Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Heliolisk from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set. Heliolisk is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Heliolisk does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Pound, for one lightning energy card this move does 30 damage. Heliolisk's second move is called Parabolic Spark, this move requires two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, and does 30 damage times the number of lightning energy cards you choose to discard from all of your Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Heliolisk is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Helioptile into play (I reviewed both Helioptile cards from this set the past few days) and then evolve one of those Helioptile cards into Heliolisk. If you read both of my reviews on Helioptile, I thought they both were average cards, it just depends on the type of card you like to use. The first Helioptile card in this set was a little slower on the attack but could do up to 50 damage a turn, the second Helioptile card could do only 20 damage a turn but could attack for only one energy card. I personally liked the first Helioptile card better, but if you choose to use Helioptile with Heliolisk it probably won't matter much as you'll try to evolve Helioptile right away. I would mainly try and use this Pokemon line in the beginning of a game and probably use Pound most turns, or just stick with the first Helioptile card and try and do 50 damage a turn. Heliolisk's Parabolic Spark move could do major damage, but you'll want to make sure you have a way to get the lightning type energy cards you discarded back into your hand or deck before using that move at all. If I were to use this Pokemon family in a deck, I would include a 2-1 line of the first Helioptile card and Heliolisk. I would try my luck with Helioptile at the start of the game by attaching a Trick Coin tool to it before evolving it into Heliolisk.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set. This card has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two average moves. I do like how quick Heliolisk is in attacking being able to do 30 damage for only one energy card, but Parabolic Spark will take some time to set up, and probably is too risky of a move for me, I wouldn't want to remove 3 or 4 energy cards from my own Pokemon just to attack with Heliolisk. So overall, if you're building a lightning type deck, you can't really go wrong with using any of the Pokemon in this line from this set. I gave every card a 3 out of 5 rating, and that is what I'm giving the line combined.
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