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Rocket's Scyther

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 3.60 (based on 5 reviews)
Modified: 3.45
(based on 5 reviews)
Draft: 4.40
(based on 5 reviews)
Reviewed May 8, 2002

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


Rocket Scyther is one  of the better support Basics available in Modified. It has a decent (for Modified) HP of 60 and a one Energy attack that gives him almost Baby-like protection. This helps stall until you either have your strategy set up or his Blinding Scythe attack set up. 40 for 3 energy is decent, but not outstanding. In Unlimited, I'd prefer the Jungle version, but others do prefer this one.

Unlimited: Not quite up to speed, but good support in the right deck. Not splashable, like it's Jungle cousin. 3/5
Modified: One of the best choices to support a Grass deck. 3.75/5
Draft: A first pick. A protective effect and Basic-killing damage. A great combination. 4.25/5


Rocket's Scyther

Ahh, Rocket's Scyther. 60HP for a Basic is pretty good, it's only 10HP short of the magical number. Shadow Images is an amazing attack. It kinda gives Rocket's Scyther the Baby Rule. If your opponent is bad at flipping, Rocket's Scyther might last for a very long time while dealing lots of damage to boot. How much damage? Let's look at the 2nd attack...

Blinding Scythe is a staightforward attack. 3 energy for 40 damage. Nothing else can be said about the attack.

In Unlimited, you have DCE so that Rocket's Scyther can attack a turn earlier. That's an extra 40 damage!

In Modified, the lack of DCE really hurts it. However, Shadow Images help stall for a few turns while you build up for Blinding Scythe. Rocket's Scyther would also do 80 damage to Feraligatr, which is very nice. Add some Chaos Gyms and your opponent would be flipping lots of coins!

In Draft, it's a high pick. 60HP, staller, and 40 damage all in one card is great!  

Unlimited Rating: 3.4/5
Modified Rating: 3.2/5 (No DCE weakens it...)
Draft Rating: 4/5

Lord Gothmog

Interesting card. I believe it would look better if there was a word balloon or sign above it in the picture saying "Touchdown!"

In unlimited, it makes an okay basic for grass decks. The 1 retreat and 60 HP make it less appealing than Jungle Scyther, but Shadow Images makes it look good for stalling. Blinding Scythe is a good attack as well. Rocket's Scyther makes a good opening basic, provided you have something else to bench. I have to say 2.9/5. Not really Haymaker material, and the HP and retreat downgrade it.

In modified, it takes another turn to power, but no energy removal makes it a good back up for Meganium, Dark Muk, or Dark Weezing. It can do a LOT of damage to Gatr for 3 energy, no fuss. That's good in my book. 3.3/5 

In limited, basics that protect themselves and also do lots of damage are referred to as "bombs." Rocket's Scyther is a "bomb." 4.5/5 in limited.

    Rocket's Scyther... an awesome card. One I've continuously considered putting in my Crobat. I seriously don't know why I don't, I mean check this thing out! Look at it! 60 hp, which is decent. It has an awesome first attack, and GCC for 40? Wow! This guy is definitely a good support pokemon. In my first Crobat deck, the one I used to win a trip to the WCSTS, I played Neo 2 Scyther. I seriously don't get why I didn't play this instead... it overshadowed (literally) the neo 2 scyther in every category.
    Standard Rating: 3.5/5. Decent card, nice in a haymaker.
    Modified Rating: 3/5. Weak against evolution, good against Gatr.
    Draft Rating: 5/5. Oh man, this is an ownage draft.


Rocket's Scyther

Unlimited: A strategic and very well used Basic, Rocketís Scyther is great to StaLL while you setup and disrupt your opponent. This card is very multifaceted as it can easily fit into most any deck with a Rainbow Energy and Double Colorless, two of the most used Unlimited cards. 40 Damage Turn 2 and constant from there on can be deadly! And Shadow Images makes Rocketís Scyther a Baby that canít be taken out by Dark Feraligatr. 1 Retreat is okay but can be more than made up for.

Modified: Since we donít have regular Jungle Scyther in Modified, this is the best substitute. He is getting some competition from the new Promo Scyther, but my argument is this Scyther is better because of Shadow Images. Keep him alive and donít give away a prize, then retreat and bring up your big hitter or Double Gust. Versatile and splashable, Rocketís Scyther has seen a lot of play lately but sadly when Legends comes out we might not see him again.

Limited: With Grass being one of the stronger colors because of Status Effect running rampant in most of the attacks, if you were to open or have Rocketís Scyther drop in your hands you shouldnít even think it twice, take it! Shadow Imaging is great! Loading up its attack, though, might not be. Once your opponent gets their stuff going, your 40 damage wouldnít do as good if they are getting higher hitting Pokťmon that can take out Rocketís Scyther in one hit.

Unlimited (Standard): 4/5

Modified: 3.5/5

Limited (Draft): 3.8/5 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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