Sunday, December 21, 2014

Golbat -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Golbat Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Golbat from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card set.  Golbat is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Golbat's Ability is called Sneaky Bite and allows you to place two damage counters on one of your opponent's Pokemon when you move Golbat from your hand to evolve one of your Zubat in play.  Besides the Ability, Golbat just has one move called Swoop Across, this move requires one colorless energy and it does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon in play.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Golbat is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Zubat into play (I reviewed Zubat from this set yesterday) and then evolve Zubat into Golbat.  Golbat does have a stage 2 evolution in Crobat 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 Golbat is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Zubat, you'll know that I thought the card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, at least on its own.  I would still recommend using the card in a deck because it could do 10 damage to any of the opponent's Pokemon in play, but the card was quite limited overall with only one move and 50 HP.  So knowing this about Zubat and looking at this Golbat card, if you're building a spread damage type deck, I would highly recommend using this Pokemon line in a deck.  Both Zubat and Golbat can do spread damage and since Golbat has a free retreat cost, this card works perfectly in any type deck, you can attach any energy card you like to it, and do 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon.  I would probably put a 1-1 line in a deck, try and get this line into the active Pokemon spot very early in the game and get a ton of damage spread around your opponent's Pokemon, setting up those Pokemon for many one hit knock outs later in the game.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a great Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  This card doesn't have the greatest HP and can't do a ton of damage each turn, but I would still highly recommend using this card in a deck because it can attack quickly, do damage to several Pokemon at once, and can retreat for free.  So together with Zubat, I would give this line a 4 out of 5 rating, definitely use this Pokemon family if you are building a spread damage type deck.  So even though I gave Zubat a 2 out of 5 rating, make sure to use this line in a deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Golbat from the Phantom Forces set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Golbat's stage 2 evolution in Crobat which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

Free Pokemon TCG Online Code Cards:
Today's Quiz for a Pokemon TCG Online Code Card --
What was the 3rd English set to include a rare holo Golbat card?
Please respond by including your YouTube username and link to your YouTube channel.  If the question is quite tough, the first correct comment will win, otherwise I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner.

18 comments:

Cabal said...

The 3rd English set to include a rare holo Golbat card was the Team Rocket set

cabalw

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnLY5kCyPH6tBOPfSjiVgsg

brezaboy said...

A rare holo Golbat card was only included in Team Rocket set but that is 5th English set

brezaboy

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH9PLftx6uOhaO-ifNtPbmA

Niruth Kashyap said...
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Niruth Kashyap said...

The normal Golbat pokemon card has not been introduced as a rare holo in any of the sets till date.
But if you consider dark Golbat card from the Team Rocket set, it would be the only set to include a rare holo Golbat.

YouTube name: Niruth Kashyap

Channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCWBgLwMzImHCHJpGxyhFYKQ

The Trixter said...

Pretty sure it was the team rocket set.

Josh Tilton said...

I think it was the team rocket set

Josh Tilton

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDhr0c68NGacU-7c7zNrBtg

Jingo 98 said...
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Jamie Lee said...

The 3rd English set with the rare holo Golbat was the Team Rocket Set.

Jamie Lee

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVM7lurZXFxYUkRB0cfUxw

Jingo 98 said...

The 3rd English set with the Golbat was the Team Rocket Set

Jingo 98

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yVZhJiSjDxbfAxmuuLo8w

Pyroar TCG said...

Team rocket set
http://m.youtube.com/channel/UC6lR6uPU_Y47MruhxnzlG7w

Geddy Lee said...

I'd say the Team Rocket set

Geddy Lee

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCuHZq2fLvi4vPtNjaJEL4A

LayernGames LG said...

I think it was Team Rocket Set


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqQPjVMcUyNXTVflfmK5mjA

blackworld7 said...

Team Rocket Set

blackworld7

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-al6EaGFi37MicER_y4u-w

RighteousForest said...

The only instance of a rare holographic Golbat card in the English release of the TCG is Dark Golbat from the set Team Rocket... In other words, this is a trick question!

Righteous Forest

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbPhocrhJWIyFuDxo3fAlQ

Tauhid Ibrahim said...

Team Rocket Set

Tauhid Ibrahim

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56-sBTBERdLsYeO-BzrpoQ

Rukario Nite said...
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Rukario Nite said...

I have 3 Answers,so I'll put 'em all down!

1. NONE! 3rd english set to include a Holo Rare Golbat? Golbat had only 1 Holo Rare and that was the FIRST set,and the team rocket set was the 5th english set.

3. NONE AGAIN! Even if you count my first 2 answers wrong,you still have to think does Golbat refer to "Any Golbat card?" or does it refer to "Golbat Pokemon Cards Only" the team rocket's set has a holo rare Golbat,but that wasn't a Golbat card. The Team Rocket's Golbat was called "Dark Golbat" not "Golbat" rendering it a part Golbat card!

3. I heard somewhere that this Golbat was possibly an error(in translation atleast) so the final Answer, NONE!

-Rukarionite

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhIDIszfHic7xiWK4BlkGQ

PrimetimePokemon said...

Congrats to Niruth Kashyap for winning!