Friday, December 15, 2017

Venipede -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Venipede Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Venipede from the Burning Shadows set.  Venipede is a Basic, Psychic type Pokemon card with a HP of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Bug Bite, for one Psychic Energy card, this move does 10 damage.  Venoshock is the second move on this card, for two Colorless Energy cards, this move does 20 damage, plus if the defending Pokemon is already Poisoned, this move does 40 more damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Venipede is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Whirlipede, and a Stage 2 evolution in Scolipede, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Venipede not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, if you're able to Poison the defending Pokemon before attacking with this card, it is a decent early game Pokemon to use, since it can do 60 damage for only 1 Double Colorless Energy card, plus the Pokemon is Poisoned and taking additional damage between every turn.  Other than that, I would look elsewhere for a Basic Pokemon to use in a Psychic type deck if you can't Poison the defending Pokemon before attacking, because although this card does have a decent amount of options when attacking, doing 20 damage per turn is nothing special.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  First, I like that this card has a little higher HP than the standard 60 HP most Basic Pokemon have that can evolve.  So, this card is a little tougher to knock out, plus, like I said above, if you can Poison the defending Pokemon before attacking with Venipede, being able to do 60 damage per turn right away in the game is a nice amount and can do a lot of damage.  So while I probably wouldn't play this card on its own, it is a great start to the Scolipede line and it wouldn't be the worst card in the world to use on its own.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Toxicroak -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Toxicroak Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Toxicroak from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Toxicroak is a Stage 1, Psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 110. It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Poison Jab, for two Energy cards, one each of Psychic and Colorless, this move does 30 damage, and it Poisons the defending Pokemon.  The second move on this card is called Poison Boost, for three Energy cards, two Psychic and one Colorless, this move does 80 damage, plus, if the defending Pokemon is already Poisoned, the attack does 80 more damage, after doing this additional damage, the Special Condition is removed.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Toxicroak is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Croagunk into play (I reviewed Croagunk from this set yesterday) and then evolve Croagunk into Toxicroak.  If you read yesterday's review of Toxicroak, you'll know I thought it was a below average card overall, it is a card you don't want to use on its own, but as a way to get to Toxicroak, it is a solid card overall, with two moves, a low retreat cost, and a solid HP.  Looking at this Toxicroak card, you'll want to include this card in a deck if you are inflicting the Poison Special Condition on your opponent's Active Pokemon often, that way you can do 160 damage per turn with Poison Boost.  Ideally, you would try and utilize a Pokemon Ability from the Bench to Poison the defending Pokemon each turn.  Even if you don't use another Pokemon to Poison the defending Pokemon, you can use Poison Jab first and then Poison Boost second, doing 90 damage per turn on average.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Specifically in a Psychic type deck, this card can be very good, doing up to 160 damage per turn for only 3 Energy cards, plus it can Poison the defending Pokemon.  Together with Croagunk from this set, I would give both cards a 4 out of 5 rating, these cards certainly have potential.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Croagunk -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Croagunk Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Croagunk from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Croagunk is a Basic, Psychic type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Corkscrew Punch, for one Colorless Energy card, this move does 10 damage.  The second move on this card is called Frog Hop, for two Energy cards, one each of Psychic and Colorless, this move does 20 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Croagunk is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Toxicroak, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, you're never going to want to use a card with only 60 HP, but as a first step to getting any Toxicroak card into play, this card isn't bad at all, since you can use it to start the game and do 10 damage the first turn and up to 40 damage the second turn.  So if you are building a Psychic type deck, this card wouldn't make for a bad starter type Pokemon, it is just a card you don't want to really use on its own.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Toxicroak, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Like I mentioned above, there is really no reason to use this card on its own, but if you are trying to use Toxicroak in your deck, this specific Croagunk card isn't a bad card at all, having an average HP, and two decent moves, it just won't last long later in games.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dusknoir -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Dusknoir Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Dusknoir from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Dusknoir is a Stage 2, Psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 150.  It has a x2 weakness to Darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Fighting type Pokemon, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card's Ability is called Dark Invitation, it says once per turn you may have your opponent reveal their hand, then choose a Basic Pokemon you find there, put it on their Bench, and put 3 damage counters on it.  Besides the Ability, this card has one move called Mind Jack, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus 30 more damage for each of your opponent's Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Dusknoir is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Duskull into play and then evolve it into Dusclops before you can evolve Dusclops into Dusknoir, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that both cards were both below average overall.  Although both Pokemon had solid HP and a good amount of moves, Duskull certainly didn't deserve to be used on its own, and although Dusclops would be great in a spread attack type deck, it did do damage to your own Pokemon when attacking.  So knowing how poor the first two Pokemon in this line are, if you are building a Psychic type deck, this line certainly deserves consideration if you're looking for some power, since Mind Jack on this card can do 210 total damage per turn, if you can use its Ability, then do 180 damage with Mind Jack.  Because this line is slow to set up and the first two Pokemon are poor, I would only include a 1-1-1 line and potentially use a Rare Candy to skip over Dusclops.  You can also just keep this card on the Bench and do damage with this card's Ability.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Despite being slow to set up, since it is a Stage 2 Pokemon and the fact it requires three Energy cards to attack, I still think this card is worth considering when deck building, both because of Dusknoir's Ability and because of its one move.  Overall, this is a powerful attacking card, that can also spread damage around.  Because this card is very solid overall, I would give this entire line a 3 out of 5 rating.

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