Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swalot from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set. Swalot is a stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost. Swalot does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Poison Gas, this move requires two energy cards, one each of psychic and colorless, and does 30 damage, plus it poisons the defending Pokemon. Swalot's second move is called Swallow Up, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one psychic, and does 50 damage, however, if the defending Pokemon has less HP remaining than Swalot, this move does 100 damage instead of 50.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swalot is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Gulpin into play (I reviewed Gulpin from this set yesterday) and then evolve Gulpin into Swalot. If you read yesterday's review of Gulpin, you'll know that I thought that card was very poor, other than having an average HP, it had a higher retreat cost, and two very poor moves, one needing a coin flip to use and the other requiring three energy cards to do below average damage. So knowing this about Gulpin and looking at this Swalot card, I would definitely consider using a 1-1 line of Gulpin and Swalot in a psychic type deck. I would try my hardest to get Swalot into the active Pokemon spot in the first few turns, that way, as soon as you get three energy cards on Swalot, use Swallow Up every turn and if you're facing Basic Pokemon, they will have less HP remaining than Swalot and thus you should be able to do 100 damage every turn and knock those Basic Pokemon out. I would make sure and include some Potion trainer cards in the deck so that you can keep Swalot's HP high, allowing Swallow Up to do 100 damage every turn. Poison Gas is a solid move, but I would try and use Swallow Up most turns because it can do more damage, but if you plan on retreating Swalot soon, it may be better to poison the defending Pokemon before retreating Swalot.
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 Phantom Forces set. I like that this card has an above average HP, and two good moves. The first move, Poison Gas, not only does damage but poisons the defending Pokemon, and if you play your cards right, Swallow Up can one hit knock out many of your opponent's Pokemon. So if you're building a psychic type deck, I would highly consider using this Pokemon line in a deck. Together with Gulpin, I would give this line a 3 out of 5 rating, combined these two Pokemon are very average.
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