Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swellow from the Pokemon XY Card Set. Swellow is a stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy retreat cost. Swellow's Ability is called Drive Off and says that once during your turn, you may have your opponent switch their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon. Besides the Ability, Swellow has one move called Wing Attack, this move requires three colorless energy cards and does 60 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swellow is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Taillow into play (I reviewed Taillow from this set yesterday) and then evolve Taillow into Swellow. If you read yesterday's review, you'll know that I thought Taillow was a below average basic Pokemon card that had a decent move, but the move it did have required some time and luck to utilize it properly, besides that it had a low hp, and just very limited overall. So you'll want to limit the number of Taillow cards you have in your deck and the main reason for using Swellow in your deck is for its Ability, which means you can keep this Pokemon family on the bench most of the game. I wouldn't use more than 2 each of Taillow and Swellow, and I would try my hardest to include this line in a spread damage type deck, that way, not only do Pokemon cards in your deck do damage to multiple Pokemon at once, but you can utilize Drive Off to knock out those Pokemon one by one. Of course, if you get Swellow into the active Pokemon spot, you can use Wing Attack every 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. Other than having an average hp and attacking move, everything else is above average on this card, I really like Swellow's Ability, and this should greatly help your entire deck, plus if you do have to put Swellow into the active Pokemon spot you can retreat it for a mere energy card. So if you're building a deck, I would highly recommend considering the line of Taillow and Swellow from the X and Y set, together they are a 3 out of 5 rating, individually, Taillow as a 2, Swellow a 4.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Swellow from the X and Y set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Skitty, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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