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 Pokemon Collector

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 03.11.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 3.65
Limited: 4.67

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

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Top 4 UK Nats

Pokémon  Collector (HGSS)


Pokémon Collector is one of those cards that has become an absolute necessity in the Pokémon TCG. At least since we lost all the ridiculous broken draw that we had in Base Set, where you tore through practically your entire deck on the first turn with multiple Professor Oaks and Bills.


Certainly, in the era of Supporters, it is cards like this which make the game function. Pokémon Collector allows you to choose three Basic Pokémon from your deck, which in turn means you are on your way to getting your deck set up and working. Sounds like staple material doesn’t it? Well, at some point in the future, it most definitely will be, but for now, Pokémon Collector has some stiff competition.


That competition comes in the very familiar form of Roseanne’s Research. Although Roseanne allows you to search for one less Basic than Collector, it is a much more flexible card as it also lets you take Basic Energy or a mixture of both. Decks these days tend to run very low Energy counts and playing one or two tech specific Energy is also common, so the ability to search it out when you need it can be crucial. For that reason, most decks will probably stick with Roseanne.


There are a few decks that prefer Collector, though. Gyarados runs only 1-2 Basic Energy which is rarely needed, and will usually be in hand anyway, thanks to the massive draw that deck gets from Felicity’s Drawing. In this case, being able to use Collector to search out more Magikarps to evolve or discard is brilliant. Palkia G LV X Power Lock decks may also consider running Collector, as it enables them to grab two Basics to get set up, plus a Mesprit LA for an early Power Lock.


Pokémon Collector is a card that you are only going to see more and more of. I would advise all players to get their hands on a playset as soon as possible. We all remember how difficult and expensive it became to get Roseanne before it was released as a League promo.




Modified: 3.75 (for most decks, Roseanne is better. If and when Roseanne leaves the format, this will become a staple card and you can add a 1 to the score)

Limited: 5 (fantastic set up card in a format full of Basics)



Hello again, Pojo viewers! Today we are reviewing a very potent Supporter card from the HeartGold and SoulSilver set. Today's Card of the Day is Pokemon Collector.

Pokemon Collector has a very simple effect: You may search your deck for up to three Basic Pokemon, and put them into your hard. Every deck needs Basics, and pulling three of them out of your deck can be helpful in most situations. Pulling three cards out of the deck is also great for pure card advantage, and some decks, such as Gyarados and Jumpluff, love getting Basics at this speed. This card draws many comparisons to Roseanne's Research, and for good reason. Even though Roseanne's pulls one less card than Pokemon Collector, it also has the ability to pull Energy, which is great.

Modified: 3.5/5 Pokemon Collector is excellent. While nearly all serious decks run Roseanne's Research, Pokemon Collector is definitely worth getting a look even if it doesn't have the capabilities for pulling Energy. A potential downside is that it is a Supporter, and you may have trouble finding space for it in your deck if you're already running many Supporters.

Limited: 4/5 Any sort of draw power and searchability is great in Limited, and Supporters aren't very prevalent here. A pretty high pick.


Pokémon Collector is the Supporter we are looking at today.  At the “cost” of your Supporter usage for the turn, you can search your deck for up to 3 Basic Pokémon, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand (and of course shuffle your deck afterwards).  Seems like an appropriately advantageous trade-off to me.  If it wasn’t for Roseanne’s Research, it’d probably be a must for most decks, but for now those decks should stick with Roseanne’s Research so they can get basic Energy and/or Basic Pokémon, even if it is one less card.


We shall have to keep an eye on this one: a shift in play-style or simple combo could push this into prominence.  You know, like a new set or format rotation.




Modified: 3.5/5 

Limited: 5/5

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