Friday, October 1, 2010

Pokemon Card of the Day: Arcanine (Rising Rivals)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Arcanine from the Rising Rivals set. This is a stage 1, fire type Pokemon card with an hp of 100. Arcanine has a +20 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type and a retreat cost of two colorless energy cards. Arcanine's Poke-Body called Flare Condition which says that as long as Arcanine has any fire energy attached to it Arcanine has no weakness, so you can basically use this Poke-Body when you are battling water type Pokemon. Arcanine has two moves the first move is called Burn Out and this move takes two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless and this move does 30 damage unless you want to burn Arcanine then this move can do 60 damage. Arcanine's other move is called Flames of Rage and this move does the standard 60 damage for 3 energy cards, 2 colorless and 1 fire. Besides doing 60 damage for each fire energy card you want to discard when you use this move it adds 10 more hp damage to the move. So as far as strategy goes I would recommend keeping Arcanine on your bench until you get one energy card on it at least, especially if you're battling water Pokemon, then I would use Burn Out first but I wouldn't burn myself since burning Arcanine isn't worth it unless that 60 damage will really change the outlook of the game. I would mainly use Flames of Rage and only discard energy cards once again if 10 more damage would either knock out that Pokemon in one turn instead of two or you have more than 3 energy cards attached to Arcanine so you would be able to use Flames of Rage next turn too. I would give this card a 3 out of 5 because it is very average for a stage 1 Pokemon card, there is nothing too special about this card, I do like how both moves can do at least 60 damage. So thanks for reading today's review of Arcanine from Rising Rivals stay tuned for tomorrow's review of another Diamond and Pearl card.

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