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 Ariados #15/121

HeartGold & SoulSilver

Date Reviewed: 03.30.10

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 3.00

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats

Ariados HGSS


Today’s card is another Grass Pokémon, Ariados, a creepy-looking bug.


It’s a Stage 1, which is never a good start as Stage 1s have to be verging on broken to be playable. The 80 HP is barely acceptable and it has the typical double Fire Weakness. The Retreat cost of one is decent . . . I suppose.


Ariados’s first attack, Leech Life, does 30 damage for [G][C] and heals the same amount of damage that you do from Ariados. It’s not the worst attack in the world and it could even allow Ariados to tank slightly against Grass-Weak Pokémon like . . . ummm . . .Feraligatr and Swampert. The trouble is, with only 80 HP, neither of those Pokémon will have much trouble getting a OHKO on Ariados, so I can’t really recommend it as a counter to those Pokémon.


The second attack, the charmingly-named Poisonous Saliva, does 50 damage and auto Poison for [G][C][C]. Again, there are much worse attacks out there, but at the same time, it doesn’t do enough damage for the cost to be remotely competitive in Modified format.


Limited is a different story though. In a low damage, slower format, Ariados is a very decent Pokémon: hard to KO, thanks to Leech Life, and very annoying thanks to its ability to Poison. Ariados is a solid Pokémon for use in a prerelease, but too weak and underpowered to be successful elsewhere.




Modified: 1.5 (not quite good enough to be called mediocre)

Limited: 3 (a solid choice for this format)

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