Monday, April 5, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Palkia G Lv. X (Platinum)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Palkia G Lv. X from the Platinum set, I did Dialga G Lv. X yesterday and this card is quite similar, but I think it is better than Dialga. To start off it has the same hp as Dialga, it has 120 hp, which is pretty good for a stage 1 Lv. X card. A x2 weakness to Electric type Pokemon is much better than a x2 weakness to Fire type Pokemon, but still a x2 weakness can be fatal. Palkia has no resistance which I wish it had at least something and a retreat cost of 2 colorless energy. Now onto the the Poke-Power which I really like, its Poke-Power is called Lost Cyclone which goes into effect if either player has more than 3 benched Pokemon chooses 3 of their Pokemon and all cards attached to them and moves them to the lost zone, especially if you place this card right, it can really mess up your opponent. Palkia G Lv. X's only move is called Hydro Shot and takes 4 energy cards to perform, 2 water, and 2 colorless. This move does 80 hp damage to anyone of your opponent's Pokemon you choose but the downfall to this move is you have to discard 2 energy to execute this move. Now onto the strategy which is very important with this card. I would want to utilize Palkia's Poke-Power the most so I would try and get pretty far into the game before you even let your opponent know you have Palkia in your deck, especially if he is familiar with Palkia's Poke-Power. By waiting to play Palkia, your opponent will more than likely set up his bench and start attaching energy cards to Pokemon they want to use later in the game, this is where Palkia G Lv. X can become a destroyer, as soon as you move Palkia to the bench, you can make your opponent move 3 of the Pokemon on its bench, assuming they have 4 or more bench Pokemon, to the Lost Zone, and they can no longer use those cards at all. If I was the opponent I would be devastated at having to lose that many cards, especially if you were building up some Pokemon on the bench. Hydro Shot can also be a very useful move, if you play it right, I would wait just a little bit into the game, when your opponent has a few basic Pokemon on their bench, so that I can then 1 hit KO your opponent's benched Pokemon and start taking prize cards early on. So it looks to me like there are two ways to play this card, the first way is to utilize its Poke-Power and wait until your opponent gets everything set up and then turn the game into havoc, this way is definitely more risky, the second is to use its move Hydro Shot and knock out weak basic Pokemon right away. The choice is yours which strategy you want to use. So thanks for reading my review of Palkia G Lv. X, stay tuned for my review tomorrow of Dragonite from Legends Awakened.