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card review Moltres: The Fire Bird

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Moltres: click to enlarge

Card text:

firecolorlesscolorless Searing Flame 50
The Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

firecolorlesscolorlesscolorless Fire Blast 90
Discard a fire Energy card attached to this Pokémon.

One of the legendary bird Pokémon. It is said that its appearance indicates the coming of spring.

  • Rarity: Rare Holo
  • Type: Fire
  • Weakness: Wx2
  • Poke#: 146
  • Number: 14
  • Subtype: Basic Pokémon
  • Resistance: Ft-20
  • Hit Points: 120
  • Retreat Cost: 2
Energy Symbols:
C = Colorless = colorless energy
D = Darkness = dark energy
Fr = Fire = fire energy
Ft = Fighting = fighting energy
G = Grass = grass energy
L = Lightning = lightning energy
M = Metal = metal energy
P = Psychic = psychic energy
W = Water = water energy
The Fire Bird

written by asred9
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With so much attention in recent sets being given to all the new Legendary Basics, it’s nice to see the Legendary Birds from Generation I making an appearance in Next Destinies. While they are nowhere near as powerful as the Unova Dragons and Weather Genies they are at least a lot better than the Black and White Monkey Trio.

Take Moltres for instance. A Basic Fire Type Pokémon with a healthy 120 HP. Fire Types are nice right now because although they don’t hit much for Weakness (except Durant and the occasional Cobalion), Water has all but disappeared from the metagame and poses very little threat. Moltres has a Fighting Resistance which is pretty useful too right now, seeing as Terrakion (and even Landorus) are getting a lot of play. Meanwhile the Retreat cost of two is not only bad, it’s downright inappropriate for a Pokémon that can fly.

Moltres has two attacks, both of which are quite expensive and both of which are ultimately mediocre. Searing Flame costs [R][C][C] and does just 50 damage plus Burn, while Fire Blast adds another Colourless Energy to the cost, does 90 damage, but does require the discard of a Fire Energy. Now at this point everyone will be thinking ‘why not just play Reshiram BW?’, and they would be absolutely correct to do so. It has more HP and better attacks, so why wouldn’t you?

Even without Reshiram as a competitor, I doubt Moltres would have seen any significant amounts of play in modified. Put simply, the attacks are just a bit overpriced and a little short on damage output. The combination of those two factors is more than enough to keep Moltres away from the top tables. Limited is a different matter of course: the damage is good enough here, and the high HP and guaranteed Status Condition make it an excellent choice.


Modified on February 2, 2013 01:32 pm

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Avatar for waybig33
Subject:    Posted: December 31, 2012 03:30 am Reply with quote Report content icon

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Avatar for danielh
Subject: Holo   Posted: February 2, 2013 01:32 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I don't know why, but the holo on this card looks amazing.
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