Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poliwhirl from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card set. Poliwhirl is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Poliwhirl does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Amnesia, for two water energy cards this move does 30 damage, plus you get to choose one of the moves on your opponent's active Pokemon, their Pokemon can't use that move during their next turn. Poliwhirl's second move is called Double Slap, for three energy cards, two water and one colorless, this move does 50 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip 2 coins.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poliwhirl is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Poliwag into play (I reviewed Poliwag from this set yesterday) and then evolve Poliwag into Poliwhirl. Poliwag does have a Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Poliwhirl is the final evolution in this line. So if you read my review of Poliwag, you'll know that I thought it was an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card. The card was pretty solid overall, had a good HP, low retreat cost, and a good move, but it couldn't be used as a starter type Pokemon since it required two energy cards instead of one for its only attack. So knowing this about Poliwag and looking at its Stage 1 evolution in Poliwhirl, this card is also somewhat slow on the attack, but once set up, both of the moves this card has are useful. For more of a defensive purpose you could use Amnesia, especially if the defending Pokemon only has one move it is using, and if you have a Trick Coin trainer attached to Poliwhirl you could use Double Slap and have a better chance at doing 100 damage. Overall, the best strategy with the first two Pokemon in this line is to just not use them in a deck at all without using Poliwrath, especially since Poliwhirl does have a lower HP than the average Stage 1 evolution does.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set. This card is clock full of options having two moves, one that can do major damage and the other that does standard damage plus removes an opponent's move, if you can find a way to make this card have a higher HP, it is worth consideration, but overall, both cards in this line so far have received 2 out of 5 ratings, and that is what these Pokemon get combined a 2 out of 5 rating.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Poliwhirl from the Evolutions set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Poliwag's Stage 2 evolution in Poliwrath, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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