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Moltres - Fossil, Legendary Coll.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 2.70 (based on 3 reviews)
Modified: 3.25
(based on 3 reviews)
Draft: 3.85
(based on 3 reviews)
Reviewed June 4, 2002

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I'm really happy to see Moltres back in the game. His Wildfire attack is better at Milling cards out of your Opponent's deck than either Dark or Shining Tyranitar and it would be good to see some Active Stall decks in Modified.

Active Stall (where you don't just wait for your Opponent to deck himself, you help him along) was all the rage for a short time before the Gym sets came out. It runs into problems, however, if there are good ways to get cards back into the deck. The best way is via Nightly Garbage Run, but Cleffa and Professor Oak can get the job done as well if the player holds onto a huge hand in preparation for it.

Still, in that case, Moltres can go into attack mode and do 80 damage on a heads flip, so the opponent can't just sit back either. In any event, in order to get the best use out of Moltres, the deck needs to be built around it. Wildfire is no use if you just toss one or two into a deck.

Unlimited: 3.25/5

Modified: 3.5/5

Draft: Big Hit Points, big Attack, small decks. All of these combine to make Moltres a first pick, if you are going with fire. 4.25/5



I still remember back to the days when Moltres-Stall decks were viable. That was a fun time. Personally though, I never liked the card. For Wildfire, you are sacrificing an energy for one card which is NOT affecting the current gameplay. Yes, I understand you can mill away important cards but it's all based on luck. If you mill away useless cards, you just helped your opponent thin his deck, therefore increasing his chances of getting that certain card that he wanted. Now, if Wildfire did SOME damage, it would've been a lot better. If you want a similar attack that's a better IMO, play Dark Tyranitar instead.

Dive Bomb is bad. I never was a fan of Tails-Fails attacks. 70HP won't last you very long as well. If you really like Moltres though, I recommend playing Holo Ho-oh instead.

In Unlimited, can you say ER bait? It's just too slow in Unlimited for it to be competitive...

In Modified, yes, you can get it out and running 2nd turn with Holo Entei, but there are simply better choices like Ninetales, Magcargo, Arcanine...

In Draft, this card is finally playable! Just build it up on the bench and Dive Bomb away!

Unlimited Rating: 2/5
Modified Rating: 2.3/5
Draft Rating: 3.4/5

Lord Gothmog

Ah, Moltres, center of the Wildfire archetype. For those who don't know, the strategy was use Chansey, Scyther, and Moltres with Scoop Ups, and Pokemon Centers to run your opponent out of cards. Definitely one of my favorite decks.

In standard, I don't see why it couldn't still run. There is Sneasel and Slowking, but there's also Focus Band and Pichu/Igglybuff. ER isn't as big  a threat as you think, because you don't want to have too many energies on Moltres at once. I have to give it a 3/5. It's a refreshingly different strategy.

In modified, Typhlosion will be viable in August, making Moltres just that much better. Center and Scoop Up were thankfully reprinted, and Miltank can take Chansey's slot. I haven't seen it used yet, but I think it will work well. 3.8/5

In draft, the general deck size is 40 cards. That's 20 less cards you have to burn for them to deck. Drop Moltres, power up, burn through most of their deck in one shot... Ouch. It'll end things fast if it hits the table. 4/5 is here to provide guidance to all Pokemon trainers out there.  Whether it's the Gameboy Game, N64 or the Trading Card Game, provides all the wisdom you desire. 

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