Saturday, May 8, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Rhyperior Lv. X (Legends Awakened)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Rhyperior Lv. X from the Legends Awakened set. This is basically a stage 3 Pokemon card since the Rhyperior it evolves from is a stage 2 Pokemon. With this being said Rhyperior Lv. X has a really high hp of 170 which will make it tough for your opponents to take you down very quickly. A x2 weakness to water type Pokemon might make this high hp more defeatable, but at least Rhyperior Lv. X has a resistance of -20 to electric Pokemon to make up for these brutal weakness. A 4 colorless energy retreat cost is extremely high and it means in order to retreat Rhyperior Lv. X you'll have to have more energy on Rhyperior Lv. X than is necessary to execute any of the card's moves. So if I were using this card I would battle with it until I feinted. Rhyperior Lv. X has no Poke-Power or Poke-Body but it does have two pretty powerful moves, the first is called Hard Crush and for no energy it does 50x hp damage. You have to look at the top 5 cards of your deck and for each energy card that is in those five cards it does 50x damage to your opponent's active Pokemon, but the downside to using this move is that you have to discard all 5 cards you look at from your deck. Rhyperior Lv. X second move aids Hard Crush a little bit and makes the move more player friendly, Rhyperior Lv. X's second move is called Upthrow and for 3 energy cards, two fighting, one colorless, it does 60 hp damage and it allows you to search through your entire discard pile and remove all fighting energy from there and move them all back into your deck. As far as strategy goes with Rhyperior Lv. X I would wait until I have 2 energy cards on Rhyperior Lv. X then I would move it into the position of my active Pokemon, I would start out with Hard Crush and discard the top 5 cards from my deck hoping for at least 2 energy cards. The next move I would use Hard Crush again, unless the defending Pokemon would be knocked out by 60 damage then I would use Upthrow. But I would use Hard Crush a few times in a row, and then use Upthrow the next turn to get back all those energy cards I discarded. So even if you use Hard Crush most of the time, you won't lose the game by running out of cards in your deck as long as Rhyperior Lv. X doesn't feint and you have at least 2 energy cards in your discard pile so you can put them back into your deck. If I were using this card I would also just make this a fighting type deck so I could put many fighting energy cards into it so that Hard Crush would be even more effective and you really wouldn't lose too many cards when you use Hard Crush because if they are mostly energy cards you can just retrieve them again using Upthrow. So once again thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Blastoise from Unleashed.