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Shikamaru Nara

Card text:

Leaf | Genin | Male | Mental Power: 4
Valid: This Ninja gets +0/+2 when "Ino Yamanaka" and "Choji Akimichi" are in this Ninja's Team.


  • Card Number: COSN-071
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Card Type: Ninja
  • Symbol: Earth
  • Combat Attribute: Shadow
  • Hand Cost: 0
  • Entrance Cost: 0
  • Healthy Stats: 0/1
  • Injured Stats: 0/0
Shikamaru Nara
written by LV46
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General description:
My favoritest Ninja ever! Yay.

Best used in a mental power deck or for an Ino-Shika-Cho deck (like mine).

Strategies and game play:
*See combos*

Combos with other cards:
Put him on a team with Choji and Ino to make them a 9. Or use him with Ibiki/Suzume to force a mental battle with your opponent they may not be ready for

Ways to counteract it:
Try to remove him from the team he's on and knock him off early if he's giving you trouble

HE IS SMART! Mental 4 can be murderous in mental battles (if that's what you're doing, the total mental will probably be more than that *if youre smart*)

He's not very useful unless he's in one of the above decks. Honestly, his PTH and CUS counterparts are better in different decks

Glitter and wavy holo like all other non-supers

Artwork and aesthetics:
I always love the art, and this being Shikamaru makes it better. It reflects his personality, I think

Overall rating:
Mental deck: 9/10
Ino-Shika-Cho deck: 10/10 *vital importance!*
OTHER decks: 2/10


Modified on December 17, 2013 09:31 pm

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Subject:    Posted: March 26, 2007 06:52 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I really think its funny how you gave him a 2/10 in other decks, lol. But u R right.
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Subject:    Posted: April 10, 2007 06:55 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Don't run formation, IQ and Smarty are way better.
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Subject:    Posted: April 13, 2007 09:58 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

quote from hamster:

Don't run formation, IQ and Smarty are way better.

So what youre saying is dont use a Formation Shikamaru in an Ino-Shika-Cho deck, but use one of those 2 instead? Hm, lets see...I throw out one of the 2 with Formation Choji and Ino. Theyll be a 7 w/ IQ and a 6 if hes injured. Sounds like less than a 9 to me, which is what they would be with FORMATION Shikamaru. OR I use Smarty Pants instead. It would be an 8, unless growthed, then it would STILL be a 9, which just seems wasteful to just growth him when he wouldve been stronger before. Baka.

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Subject:    Posted: April 20, 2007 07:27 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I just now thought of this: You gave my review a 1 b/c you dont think I should use this Shikamaru, in the deck he's best in, no less! That is BEYOND the levels of retarded. Such a stupid reason...XP
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Subject:    Posted: April 23, 2007 08:14 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Oi, random, you have kicked my butt with this card so many times... he always saves you when I force you into mental battle... If I could fit earth cards into my deck, he would be in there! Him on a team with Suzume and Sakura! then I would win for a change! I mean... against you.
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Subject: I'm impressed!   Posted: December 21, 2007 08:08 am Reply with quote Report content icon

I posses the cards you have stated and never thought to use them. Your very imformative on an otherwise unnoticed card. And I agree, he is usesless in an other deck other than the formation theme.
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Subject:    Posted: January 6, 2008 04:59 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

regardless of whether or not he's good in a deck, he is WAY inferior to other shikas. ESPECIALLY formation. He's also inferior to flex, IQ, and Smarty Pants. Dude...if it's a formation themed deck, you'd probably be better of using formation... He works well with choji, and if you're sitting on ointment hinata you get to recycle choji's ability.
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