Monday, March 29, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Feraligatr Prime (Heart Gold/Soul Silver)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Feraligatr Prime from the Heart Gold/Soul Silver set, this is the first Prime card I am reviewing so I thought I would just explain what a Prime card is first before reviewing the card. According to Bulbapedia the definition of a Prime card is as followed: Pokémon Prime are a variant of Pokémon found in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. They first appeared in HeartGold & SoulSilver as one of two replacement variants for Pokémon LV.X. Pokémon Prime differ to other variant Pokémon in that they have no specific ruling or mechanic affecting their use: they are regularly classified as either Basic Pokémon, Stage 1 Pokémon or Stage 2 Pokémon and retain their regular names. The only difference, in terms of gameplay, is that they are considerably more powerful than their regular counterparts. Their card designs are also slightly different to others and, as with other considerably rarer cards, have a holographic border and name. So now that you know what Prime cards are I'll get on with the review, as a stage 2 Pokemon Feraligatr has average to above average Hp with 140. Its weakness of x2 to grass Pokemon is pretty normal and its retreat cost of 3 colorless energy is very high. Now onto its Poke-Power Rain Dance which is really valuable and makes this a very powerful card. Rain Dance says that you may attach a water energy from your hand to any one of your water Pokemon in play as much as you like, so when you have Feraligatr in play you can pretty much power up as many water Pokemon as you want as long as Feraligatr Prime doesn't feint. It's only move Hydro Crunch does does 60 damage plus 10 more damage for each damage counter on the defending Pokemon for 4 water energy cards. I really like this move, even though the cost to use it is very high, by using Rain Dance and having supporter/trainer cards in your deck to get a lot of energy cards into your hand very quickly you can easily get 4 energy cards on Feraligatr Prime. Plus in two moves Feraligatr can do 180 damage to the defending Pokemon which will knock out a bunch of your opponent's Pokemon. So as far as strategy goes I would want to get Feraligatr Prime as your active Pokemon as soon as possible and at the same time get as many energy cards into your hand as soon as possible so that you can use Hydro Crunch and wipe out all your opponent's Pokemon. So after reviewing my first Pokemon Prime card I would say if you have a water deck to definitely include Feraligatr Prime because it will wreak havoc on your opponent's Pokemon. So thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Gengar Lv. X.

4 comments:

Cheetahosu said...

Wow, that is a good card. I wish its retreat cost was lower.

poketrader said...

wow man, I got that card, isnt it grreat

Jim said...

I have that card. The artwork is amazing!

Erick said...

I love this card. I play water decks and this card is in every single one. It has amazing synergy with Blastoise UL and Lanturn Prime, and with the new Kyurem EX card I'm excited to see just how devastating this card can be.