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Ninetales - Base Sets, Legendary Coll.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Unlimited: 2.43 (based on 4 reviews)
Modified: 4.14
(based on 4 reviews)
Draft: 3.40
(based on 4 reviews)
Reviewed May 29, 2002

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


Ninetale's is a great Pokemon that only gets shut down in Unlimited because of it's high energy cost and the fact that ER will leave it as a sitting duck.

80 damage for 4 energy and a discard of one is great, but you'd never get it powered up, or only for one attack if you did.

On the other hand, now that it is allowed in Modified, look for it to be one of the cards competing for top Fire deck. Entei or Typhlosion's will power it up fast and it's 80 damage will take out most opponents.

As for Draft, while it is very strong, the basic is horrible. Since it is a rare foil, you can't depend on getting it out and you don't want to have to fight your battles with Vulpix. For this reason, the Arcanine line is much better to draft, if you can. I'm lowering its rating only because of this.

Unlimited: 2.5/5
Modified: 3.75/5
Draft: 2.75/5



A lot of people claimed that this card was underrated in Unlimited. 80HP for a Stage 1 is pretty good. The one retreat cost is probably one of the biggest difference when compared to Magcargo or Arcanine.

Lure was next to useless in the old days. Now, the attack is an amazing TeCH against Slowking! Fire Blast was the main reason why a lot of people liked Ninetales. 80 damage for only one discard is amazing. It's like a super Flamethrower!

In Unlimited, ER is its main enemy. You won't be able to attack too much with Fire Blast...

In Modified, Ninetales would probably replace Magcargo because of 3 things. 1st of all, it has no Pokemon Power, so it's not that vulnerable to Pichu like the "old" Entei-Cargo deck. 2nd of all, Lure is amazing against Slowking or if you want to gust something to stall. Finally, the one retreat cost means that you can abuse Double Gust more.

In Draft, it makes a decent pick. It's kinda require a lot of Energies, and you would have to go mono-Fire. Usually people like to draft 2 colors + colorless, so I guess it depends on what you get in your other packs...

Unlimited Rating: 3.2/5 (TOO weak to ER)
Modified Rating: 4.5/5 (I have a feeling that Entei-Tales would be one of the most popular decks)
Draft Rating: 3.7/5 (You have to go mono-Fire, which is not really a good idea)


Wednesday: Ninetales
Hehehehehehe... this card is broken. Hell, if Spike ever comes back to pokemon, it's now. Ninetales may be the next best deck in the new modified. Combine Ninetales with Entei, Scoop Up, and Pichu, and you have a beautiful deck. The turbo of this deck is enormous... Not to mention Ninetales, who can do 80 damage for 4 fire with 1 discard! You can get this fox ready to go turn 2 :)
Standard Rating: 2/5
Modified Rating: 4.5/5
Draft Rating: 3/5
Lord Gothmog Ah, Ninetales. Famous! And yet....Infamous.</cheesy opener line> In unlimited, eh. It won't be around long enough to fire blast on most occasions. Lure might be somewhat good if you go first against the dumbest/most draw-screwed Slowking player in the world. Otherwise, save it for another format. 2/5

In modified, now, I can definitely see it being played. A gust attack for CC is excellent. And Fire Blast is definitely good. I predict this, Entei, and Typhlosion will show up a lot. However, that leaves the question, which to use, Arcanine or Ninetales? I'll leave that question to the philosophers. 3.8/5

In limited, it's a great pick. Stage 1 foil/reverse foil, with common basics. It WILL make all their base belong to you. 4.2/5 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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