Friday, August 28, 2015

Swellow 71/108 -- Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Review

Swellow Roaring Skies Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swellow from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set.  This is the first of two Swellow cards I'll be reviewing consecutively.  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 card retreat cost.  Swellow does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Clutch, for one colorless energy card this move does 20 damage, plus it makes your opponent unable to retreat during their next turn.  Swellow's second move is called Aerial Ace and for three colorless energy cards does 60 damage plus 30 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.

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, there are actually two Swellow cards from this set, and I'll be reviewing the second one tomorrow and then comparing the two.  If you read yesterday's review of Taillow, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, it had a low HP, and the only move it had was a coin flip based move, meaning it could do above average damage every single turn or do no damage at all, so I recommended looking elsewhere for a Basic Pokemon card to use in your deck.  So knowing this about Taillow and looking at this specific Swellow card, you may consider using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family, keeping Taillow on the bench and evolving it into Swellow, once you get three energy cards on Swellow, it can do above average damage every single turn if you flip a heads, so it is best to use this card with Trick Coin.  Also, if you have to put Taillow into the active Pokemon spot early, try your hardest to evolve it right away then you can do 20 damage every turn.

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 Roaring Skies set.  This card doesn't blow me away by any means, but it is a solid card overall, having an average HP, and two good moves.  I would definitely consider using this Pokemon line if you are in a jam needing two more cards, however, combined I would give these two cards only a 2 out of 5 rating, I am just not that big of a fan of Taillow.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Swellow from the Roaring Skies set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Swellow card, 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 --
True or False?  Swellow is the only Stage 1 Pokemon in the Roaring Skies set to have two cards.
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.


Kenny Crossheart said...

Answer: false

Youtube ID: Kenny Crossheart

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Eragon Legend said...



Martin T said...


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Chasista said...

False, Banette has 2 cards too.


Florian Memmel said...

This statement is false


PrimetimePokemon said...

Congrats to Chasista for winning!