Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar from the Pokemon XY Card Set. This is the first of two consecutive Malamar cards I'll be reviewing from this set. Malamar is a stage 1, darkness type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy retreat cost. Malamar does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Mental Trash, this move requires one darkness energy card and this move makes your opponent flip 4 coins, for each tails they get they must discard a card from their hand. Malamar's second move is called Distortion Beam, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one darkness, and does 30 damage, plus if your opponent gets a heads when they flip a coin their active Pokemon is put to sleep, if they flip a tails they are confused.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Malamar is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get one of the two Inkay cards from this set onto your bench and then evolve Inkay into Malamar. I have reviewed both Inkay cards from this set the past two days and the one I reviewed yesterday, number 75/146 is the Inkay I would recommend using with this Malamar card. However this is a mute point because I wouldn't use this line at all in a deck. I say this because neither of Malamar's moves are very good and for three energy cards you should be able to do a lot more damage than just 30. But if you choose to use this line of Inkay and Malamar in your deck, don't use more than a 2-2 line and use whichever move you have the necessary energy for and the move that does the most damage.
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 from the X and Y set. Even though this Malamar card has a high hp, low retreat cost, and two moves I'm still giving it a below average rating because neither of its moves are very good. Together with the two Inkay cards from this set, I would give this family a 2 out of 5 rating, it shouldn't be used in darkness type or any type of decks out there.
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So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Malamar from the X and Y set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Malamar card from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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