Friday, April 16, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Dragonite ex (EX Dragon Frontiers)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Dragonite ex from the EX Dragon Frontiers set, I already did a Dragonite ex review but that one was out of the EX Dragon set, for that review click here. As you'll notice when you first look at this card, Dragonite is a grass type Pokemon, the reason for this change is that this card is a Delta Species Pokemon, for information on Delta Species Pokemon click here. Besides Dragonite being a grass Pokemon, nothing else has really changed about Dragonite, it is still a very powerful card. What I really like about this card is that it doesn't have any weakness but at the same time it doesn't have any resistance, but with 150 hp it doesn't need much help to stay along for a long time, especially with no weakness to get a big hit on Dragonite. A 2 colorless energy retreat cost is about average for stage 2 Pokemon and this one in no exception to the rule. Dragonite ex doesn't have any Poke-Powers or Poke-Bodies but it does have two exceptional moves. The first move is called Deafen and for 2 colorless energy cards it does 40 hp damage to your opponent's active Pokemon and prevents them from using any trainers the next turn. So they won't be able to use anything to remove damage counters from their Pokemon. Dragonite's next move is called Dragon Roar and for four energy cards, 2 grass, 2 colorless, does 80 hp damage every turn even if your opponent's active Pokemon needs only 20 hp to be knocked out the rest of the attack which would be 60 hp in this example could go towards any of your opponent's benched Pokemon in any way you like, you just can't knock out their benched Pokemon. What I would do with this move is to spread the damage evenly on their benched Pokemon so whenever one comes in from the bench you can knock it out with one move, because if you just stock pile damage onto 1 Pokemon on their bench you can't knock it out on the bench and they won't switch that Pokemon to be their active Pokemon unless that is their only Pokemon left. As far as strategy goes I would definitely try and get Dragonite ex as your active Pokemon as soon as possible, I wouldn't ever use Deafen if I could avoid it, I would always stick with Dragon Roar because with Deafen preventing your opponent from using trainers isn't that big a deal because you can always find ways to heal your Pokemon without them, if it be other Poke-Powers or Poke-Bodies or Supporter Cards. I would just hit with Dragon Roar every time because you can always do that move since you never have to discard any of the energy cards during the attack. So thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Giratina Lv. X from the Platinum set.