Saturday, April 3, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Steelix GL (Rising Rivals)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Steelix GL from the Rising Rivals set, for a basic Pokemon this has pretty good Hp at 110, but it has a terrible retreat cost and weakness. It's retreat cost is 4 colorless energy, so you won't ever be able to retreat this thing, and a x2 weakness to fire can really be costly since fire Pokemon are used so much, it does have a -20 hp resistance to Psychic Pokemon which does help some, but it still doesn't make up for the x2 weakness to fire Pokemon. Steelix GL doesn't have a Poke-Body or Poke-Power but it does have two moves. The first is called Mend which takes two colorless energy and if you do this move it allows you to search your discard pile for a metal energy and attach it to Steelix GL and if you do then you may remove 1 damage counter from Steelix. This is a good move but I would have liked it a lot better if it wouldn't have cost two energy, that seems really high to me. Steelix's second move is called Squeeze and needs four energy cards to execute this move, two metal, two colorless, and Squeeze does 30 hp damage + if you flip a coin and get heads it does 50 more damage and the defending Pokemon is paralyzed. This move really isn't that good either, but at least you don't have to discard any energy, and if you get heads twice in a row it can do 160 hp damage in two turns without your opponent's active Pokemon doing anything at all. The only thing with this move is that it will take awhile to get the necessary energy to be very powerful with this card. As far as strategy goes, I would want to get Steelix GL on my bench and get at least 2 energy cards on it before I put it as my active Pokemon, then I could use Mend to get 2 energy cards at once on Steelix so the next turn I could use Squeeze. But once I get 4 energy on Steelix I would only use Squeeze, until Steelix is knocked out. Other than that I would make sure I have supporter/trainers to get enough energy cards to Steelix so I can use it right away. So thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Dialga G Lv. X.