Friday, May 14, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Alakazam 4 Lv. X (Rising Rivals)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Alakazam 4 Lv. X from the Rising Rivals set. It is a 4 Pokemon card meaning that it is an Elite Four's Pokemon so this card is only a stage 1 Pokemon card since Alakazam 4 is just a basic Pokemon card. With that being said a stage 1 Lv. X card with 100 hp is right about average. A x2 weakness to Psychic Pokemon is expected and isn't necessarily too bad since Psychic Pokemon usually spread damage so their moves won't be as powerful. Alakazam 4 Lv. X has no resistance type and has a 2 colorless energy card retreat cost which is somewhat high for a stage 1 Pokemon card. Alakazam 4 Lv. X's Poke-Power, Damage Switch, can be really powerful depending on the rest of the Pokemon in your deck, Damage Switch lets you move as often as you like during a turn one damage from one SP Pokemon to another SP Pokemon. SP Pokemon are any Pokemon that have something after their name, like 4, FB, G, etc...So if your deck is full of these SP Pokemon you can just use Alakazam 4 Lv. X's Poke-Power and have one really strong SP Pokemon on your team and keep it out there the entire game by moving damage to other SP Pokemon cards on your bench. Alakazam 4 Lv. X's only move is called Mind Shock and takes 3 energy cards to perform, two Psychic and one colorless. This move does 50 hp damage and isn't affected by weakness or resistance. This move isn't anything special since a lot of Pokemon can do at least 60 hp for 3 energy cards. So as far as strategy goes I would suggest just using Alakazam 4 Lv. X for its Poke-Power, but in order to do so make sure and have just about all your Pokemon in your deck be SP Pokemon so you can move damage around as much as you like. Another necessity when doing this type of strategy would be to have a Pokemon in your deck with a really high hp so you can just move the bulk of your damage to that Pokemon. So once again thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Torterra Lv. X.