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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Pokemon Retriever

Date Reviewed: 11.19.04

Ratings & Reviews below

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

Pokemon Retriever is a non-Supporter Trainer and has nice flexibility.
Either get that important Pokemon card back in your hand, or replenish your deck, whichever you need. The game has needed to get a card like this back into the Modified format.

Unlimited: 3.5/5
Modified: 3.75/5
Limited: 4.5/5

Johnny Blaze
Pokemon Retriever – Finally we have an Energy Recycle System for just Pokemon. Either get 1 Basic or Evolved Pokemon from your discard and put it into your hand or choose up to 3 and shuffle them back in your deck. Prior to the Team Rocket Returns release, we had minimum choices of recurring Pokemon back into your deck or into your hand. This card will find a way into many legal Modified decks. It is not a Supporter so you can use it and then use Celio’s Network to get back the Pokemon (non-EX because of Celio’s) that you just shuffled in.

Unlimited: 2/5 – Not so huge here as this card just adds to the Recursion card pool that Unlimited offers. Definitely another option, but Nightly Garbage Run is better in my own opinion.

Modifed: 4/5 – A must have in any deck. Even if you run only 1, just to get back 3 Pokemon and shuffle them back into your deck or to get that 1 you needed to evolve from or into. A lot don’t see recursion as a big theme in Pokemon but I highly regard this trainer as it is not a Supporter so that you will still be able to use your 1 Supporter per turn rule.

Limited: 3/5 – With such small amounts of Pokemon available, the best use with Pokemon Retriever here is to get back that Basic or Evo. that you drafted only one of.
Young John Pokemon Retreiver


It's not terrible here actually. Some might argue "Just play Town Volunteers or Nightly Garbage Run they can get more than just Pokemon". So what... you can get the Pokemon back to your hand with this. It'd be effectively useful in Zapdos Ex in Unlimited... not so much in other things I don't think but I dunno I've not played unlimited in a while so I don't know how great this is gonna be here. I guess test it in your decks and see what works for ya!



It has MANY more uses here than in Unlimited. It's about the only way to get things back from the discard pile with exception of like 2 cards. It's great here in Zapdos Ex, oops did my Zapdos just die? Oh that's alright HE'S BACK! =p Same with Blaziken and Nidos... basically this card gives you an extra copy of any 1-3 Pokemon in your deck. That's pretty nice.



It's great here to pick up that big Pokemon that you got that is like your main attacker... it gets it right back for ya. Take this!



New Feature: If you think this review is too long to read, just skip straight to the Ratings and Summary sections! 


Name: Pokémon Retriever

Set: EX: Team Rocket Returns

Card#: 95/109

Type: Trainer

Subtype: Rocket’s Secret Machine

Text: Search your discard pile for Basic Pokémon or Evolution cards.  You may either show 1 Basic Pokémon or Evolution card to your opponent and put it into your hand, or show a combination of up to 3 Basic Pokémon or Evolution cards to your opponent and shuffle them into your deck.


Attributes: Trainer time!  Pokémon Retriever is one of a new Trainer class (I believe): the Rocket’s Secret Machines.  I do not recall seeing anything that punishes the use of this Trainer type, but some things positively combo with this kind of Trainer, so it’s a good thing to be.  Added bonus is that this isn’t a Supporter: makes it much easier to use in Modified.


Abilities: Another Pokémon recursion card.  What makes it nice is that instead of rehashing the same old thing, or trying to pump it up to Supporter level, they added a nice twist to it.  This card gives you an option: get that one Pokémon you need back into your hand from the discard, or send three of your choice back to the deck for later use.  This gives both anti-depletion and tactical recursion uses.  For example, if I absolutely must, I can chuck a Dark Steelix for Rocket’s Mission, and use this to get it back later on where I need it most: either with two other friends sent to my deck or back into my hand for immediate use.  This is also nice for getting back that Pokémon TecH you may had added to your deck.  For example, some of my decks run Hidden Legends Corsola to counter Fire Weakness.  With this, when Corsola bites the dust, I can just get it back and bench it again.


Uses/Combinations: Any deck should really consider running this: only a precious few can get by without any.  In spite of that, you won’t see more than one or two in most decks: recursion matters, but it’s mostly used as insurance, incase something goes wrong.  I’ll go into the specifics about general use in the actual ratings.


One key bit of specific use is with Dark Slowking, Rocket’s Meowth, and Rocket’s Wobbuffet: all have abilities that can make good use of Rocket’s Secret Machines.




Unlimited: 4/5-Man, I am just so generous here lately.  Why?  How many decks run a lot of Basic Energy here?  Raindance is the only tier one deck that runs a lot of basic Energy.  Everything else is almost all Special Energy (Darkness Energy, Double Colorless Energy, Rainbow Energy, Recycle Energy, etc.).  This means Nightly Garbage Run now loses its last niche: if you have no Basic Energy, Pokémon Retriever can do everything it can, and more!  Town Volunteers may also see less play, since it is a Supporter, and more of them are being used here than before, and again, with no Basic Energy in many decks, you have to weigh getting two more Pokémon sent to the deck versus getting that piece of TecH back into hand for immediate replay.


Modified: 4.5/5-It’s beautiful here.  Given that my attitude on cards has changed since I started here, I was tempted to give it a perfect score-it’s not broken, and it’s far from underpowered.  Not only is it the only game in town for generic, Trainer-based, Pokémon recursion, but it also gives you two options and is a beneficial Trainer type (unless you face Vileplume ex).


Limited: 5/5-Recursion is nearly as important as draw power.  Not only that, but it combos with several cards in this set (Dark Slowking, Rocket’s Mission, Rocket’s Meowth, etc.).



Modified finally has convenient Pokémon recursion-either send one thing to your hand or send up to three to the deck.  Best of all, it’s a Rocket’s Secret Machine but not a Supporter. 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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