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Staraptor FB Lv. 50

Date Reviewed: 07.27.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.25
Limited: 2.13

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

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All Right! One of the Big Birds! Another great stage 2 SP to follow in the footsteps of Infernape, Luxray and others right?


80 HP Basic, weak to lightning, resistant to fighting, one retreat cost. Really, one retreat cost?

1 for 10, flip for 20…that wasn’t even good in the base set standard of damage, and if you waste an energy gain to get there, oh Nelly.

I hope there is a Level X to make this even a discussable card…but at this point…

3 for 30 and a forced switch, and THEY get to pick the new active??

In today’s game isn’t a 3 energy attack about 60 damage and a cool effect?


Modified 1/5. This is a clunker. Unless there is a really cool level X….stay away from the raptor.

Limited.2/5…Just giving it SOME benefit of the doubt, as I believe Primeape will be a player…but still…pass if possible.


Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Staraptor FB


Hi and welcome to a new week of CotD!


This will be my last week of reviewing for a while as I am off to the US to compete in the Pokémon World Championships in San Diego. I wish all of my fellow competitors good luck and hope everyone there has an awesome time!


Today’s card is Staraptor FB from Supreme Victors – coming to a prerelease near you soon! Now, to be honest, the main reason for playing this card will be because it has a very nice LV X whose Power lets you search out a Supporter from your deck every turn, but as we are not technically reviewing that card, let’s see what the Basic Staraptor can do.


Well, it is an SP Pokémon, so it will benefit from the usual SP Support. It has a solid 80 HP and a useful Fighting Resistance, giving it some protection against Toxicroak G Promo, Lucario GL, and Machamp (as long as you attach an Unown G). Weakness to Lightning makes it VERY vulnerable to Luxray GL and its LV X though, so beware of having it dragged active with Bright Look and OHKO’d. A retreat cost of one seems a bit harsh for a bird Pokémon (the LV X retreats for free though).


Quick Attack is (as usual) pretty weak, giving you just 10-20 Damage for one Energy (or an Energy Gain).  Whirlwind is a bit more interesting as it does 30 Damage and forces a switch of your opponent’s choice. The cost of [C][C][C] is a bit much and although the attack could be useful in some situations, loading that much Energy on a Pokémon which is really only there so its LV X form can sit on the Bench and use its Power probably isn’t a very smart move.


So, Staraptor FB isn’t anything special or deck-worthy by itself, but you can expect it to see some play as the LV X might just make it worth running this weak vanilla Basic.




Modified: 1.5 (You need it for the LV X, no other reason to play it)

Limited: 2.25 (Colourless attacks are a bonus here)

Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!

Today's card is one of the new cards from Supreme Victors that has recently been revealed. I present to you... Staraptor FB!

Let's look at the basics. 80 HP is standard on a Basic SP Pokemon. It's Colorless, so it can get good hits on Flygon (RR), in theory. A x2 Weakness to Lightning-types is expected of a bird, so be careful around Luxray GL and the like. A -20 Resistance is also expected, though the only Fighting-types seeing any decent amount of play right now is Machamp, which can simply Take Out for KO. Still, it's usually better than no Resistance at all. A Retreat Cost of 1 is also average, though I fail to see why a bird needs one. It's an SP Pokemon, so it can utilize all of the support that it has such as SP Radar and all of that.

No Powers or Bodies, fortunately and unfortunately, but there are two attacks, which are pretty lackluster as a whole. The first, Quick Attack, does 10 damage for 1 energy of choice (or for absolutely free with Energy Gain!). Flip a coin, and it does an extra 10 if you get heads. A standard attack you would likely find on most non-SP basics.

The second attack, Whirlwind, does a whopping -- no, I should say, flopping -- 30 damage for 3 energies of choice, 2 with Energy Gain. Afterwards, your opponent switches the Pokemon you just damaged with another of his/her Pokemon of their choosing. Whirlwind usually doesn't tend to be a good attack, but for this guy to do so little damage for so much energy? Yanmega 4 does more damage than that, and nobody uses that in competitive play.

Really, the only thing that Staraptor FB has going for it is a LV. X. Before you get to it, though, you would be desperate to attack with this, usually.


Modified: 1.5/5 I wouldn't play this card as an attacker unless I had no other option besides Claydol. Wait until the LV. X shows up where it can really be of use.
Limited: 2/5 A bit better here. Still, don't expect to put any major dents in your opponent's Pokemon until you level it up.

This is Steel_Winger, until next time!

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