Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Helioptile from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set. This is the second consecutive Helioptile card I have reviewed. Helioptile is a Basic, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 50. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Helioptile does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Quick Attack, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, it does 10 more damage. Helioptile's second move is called Static Shock, this move does 30 damage for three energy cards, two colorless and one lightning.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Helioptile is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Heliolisk, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon. However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution, however I will compare the two Helioptile cards in this set later in the post. So, on its own this card could be used as a starter type Pokemon, since it can do up to 20 damage for only one energy card. So really, either Helioptile card could be used in a deck without Heliolisk. I myself would go with the one from yesterday because it can do up to 50 damage per turn, it is just a little slower but it does have more energy. If you choose to use this card in a deck, don't use more than 1 or 2, get it into the active Pokemon spot right away, and use Quick Attack every turn. I would attach the Trick Coin tool card to this card thus giving you a better shot at getting a heads when using the move. That way, you only have to put one energy card on Helioptile and then can set up the Pokemon on your bench. I wouldn't use Static Shock on this card unless I was planning on evolving Helioptile into Heliolisk, it requires too many energy cards and does too little damage plus a Pokemon with only 50 HP shouldn't need 3 energy cards to attack.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set. Both cards Helioptile cards from this set are average cards, but the one from yesterday is definitely better. If this card had a little better HP, they would be quite even, but because it only has 50, I would recommend yesterday's card more. I do like that this card can attack for only one energy card, which is an advantage over the slower, more powerful Helioptile card from yesterday. So if you are building a lightning type deck, either Helioptile card would work.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Helioptile from the Phantom Forces set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Helioptile's Stage 1 evolution in Heliolisk, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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