Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar from the Pokemon XY Card Set. This is the second 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 two 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 Panic, this move requires one colorless energy card and does 30 damage to your opponent's active Pokemon, plus if your opponent tries to attack during their next turn they must flip a coin and if they get a tails they can't attack. Malamar's second move is called Puncture, this move does 70 damage for three energy cards, two darkness and one colorless.
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 as well as the other Malamar card. After reviewing all of those cards, you'll want to use the Inkay numbered 75 and this Malamar card in a darkness type deck. Both of these Pokemon can attack quickly and are very good overall. So if you're building a darkness type deck, I would include up to a 3-2 line of this family. You can move either Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot whenever and when you get Malamar into play you'll want to use Puncture most turns unless you're afraid Malamar will get knocked out its next turn then you could use Mental Panic instead and hope your opponent flips a tails when flipping a coin.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is a very good stage 1 Pokemon card and a card that should definitely be used in most darkness type decks out there. I like that it has a high hp and two very good, powerful moves. The only downside on this card is the retreat cost, but the cost to retreat is still lower than its move with the highest energy cost. Overall, I would give the line of Inkay and Malamar from the X and Y set, at least the ones I said to use, a 4 out of 5 rating, both Pokemon are very good. Individually I gave Inkay a 3 and Malamar a 5.
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