Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Flying Pikachu Reprint (Rising Rivals)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is the Flying Pikachu reprint from the Rising Rivals set. This is one of the 3 reprints of Pikachu you can get out of the Rising Rivals set, the other two are the Surfing Pikachu and the base set reprint of Pikachu. This Pikachu card has 40 hp which is a little weak for basic Pokemon, one of the other Pikachu cards does have 50 hp. However Pikachu does have no weakness so as long as it is going against another basic Pokemon it should be able to get knocked out in one move, and besides this card has a -30 resistance to fighting type Pokemon. I would have liked to see this card have a free retreat cost as well but it doesn't it has a one colorless energy retreat cost. This Pikachu card doesn't have a Poke-Power or Poke-Pody but most basic Pokemon don't. It does have two moves however, its first move is called Thundershock and for 1 electric energy card it does 10 hp damage and when you use this move you flip a coin, if it is heads the defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed and won't be able to attack the next turn. Pikachu's second move is called Fly and it is pretty expensive for a weak Pokemon like Pikachu, it takes 3 colorless energy cards and only does 30 damage, and you have to flip a coin besides when you use this move, if it is tails the move does nothing but if it is heads all effects of an attack are diminished the next turn against Pikachu and that includes damage. So overall I'm not even really going to go into strategy for this card because like Articuno from yesterday, this is more of a collector's card since it is a reprint, if I wanted to use Pikachu in my deck I would use a regular Pikachu card so I could evolve it into Raichu and eventually into Raichu Lv. X, but nevertheless this card is worth reviewing because of the beautiful artwork on the card and the nostalgia of reviewing it. So thanks for reading my latest card review and stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Rampardos from Platinum.

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