Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raichu from the Pokemon XY Card Set. Raichu is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost. Raichu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Circle Circuit, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage times the number of Pokemon on your bench. Raichu's second move is called Thunderbolt and for three energy cards, one colorless and two lightning, this move does 100 damage, however after using this move you must discard all energy cards attached to this card.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Raichu is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pikachu into play (I reviewed Pikachu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Pikachu into Raichu. If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Pikachu was an average basic Pokemon card from this set and one that could be used on its own but one that probably should always be used with Raichu. So I would recommend if you're building a lightning type deck to use a 2-1 line of this Pokemon family and definitely evolve the one Pikachu card into Raichu on the bench. That way, you can put three energy cards on it and then move it into the active Pokemon spot for one turn, use Circle Circuit or Thunderbolt, whichever move does more, then retreat Raichu back to the bench the next turn for free. I would keep moving Raichu in and out of the active Pokemon spot the whole game and trying to always keep a full bench so Circle Circuit could easily do 80 or more damage a turn.
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. I particularly like this card's free retreat cost and its Circle Circuit move which work very well together. This card can do major damage one turn and be back on the bench the next turn without having to discard any energy cards which makes it a perfect addition to any lightning type deck you may be building. Together, I think Pikachu and Raichu from this set are above average and would get a 4 out of 5 rating. Individually, Pikachu was 3, Raichu was a 4.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
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