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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

Onix  

- Plasma Freeze

Date Reviewed:
July 25, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.13
Limited: 2.25

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

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Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Onix (Plasma Freeze) 

 Ever since Steelix appeared in Generation II, and Onix became an evolving Basic, his chief role has been to evolve. Any good attacks or Powers he has had meantime have been something of a bonus. Unfortunately, that means that Onix’s worth as a playable Pokémon is largely dependent on there being a good Steelix available, and right now that isn’t the case. Oh well, in case one does come along in future sets, it’s worth taking a look at Onix to see how helpful he could be. 

Sadly, Onix has no Ability and the attacks are really very poor. Tackle offers just 30 damage for the massive cost of three Colourless Energy , while Swing Around adds a Fighting Energy to that cost and gives you two coin flips with 60 damage for each heads. Even if you hit the heads, 120 for four Energy isn’t special these days (Kyurem PLF does it for three and is backed by Plasma support), but that’s almost irrelevant as the flip factor and prohibitive cost mean that this is not an attack you will be using. Combine this with an unsurprisingly big retreat cost and Grass Weakness (not good once Genesect is released), and Onix really doesn’t have much to offer. 

The only good thing you could really say about this card is that the 100 HP is nice on an evolving Basic, but even that isn’t a guarantee against a OHKO these days. If we ever do get a decent Steelix, let’s hope it comes with a better Basic than this. 

Rating 

Modified: 1.25 (decent HP, nothing else to offer)

Limited: 1.75 (could wall for a bit, but that’s all)


Jason Klaczynski
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Onix

This weak 100 HP basic has one purpose: Evolve into a subpar Stage 1. Dealing low damage with expensive attacks, you won't see this Onix in any tournament-worthy decks.

Modified: 1/5
Limited: 2/5

virusyosh

Hello once again, Pojo viewers! Today we're reviewing a Basic Pokemon that evolves, so it may see some play in a deck with its evolution. Today's Card of the Day is Onix.
 
Onix is a Basic Fighting Pokemon. Fighting-types aren't so common in Modified right now, with only Landorus-EX seeing some play; that being said, they're pretty effective against Darkrai. 100 HP is good for a non-EX Basic, although the format has become such that it still may not be enough against standard attacks + Hypnotoxic Laser. Grass Weakness isn't a huge deal right now, but could become one if Virizion-EX and Genesect-EX are as good as hyped; no Resistance is what we've come to expect; and a Retreat Cost of three is huge, but it's not surprising for a big, slow rock Pokemon like Onix.
 
The Rock Snake Pokemon has two attacks. Tackle does 30 damage for three Colorless Energy, which is terrible in every format. It's slightly better in Limited due to Onix's big body and the Colorless Energy requirements. Swing Around isn't much better, as it's a very expensive flip attack, as you flip two coins and deal 60 damage times the number of heads for a Fighting and three Colorless. Again, you won't use this outside of Limited, but even still, averaging 60 damage for four Energy is crazy. Therefore, Onix works well if you need another big Basic in Limited or if you're evolving into Steelix, but other than that, it simply requires too many resources to be competitive.
 
Modified: 1/5 100 HP is nice, but both of Onix's attacks are too expensive for any real use in this format. You'd obviously run Onix if evolving into Steelix, but don't bother otherwise.
 
Limited: 3/5 While Onix's attacks still cost a lot here, it has a few more things going for it in Limited. 100 HP on a Basic is great here, as the format tends to be much weaker. Additionally, even though both attacks are very expensive, they have very friendly Energy requirements, meaning that Onix can fulfill a big Basic role in any deck as long as you splash a couple Fighting Energy. Overall, Onix can have a pretty good role here.


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