Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pokemon Card of the Day: Shaymin (Platinum 14/127)

Today's Pokemon Card of the Day is the first of two Shaymin reviews from the Platinum set. This one is card number 14 of 127. It is a grass type, basic Pokemon with an hp of 70. It has a +20 weakness to fire Pokemon, a -20 resistance to water type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Shaymin doesn't have a Poke-Power or Poke-Body but it does have two moves, the first move is called Flower Aroma and for one grass energy card it does 10 damage plus you may remove two damage counters from Shaymin and make the defending Pokemon asleep. Shaymin's second move is called Damage Aid and for two energy cards, one each of grass and colorless, it does 30 damage plus 50 more damage if the defending Pokemon is affected by a special condition, if you choose to do the extra damage with this move the special effect is lifted from that Pokemon after the attack. As far as strategy goes I would definitely use Flower Aroma first to both damage and inflict a special condition on the defending Pokemon and at the same time heal Shaymin which will make its 70 hp seem more like 90 or 100. The following turn I would then use Damage Aid and do 80 damage. I would go back and forth between these moves until Shaymin is knocked out. Or you could retreat it for only one energy card if you wanted to. I would give this card a 4 out of 5 because it seems like a great starter Pokemon to me. It is very fast and as long as you can attach an energy card to Shaymin two turns in a row this card will be able to knock out most basic Pokemon in two turns. So thanks for reading today's review of the first Shaymin from the Platinum set, stay tuned for tomorrow's review of the second Shaymin card from Platinum.

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