Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Excadrill #56/108 -- Dark Explorers Pokemon Card Review

Excadrill #56/108 Dark Explorers Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Excadrill from the Dark Explorers Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Excadrill card reviews I'll be doing.  Excadrill is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon, with an hp of 120.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to electric type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Excadrill doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Tunnel Strike and for one fighting energy card it does 30 damage to one of your opponent's benched Pokemon.  Excadrill's second move is called Dig Uppercut and for two fighting energy cards it does 50 damage and allows you to move a card from your discard pile into your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, this is a great card to have in any fighting type deck.  It is a great card because it helps out spread damage type Pokemon, so you can use Tunnel Strike on some of your opponent's Pokemon then when you put a Pokemon in that does let's say 20 damage to all of your opponent's Pokemon you can knock out many Pokemon in 2 turns instead of 3.  What also makes this card very good is that Dig Uppercut does a good amount of damage for a low energy cost but it also allows you to move a card from your discard pile to your hand, this move then reduces the amount of cards you have to put into a deck of 1 Pokemon, so if you have a powerful Pokemon you want to use, instead of having to put 2 or 3 stage 2 cards in the deck you can put 1 or 2 and if that stage 2 card gets knocked out you can just retrieve that card from the discard pile and use that Pokemon again.  Also Dig Uppercut will help retrieve some energy cards one of your Pokemon possibly discarded every turn due to a stipulation on one of their moves.  So I would include this card in any fighting type deck I would have, I would have a 2-2 line of Excadrill and Drillbur, and preferably set this card up on the bench and move it into play when it has 2 fighting energy cards on it, but no matter when you move it into the active Pokemon spot you should be able to attack because surprisingly Excadrill is fairly quick.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  We'll have to see how tomorrow's Excadrill card compares with this one, but I think this card is great!  It can really boost your overall deck.  Excadrill has a high hp, two great moves, and is really quick, the only downside is the retreat cost which is higher than the highest attack cost on this card but I still think this card is a great card.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Excadrill from the Dark Explorers set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Excadrill card from the Dark Explorers set.

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