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Tirtouga #25

Noble Victories

Date Reviewed: Jan. 11, 2012

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 1.50
Limited: 2.25

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

Tirtouga 25/101 (Noble Victories)

Ok, today’s card is one of the new Fossil Restored Pokémon that you get to put straight on your Bench with the effect of the relevant Trainer Card (in this case Cover Fossil). In my reviews of the Fossil Trainers, I wrote at length about how the new Fossil mechanic is at present completely unworkable in my opinion and in desperate need of support (which it will get eventually in the form of Twist Mountain Stadium). I don’t really want to go over the same ground in today and tomorrow’s reviews, so let’s just assume that these cards are horribly difficult and unreliable to get into play, and let’s see what they can do for you should you manage to jump through all the required hoops.

Tirtouga’s status as Restored Pokémon is a bit odd really. He’s more sturdy that the average evolving Basic at 90 HP, but then he’s really more of a Stage 1 than a Basic anyway. He’s a Water Type with Grass Weakness instead of Lightning, which is generally a good thing unless Tirtouga runs into Virizion-based 6 Corners decks. The Retreat cost of three is pretty severe on a Pokémon like this, and is another reason why you need to be running Switch.

The attacks themselves are pretty weak, but worse than that, they are boring. Water Gun costs [W][C] and does 30 points of vanilla damage. Surf adds another Energy of any Colour to the cost and does an effect-free 60. Neither is particularly effective or even good value.

It’s all a bit of a let-down really. The expectation was that these new Restored Pokémon (even the evolving ones) would somehow make up for the fact that they are so tough to get out by having very high HP or very good attacks. Tirtouga has neither, sadly. It’s just like a worse version of a pretty average evolving Stage 1. Let’s hope tomorrow’s card will be better . . .


Modified: 1.5 (just exists to evolve)

Limited: 1.75 (if you pull a lot of Tirtougas and Fossils, the small deck size could make it work, but it still doesn’t have much to offer)


Happy Wednesday, Pojo viewers! Today we're going to review another new card from the Noble Victories expansion, and this one is a Revived Pokemon. Today's Card of the Day is Tirtouga.

Tirtouga is a Water-type Revived Pokemon, and it is put onto your Bench by the effect of Cover Fossil. Fossils are incredibly difficult to get out consistently, though the effects of their final stages are fairly good for the trouble. That being said, they don't see a whole lot of play due to the difficulty and inherent slowness in getting them out. Tirtouga has 90 HP, which is fairly good, although it will still fall to assaults from many of the metagame's common hitters. Grass Weakness is a problem against Virizion, but not much else. Tirtouga also has no Resistance and a terrible Retreat Cost of 3. If you want to retreat, be sure to use Switch.

Tirtouga has two vanilla attacks: Water Gun deals 30 damage for a Water and a Colorless, and Surf does 60 damage for a Water and two Colorless. Neither attack is all that impressive in Modified (both in terms of damage and lacking a secondary effect), but could be used to decent effect in Limited if you're able to get it out.

Modified: 1.5/5 Tirtouga would only likely be used in a deck utilizing Carracosta, as it definitely can't stand on its own. Two vanilla attacks with disappointing damage output and a high Retreat Cost in addition to the difficulty in getting it out make it a fairly weak play in this format.

Limited: 2.75/5 Tirtouga's HP and attacks are decent in Limited, although it is still hampered in that it can only be played with Cover Fossil. Otherwise, the attacks aren't that bad and are somewhat splashable, only requiring one Water Energy.

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