Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pokemon Card of the Day: Torkoal (Unleashed)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is Torkoal from the Unleashed set. This is a basic, fire type Pokemon card with an hp of 80. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a 2 colorless energy card retreat cost. Its Poke-Power is called Hot Snort and it says that once during your turn when you put Torkoal from your hand onto your bench you may flip a coin and the defending Pokemon is now burned. Torkoal's only move is called Flare and does 30 damage for two energy cards, one each of fire and colorless. As far as strategy goes I would definitely try and utilize Torkoal's Poke-Power which burns the defending Pokemon when you put it onto your bench. I would wait until a high hp Pokemon is in your opponent's active Pokemon spot, that way no matter what active Pokemon you have out there, there is a chance of doing 20 more damage each turn to your opponent's Pokemon if it is burned. Since if your opponent flips a tails between turns they have to put two damage counters on their burned Pokemon. And if the defending Pokemon tries to retreat, more than likely with a high hp Pokemon, it will have a high retreat cost, so if it does retreat to remove the special condition from it, it may be awhile before you see that Pokemon again. As far as attacking with Torkoal it is a pretty good basic Pokemon card since it has 20 more hp than the standard basic Pokemon and it does do the same damage as those same Pokemon, 20 damage for 2 energy cards. So this wouldn't be a bad card to start the game with, the only bad thing would be not being able to utilize its Poke-Power. So I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating because even though its Poke-Power is good you can only use it the one time when you move it from your hand to your bench and like I said earlier if you are forced to start the game with Torkoal as your active Pokemon you lose that power it has. Also since Torkoal doesn't evolve into anything, only being able to do 20 damage might not make it the most effective card to use. But I would definitely consider using it in a deck that relies on burning the defending Pokemon. So thanks for reading today's review of Torkoal from the Unleashed set, stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Tyranitar from the same set.


Radius said...

Great review! I actually have this card and it works pretty well for what I need it to do.

Could you combine this card with any sort of trainer or other poke-powers that sends a benched pokemon back to your hand? That way - you can continuously utilize the poke-power in case you miss the coin flip.

PrimetimePokemon said...

@Radius yes that would be a very ingenious thing to do, thanks for thinking of that.