Friday, August 24, 2012

Ho-Oh EX -- Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card Review

Ho-Oh EX Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ho-Oh EX from the Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card Set.  Ho-Oh is a basic, EX, fire type Pokemon card, that has an hp of 160.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Because Ho-Oh is an EX Pokemon card, if this card is knocked out, your opponent will get to take two prize cards instead of one.  Ho-Oh's Ability is called Rebirth and says that once during your turn you may flip a coin (if this card is in your discard pile) and if you get a heads you may move this card to your bench and attach three energy cards to it that were also in your discard pile.  Besides the Ability, Ho-Oh only has one move called Rainbow Burn which does 20 damage plus do more damage for each different energy type attached to this card.  To use this move, you have to have three energy cards attached to Ho-Oh.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, you'll want to start with Ho-Oh EX on your bench and attach three energy cards to it, once you get three energy cards attached to it, move it into the active Pokemon spot and use Rainbow Burn, the more variety of energy cards you have on Ho-Oh the better.  Since Ho-Oh only has the one move you have no choice but to use the move over and over again, if possible you could attach as many different energy cards as possible to this card to make Rainbow Burn do a ton of damage.  In my opinion it is a bit risky to use Rebirth because if you bring Ho-Oh EX into play again and it gets knocked out again, that is four prize cards your opponent has taken just from knocking out Ho-Oh.  The time I would use Ho-Oh's Ability would be at the end of the game when I need to do 80 damage to knock a Pokemon out, I could get Ho-Oh on the bench and move it into the active Pokemon the next turn and do 80 damage with Rainbow Burn.  So if you're going to use Ho-Oh EX in your deck I highly recommend having 2 to 3 different energy types in your deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  To me, this is a very average EX Pokemon card, there is nothing really special about this card, except for the artwork which I think looks pretty cool.  Ho-Oh's Ability could help you in the end of the game but you're going to have to have too many energy types in your deck and you only have a 50 percent chance of being able to get Ho-Oh back into play anyways when you use its Ability.

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Popey said...

If you were going to run a Ho-oH EX deck you would want to use it as energy acceleration or surprise attacker. Hence you would want to use Juniper to discard energy and Ho-oH EX right away so you could get a turn 1 rainbow burn. You would also run more than 3 different types of energies.

Matthew Dai said...

I don't agree with you for this one. If you have computer search inside your deck along with multiple ho-oh ex's, then it's going to be a pretty sweet win. By using computer search, you discard a Ho-Oh ex and another card, search you deck for a Ho-Oh ex, and then ability Rebirth is activated. Now you could use Rebirth very turn and possibly end up with eight different types of energy attached to HoOh ex which could result in an attack power of 180 damage which means that you have pretty much won the whole game. That is why if I were writing this review, I would rate it a 5/5. Very good card. Playable in every way, only if you have a computer search.