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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Onix - Southern Islands

Onix 90 HP
Basic Fighting Pokemon
Southern Islands Set

CC: Slam: 20x Flip 2 coins, for each heads, this attack does 20 damage.
FiFiFiFi: Bind: 40 Flip a coin, if heads the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed

Pojo's Average Rating -
Standard: 3.45 (based on 5 reviews)
Modified: 3.45  (based on 5 reviews)
Reviewed January 15, 2002

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


This is my favorite SI card.  I am a big fan of Steelix, and using Base Onix just simply wasn't cool.  When this came out I felt Steelix became a better deck.  It's useful versus Chansey, it has that 25% KO chance versus Electabuzz, Clefable, Wigglytuff...  and ya gotta love that 12.5% baby KO chance.  It's second attack is counterproductive.  Your opponent is going to use it against you if it's ever used.  Fighting decks don't exist, and even if they did, it wouldn't play Onix.  Sorry Hitmonchan.  This Onix is great and plays it's role in the strength of Steelix.  I'd give it a 3.5/5. 

Modified, Onix and more importantly, Steelix, is just as good.  No Double Colorless for Slam, though.  3.5/5.


In Standard: This is a very, very good card in Standard. The best Onix released by far. It's Colorless attack is so nice making him Splashable in your deck, this goes along nicely with Steelix. Slam can be very devestating to Fighting weak Pokemon. Getting both heads KOs Electabuzz, Fable, Wiggly, and others. Don't look to see Bind being used very much. As this Onix is more of a splash. The only problems to Onix is Removal, his weakness, and the rarity of getting 4 SI Onix. I give this Onix a 4.25/5 in Standard.

In Modified: This card is still great for its splash ability. Where it loses its Removal problem, it gains a huge weakness to Fire Pokemon once evolved into Steelix. Again, the rarity of this card makes acquiring this card difficult for some people. And the huge threat of Crobat, and Fire Pokemon (for Steelix), can make this card difficult to play because of the much larger weakness factor opposed to Standard. I give this card a 3.25/5.


Onix (SI) in Standard
For 2 Colorless Energy, Onix has the potential of doing 40 damage. (Flip 2 coins, for each heads do 20) Meaning an average of 20 damage every time you use the attack. It can also Ko Clefable, Wigglytuff and Electabuzz if both flips are heads. (which rarely happens) And not to mention, it can also really hurt Chansey. It's just amazing. This Onix weakens 4 of the many overused cards in the Standard enviroment. All of the other Onix's...well, to say the least...they're =/ Its second attack, Body Slam is pretty bad. 4 Fighting Energy for 40 damage and a 50% chance of paralyzation. It's just not worth it at all. Who uses Fighting Energy in a Steelix deck? It's first attack is what makes this card good.

Rating: 3.5/5

Onix (SI) in Modified
With the absence of all the popular and overused Colorless Pokémon in the Standard enviroment, it makes SI Onix less effective. It's still much better than the Neo Genesis one though. Modified also lacks DCE, so it will take an extra turn to use Slam.

Rating: 2.5/5


If you play steelix, you MUST play this card. Slam is decent, and although body slam is good, it makes it vulnerable to ditto. First turn KO's are actually possible against electric pokemon. Please PLEASE play this card if you play steelix...

Standard Rating: 3/5. It's good in steelix. That simple.
Modified Rating: 4/5. DONT PLAY GENESIS ONIX! I would simply cry if you did... because that would make you an idiot =P 

If you can afford this card, get it. It's good. In fact, get 4.


Southern Island Onix is one of the most desired cards in the Southern Island mini-set. Like most of the cards in SI, Onix's attacks are nothing to write home about. It's first attack is flippy and does an average fo 20 damage and it's second costs 4 Fighting Energy so you are unlikely to get to use it. There is one and only one reason that the card is popular: It has 90 Hit Points.

If you are playing a Steelix deck, you have Onix cards from three sets to choose from: Base Set, Neo Genesis, and SI. If you are playing in Standard, the Base Set one is your best choice. It also has 90 HP, but it's attacks are marginally better. The Neo version only has 60 HP, so it is vulnerable to one hit KO's from Grass Pokemon. 

If you are playing Modified Format, however, you can't use the Base Set version. Southern Island Onix give you an extra turn or two to get your Steelix into play and that is all that you really care want!

Standard: 3/5
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