Arven – Scarlet & Violet

Date Reviewed:  May 19, 2023

Ratings Summary:
Standard: 3
Expanded: 2
Limited: 4

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is horrible. 3 is average. 5 is great.

Reviews Below:

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Arven (Scarlet & Violet 235/198) is another Supporter we’ll be looking at today, and apparently he’s the son of both Professors, depending on which game you play (Scarlet or Violet), which is pretty cool! We don’t get to see many characters related to the professors since Gary Oak, but for the TCG, we did get Blue’s Tactics, and now there’s Arven. He is a Supporter which lets your search your deck and fetch an Item card as well as a Pokemon Tool card and put them into your hand.

One might be wondering, isn’t item cards and Pokemon Tools the same thing since Pokemon Tools are item cards as well? That used to be the case, but since Scarlet & Violet, Pokemon Tools are a separate category; they’re not item cards since they just say “Pokemon Tool”, so anything that affects item cards no longer affect Pokemon Tools. I’d say it’s bittersweet; you can still use Pokemon Tools even under item lock, but now there are some older cards that can no longer search for them. I suppose if an effect searches for a “Trainer” card, since it covers for all sub-categories, then you could still fetch Pokemon Tools.

Anyhow, Arven provides something that you can use right away, both item and Pokemon Tools. Sure, it doesn’t draw an insanely number of cards, but even Professor’s Research won’t get you exactly what you want. Even if you drew 7 cards, you might not always get a specific card(s). Pokemon Tools might benefit the Pokemon more than the player, but item cards can be as generic as they can be that can work under any situation. As such, I may include him in certain decks, and Lumineon-V’s still there to fetch any Supporter so that I may have a better opportunity to use him.


Standard: 3/5
Expanded: 2/5
Limited: 4/5

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