Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gyarados from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set. This is the first of two Gyarados cards I'll be reviewing consecutively. Gyarados is a stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with an hp of 130. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost. Gyarados does not have an Ability or Ancient Trait but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Berserker Splash and for three energy cards, two colorless and one water, this move does 80 damage, plus this card does 10 damage to each benched Pokemon in play, yours and your opponent's. Gyarados' second move is called Aqua Tail and for four energy cards, three colorless and one water, this move does 90 damage plus 30 more damage for each heads you get when you flip a coin for each water energy attached to Gyarados.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gyarados is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Magikarp into play (I reviewed Magikarp from this set yesterday) and then evolve Magikarp into Gyarados, there are actually two Gyarados 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 Magikarp, you'll know that I thought the card was very poor, just like all Magikarp cards are, having a very low HP, and a very low chance of actually doing any damage when attacking, so you'll definitely want to keep Magikarp on the bench at all times. So knowing this about Magikarp and looking at this Gyarados card, if you're building a water type deck and need some power, this card may be worth a look. I would not use more than one of these in a deck however just because it is so slow on the attack. There are two different things you can do with this card, the first would be to use Berserker Splash often, but you would want to be able to either quickly remove the damage you do to your own Pokemon or take that damage and apply it to your opponent's Pokemon. The second thing you could use Gyarados for, would be its Aqua Tail move, this is the move I would use most times, attach four water type energy cards to it, and potentially do 210 damage a turn, Trick Coin is definitely a card you'll want to attach to Gyarados to have a better chance at doing so much damage.
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 Ancient Origins set. The only downfall on this card is that it is so slow on the attack, but because Magikarp is so slow, you're going to want to set up this line on the bench anyway, other than that this card has a high HP and two very good moves, you can't go wrong using this card in a deck. Together with Magikarp, I would give these two cards a 3 out of 5 rating.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Gyarados from the Ancient Origins set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of the second Gyarados card, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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