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Focus Band

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 4.25 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 4.50
(based on 4 reviews)
Draft: 4.50
(based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed May 13, 2002

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


This is an evil, evil card.

This card has an effect on the game almost as significant as the Baby rule. Your opponent never knows if his attack is going to KO your Pokemon or be all for naught. Recent rulings have made it clear that anything that causes a KO as a result of an attack will trigger the Band. This is an improvement from earlier ruling when only direct damage or damage counter placement would trigger it. Of course, Poison damage, damage from Pokemon Powers, or damage from other, non-attack sources will still get around the Focus Band.

Unlimited: Good to use against Sneasel, which often does enough damage to get a One Hit KO. 3.75/5
Modified: Very good to use here. A lot of decks use mega-damaging monsters, such as 'Gatr and Blaine's Arcanine. Gold Berry would do you no good against these creatures. 4.0/5

Draft: A first pick. If will give you one extra turn and a lot of Draft games get decided by the difference one turn makes at the end. 4.5/5


Focus Band

One of the most crucial trainers, especially in Modified. A lot of times, the game relies on a single Focus Band Flip. Heads, my active would survive and KO your final Pokemon for the game. Tails, I lose. The ability to have UNLIMITED HP (what I mean is, your opponent can deal like 1000+ damage and your active would STILL survive) is just awesome.

In Unlimited, it depends on which kind of Pokemon do you play. If you play Big Pokemon like Steelix or Chansey, then Gold Berry would be a better choice. However, if you play Pokemon with 60HP or less, Focus Band is usually a better choice.

In Modified, most of the main Pokemon are Stage 2s that deal tons of damage. Usually, Gold Berry won't do much. It's all about the Focus Band.

In Draft, with only 4 Prizes, Focus Band would definitely be invaluable. A 1st Pick.

Unlimited Rating: 5/5
Modified Rating: 5/5
Draft Rating: 5/5

Lord Gothmog

Concentrate, Luke....Use the Force...

In unlimited, what can I say? Half the time it's a good card. Half the time it's not. Either way, it's discarded. However, it does something only Giovanni's Machamp, Fossil Haunter, and Baby Pokemon were able to do: Save things from certain destruction. And 50% of the time, you do. Works for me. 3.6/5

In modified, I like it even more. Which is something, because I hate coinflip cards. But here, you have Giovanni's Machamp decks, which make Focus a 75% affair, and lots of baby Pokemon too. Privatek. 4/5

In draft, you're only likely to get one. You might never see it. It might never work. But it also might win you the tourney. 3.5/5

Focus Band. The ultimate card. Seriously, any modified deck needs this card. Any STANDARD deck needs this card. This guy is the epitome of Pokemon at this time. Do you really wanna gust that Blaine's Arcanine when it has a focus, and aren't you worried about what it would do to you if they flip heads? How awesome is that!?!
Focus Band, with babies, gives them a 25% chance of knocking you out. Thats a LOT better than 50.
Standard Rating: 5/5.
Modified Rating: 5/5
Draft Rating: 4/5.
One word. BROKEN.
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