Saturday, October 24, 2015

Malamar -- Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Review

Malamar Ancient Origins Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar from the Ancient Origins Pokemon Card Set.  Malamar is a stage 1, darkness type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  This Malamar card does not have an Ancient Trait or an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Entangling Control, for one colorless energy card this move allows you to switch one of your opponent's benched Pokemon with their active Pokemon, their new active Pokemon is then confused.  Malamar's second move is called Trash Tentacle, for one darkness energy card, this move does 30 damage, and it also allows you to move a card from your discard pile to your hand.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Malamar is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Inkay into play (I reviewed Inkay from this set yesterday) and then evolve Inkay into Malamar.  If you read yesterday's review of Inkay, you'll know that I thought that card was a slightly below average Pokemon card, the main two reasons being the card was limited in what it could do having only one move and that move only being able to do 10 damage, and secondly, the fact the card had a below average HP of only 50.  So knowing this about Inkay and looking at this Malamar card, I may consider using a 1-1 line of these two Pokemon in a spread damage type deck.  I would set this line up on the bench, make sure the opponent's Pokemon have plenty of damage on them, then if I were to move Malamar to the active Pokemon spot, I could use Entangling Control, move one of the benched Pokemon that has a lot of damage on it to the active Pokemon spot, confuse it, and potentially have the opponent knock out their own Pokemon when attacking.  Other than that, Malamar could be used to retrieve cards from your discard pile in addition to doing damage, but I would rather use a Trainer card for this.

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 Ancient Origins set.  This card isn't great by any means, but it is definitely worth a look in spread damage type decks.  I do like that this card has two moves, both pretty quick, however this card can't do the greatest of damage so that limits its potential.  Together with Inkay from this set, which I gave a 2 out of 5 rating, I would give these two Pokemon a 2 out of 5 rating, there are better Pokemon lines to use out there.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Malamar from the Ancient Origins set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Beldum, 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 --
How many total darkness type Pokemon cards are in the Ancient Origins set?
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.

19 comments:

Tech Draconis said...

There are 5
Techdraconis
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQcLGHnp7Z-SjyQvem1J7Lw

Cabal said...

There are a total of 7 darkness type Pokemon cards in the Ancient Origins set which are Tyraniter EX (42/98, Rare Holo ex), Mega Tyraniter EX (43/98, Rare Holo ex), Sabeleye (44/98, Uncommon), Inkay (45/98, Common), Malamar (46/98, Common), Tyraniter EX Full Art (91/98, Rare Ultra) and Mega Tyraniter EX Full Art (92/98, Rare Ultra). Your question asked for total darkness type Pokemon cards meaning Full Art cards should be counted separately as another card than their regular art counterparts.

cabalw

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnLY5kCyPH6tBOPfSjiVg

atif said...

there are 5 dark pokemon

Atif Ali

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT6pF39udUTHeVjIHyapCCQ

Vanessa Buda said...

5

VanessaBuda

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk2xD7O0tYOAV9dkhgjrflw

Hoopa EX said...

There are 5 Darkness type Pokemon Cards in the Ancient Origins set.

Hoopa EX

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIABBCybvc7rp1sVvdPi_vg

Zain Misha said...

5

Zain misha

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCK8hJIdqb-C38qG0ejJ7cag

tim van kekem said...

5, 7 if you count FA

Tim van Kekem

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_RIHfjdWsxzQPgk8tJ4gTQ

Chasista said...

There are a total of 8 darkness type cards in the Ancient Origins set. 7 of them are from 5 different pokémon, 2 of them with 2 arts, and 1 Special darkness energy (Dangerous energy) card.

Chasista

https://www.youtube.com/user/Chasista

Juan said...

5 unique, 7 counting FA

Juan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyxfH4Ogvk6XNKnLLIWEHdQ

Kai Tung Ng said...

There are a total of 7 Darkness-Type Pokemon cards in the Ancient Origins expansion, which are Tyranitar EX (Rare Holo EX: 42/98); Mega Tyranitar EX (Rare Holo EX: 43/98); Sableye (Uncommon: 44/98); Inkay (Common: 45/98); Malamar (Common: 46/98); Tyranitar EX Full Art (Rare Ultra: 91/98); Mega Tyranitar EX Full Art (Rare Ultra: 92/98).

Kai Tung Ng

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_wX6pMW7wFZFmb9E3XmOw

zus said...

There are 7 darkness type Pokemon CARDS in Ancient Origins expansion

kristijanzus

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXNTnnMCMNEio3hzWVRIOhQ

Martin T said...

Seven if you include FA

Martin T

https://www.youtube.com/user/BRISINGRRRRR

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Kenny Crossheart said...

Answer: 5

Youtube ID: Kenny Crossheart

Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFFgK9JQ5MDpVQ9oizfVM6w

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giri venkatesh said...

There are 5

giri venkatesh

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCALitFRbhj21obkzF4OoVAg

blackworld7 said...

There are a total of 7 Darkness-Type Pokemon cards in the Ancient Origins expansion.

Venkatesh Ask said...

There are total of 9 Darkness-Type Pokemon cards

Venkatesh Ask

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMUvMYa9MUnElW5wrnJBZ0w

PrimetimePokemon said...

Congrats to Cabal for winning!