Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Sandslash from the Boundaries Crossed Pokemon Card Set. Sandslash is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to lightning type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Sandslash does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. Sandslash's first move is called Sand-Attack, this move does 20 damage for two energy cards, one each of fighting and colorless. Plus, if your opponent tries attacking next turn, if they get a tails when they flip a coin the attack does nothing. Sandslash's second move is called Earthquake which does 80 damage for three energy cards, two colorless and one fighting. However, this move also does 10 damage to each of your own benched Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Sandslash is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Sandshrew into play (I reviewed Sandshrew from this set yesterday) and then evolve Sandshrew into Sandslash. If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Sandshrew was an okay starter Pokemon but more than likely you're going to want to evolve Sandshrew into Sandslash on your bench. When on your bench get three energy cards on Sandslash so that when you move it into the active Pokemon spot you have the option to use either of its moves. If possible, pair this Pokemon line with a Pokemon that uses all the damage on all the Pokemon in play when attacking, that way if you use Earthquake a couple of times it won't hurt your bench so much. Another option is to not keep many Pokemon on your bench when using Earthquake, but that is a riskier option because if you don't have any Pokemon on your bench you'll end up losing if Sandslash is knocked out. So to summarize, I would recommend evolving Sandslash on the bench and then using Earthquake every turn unless the defending Pokemon can be knocked out by 20 damage. After explaining my strategy, it would be hard for me to include this line into one of my decks, these Pokemon just aren't that good, but if you do want to use this line, definitely don't use more than a 2-1 or 1-1 line of Sandshrew and Sandslash.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is a below average stage 1 Pokemon card. Even though this card has an average hp, and low retreat cost, I still don't like this card very much. Neither of its moves are too great, especially when Earthquake does damage to your own Pokemon. So I would recommend looking elsewhere for stage 1 Pokemon. So overall, this Pokemon line gets a 2 out of 5 rating because both Sandshrew and Sandslash are below average Pokemon cards.
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