Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Squirtle from the Boundaries Crossed Pokemon Card Set. Squirtle is a basic, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 60. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Squirtle's Ability is called Shell Shield and says that as long as Squirtle is on your bench, this card cannot receive damage from attacks, either your own or your opponent's attacks. Besides the Ability, Squirtle only has one move called Water Splash which requires two energy cards, one each of colorless and water, and does 10 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Squirtle has a stage 1 evolution in Wartortle, and a stage 2 evolution in Blastoise, I would definitely recommend including both those two Pokemon in a deck with Squirtle. I would not suggest using Squirtle as a starter type Pokemon or moving it into the active Pokemon spot before it is able to evolve. I say this because Squirtle's Ability only matters if it is on the bench, and because Squirtle requires two energy cards to attack you can't attack right away and may end up only doing 10 damage a turn which isn't much. I would recommend evolving Squirtle into its evolving forms on the bench, also it may help you to include a basic Pokemon like this in your deck if some of your Pokemon do damage to your own benched Pokemon, that way you won't have to worry about doing damage to your own Pokemon or running out of basic Pokemon if you don't want to put any on the bench because you don't want them taking damage. But overall I cannot recommend using Squirtle on its own in a deck. You'll have to read tomorrow's review to see if I suggest using Wartortle and Squirtle in a deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. In my opinion, this is a below average basic Pokemon card and a poor way to start off a line that ends in the powerful original starter Pokemon Blastoise. I do like this card's hp and retreat cost, but its Ability isn't that great, and if this card did 20 damage every turn instead of maybe 30 damage, I would give this card an average rating.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Squirtle from the Boundaries Crossed set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Squirtle's stage 1 evolution in Wartortle from the same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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Today's Quiz --
What number was the Squirtle card from base set?