90 HP Weak to water, no resistance, 2 retreat. Pretty
bleh statistics, even for a basic Arcanine.
The Body reduces the retreat by 1 for each fire on
Arcanine, combined with the new Championship Stadium,
and you get a free retreat Arcanine. If the Pokemon’s
attacks were exciting, this would be exciting….but it’s
The attack for 3 (I know, read 2 with an energy gain)
does 40 damage to the active, plus 20 to a bench.
Doesn’t Infermape for 2 energy (1 with gain) do 20 to
the active and 20 to the bench? And have a Level X to
evolve into that does 100 for 3(2 with gain)???
Doesn’t Blaziken SP do 80 for 2 (1 with gain)? Sorry, in
the land of Fire Pokemon, this thing is underpowered, in
Modified…1.5/5 Too many better options here.
Limited…2.5/5…A better Pokemon, where free retreat is
helpful, and bench hitting is helpful as well.
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Arcanine G Lv 60
Cyrus might be a villain, but he has all the coolest
Arcanine comes with 90 HP, which isn’t too bad for an SP
Basic. The X2 Water Weakness doesn’t come as a shock,
but it could prove painful as Water decks are still
popular. The Retreat cost of two is a bit steep, but
there’s always PokeTurn, and Arcanine comes with a handy
PokePower which reduces its Retreat by [C] for every
Fire Energy that is attached to it.
But would you want to attach any Energy to it in the
Arcanine has just the one attack. Overrun does 40 damage
plus 20 to one of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon for [R][C][C].
Although bench hitting is nice, only doing 40 to the
active for such a high cost (even with Energy Gain),
makes this a very ordinary attack. It can’t even OHKO a
Fire-Weak Dialga G. Maybe if it had another big attack,
it would see some play as a fire tech, but as it stands,
Houndoom G is a better choice for that role. As a main
attacker, Infernape 4 and Blaziken FB leave it in the
If you get this as a rare in your SV pack, prepare for
Modified: 1.25 (so many better Fire SP Basics to use)
Limited: 1.5 (sadly, not even the worst Arcanine in the
Welcome back to the Pokemon COTD!
Today's card is Arcanine G, a card I've gotten in
reverse-holo so many times... Let's look at the basics:
90 HP on an SP Pokemon is average. Its Fire typing lets
it hit for weakness on Beedrill, Shaymin, Turtwig GL,
and the like of most competitive Grass types. Of course,
that same Fire typing also guarantees a x2 Water
Weakness. Kingdra can easily handle it, as can Palkia G.
No resistance, but that's usual. A Retreat Cost of 2...
is a bit much in my opinion, especially for a Pokemon
that can use ExtremeSpeed in the video games. It's an SP
Pokemon, so it can utilize all of the support that's
available to it.
...Speaking of which, Extreme Speed is the name of this
card's Poke-Body. Extreme Speed reduces Arcanine G's
Retreat Cost by one for every Fire energy attached to
it. So you would have to have 2 of them attached in
order to retreat for free, because it's pointless to
attach one, but then you would only have to discard one
to retreat it. It's not a bad way to keep it out of
danger and you don't want to use a Poke Turn on it.
Arcanine G has one attack, Overrun. For three energies
(or two plus Energy Gain), one which must be Fire, you
do 40 to the active and 20 to one on the bench. If you
want a Pokemon that does good damage to the active and a
little to the bench and typing doesn't matter, then
Kingdra is your go-to guy; he does it for even less
energy and two hand discards. If only the damage done to
the active was upped a little bit... but then again, one
should be grateful that this isn't the regular Arcanine
from the same set. HIS Overrun attack makes Arcanine G's
Overrun attack seem BEASTLY, and that's saying a lot.
It's not bad, but for the main Pokemon in the new
Ignition Starter Deck, Arcanine G could've been better.
Modified: 2.5/5 I honestly doubt that he'll see play a
lot here. Even if he does, there are so many ways to
take out this guy (and that's one way right there, if
you get it) that he won't make much of an impact.
Limited: 3.5/5 Better here. The ability to lower its
Retreat Cost and hit the active and snipe at the same
time make this a great card here. It's preferred that
you power it up on the bench before it comes active.
This is Steel_Winger, until next time!
Today's card is Arcanine G from the Supreme Victors set.
Arcanine G has 90 hp, which is great for a basic. The
Poke Body Extreme Speed allows Arcanine G's retreat cost
to be one * lower for each fire energy attached to
Arcanine G. So esentially you have a free retreat cost,
90 hp basic. Sounds good so far, but the good news ends
here. For one fire and 2 * energy, Arcanine G's only
attack, Overrun does 40 damage to the
opponent's active and 20 to one of your opponent's bench
pokemon. The ability to do 20 to a benched pokemon is
nice, but 40 damage for 3 energy? Come on, we need a
little more umph from Arcanine for that. With double
weakness to water and no resistance, Arcanine G's
chances are looking slim.
Modified: 1.5/5 Lets just say there are better Arcanine
Arcanine G LV. 60
My first thought: OUCH. I like Arcy, and this card pains
me to read.
SP Pokemon, so there are benefits and detriments to go
with that. 90HP is okay, not great. The x2 water
weakness hurts badly, especially with Palkia out and
about. No resistance, and… TWO RETREAT COST? Isn’t
Arcanine supposed to be fast?
Oh, his Power helps with that… sort of. One less retreat
cost for each fire energy attached to Arcy. Not too bad,
considering his attack costs 3. If you have it powered
up with all fire, the cost is -1 (does that mean I can
put an energy on to retreat? :-P) or, rather, 0.
Its attack is… well, there isn’t much to say about the
attack. One fire and double colorless for 40 damage and
20 to the bench (total 60). In other words: fair sniper,
not too good overall.
Modified – 3/5 Costly, weak, and only good if powered
up. He would make a good sniper or hit-and-run, but
that’s about it. At least he’s an SP?
Limited – 3/5 I can’t think of any specific advantages
or disadvantages in LF. No retreat when powered up is
nice, but there are other SPs out there with low or no
Sorry Arcanine, I love you, but not this time.
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