Search your discard pile for up to 3 in any
combination of Pokémon and basic Energy cards.
Show them to your opponent and shuffle them into
is basically the update to Nightly Garbage Run
from way back in the original Team Rocket
set. This is hardly a bad thing: Nightly Garbage
Run was more or less a staple unless your deck
was almost carelessly aggressive. Or it was until
we got Town Volunteers (while it was a
Supporter, it was nearly twice as effective, and of
course Nightly Garbage Run wasn’t
Modified-legal by then). After this, Pokémon
Retriever replaced Town Volunteers (as it
had rotated out by then), and though it could only
target Pokémon it was still a good choice since you
had the option of shuffling three to the deck or
just taking one for the hand.
For Unlimited play, any of the older cards are
worthwhile (I didn’t mention the many
Pokémon-recycling cards that aren’t). The only
potential upside to Nightly Garbage Run (over
Night Maintenance) is it is a Rocket’s Secret
Machine Trainer which has a few limited perks. The
others will vary in usefulness due to the design of
In Modified, there are few others options: we just
Farmer, and Trainer that remains Modified-legal
can only fetch Energy from the discard pile. Seeing
as it is the only game in town for Pokémon and it
can also do Energy, only highly specialized decks
would want to run the others (and even then, would
probably make room for both).
3.5/5 – A nice, solid Trainer. Love the “infinite
deck” combo one can get with this, two copies of
Trash Exchange, and some luck (or more cards to
lessen the luck). Of course, few players deck out
4/5 – Pokémon are so important here, and as the only
remaining Trainer that can get it, it scores big.
Most decks should probably consider one copy, though
few would ever need more.
5/5 – Why so high? Because in this format, decking
out actually happens (though it is agonizing), and
powerful 1-1-1 lines of Pokémon are played as well.
Even if you have to wait several turns to redraw the
components, it is well worth doing that to retrieve
your best hitter.