Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raichu from the Next Destinies set. This is a stage 1, electric type Pokemon card with an hp of 90. Raichu has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Raichu doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Thundershock which takes one electric energy card and does 20 damage plus paralyzes the defending Pokemon if you get heads when you flip a coin. Raichu's second move is called Slam which takes three energy cards, two colorless and one electric, and does 80 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, if you want to use this card to do a lot of damage you'll need to load up three energy cards on this card and hope for some luck. If you use Slam every turn you may knock out a Pokemon every turn or you may never knock out a Pokemon, it really depends on the flip of a coin with this move. I would stay away from Thundershock unless you can knock out the defending Pokemon with 20 damage, in my opinion Thundershock isn't a great move because it doesn't do enough damage for a stage 1 Pokemon card. I would only use Pikachu and Raichu in an electric type deck if I was looking for 3 more cards to use because I wouldn't ever use more than a 2-1 line of Pikachu and Raichu in any deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. This card is average overall, with an average hp and average retreat cost, however the reason I am downgrading this card to a 2 out of 5 is because of its moves, Thundershock should do at least 30 damage to be worthwhile and I just don't like the amount of luck you need with Slam to actually knock a Pokemon out.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Raichu from the Next Destinies set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the first of two Luxio cards from the same set.