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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

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Buried Fossil - Skyridge

Date Reviewed: 06/27/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Buried Fossil
This is a very interesting card. With this card, we now have three methods of getting out Stage 1 Fossil Pokemon: Mysterious Fossil, Fossil Egg and Buried Fossil. All of these three have advantages and disadvantages. Mysterious Fossil has the advantage of not giving your opponent a prize if it is KOed. Fossil Egg has the advantage of being the fastest of the three if you flip right (heads).
What are the advantages of Buried Fossil? Reconstruction is a very impressive Poke-Power. You can search your deck for a Pokemon that evolves from Mysterious Fossil that is of the same type of the energy card you reveal to your opponent (either Water Energy or Fighting Energy if you really want this to work). Of course, this means you're guaranteed you get an Omanyte, Kabuto or Aerodactyl turn 2. Make them two Stage 1's in the second turn if you also have another Buried Fossil/Mysterious Fossil in play in the first turn.
The disadvantage: it is a "Pokemon" with 30HP, making it weak to an OHKO to Tyrogue, giving your opponent a prize in the process. Thus, I'll advise you not to play 4 Buried Fossil in your deck if you're playing a Fossil deck. Two Mysterious Fossil and two Buried Fossil seem to do the trick. Or more than that if you play more than one Fossil line (for example, playing Omastar with Aerodactyl).
Unlimited: Of course it's not bad, but don't play 4 of it. You'll risk a Tyrogue Smash Punch. Obviously, it's bad if you don't have any fossil Pokemon in your deck. :P
Modified: The exact same thing holds here.
Draft: In Draft, if you're playing Fossil Pokemon, it's probably the only thing available in your Draft that can let you evolve the Pokemon (it's strange to draft Skyridge with Neo Discovery, although Skyridge with Legendary Collection _might_ be viable). Since it's so fast, and OHKOing it in Draft is practically impossible, you should go for it. Again, this holds only if you drafted Omanytes, Kabutos or Aerodactyls, which isn't often, because it's quite risky. It's not nice to draft an Omanyte and Omastar, and there is no Buried Fossil in sight. So although OHKOing the Buried Fossil is very improbable, getting a nice line of Fossils is too.
pERfeCt 0nE
Buried Fossil

A non-pokemon that's a pokemon...o well

Unlimited-  Unless you wanna lose a prize, use M.fossil
rating--- 0.25

Modified-   Better, but Mysterious fossil is still legal!!!  so is fossil egg if necessary!!! Even Underground Lake is here!!!  Wanna be rouged or get DG'ed for a prize? if so, use this piece of nothing!
rating--- 0.75

Draft-   Well he is kinda safe from DG and rogue, but its difficult to draft it and any of its evos, which arent game-winners themselves.  Don't draft it unless you got a Kabutops already of something.
rating--- 1
dontknow09 Buried Fossil

Another trainer to support the hard to get out Fossil Pokemon. This is like a mysterious fossil, just with more HP, and the "no prize" rule is not apply. It's also faster since you could search for evolutions. But I still prefer mysterious fossil.

Unlimited- Gust bait.  1/5

Modified- Double Gust bait.  1.5/5

Draft- Actually pretty good. Reconstruction makes pulling out fossil's much easier. Pull out an Omanyte, use the attack to pull out Omastar. Or with Kabutops. Don't matter.  3/5 <-- If you're basing your deck on fossil pokemon.


The Poke`mon Master 1110
Buried Fossil:

Very nice.  None of the fossil evolving pokemon are especially great, perhaps with the exception of Discovery Kabutops.  But if your gonna play a fossil evo, use this.  Fossil Egg is alright, but it's a flip.  There is mysterious fossil, but this has 30 hp AND a power to get out your fossil evos quickly.  Again, if your playing any fossil evos, play this.

Unlimited:  Since all the fossil guys are horrid here, there is no reason to use it.  Steer clear.  1/5

Modified:  Discovery Kabutops and Skyridge Omastar can be very effective in this format, so you may wanna use this.  3/5

Limited:  If you get him, you may be able to run a Kabutops/Omastar line, which would be nice.  Depends on previous picks.  2.5/5

The Bottom Line:  2/5

Thundachu Buried Fossil:

Overview: Nice. It is a good card to have in your deck if your playing the Omastar (reviewed earlier). Trade 1 basic energy for 1 Omanyte or Kabuto. And it is better than Mysterious Fossil because it has 30HP instead of 10 ;x. No weakness and no resistance is nice for a trainer (like most trainers have a weakness and resistance ;/). It cant be affected by special conditions. All in all, a pretty good card for Kabutops/Omastar players. Better than the Mysterious Fossil as well IMO. It is great in Draft as well because draw power is very limited. Only problem is, it has a retreat cost. 0_o. I suggest keeping it on the bench _ '

Unlimited: 2/5

Modified: 2.5/5

Draft: 5/5(Being common it should be easy to get)
TR Shadow Buried Fossil

In my opinion, it should have been a baby Pokemon.  Sadly, it doesn't have the baby power.  At least it has a decent Pokemon power that won't allow it to be at this stage very long.  Being able to trade an energy for an Aerodactyl is good in almost any circumstance.  There will be times when you need the energy, though and you won't be able to trade.  I honestly think that not a lot needs to be said about this card.  It essential to have to evolve unless you're using Fossil egg.  I would use this for the simple reason that it doesn't require a flip.

Unlimited 4/5
Modified 4/5
Limited 4/5

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