Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Volcarona from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set. This is the second of two Volcarona cards I've reviewed from this set. Volcarona is a stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with an hp of 110. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. This Volcarona card has an Ancient Trait called Stop that says it prevents all effects of your opponent's Abilities used against it. Besides the Ancient Trait, Volcarona has two moves. The first move that this card has is called Burning Scales, for one fire energy card this move does 20 damage plus 20 more damage for each heads you get when you flip two coins. Volcarona's second move is called Wind Wheel and for three energy cards, two colorless and one fire, this move does 80 damage, plus your opponent must switch their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Volcarona is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Larvesta into play (I reviewed Larvesta from this set two days ago) and then evolve Larvesta into Volcarona, there are actually two Volcarona cards from this set, and I'll be comparing both Volcarona cards later in this post.. If you read my review of Larvesta, I thought it was a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card, mainly because it only had one move and that move required two energy cards to use instead of one. However, Larvesta did have an above average HP, and a good move, so it wasn't all bad, and would be a perfect starter in the Larvesta - Volcarona line. So knowing this about Larvesta and looking at this Volcarona, whereas yesterday's card could be really used in any type deck since it required one colorless energy card to set up your bench, this card would work better in a spread damage type deck. I would set this line up on the bench, again using a 1-1 line, then get Volcarona into the active Pokemon spot and use Wind Wheel every turn, depending on when you get it into the active Pokemon spot will determine what happens, you'll either be able to knock out Pokemon each turn that already have damage on them, or after a few turns with Volcarona in the active Pokemon spot you move a Pokemon that can do 10 or 20 damage to each of your opponent's benched Pokemon and knock out multiple Pokemon at once.
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. There really isn't anything that I greatly dislike about this card, it has a higher HP than yesterday's Volcarona card, an Ancient Trait, and two very good moves, both having the potential to do above average damage. So you really can't go wrong with either Volcarona card from this set, it all depends on the strategy you want to go with in your deck, yesterday's card being more a set up card and today's card being more of an attacker. Together with Larvesta from this set I would give the two cards a 4 out of 5 rating.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Volcarona from the Ancient Origins set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Magikarp, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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