Monday, October 5, 2015

Ampharos EX -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Ampharos EX Ancient Origins
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Ampharos EX and Ampharos EX Full Art from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Ampharos EX is a basic, EX, lightning type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Ampharos EX does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Thunder Rod, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to look at the top 4 cards of your deck and attach as many lightning energy cards as you want from the ones you find when looking at the top 4 cards of your deck to Ampharos.  Ampharos' second move is called Sparkling Tail, and for four energy cards, two each of lightning and colorless, this move does 100 damage, this move is not affected by weakness or resistance.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Ampharos EX is a basic Pokemon card you won't need to use any other cards with this card.  But remember, because this card is an EX card, if this card is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  However, Ampharos does have a mega evolution you could use from this set and I will be reviewing that card tomorrow, so this strategy below will act like Ampharos EX does not have an evolution.  So knowing this, on its own, unless you think you can properly utilize Thunder Rod and and get four energy cards on the top of your deck and then use Ampharos' Sparkling Tail move every turn, I would not recommend using this card in a deck.  Because more than likely, it is going to take at least two turns to get this card set up, and 100 damage a turn, nowadays isn't that much, especially from an EX Pokemon.  So I would not recommend using this card in a deck unless you plan on using M Ampharos EX.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, even though it looks cool, is a below average EX Pokemon card from the Ancient Origins set.  This card really doesn't stand out to me and it is a bit disappointing it only has one move that does damage and that move can't be doubled if the defending Pokemon is weak to lightning type deck.  So there are definitely better EX cards to use out there, so again, unless you're using this card with M Ampharos, don't use this card in your deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Ampharos EX from the Ancient Origins set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Ampharos's mega evolution in M Ampharos EX, 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?  Ampharos was one of the first Pokemon I ever leveled up to 100 in the Pokemon games.
Please respond by including the correct answer and a link to your YouTube channel.  Only one entry per person please.


Anthony Mansour said...

Answer: True

Cabal said...



Cardboard Bender said...

True, based on your Q&A video.

Cardboard Bender

Daniel Chen said...

True, you said it in one of your most recent videos.
Daniel Chen

Kai Tung Ng said...

True. Ampharos was one of the first Pokemon you leveled up to Level 100 in the Pokemon games.

Kai Tung Ng

ArtemaPro said...



Chasista said...

True it was.


Vanessa Buda said...



Dante Fasano Rubeis said...

That's true mate (:

Dante Fasano

Dante Fasano Rubeis said...

That's true mate (:

Dante Fasano

Caleb Barnes said...


Bob2079 awesome said...


Martin T said...


Martin T

Christina Lewis said...


Zain Misha said...


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Kenny Crossheart said...

Answer: True

Youtube ID: Kenny Crossheart

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PrimetimePokemon said...

Congrats to Daniel Chen for winning!

fexod said...

Hey PTP.
I highly disagree with your low rating for this card.
With a deck supporting it and a small amount of luck this card can grant you a turn two M Ampharos EX that is ready to attack. All you need is one lightning energy attached to it, and at least one lightning energy in your top 4 cards when using it's Lightning Rod Attack next turn all you need is a Ampharos Spirit Link attached to it, attach one more energy, and if you did not get two energies from the first Lightning Rod, you can even attach another energy to Ampharos EX and use Lightning Rod again, granting you an almost garanteed turn 3 M Ampharos EX that is ready to attack. And dealing 120- 170 Damaga plus the change to paralyse in the third or forth turn is a huge advantage, since this could render most of your opponents pokemon useless, add Rough seas, potions and pokemon centre ladies and victory is yours.