Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Garchomp from the Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card Set. This set has not been released in the United States but it will be released on August 15, 2012. This set is the 6th Black and White expansion set, and will be the first to have Dragon type Pokemon cards. So...Garchomp is a stage 2, Dragon type Pokemon card with an hp of 140. It has a x2 weakness to Dragon type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Garchomp doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Mach Cut which takes a fighting energy card and does 60 damage and also allows you to discard a special energy card from your opponent's active Pokemon. Garchomp's second move is called Dragonblade and for two energy cards, one each of fighting and water, it does 100 damage, however you have to discard the top 2 cards from your deck after using Dragonblade.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since this card can do so much damage I would definitely build a deck around this card, even though this is a Dragon type card, Garchomp requires fighting and water energy to attack, so I would put this card in a water and fighting type deck. As long as it doesn't take you long to evolve your Pokemon into Garchomp, you can get Garchomp into the active Pokemon spot quite quickly and be able to attack right away, it is best to use this card earlier in the game when you have quite a few cards in your deck so you can use Dragonblade every turn and have plenty of cards to discard from your deck. The only time I would use Mach Cut is when the defending Pokemon won't be knocked out by 100 damage at once and has less than 130 total hp, or the Pokemon will be knocked out by 60 or less damage. Like I said, I would base a deck around this card and would use a 4-3-2 line of Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp in a dual type deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating. I don't know if all the cards from the Dragons Exalted deck will be this powerful, but this one is amazingly powerful, what I really like about this card is that it can do a ton of damage for a few energy cards, yet it can retreat very easily, so you can move Garchomp in and out of the active Pokemon spot often, doing 100 damage every turn.
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