Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Altaria 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 is the third of three consecutive reviews I'll be doing of the new Dragon Exalted cards. When more Dragons Exalted scans are released I'll try and review those cards right away. Altaria is a stage 1, dragon type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70. It has a x2 weakness to dragon type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Altaria's Ability is called Fight Song and this ability allows your dragon type Pokemon to do 20 more damage to your opponent's active Pokemon. Besides the Ability, Altaria has one move called Glide which takes three energy cards, one water, one metal, and one colorless, and does 40 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, if you want to attack with this card you're going to have to put this card into a deck that includes metal and water type energy cards. However I wouldn't attack with this card, I would keep this card on the bench throughout the entire game and utilize its Ability. So to do this, I would want to make sure to have a mostly dragon type deck, so you'll be using mostly Dragons Exalted set cards. That way, no matter what Pokemon you put in, you can still do 20 more damage when attacking since the Pokemon will be a dragon type Pokemon. So other than keeping this card on the bench throughout the entire game, if you do have to put it into the active Pokemon spot I would probably retreat it with one energy card before trying to attack with it, but you have no choice if you want to attack because it only has one move. I would probably put a 1-1 line of Swablu and Altaria in any dragon type deck and then make sure to get Altaria onto your bench as soon as possible.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. This card is an average stage 1 Pokemon card, it has some good points and some bad points. The bad things about it are the following: It has a very low hp, and it requires a weird combination of energy cards to attack, and its attack is weak. On the other hand, it does have a low retreat cost, and its Ability makes this card a staple in any dragon type deck.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Altaria from the Dragons Exalted set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of either another Dragons Exalted card if any scans are released, or an uncommon Black and White card. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!