Monday, August 2, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Electabuzz Reprint (Platinum)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Electabuzz from the Platinum set. This is a reprint card meaning that this is an exact replica of a previously produced card and in this case even the artwork is the same. You can tell this card is a reprint because the card number which is 128/127 is higher than the number of cards in the set. Electabuzz is a basic, electric type Pokemon with an hp of 70 and very unfortunately it has no resistance type and a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon. It also has a somewhat high retreat cost of two colorless energy cards. Electabuzz doesn't have a Poke-Body or Poke-Power but it does have two moves, the first move is called Thundershock and this move takes one electric energy and does 10 damage, you also get to flip a coin when you use this move and if it is heads the defending Pokemon is paralyzed, meaning it can't attack the next turn. Electabuzz's other move is entitled Thunderpunch and for two energy cards, one each of electric and colorless, Electabuzz does 30 damage plus 10 more damage if you get heads when you flip a coin, but if that coin is tails Electabuzz does 10 damage to itself. As far as strategy goes with this card it isn't too hard if I have 2 energy cards on Electabuzz I will use Thunderpunch, the only time I would use Thundershock is when the defending Pokemon has 40 or 50 hp remaining on it, then I would use Thundershock, hope for a heads to paralyze the Pokemon and then use Thunderpunch the next turn and depending on the amount of damage on the defending Pokemon, you might have to hope for a heads on that move as well. I would rate this card a 2 out of 5, most reprints aren't that good compared to today's cards and this one follows suit. 70 hp is way too low to have a x2 weakness and Electabuzz basically knocks itself out with that low hp and weakness of x2 plus that possibility of doing 10 damage to itself every time it wants to use Thunderpunch. So I wouldn't recommend using this card at all unless you can easily retreat Electabuzz and all electric Pokemon that way you can take a chance and try to paralyze the defending Pokemon then switch in a powerful attacker and knock that Pokemon out. So I would definitely try and get this card for a nostalgia card but not to battle with in a deck. So thanks again for reading my review of Electabuzz from the Platinum set stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Aggron ex from EX Crystal Guardians.