Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gastrodon East Sea from the Rising Rivals set. This is a stage 1, water type Pokemon with an hp of 90. It has a +30 weakness to grass type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to electric type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Gastrodon's Poke-Body is called Sticky Hold and says that whenever Gastrodon is switched out or retreated you may attach as many energy cards attached to Gastrodon to your new active Pokemon. Besides the Poke-Body, Gastrodon has two moves. Its first move is called Calling Wave which takes one colorless energy card and allows you to search your deck for two Gastrodon and allows you to put them on your bench as basic Pokemon, however when you do this you have to put 20 damage on each of the Gastrodon you put onto your bench. Gastrodon's second move is called Wave Splash and for 2 energy cards, one each of colorless and water it does 40 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
As far as strategy goes, I would recommend putting instead of a 3-2 Shellos, Gastrodon line in this deck, I would put 3 Gastrodon and 2 Shellos in the deck. That way you can utilize Gastrodon's Calling Family move and skip having to play Shellos. Other than skipping the basic Pokemon part, I would recommend using Calling Family only if you need basic Pokemon on your bench, otherwise I would just use Wave Splash and do 40 damage each turn. I probably wouldn't attach anymore than 2 energy cards to this card because if you try and attach more to move to another Pokemon if you retreat Gastrodon and before you're able to retreat you get knocked out, that extra energy card is wasted.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would rate this card a 2 out of 5. This card has a good concept behind it since you can basically retreat Gastrodon whenever you like and immediately have your new Pokemon has some energy cards on it but even with this strategy, Gastrodon just isn't that good. I would have liked to see Gastrodon be able to do a special condition besides just doing damage with Wave Splash. There is no motivation for me to put that many in my deck if it can't do anything but 40 damage.
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