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Tranquill #85/114

Black & White

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.67
Limited: 2.87

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National

Tranquil (B&W)

Tranquil is the Stage 1 of the ‘standard bird Pokémon that you get early’ in the Black and White videogame. See also Starly and of course the classic Pidgey line.

Being an evolving Stage 1, you can’t expect much, and this card won’t disappoint on that score. Low 70 HP, Lightning Weakness (disastrous at the moment), and it even has a Retreat Cost . . . not a bad one, but come on . . . it can fly.

Oh well, I suppose Gust is at least decent value, giving you 20 damage for one Colourless Energy, but attacks that do 20 damage, however cheap, just aren’t worth doing unless they get you a KO there and then. Quick Attack for [C][C] doesn’t give you much for that extra Energy either . . . just a coin flip chance of doing an extra 30 damage, and even if it hits, it’s unlikely to worry an opponent.

Let’s just hope the Stage 2 is better, eh? ;)


Modified: 1.25 (standard Stage 1 that doesn’t really do anything much)

Limited: 2.25 (even here, damage output is low, but at least it’s cheap and Colourless)

Mad Mattezhion
 Professor Bathurst League Australia

Tranquill (Black & White)
Here we are, only 4 reviews in and already we are reviewing an evolving Stage 1. I'm beginning to wonder if Black & White is going to be all that special. We put up with Call of Legends being a total failure and the interminable wait, only to get cards like Tranquill.
Still, these are just the preview cards, I'm sure that the Poke'mon Company is far more intelligent than the average pop culture lord, so the good cards will come up. Until then, bear with us.
Once again, I've wandered off the topic and sound like I'm talking to myself (which, incidentally, is what I do while I'm writing). On to the stats!
Tranquill is a Colourless type evolving Stage 1 with 70 HP, Lightning weakness, Fighting resistance, a retreat cost of 1 and two attacks.
If you are a regular reader, you will know that Lightning weakness is a killer with Luxray GL Lv X as popular as ever and Magnezone Prime gaining a bit of a following as well. The resistance is useful with Donphan and Machamp remaining popular but the biggest fault with this card is the HP. If you have Tranquill in play longer than a turn, your opponent will probably snipe this turkey for an easy prize. The retreat cost should be free to counter the HP problem but 1 energy is still easily manageable.
True, an evolving Stage 1 doesn't need great stats becuase it isn't going to stay in play and if every card has brilliant stats then the strategic depth we love about the Poke'mon TCG dies out completely, but I can't help thinking that if this card is chosen for the previews, what are they trying to hide?
Maybe they are using reverse psycology by killing the hype with terrible preview cards and then introducing the good stuff later so that we are pleasantly suprised and get excited without expecting miracles.
Sadly, the attacks don't redeem Tranquill's stats. Gust is [c] for 20 damage and Quick attack is [c][c] for 20 damage plus 30 more damage on a Heads flip. Neither attack is interesting or worth using, except for the fact that they are cheap and have Colourless energy requirements so in an emergency you can go down fighting.
It seems the reversal of power creep continues, and I suppose it is for the betterment of the game as a whole. But players won't use weak cards so I don't expect to see Tranquill around any time soon. Maybe the promoters are trying to reverse the excessive hype as well, by hididng the good cards until the release. I really hope that is the case or there will be a lot of unhappy players and even unhappier hobby store operators.
Tranquill seems to be a lover rather than a fighter, but in the end the deciding factor for whether or not Tranquill will see play is if there is a playable Unfezant card in the next few sets. Only time will tell.
Modified: 1.5 (The stats are terrible. If we get an alternate Tranquill in future sets it is almost certain to be better)
Limited: 3 (Cheap, Colourless attacks are your best friend at a prerelease but that low HP is a concern even here and evolving into Unfezant is a challenge)
Combos with: Red wine marinade. I had a little daydream about Unfezant meeting a CharPhlosion deck and it started messing with my mind. Since I think with my stomach I naturally progressed to imagining what pheasants and pidgeons taste like and what sauce would suit them best (red wine and garlic seems to go with everything). This should in no way be taken as encouragement to marinate, cook or burn any Poke'mon cards. To be clear, KEEP POKE'MON CARDS AWAY FROM FOOD AND FIRES AT ALL TIMES.


4/14/11: Tranquill(Black & White)
It's the first Evolving Stage 1 of the B/W era! So, this is supposed to be the Pidgeotto of 5th generation? OK, I can deal with that.
Well, Tranquill isn't great. Or particularly good. 70 HP was at one point acceptable for a Stage 1, but that was a while ago. The attacks don't do anything great, though I'm always a fan of simple 1 for 20 attacks. They're fairly good in Limited, but not so much in Modified. The same goes for Quick Attack as well, as 2 for a possible 50 is great value in Limited, but in Modified isn't impressive.
All these things aside, this card could still be a decent basic if it had free retreat. Sure, the attacks are below average, as is the HP, but that hasn't really stopped Haunter TRI, and people still use it over other Haunters mostly for the free retreat. I feel Tranquill could be used the same way...if it free retreat. Also, if its evolution was as playable as any of the Gengars(even the one from Arceus that no one uses). Still, play it in Limited, avoid it elsewhere(unless they print a better version of the evolution, which is always possible).
Modified: 2.25/5
Limited: 3.5/5


Hello Pojo readers! Today we continue our reviews of the new Black and White expansion by reviewing a Stage 1 Colorless Pokemon that evolves into another Pokemon we are reviewing soon. Today's Card of the Day is Tranquill.

As stated before, Tranquill is a Stage 1 Colorless Pokemon. Colorless Pokemon are great because they don't have any specific Energy requirements, and therefore can fit into any deck fairly easily. This is especially true in Limited, where you want the most consistent deck possible. 70 HP is terrible for a Stage 1, but the fact that Tranquill evolves somewhat makes up for this. Lightning Weakness is terrible right now due to the omnipresence of Luxray GL Lv. X, Fighting Resistance is good against Machamp and Donphan, and a Retreat Cost of 1 is decent and altogether payable. Can't help but think it should be free, though.

Tranquill has two very basic attacks. Gust does 20 damage for a single Colorless Energy, which is actually quite excellent for the price. While it won't make a dent in most of Modified's top threats, Gust can work quite nicely in Limited, since it's a very cheap attack with Colorless Energy requirements. The same can be said of Quick Attack, which starts off as 20 damage for two Colorless, but adds 30 more if you flip heads. Again, 50 damage for 2 Energy is nothing at all impressive in Modified, especially when Tranquill's HP is so low. This is a decent attack in Limited though, as it's still fairly cheap and can deal a rather respectable 50 damage. While it probably won't be able to stand up to Stage 2s in Limited, it should be able to take care of most Basics in one or two hits.

Modified: 1.5/5 I guess if you're running Unfezant you need it, but outside of that, it just doesn't do enough. Bad HP and Weakness don't help its case, either.

Limited: 3/5 While the low HP does set it back a bit, Gust and Quick Attack are both totally usable in Limited, if for nothing else but their splashability due to their Colorless Energy requirements. Gust works perfectly as a reliable early-game attack, and Quick Attack can be used later on to deal respectable, albeit unreliable, damage. If you have a Pidove or two along with it and you are finding yourself needing a few more Pokemon in Limited, by all means run Tranquill as you will probably be able to get at least one KO with it.

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