cost of 1 is decent and payable.

Vulpix most commonly sees play in Fire decks because it evolves into Ninetales, and Ninetales HGSS is one of the most efficient draw engines that is currently Modified legal. However, this particular Vulpix can do a lot on its own, as it has three attacks. The first, Find Wildfire, allows you to search your deck for two Fire Energy cards, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand, shuffling afterward for no cost. This is an excellent first-turn move for a Charizard deck, as it will allow you to get Energy into your hand to fuel Charizard's attacks as well as Ninetales' Roast Reveal.

The other two attacks, on the other hand, provide Vulpix with an offensive presence. Brushfire deals 10 damage for [R], also dealing 10 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Grass Pokemon. This attack might be useful if your opponent is using a Grass deck, but in most cases, you'll want to stick with using Find Wildfire. The same is true for Inflame, which does 30 damage for [RC], but makes you discard a Fire Energy from your hand. Realistically, you will be using Find Wildfire to get Fire Energy as an opening move, evolve into your main attackers and Ninetales, and then start using the Charizard/Typhlosion/Ninetales engine to deal a lot of damage, draw cards, and recycle Energy.

Modified: 4/5 If you are playing a Fire deck, chances are you will (or should) be playing Ninetales. If you are using Ninetales, this is the Vulpix you should be using, as Find Wildfire works perfectly with it.

Limited: 3/5 There are enough Fire types in Platinum that using Vulpix would be useful here. Find Wildfire is still excellent, and even Brushfire and Inflame can do a lot of damage here, depending on the situation. Therefore, if you draft a decent amount of Fire, using Vulpix will still be good, even if it's not quite as good as Modified.

Combos With: Ninetales HGSS


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