Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Espeon 4 from the Rising Rivals set. This is a stage 1, psychic type, basic SP Pokemon card with an hp of 80. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Espeon 4 doesn't have a Poke-Body or Poke-Power but it does have two moves, its first move is called Hypnosis which puts the defending Pokemon asleep for one colorless energy card. Espeon's second move is called Psywave which takes 2 energy cards, one each of psychic and colorless and does 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each energy card attached to the defending Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
As far as strategy goes, since this is a basic Pokemon you won't have to wait long to put the defending Pokemon asleep, if I got this card out fairly early into the game I would try and put the defending Pokemon asleep, and then retreat Espeon for only 1 energy card and put a more powerful Pokemon into play that would be able to do major amounts of damage to that sleeping Pokemon without it being able to do any damage back. Another strategy I would use with Espeon would be to wait until my opponent has a Pokemon in play that has a lot of energy cards attached to it, then I would put Espeon into the active Pokemon spot, either use Hypnosis first so Espeon would be able to last longer without being knocked out, or just go straight ahead and use Psywave which should be able to do 60 damage to a Pokemon that is a stage 2 Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would rate this card a 3 out of 5. I usually don't like SP Pokemon and this is no exception. I do like that Espeon can use two different moves and make the defending Pokemon asleep, but even if the defending Pokemon is asleep, Psywave can't do much damage unless the defending Pokemon has a lot of energy attached to it and even then Espeon won't be able to do that much damage. So I would recommend if you are going to use Espeon in your deck, use it to put Pokemon asleep and then use other Pokemon after that that benefit from the defending Pokemon being asleep.
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Thanks for reading today's Pokemon Card Review of Espeon 4 from the Rising Rivals set, stay tuned for tomorrow's review of Flareon from the Rising Rivals set as well.