Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Archen from the Noble Victories set. This is a basically a Stage 1 Pokemon card since it is restored from the Plume Fossil, Archen does have a stage 1 evolution though so this card is really a basic Pokemon, Archen evolves into Archeops and I've already reviewed that card from this set. Archen is a fighting type Pokemon, with an hp of 80, a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a 1 colorless energy card retreat cost. Archen doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Rock Throw and for one fighting energy card it does 20 damage. Archen's second move is called Acrobatics which does 20 damage plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip two coins, it does all this for two colorless energy cards.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since this card has an evolution I would recommend evolving Archen into Archeops as soon as possible but if you have to play this card in the active Pokemon spot you'll definitely not want to put a Plume Fossil in that spot so you'll want to always evolve the Fossil into Archen on your bench. Once Archen is in the active Pokemon spot I would use Acrobatics every turn if I had the necessary amount of energy on it. But like I said earlier the sooner you can play Archeops the better because it has a higher hp and can do more damage. I would use a 2-2-1 line of Plume Fossil, Archen, and Archeops in a fighting type deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. A very weak 3 out of 5 rating that is. I don't like the fact that Archen doesn't have an Ability and that it has a low retreat cost but I do like both of its moves and Acrobatics can do a fair amount of damage with some luck and since it requires two colorless energy cards you can play it in almost any type of deck. The artwork on this card looks funny to me since Archen is a cartoon and then it looks like the background is real life, I wish Archen would have looked more life like to suit the card better.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Archen from the Noble Victories set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Stunfisk from the same set.