Monday, May 10, 2010
Pokemon Card of the Day: Tangrowth Lv. X (Arceus)
Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Tangrowth Lv. X from the Arceus set. The first thing I notice about this card is that it doesn't have any moves that do any damage. That being said I would have to use the regular Tangrowth card to do any damage, but nevertheless I'll review this card. Tangrowth Lv. X has 130 hp which isn't too bad for a stage 2 Lv. X Pokemon, it is less than both Salamence and Gengar Lv. X in the Arceus set but both of those Pokemon are basically stage 3 Pokemon. A x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon could knock out Tangrowth Lv. X pretty quickly but at least Tangrowth Lv. X has a -20 resistance to water type Pokemon. A 3 colorless energy retreat cost is very expensive and is another reason just to keep this card on your bench. Tangrowth Lv. X's Poke-Power is called Healing Growth and lets you once per turn flip a coin and if you get heads remove 4 damage counters from any Pokemon you like. This makes Tangrowth Lv. X's hp of 130 even more impressive if you are using it as your active Pokemon. Tangrowth Lv. X's only move is Big Growth and for only 1 grass energy card it lets you search your discard pile for as many grass energy cards and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like. There is a lot of strategy that you could do with this card. First of all I would make sure and have Tangrowth Lv. X on my bench as soon as possible so you can have a chance at removing 4 damage counters every turn for your active Pokemon with Healing Growth. As far as actually using Tangrowth Lv. X as an active Pokemon, if I am only considering the Tangrowth Lv. X card I would try and have another grass type Pokemon which needed to discard energy cards to perform a move so that I could bring Tangrowth Lv. X into play late in the game and retrieve all those energy cards from the discard pile. I would try and make it so Tangrowth would have free retreat costs, I would do this by using some type of Stadium Card or using a Pokemon's Poke-Power that lets Pokemon retreat for free. But overall I would definitely use Tangrowth Lv. X in any grass type Pokemon deck just for its Poke-Power, because with Big Growth every Pokemon you have will seem like it has 40 or more hp to it, and since grass Pokemon usually have higher hp's than other Pokemon, one powerful grass Pokemon with a high hp should last quite awhile with Tangrowth Lv. X on your bench. Once again, thanks for reading this review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Luxray GL Lv. X from Rising Rivals.