Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Machoke from the Plasma Blast Pokemon Card Set. Machoke is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost. Machoke does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Last-Chance Chop, this move requires one colorless energy card and does 20 damage plus 70 more damage if Machoke only has 10 hp left on it. Machoke's second move is called Seismic Toss, this move requires three energy cards, two fighting and one colorless, and does 60 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Machoke is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Machop into play (I reviewed Machop from this set yesterday) and then evolve Machop into Machoke. Machoke does have a stage 2 evolution in Machamp that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Machoke is the final evolution in this line. Just a note there are actually two Machamp cards in this set, one rare the other rare holo. So if you read yesterday's review of Machop you'll know that I thought the card was pretty average but I gave it a below average rating because the retreat cost on the card was higher than any of the energy requirements to attack. So if you plan on using Machoke in your deck, I would only use a 1-1 line of Machop and Machoke just because they require so many energy cards to retreat. I would try my hardest to get Machoke onto your bench and get three energy cards on it so when you move it to the active Pokemon spot you can use Seismic Toss right away. I would then use Seismic Toss every turn until Machoke is about to feint, then I would use Last-Chance Chop. I personally would not use Machop or Machoke in a deck because neither card is above average and together they just aren't that great.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average stage 1 Pokemon card. This Machoke card does have an average hp, and two pretty decent moves. This card can attack quickly, do 60 damage regularly, and even do 90 damage in certain situations. Just like Machop from yesterday, this card's retreat cost is quite high, but since Seismic Toss requires three energy cards the retreat cost really isn't as bad. Even though Machoke is an average card, the line of Machop and Machoke from this set would get a 2 out of 5 rating for me, Machoke was a 3, Machop a 2.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Machoke from the Plasma Blast set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the first of two Machamp cards from this set, which is the stage 2 evolution in the line of Machop and Machoke. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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