Victini is obviously the star of the set. It has three (technically four) cards in NV, it’s on the pack art, and, well, the set is named Noble Victories. Victini is the Victory Pokémon. So…yeah. Victini gets lots of love. Let’s get to the reviews!
Victini 14 & 98 – “Fliptini”
First off we have a card that’s received tons of hype – not necessarily extreme hype like Beartic, but people have been theorymon-ing and providing huge lists of combos for it ever since it was revealed in Japan. Fliptini (as I’ll refer to it from now on) is obviously special, ’cause it’s the one that gets the awesome-looking FA version.
As always, let’s check out the stats first. Fliptini has an average 60 HP, which is OK for a basic, but considering it does not evolve into a stronger form, having a permanently fragile Pokémon like that can be a liability.
Fliptini’s Water weakness could be bad with Water types like Kyurem becoming popular, but it will (hopefully) always be on the bench, meaning weakness and resistance won’t be applied to it. Its one Retreat Cost is just average.
Well, Fliptini’s attack is nothing special. For a RC cost, Stored Power does an overpriced 30 damage, and you must move all energy on it to one of your benched Pokémon. Hopefully you’ll never have to use this attack in a game, as it’s ineffective and can’t even be used on consecutive turns without energy acceleration.
So, why is Fliptini so special, and how did it get its name? The answer is in its Ability, Victory Star. If your active Pokémon uses an attack that requires flipping coins, you may choose to re-flip those coins once. This is a game-changing ability; it makes any card that was previously useless because it was unreliable suddenly very good.
So many Pokémon have been glanced at and shelved because their flippiness has made them subpar. But Fliptini is a simple answer: you already have the tools (Pokémon Collector) to get it out, and it’s not a slow evolved Pokémon so it doesn’t require lots of time or resources to set up. Of course, the fact already remains that it’s an easy Catcher prize, but often its usefulness outweighs its downsides.
I’m not going to elaborate too much on Fliptini’s uses in certain decks – go on any Pokémon TCG forum and you’ll find plenty of threads and decklists pairing it with cards like:
You get the idea. NV has just come out, but come Cities Fliptini will have a chance to prove its worth. Tons of possible combinations=tons of potential, and that potential leads me to rate Fliptini at 7.5/10 (Good/Very Good).
Next up we have another Fire-type Victini. This one, though, has 10 more HP, which helps, if only the slightest bit. “Benchtini” does not have an Ability, but does have one attack.
“V-create,” for RC, does 100 damage – quite impressive for two energy, and on a Basic Pokémon. However, V-create fails if you don’t have a full bench.
This is very similar to “Do the Wave” on Cinccino BW. Cinccino is great because it’s DCE compatible, meaning it can be charged up with just one energy, and it has 20 more HP than Victini.
In addition, Cinccino is actually able to attack with a smaller bench. So even if you can’t fill your bench on turn two, Cinccino can still attack, if only for 60 or 80 damage. On the other hand, Victini is stuck unable to do anything unless you have all 5 bench spots full.
Sure, Victini is a basic Pokémon, which makes it easier to set up, but it isn’t any quicker, since it requires two energy attachments instead of one. And one of those energy must be Fire, which can be troublesome. Cinccino is good in part because it’s so splashable – it only requires a DCE, a card that’s already played in many decks. Victini, on the other hand, isn’t worth adding to any deck without Fire energy.
I guess this Victini could be used if you wanted to create some sort of “cute and mildly powerful” league deck, but otherwise, Cinccino outclasses it. “Benchtini” gets a 6/10 – Decent.
Last up is Victini NV #43, which was also the prerelease promo. This Victini, unlike its two other pals, is a Psychic type. This means it’s weak to other Psychics like Mew Prime and Gothitelle; however, these two would likely 1HKO it anyway. It also has the average 60 HP and manageable one Retreat Cost.
Victini 43 has a single attack, V-blast. For one Psychic energy, it does an incredible 120 damage. However, it requires its user to flip two coins. If even one of them is tails, the attack does nothing.
This Victini is the epitome of flippiness. But if that drawback did not exist, the card would break the format. As is, he’ll only do damage 1 in every 4 tries, meaning your opponent will probably score a KO before you can make a dent in one of their Pokémon.
So this little dude may not be the BDIF. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play with him for fun! He pairs very well with its cousin, Fliptini. With a turn one Collector or Dual Ball, it’s not hard to get a Victini 43 active with one Psychic energy and a Fliptini on the bench.
Having the ability to re-flip vastly increases your chances of being able to do damage. While the probability is a bit under 50% (I haven’t done the exact math), it’s better than 25%, and could make for an interesting league deck.
So, to sum up, Victini 43 is too flippy to really work, but can combo with Fliptini for a fun deck. Like Victini 15, it is another card that’s good but not great, and also like the other Victini, I think it’s Decent – 6/10.
That’s all, folks! How did you like my triple feature? At over 1100 words, it’s more of a mini-article than a Card of the Day, but…well…all it does is review cards, so it still falls under that category. As a whole, the Victinis aren’t too shabby, with an average rating of 6.5 (Decent/Good).
Fliptini especially has the potential to become part of a new archetype. Cities gives us several medium-sized tournaments that provide some Championship Points while also offering a fairly low-key environment in which to test out new decks. It is during Cities, I think, that the best partner for Fliptini is likely to be found. But we’ll just have to wait and see.
Feel free to comment below on any uses you’ve found for any of the three Victinis! As always, thanks for reading!