Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Typhlosion Prime (Heart Gold/Soul Silver)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Typhlosion Prime from the Heart Gold/Soul Silver set. First off if you aren't familiar with Prime Pokemon click here to read about what exactly Prime Pokemon are and how they differ from Lv. X Pokemon, once you read that you will know exactly how to use Prime cards. Now for the review. Typhlosion has 140 hp which is really good for a fire type stage 2 Pokemon, Feraligatr Prime in this same set has the same hp and Meganium a grass type Pokemon has 150 hp but usually grass Pokemon have higher hp. Typhlosion has a x2 weakness to water Pokemon which is to be expected for a powerful card like this, it has no resistance type, and it has a retreat cost of two colorless energy cards which is pretty good for a stage 2 Pokemon. Typhlosion's Poke-Power After Burner which can be highly effective for Typhlosion itself, its Poke-Power reads like this: Once during your turn before your attack you may search your discard pile for a fire energy and attach it to one of your Pokemon, the only downfall to this is that whatever Pokemon you attach it to you have to move 1 damage counter which is 10 hp to that Pokemon. As I was saying this is most beneficial to Typhlosion because of its only move Flare Destroy which does 70 hp damage for 3 energy, 2 fire and 1 colorless, once you use this move both you and your opponent's active Pokemon have to discard one energy card. Now here is where you can utilize After Burner, whenever you have to discard a card, just get it back right away the next turn which After Burner, even though you have to put a damage counter on Typhlosion it won't really affect it because it has 140 total hp and 10 is nothing to it. I would of course play an energy card from your hand first if you have that option available but at least you'll always be able to use Flare Destroy when you first get 3 energy cards on Typhlosion. Another strategy I would use with this Typhlosion Prime card is to put some Pokemon in your deck that have high hp and high cost energy moves, that way you can use Typhlosion Prime to power those cards up while you hit with Flare Destroy every turn. Make sure that you have trainers/supporters that allow you to get energy cards into your hand if you strategize this way, because if you don't you will just have a powerful Pokemon on the bench with no energy cards attached to it or Typhlosion as your active Pokemon always needing 1 more energy card to use Flare Destroy. Also I would suggest using trainers/supporters which remove damage from Pokemon especially if you are going to use After Burner a lot to get energy cards on your Pokemon. So thanks for reading this review, stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Meganium Prime.