Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Combusken from the Furious Fists Pokemon Card set. Combusken is a stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 80. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Combusken does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Slash, for two colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage. Combusken's second move is called Midair Strike, for three energy cards, two colorless and one fire, this move does 50 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, this move does 20 more damage for a total of 70 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Combusken is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Torchic into play (I reviewed Torchic from this set yesterday) and then evolve Torchic into Combusken. Combusken does have a stage 2 evolution in Blaziken that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Combusken is the final evolution in this line. So if you read yesterday's review of Torchic, you'll know that I thought that card was an average Basic Pokemon card even though it required two energy cards for its only attack and may only do 10 damage a turn, but I still gave it an average rating because Torchic's only move had the potential to do 40 damage a turn and the HP and retreat cost on that card were both good. So knowing that Torchic could be used on its own in a deck and looking at this Combusken card, I could possibly see using a 2-1 line of Torchic and Combusken in a deck, but I would probably either just use Torchic or make sure to use Blaziken in my deck as well. I say this because Combusken is similar to Torchic in that the moves it has are okay, but based on a coin flip they could be better. But because both Torchic and Combusken rely on the strategy and because Combusken has a lower HP, I would be more cautious using Combusken in my deck. But if you do use Combusken in your deck, I would make sure to have two energy cards on Torchic before you evolve it, that way you can use Slash every turn or put one more energy card on Combusken and use Midair Strike. This move does do below average damage, but can do slightly more than average damage with a heads when flipping a coin.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Furious Fists set. Even though I say it is an average card, it is probably at the bottom of my 3 rating range, thus I would recommend against using this card in a deck without Blaziken just because Combusken as a lower HP, and Midair Strike does below average damage if you're not lucky. So just looking at Combusken it is average, but if you combine it with Torchic from this set, which is always based on coin flips, I would give these two cards together a 2 out of 5 rating and like I said earlier, I would rather use Torchic alone than pair it with Combusken. So I gave both of these Pokemon individually 3 ratings, but together they get a 2.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Combusken from the Furious Fists set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Combusken's stage 2 evolution in Blaziken which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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