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Memory Berry - Aquapolis

Date Reviewed: 04/18/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Memory Berry

This card is okay I guess. If you really wanna use this card's effect, I rather use something like Revelation Aerodactyl's Power. At least you can use the power multiple times. Some cards that can use the ability nicely is something like Base/LC Charizard and Steelix (if you evolve from the Genesis version).

In Unlimited, I rather use Aero if I want to abuse the ability. Rating: 1.5/5

In Modified, same here. I rather have a Gold Berry/Focus Band than this card. Rating: 1.5/5

In Draft, this card could make a nice tech card. Sometimes you get lucky and can get a Stage 1/2 out fast enough. Sometimes, the old attacks are better as they are cheaper and/or have better effects. Rating: 2.3/5
X- Act
Aquapolis Memory Berry
We're reviewing the second of the three Pokemon Tools available in Aquapolis. Out of Time Shard, Memory Berry and Healing Berry, we already reviewed Time Shard. I guess Memory Berry is next. :)
Memory Berry lets you use one of the lower-stage evolution's attack for one turn. It's an interesting effect, but one which doesn't warrant using only for one turn. And, being a Pokemon Tool, it takes the space of more useful Pokemon Tools (like Gold Berry and Focus Band).
Unlimited: In Unlimited, if you really, but really, want to use an attack from a lower-stage evolution, stick with Recall. It's not a Pokemon Tool, and thus has the advantage that it doesn't take the place of other more useful Pokemon Tools, as I mentioned earlier.
Modified: In Modified, Recall is absent. Usually, you'd like to recall a lower-stage evolution's attack if the Basic Pokemon has a Rage-like attack. It's effective in cards such as Steelix, which can recall Neo 1 Onix's Rage, and Gyarados, which can recall Magikarp's Flail. Another interesting idea is for a Feraligatr to recall the 40HP Neo 1 Totodile's Rage. :) Yet another idea is for an Aquapolis Kingdra to recall the Aquapolis Seadra's attack when it has a nice number of Water Energies attached to it. :D I tried to experiment with Aquapolis Primeape recalling both Aquapolis Mankey's attacks, and Lanturn recalling Neo 1 Chinchou's Flail. They didn't fare well because they only have 80HP, unlike Gyarados and Steelix. But there's another way to recall a lower-stage evolution attack: Neo 3 Aerodactyl. The choice between Memory Berry and Aerodactyl depends on how many times you want to actually recall the attack. If you intend to only recall rarely, go with Memory Berry. If you want to recall more frequently, go with the Aerodactyl. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Draft: Well, using Memory Berry in Draft doesn't make too much sense to me. I can say almost without exceptions that this card is utterly useless in this format.

Aquapolis Memory Berry

Of all the Pokemon Tools to date, this would have to be the most interesting one. It is interesting because this mechanic has only seen action from Pokemon Attacks or Pokemon Powers. The ability to use an attack from the Basic or Evolution Card beneath it without adding another Pokemon is invaluable. However, like all Pokemon Tools, their effect only lasts once. So if your strategy is using a certain attack constantly, I'd choose something like Revelation's Aerodactyl.

Unlimited - Due to the fact that evolution cards in this format see very little play, its only logical to see that a card aids evolution cards is a waste of space. Additionally there is a better choice to using your Pokemon Tool per Pokemon. Recall from Gym Heroes would better suit your Unlimited Deck. 1/5

Modified - Modified is all about evolutions. Memory Berry is all about evolutions. I think we have a match made in heaven. Problem is, you have to have a good attack on the lower Stage or Basic Pokemon. Your not going to waste your time using Memory Berry to attack with Tackle. Although its clearly not a staple, it does see use with cards like Legendary Collection/Expedition Magikarp, Genesis Onix, and other cards that have an attack dependant on the amount of damage on the card. Their evolutions, Gyarados and Steelix, both have very high hit points. So you would be doing very good damage late in the game. But for only one time. If you want a continuous attack, try Aerodactyl from Neo Revelation. 2/5

Limited - Since most people walking into a Limited Tournament have no clear strategy or control over that strategy, Memory Berry will most likely never help you out. It will only work if you have an attack that is worth spending a card on. Evolution cards are also hard to come by in the limited formats. It would be too much of a gamble to put this card in your limited deck. 1/5

TR Shadow Memory berry
It combos up well with a bunch of other cards.  If you use Steelix, use it when you get lots of damage so you can use Onix's Rage.  Then I can see it being used in Gator decks.  Croco clears the path well for Gator.  The biggest fault I see is that it's a tool; you can't have it and something else attached to the same Pokemon.  In unlimited, there aren't too many uses for it.  But in Modified, I can see it being used in some decks.

Unlimited 2/5
Modified 3.5/5
Limited 2/5

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