Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gastrodon West Sea from the Rising Rivals set. This is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 110. It has a +30 weakness to grass type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to electric type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost. Gastrodon doesn't have a Poke-Power or Poke-Body but it does have three moves. Its first move is called Tackle which takes three colorless energy cards and does 50 damage. Gastrodon's second move is called Muddy Bomb and for three energy cards, one fighting and two colorless, it does 30 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon and 10 damage to all of their other Pokemon. And finally, Gastrodon's third move is called Raging Sea and for four energy cards, three colorless and one fighting, it does 60 damage plus 10 more damage for each of your benched Pokemon that has any damage on it, so in total this move has the possibility of doing 110 damage for four energy cards.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, Gastrodon West Sea is much slower than Gastrodon East Sea that I reviewed yesterday, so you'll definitely want to keep this card on your bench for awhile until you get the necessary amount of damage on this card. Once you do get three energy cards on Gastrodon I would recommend using Muddy Bomb. I would make sure and put this card in a spread damage type deck, and even a deck that does damage to your own Pokemon. That way when you do put Gastrodon into play, your benched Pokemon should have damage on them and your opponent's benched Pokemon should have damage on them so that you can either possibly knock out one of your opponent's benched Pokemon by using Muddy Bomb or knock out your opponent's active Pokemon with Raging Sea.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating, I like the sheer power of Gastrodon West Sea. It is a little slow and has a high retreat cost but if you can get the necessary energy cards on it before you have to actually use it you should be able to do quite a bit of damage to your opponent. Just make sure to watch out that you don't get knocked out because Gastrodon does only have 110 hp which is high for a stage 1 Pokemon but not that high in general.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Gastrodon West Sea from the Rising Rivals set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Golem 4 from the same set.