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Rare Candy - Sandstorm

Date Reviewed: 10/01/03

Ratings & Reviews below

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


Name:  Rare Candy

Text: Choose 1 of you Basic Pokémon in play.  If you have a  Stage 1 or Stage 2 card that evolves from that Pokémon in your hand, put that card on the Basic Pokémon.  (This counts as evolving that Pokémon.


First some rulings:


Q. Can I use Rare Candy to place a Stage 2 onto a Basic Pokemon?

A. You can use Rare Candy to evolve a Basic Pokemon into a Stage 1 or Stage 2. This essentially counts as your "Evolution" for that Pokemon that turn, although it's not restricted by the first turn the Pokemon is in play. The Stage 1 reference is because the card works on the turn the Basic is played (not 1st turn of the game though). (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team Meeting)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy to evolve Pichu into Raichu EX?

A. No, Rare Candy states if you have a card that "Evolves From" your Pokemon. Pikachu does not say that it "Evolves From" Pichu, so Rare Candy will not work in this situation. (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team Meeting)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on the first turn of a game (when Pokemon are not normally allowed to evolve)?

A. No. There is nothing in the card that allows it to break this rule. Nothing evolves on the first turn of the game! (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team Meeting)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on a Pokemon's first turn in play? For example, can I place down a Wurmple and then use Rare Candy on the same turn to evolve it into Dustox or Beautifly?

A. Rare Candy doesn't allow you the first turn of the game, but it does allow you to evolve a Pokemon the first turn it is in play. (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team Meeting)


So what does that make this?  A powered-up Pokémon Breeder (just not as powerful as many thought).  First, some of you may be thinking “Wait, there are Pokémon, like Neo Discovery Eevee that have powers that let them evolve the first turn!”  While that was true under WotC, Nintendo has ruled that there is no first turn evolution by any means.  While This is upsetting to Eevee, Erika’s Clefairy, and Giovanni players, the rest of use aren’t affected by it, since that is how this card was supposed to work.  You’ll also note that apparently is does count as your “evolution” for that Pokémon for the turn (sorry Dark Crobat and devolution deck players)..  Yes, this means that the combo I mentioned for Gardevoir ex shouldn’t work.  A pity, but that was more or less me trying to come up with something good for my review.  v_v  That combo not working as well as I had hoped doesn’t really change the ratings-it was sort of an obscure “icing on the cake” thing. :P Another seeming contradiction is that Pichu (for example) can’t evolve into Raichu ex.  The logic behind it is somewhat fuzzy, but I’ll leave that to the experts (I have 4 exams this week and am tying to do this review in about 1/3 my normal time).  We don’t know yet if this can get around Fossil Aerodactyl’s Pre-Historic Pokémon Power.


So what does this do?  As I said, it’s a suped-up Breeder.  This pumps up Evolutions across the board, and all the Pokémon evolutions with single energy attacks are giggling with delight now: unless their Basic form is the only Pokémon you draw first turn, you can more or less ignore the fact you have to make a Clefable start as a Clefairy, or a Weedle to a Beedrill.  On your second turn, your opponent winces as out of now where, you bench then Rare Candy a Slowpoke to a Slowking, my favorite, Oddish to a Dark Vileplume. >:D  Also, evolutions that have an energy cost of  CCC can use Boost (or DCE for the CC attacks) to go at it right away!  Basically, this change requires players to think more carefully, since a Stage 2 can now appear “out of thin air”, more or less.




Unlimited: 4/5-Why so high, it just gave a whole lot of evolutions a shot in the arm.  Weedle is so easy to KO, but most recent Beedrills are actually quite sturdy, and that’s just one of a dozen, most likely.


Modified (all potential candidates)/TMP, 2-on-2: 4.5/5-Less revolutionary here, but more or less just as valuable: nearly all decks use evolutions and thus can make use of this powerful card.  We also have some better ways to get this and an evo in hand at the same time than we did prior to the Nintendo sets, which is why Breeder was less favored their (always seemed to Eeeeeeek and get it or the Stage 2, but never both).


Limited: 3/5-sort of a “variable” stage 1 if you draft multiple Stage 2s… note I didn’t say to run all you draft, just that you can be a bit riskier in your choices.



Thundachu Rare Candy

Overview: There is only one use for this card, and that is to put a stage 2 on basic immediately. If your just putting a stage 1 on and you have it in your hand, don't use the stupid trainer, just evolve it.

Unlimited: This is why we have Breeder Fields and Pokemon Breeder. Use these instead =\. 1/5

Modified: I guess it is good here as a substitute for Pokemon Breeder, but that's the only reason I would use it. 1.5/5

Draft: If you don't get the 1st stage evolution in a draft, but you do get basic and 2nd stage, use this. It is an uncommon, so it is pretty easy to draft. I drafted 2 in the Sandstorm pre-release. 2.5/5 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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