Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Arbok from the Pokemon XY Card Set. Arbok is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy retreat cost. Arbok does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Gastro Acid, this move requires one colorless energy card and does 20 damage, plus if prevents your opponent's active Pokemon from using its Ability until the end of the next turn. Arbok's second move is called Poison Jab, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one psychic, and does 50 damage, plus poisons the defending Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Arbok is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Ekans into play (I reviewed Ekans from this set yesterday) and then evolve Ekans into Arbok. If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Ekans was a very average basic Pokemon card from this set and one that could be used in any deck because of the energy cards required to use it and its above average hp, but if you choose to use both Ekans and Arbok in a deck you'll want to have at least some of your deck require psychic energy cards. If you use this line in your deck, I would recommend getting them out early so you can do 20 damage with Ekans or 50 damage with Arbok, I would definitely use these two cards in a psychic type deck especially since Arbok has a low retreat cost. Of course when Arbok is in the active Pokemon spot you'll want to use Poison Jab if you can because it does more damage than Gastro Acid but if your opponent really has a good Ability you may want to use Gastro Acid instead.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an above average stage 1 Pokemon card from the X and Y set. Even though this card doesn't have a move that does that much damage I like both of its moves anyways because they both do something in addition to attacking. This card will work well in any psychic deck or deck that inflicts a lot of special conditions. I would use a 2-2 line of this Pokemon family and would give the line collectively a 4 out of 5 rating, individually Ekans was a 3, Arbok a 4.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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