Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Raikou EX -- Dark Explorers Set Pokemon Card Review

Raikou EX Dark Explorers Pokemon Card

Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raikou EX from the Dark Explorers set. Since this set hasn't been released yet, the translation of the card may not be exactly accurate and the artwork may change, but if they do I will update this review as soon as their is an English scan of this card. The Dark Explorers set will be released on May 9th, 2012. Raikou EX is a basic, electric type Pokemon, with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Raikou EX doesn't have an Abilitity, but it does have two moves, the first move is called Thunder Fang and for two energy cards, one each of electric and colorless it does 30 damage plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, the defending Pokemon is now paralyzed. Raikou's second move is called Voltage Arrow and takes three energy cards, two electric and one colorless. This move does 100 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon, however all electric energy must be discarded from Raikou when this move is used.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, I would include this card in a spread damage type deck so when you use Voltage Arrow, you are able to knock out Pokemon each turn you use the move. I would also make sure to have at least one other type of Pokemon in the deck so that you can attach another energy besides electric to Raikou so you don't have to discard 3 energy cards instead of 2 when you use Voltage Arrow. I would try and use Voltage Arrow as often as possible, just look for other electric type Pokemon who have an Ability to move energy from one card to another, then it is possible to use Voltage Arrow pretty much every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. As long as the translation is right on this EX card, this card isn't very good for an EX card. It can't do much damage and when it can do some damage it has to wait a few turns to do that much damage again. One good thing about the card is that it has a low retreat cost so you can retreat it easily, also it does have 170 hp so you can wait a few turns to stock up on energy again after using Voltage Arrow and still attack again without being knocked out.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Raikou EX from the Dark Explorers set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of another rare card from the same set or an old school EX card, I haven't decided yet.

1 comment:

Goofy said...

This is actually the best EX of the new set. Ellekrick variants (Mainly Zekrom/Eelektrik) is the best deck in the game right now and raikou just makes it even better. Skyarrow bridge gives it from retreat so after using Voltage Arrow and discarding the energies, you use Eelekrick to Dynomotor them onto a benched Raikou and then retreat for free, via Sky arrow Bridge, So you can use Voltage Arrow every turn.