Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Combusken from the Dark Explorers Pokemon Card Set. This is a stage 1 Pokemon card that evolves from Torchic and evolves into Blaziken. Combusken is a fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Combusken doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Double Kick which takes one colorless energy card and does 20 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins. Combusken's second move is called Flamethrower and for three energy cards, two fire and one colorless, it does 70 damage however you must discard an energy card attached to Combusken after using this move.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Combusken is a stage 1 Pokemon that evolves into a stage 2 Pokemon, you'll want to evolve Combusken into Blaziken as soon as possible, and I would recommend using the Blaziken rare card from this set. My strategy with this card would be to evolve Torchic and Combusken on the bench into Blaziken, while evolving on the bench I would attach energy cards to these Pokemon so that if you have to put Combusken into the active Pokemon spot you can move it into play and either use Double Kick or Flamethrower, I would prefer to use Flamethrower every turn. Combusken's evolution, Blaziken is a pretty good card that I could definitely build a deck around, so I would have a 4-3-2 line of Torchic, Combusken, and Blaziken in a fire type deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. This card has some ups and downs that come with it which in the end even out to an average stage 1 Pokemon card, it has a low hp, and one weak move, but it does have a good retreat cost, and one good move, so overall it is average, but I wouldn't plan on using this card for long in an actual game I would want to evolve Combusken into Blaziken as soon as possible.
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So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Combusken from the Dark Explorers set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Torkoal from the same set.