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Island Hermit

EX Dragon Frontiers


Date Reviewed: 11.08.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.6
Modified: 2.7
Limited: 5

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

2006 World
Island Hermit:
A new draw card is always nice, but this card looks inferior to the Holon
Supporters, which also have the bonus of being accessible and retrievable
through Holon Transceiver.

The prize-flipping bonus is nice if you can play it before drawing a prize,
giving you the benefit of picking a useful prize (or avoiding a not so
useful prize.)

Although not much weaker than other draw cards in modified, better draw does


In unlimited, you will play few supporters. If you do, Oracle, Rocket's
Admin., and Copycat are all much better.

Any draw is extremely powerful in limited. An extra card or two will gives
you a game-winning advantage.

"Chuck" Brosseau
5th place Worlds 2006 (Also current "best looking player")
Island Hermit

Island Hermit is one of the new Supporters out of Dragon Frontiers. It allows you to draw two cards, and then flip up two prizes. Ehh, pretty mediocre. There is a lot better draw out there, like Holon Adventurer, Mary’s Request, and TV Reporter.

Unlimited: 1/5
Supporters aren’t very good in Unlimited. This one isn’t an exception.

Modified: 2/5
Not bad, but not your best choice. Stick with the Holon Engine, or Copycat/TVR/Mary.

Limited: 5/5
Draw is huge in Limited. Flipping over half of your prizes isn’t bad either. Great card here.

2005 World
Island Hermit

Not a very good draw card. There are better fish in the sea. Most decks these days use the Holon Trainer Engine, which means they use Holon Adventurer. I'd rather discard a useless card from my hand to draw 3, then just draw 2 and flip 2 Prize cards over, especially because Hermit can't be fetched with Holon Transceiver. Seeing 2 Prize cards face up won't make much of a difference, since sometime early in the game you'll have looked through your deck after using a Celio's Network or something, so you know what 6 cards aren't there and are in your prizes. I guess seeing 2 of your prizes face up might give you a small advantage, so you know what to take after KOing a pokemon, but I don't like revealing my cards to the opponent, giving them hints to what my deck is and what cards I'm playing. I mean you're probably going to play this card early game, not when you only have 2 prizes left. So anyway the gist of what I'm trying to say is the +1 card advantage that Mary's Request, TV Reporter, and Holon Adventurer give you is better than just flipping over 2 prizes.

Modified - 2/5

Unlimited - There are tons of better trainers out there, like oak, cpu search, prof elm, copycat. 1/5

Limited - Omg you need all the draw you can get in this drawless format. 5/5


Review is too long? Skip straight to the Ratings and Summary! 


Name   : Island Hermit

Set       : EX Dragon Frontiers

Card#   : 76/101

Rarity   : Uncommon

Type    : Trainer

Sub-type: Supporter

Effect Text: You can play only one Supporter card each turn.  When you play this card, put it next to your Active Pokémon.  When your turn ends, discard this card.


Choose up to 2 of your Prize cards ad put them face up.  (These cards remain face up for the rest of the game.)  Draw 2 cards.


Island Hermit is a Trainer, specifically a Supporter.  I am forgoing my normal formatting because I am thinking it just isn’t that useful here.  Back to the card, Supporters are, of course, the backbone of most Modified Trainer engines.  So competition tends to be pretty fierce.  When it comes to draw power, most “straight draw” Supporters are good for three cards.  Island Hermit is only good for two.  However, seeing what two Prizes are is far from useless.  While most experienced players can tell what is in their Prizes by checking their deck it doesn’t tell them which Prize is which.  When your last copy or only copy of something important is “lost in your Prizes”, it can be really frustrating: Island Hermit gives you a very nice solution to this problem.  Previous cards that did this had varying drawbacks, either affecting all Prizes (that is both players), or being slow (Pokémon dependant), etc.  This only affects you, and you still get to draw two cards.  That’s one less than TV Reporter, but without the discard.


I don’t know about every deck, but I think I’ll be making room for a copy or two of Island Hermit unless I find using them drastically slows down my set up.  Even if you have a single copy and use it right away, it makes a one in six pick drop to a one in four (assuming the desired card isn’t in one of the revealed cards, a one in three chance).  Obviously it’s great when you’re down to two Prizes in a close game.




Unlimited: 3/5 – If you can make room for it in your deck, its still not uncommon to not use a Supporter during your turn in Unlimited: we just have so many powerful normal Trainers.  So the Supporter aspect is much less important, and you still get to draw two cards out of the deal.


Modified: 3.5/5 – I like this card, and think that most decks would benefit from working one copy in, though how much it would over some other Supporter is the real question.


Limited: 5/5 – It is draw power in Limited.  You pull it, you run it.




My reviews and ratings are for Modified only.

Island Hermit

Modified 2/5 - It isn't a bad card. If your deck have a lot of single copies of cards, such as Steelix ex and Latios*, then 3 Island Hermit could be a decent Trainer choice. Otherwise, there are better Trainer options out there.

Muk Man
Today’s Card Of The Day is…Island Hermit from Dragon Frontiers
I’m not sure why, but in the current Metagame, strait draw cards seem to suck. “Flip for this”, “count cards that” blah, blah, blah. But hermit is a great card! Sure you only get to draw 2 cards, but look at you other options. TV Reporter draw 3 discard 1…3-1=2. Bill’s maintenance shuffle 1 draw 3…3-1=2. Hermit lets you flip over 2 prize cards!!! Then draw 2 cards on top of that. Because it has no restrictions or limitations, it can be played in any deck, and at any point in the game. This card is a Staple and must be put in every deck.

Combos: Believe it or not…Slowking from delta species can make use of this supporter.

Modified: 4/5 For strait draw 2 cards is average, but it’s effect is a gift and curse. If your opponent can see what’s not in you deck, he can read your hand better. Example, if there are a lot of basics in your prizes, he might go on the offensive and bench you out instead of playing it safe and allowing you to grab more basics.
Limited: 5/5 any draw in this format helps, and with no restrictions it is perfect.

Current ebay Value: $??? “Unown” (Plus or minus $? dollars)

~Muk Man~
P.S. Jeff Reynolds is the best T.O. EVER!

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