Friday, October 26, 2012

Garchomp #90/124 -- Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card Review

Garchomp Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Garchomp from the Dragons Exalted Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two consecutive Garchomp card reviews I'll be doing from this set.  Garchomp is a stage 2, dragon type Pokemon card, with an hp of 140.  Garchomp is the stage 2 evolution of Gabite, and before that Gible, both of those Pokemon I have reviewed the past couple of days, and both of those Pokemon are in this set.  Garchomp has a x2 weakness to dragon type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Garchomp does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  Its first move is called Mach Cut and for one fighting energy card, this move does 60 damage and allows you to remove a special energy card from the defending Pokemon if they have one attached.  Garchomp's second move is called Dragonblade and for two energy cards, one each of water and fighting, this move does 100 damage, however when using this move you have to discard the top 2 cards from your deck.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Garchomp is a stage 2 Pokemon, I would recommend evolving Gible into Gabite and then Gabite into Garchomp on your bench, then when you get two energy cards on Garchomp move it into the active Pokemon spot and use Dragonblade every turn.  Since Dragonblade forces you to discard cards from your deck, if the defending Pokemon can be knocked out by doing 60 damage or has 110 hp or 120 hp, I would use Mach Cut instead, that way you don't have to discard cards from your deck.  Like I said earlier, I would try to keep all of Garchomp's pre evolution cards on the bench so you can have a healthy Garchomp to attack with, but Gible and Gabite are both decent Pokemon so it is reasonable to put those Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot, just make sure to have a way to remove damage from Garchomp so it can last even longer in the active Pokemon spot.  I would definitely recommend using this card in a water and fighting type deck, and I would use a 4-3-2 line of Gible, Gabite, and Garchomp.  I could definitely base a deck around this Pokemon line.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  This is an awesome stage 2 Pokemon card that I highly recommend to anyone thinking about using this card.  This card has a great hp, two extremely quick but powerful moves, and a low retreat cost.  There isn't anything to not like about this card and like I said I highly recommend it.  I will compare this card to the other Garchomp card in this set tomorrow, it will be hard to imagine a better card than this one though.

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So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Garchomp from the Dragons Exalted set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Garchomp card from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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