Saturday, January 31, 2015

Zweilous -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Zweilous Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Zweilous from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card set.  Zweilous is a stage 1, dragon type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fairy type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Zweilous does not have an Ability and it only has one move, the only move that this card has is called Slam, this move requires two energy cards, one each of darkness and psychic, and does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Zweilous is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Deino into play (I reviewed Deino from this set yesterday) and then evolve Deino into Zweilous.  Zweilous does have a stage 2 evolution in Hydreigon that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Zweilous is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Deino, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card mainly because of its low HP, and the fact the only move it had required two distinct types of energy cards and it couldn't attack for only one energy card.  So knowing this about Deino and looking at this Zweilous card, I would not recommend using this card in a deck without using Hydreigon.  I say this because Zweilous again, like Deino requires two distinct types of energy cards to attack, plus its only move, may end up doing no damage at all every single turn.  So I cannot recommend a strategy at all to use with this card because there is not a situation where I would recommend using Deino and Zweilous without using Hydreigon, and then I would set up the entire line on the bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a well below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Besides having an average HP, everything else on this card are well below average.  Its only move may end up doing zero damage every turn, and this card requires two unique energy cards to attack, thus making this card need a pretty specific deck to use.  So combining with Deino from this set, both are below average, and would get a 1 out of 5 rating from me, stay away from both Pokemon cards.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Deino -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Deino Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Deino from the Phantom Forces set. Deino is a basic, dragon type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fairy type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Deino does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Gnaw Off, this move requires two energy cards to use, one each of darkness and psychic, and does 20 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, it does 10 more damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Deino is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Zweilous and a stage 2 evolution in Hydreigon, which I'll be reviewing the next two days, you'll more than likely want to use those cards with this Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolutions.  So on its own, I would not recommend using this card in a deck since it has a lower HP, and requires two energy cards to attack, and two different energy cards at that.  So unless you're specifically building a darkness and psychic type deck, I would leave this card alone at all costs.  If you do choose to use this card in a deck, use only one on its own, and try and get it into the active Pokemon spot early in the game.  Because you are flipping the coin when using Gnaw Off, you could use Trick Coin with this card and have two chances to flip a heads so it would do 30 damage a turn instead of 20, and if you could do 30 damage a turn, you could knock out some Basic Pokemon in only two turns.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  The one move that Deino does have is average, but this card has too low of an HP for me to want to use, and the only move it does have requires two energy cards instead of one, so it is on the slower side.  So like I said in the previous section, unless you're building the specific dual type deck this card requires or you plan on using Zweilous and Hydreigon, do not use this card in a deck.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diancie -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Diancie Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Diancie from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Diancie is a basic, fairy type Pokemon card with an hp of 90, it has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Diancie does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Sparkle, for one fairy type energy card this move makes your opponent flip a coin before attacking next turn, if they get a tails, all effects of that attack are prevented.  Diancie's second move is called Diamond Storm, this move requires three energy cards to use, two fairy and one colorless, and does 60 damage, plus it heals 30 damage from each of your fairy type Pokemon in play.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Diancie is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, I would highly recommend using this card in a deck only if your deck is mostly a fairy type deck.  The strategy then would be to get Diancie set up on the bench, getting three energy cards on it, then use your other fairy type Pokemon in the active Pokemon spot first, get some damage on all of them, but retreat them before they feint, then move Diancie into the active Pokemon spot and use Diamond Storm every turn thus healing 30 damage from each of your fairy type Pokemon on the bench and doing 60 damage to the defending Pokemon.  If you do get this card into the active Pokemon spot to start the game, I would hope for the opponent to have some bad luck and get tails every time when flipping a coin, and use Sparkle every turn to try and prevent your opponent from attacking and to give you time to set up your benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set, and a slightly above average Basic Pokemon card if you're using this card in a majority fairy type deck.  This card has a good HP and low retreat cost, and two average moves, unless you have mostly fairy type cards in your deck, than Diamond Storm is a well above average move.  So like I stated in the strategy section of this post, this card will be very good in a fairy type deck and every fairy type deck out there should include this card in their deck.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dedenne -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Dedenne Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Dedenne from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Dedenne is a basic, fairy type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, it has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Dedenne does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Nuzzle, this move requires one colorless energy card and if you get a heads when flipping a coin, the defending Pokemon is paralyzed.  Dedenne's second move is called Spiral Drain, this move requires three energy cards to use, two colorless and one fairy, and does 60 damage, plus it heals 20 damage from Dedenne.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Dedenne is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, I wouldn't highly recommend using this card in a deck because it is slow on the attack and has a lower HP than you'd like a Pokemon that takes three energy cards to attack to have.  The one move that does damage on this card isn't bad, doing average damage and healing Dedenne, but if you want to use this card later in the game, it is pretty much a guarantee it will get knocked out in two turns or less.  This card wouldn't be the worst card to use in a deck however, since it requires mostly colorless energy cards.  You could either start the game with this card in the active Pokemon spot and paralyze the defending Pokemon to start until getting three energy cards on Dedenne and then using Spiral Drain thereafter, or you could leave this card on your bench, and move it to the active Pokemon spot when you do get three energy cards on Dedenne.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Other than being a bit slow on the attack, and having a little lower HP than most Basic Pokemon cards without an evolution, I am still giving this card an average rating because it does have two moves, a low retreat cost, and can not only do 60 damage a turn, but heal 20 damage a turn from itself.  So if you're building a fairy type deck, this card is definitely worth consideration.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Slurpuff -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Slurpuff Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slurpuff from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Slurpuff is a stage 1, fairy type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Slurpuff's Ability is called Tasting and says that once per turn you may draw a card, if Slurpuff is in the active Pokemon spot you can draw two cards total.  Besides the Ability, Slurpuff just has one move called Light Pulse, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one fairy, and does 60 damage plus it prevents all effects of an attack other than damage done to Slurpuff during your opponent's next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Slurpuff is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Swirlix into play (I reviewed Swirlix from this set yesterday) and then evolve Swirlix into Slurpuff.  If you read yesterday's review of Swirlix, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, mainly because the only damage it could do required two energy cards instead of one, because other than that the card had a decent HP, low retreat cost, and two moves.  So knowing this about Swirlix and looking at this Slurpuff card, I could see using a 1-1 line of Swirlix and Slurpuff in a fairy type deck.  I wouldn't include too many of either Pokemon because neither Pokemon is that great, I would use Slurpuff mainly for its Ability allowing me to draw an extra card every single turn.  The one move that Slurpuff does have is about average for requiring three energy cards, but since this is only a Stage 1 card, and only has 90 HP, I would look elsewhere if you want to use a move that does 90 damage a 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 Phantom Forces set.  This card has an average HP, above average Ability, average move, and low retreat cost.  It is about as solid of a card you'll find out there, but it doesn't do anything special therefore I am giving this card just an average rating.  Together with Swirlix from this set, I'll give them a 3 out of 5 rating, they could definitely be used in a deck, but only as fillers if you don't have better Pokemon to use.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Swirlix -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Swirlix Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swirlix from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Swirlix is a basic, fairy type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Swirlix does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Lick Away, for one fairy type energy card this move removes all special conditions from Swirlix.  Swirlix's second move is called Tackle, for two colorless energy cards this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Swirlix is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Slurpuff, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own you could definitely use one of these in a fairy type deck, or really any type deck since its main move requires colorless energy, but I would be careful in how many you choose to use or if you use this card at all.  This card does have an average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves.  I would use this card mainly for Tackle, it is an average move, a little slow to use but should be effective early in the game.  Lick Away doesn't do much for me, because if you use this card at the start of the game, it is more than likely not going to have any special conditions inflicted upon it.  So if you use this card, try and get it into the active Pokemon spot to start the game then use Tackle every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Swirlix, this card is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  I really wanted to give this card a 3 out of 5 rating because it has average everything, but I am not a big fan of Lick Away and I wish the card could have done 10 damage plus remove all special conditions with that move.  So if you are building a deck and need one more card in it, this card is definitely worth a look.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Florges EX -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Florges EX Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Florges EX and Florges EX Full Art from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Florges EX is a basic, EX, fairy type Pokemon card with an hp of 160. It has a x2 weakness to metal type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to darkness type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Florges does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Lead, for one fairy type energy card this move allows you to search your deck for a supporter card and put it into your hand.  Florges's second move is called Bright Garden, for two energy cards, one each of fairy and colorless, this move does 20 damage times the number of grass and fairy type Pokemon you have in play.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Florges 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.  So knowing this about Florges EX, the only time I would even consider using this card in a deck is if you're using solely grass, fairy or a combination of both types in a deck.  I say this because if you're not using these types, this card can hardly do any damage for an EX card.  So if you are using this card in the specified type deck, I would wait until you have a full bench, then get Florges into the active Pokemon spot and use Bright Garden every single turn.  I would much rather use a different trainer card or supporter card in my deck instead of using Florges for its Lead move.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average EX Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Like I mentioned, if you aren't using this card in a majority grass and/or fairy type deck, do not use this card at all, and it would get a 1 rating from me.  If you do decide to use this card in a deck, I would recommend using only one since this card may end up doing only 20 damage a turn if you only have Florges in play.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Klefki -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Klefki Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Klefki from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Klefki is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, it has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Klefki does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Call for Family, this move requires one metal energy card and it allows you to search for 2 basic Pokemon from your deck and put them onto your bench.  Klefki's second move is called Dull Light, this move requires two energy cards, one each of metal and colorless, and does 20 damage, plus it confuses the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Klefki is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, this card could definitely be used in a metal type deck as a starter type Pokemon because it can perform a move for only one energy card and get your bench set up fast, but I would rather use a Trainer card instead of this card in a deck.  If you do choose to use this card in your deck, make sure and not use more than one of Klefki, get it into the active Pokemon spot early in the game and get two energy cards on it, so once you get two Basic Pokemon on your bench, you can use Dull Light every turn and confuse the defending Pokemon, thus giving you even more time to set up your benched Pokemon if your opponent tries attacking and ends up doing damage to themselves.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Other than just being able to do a maximum of 20 damage a turn, this card will work well as a starter.  It has a high HP, and two decent moves, one that can help you set up your bench, the other a move that does average damage plus confuses the defending Pokemon.  So if you're building a metal type deck and need one more card to use in it, this card is definitely a possibility.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Aegislash EX -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Aegislash Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Aegislash EX from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Aegislash EX is a basic, EX, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Aegislash's Ability is called Mighty Shield and this ability prevents of all done from your opponent's attacks if they are using special energy cards for their attacks.  Besides the Ability, Aegislash just has one move called Slash Blast, this move requires three colorless energy cards and does 40 damage plus 20 more damage for each metal energy attached to Aegislash.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Aegislash 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.  So knowing this about Aegislash EX, you could definitely use one of these cards in any type deck just for its Ability.  Even though Slash Blast would only do 40 damage without any metal energy cards, you could give yourself plenty of time to set up the rest of your Pokemon if the opponent cannot use a Special energy card to attack.  However, if you do want to use this EX card in your deck, it would be much better if you attached metal energy cards to it so placing it in a metal type deck would be your best strategy.  That way you could do 100 damage a turn if you attached 3 metal energy cards to it.  So, if you want to use this card in a deck, try to use it in a mostly metal type deck and attach only metal energy cards to it, then the earlier you get this card into the active Pokemon spot the better, not only will it do 100 damage a turn, but if your opponent is using mostly Special energy cards in their deck, they won't be able to attack at all, which will give Aegislash free reign on your opponent's Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average EX Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set, even though I am giving it an average rating, it has the potential to be well above average if you use it exclusively in a metal type deck and your opponent uses mostly Special energy cards.  The probably of those two things happening is unlikely so that is why I am giving this card an average rating, there are definitely better EX cards to use out there, but this one isn't too bad.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Escavalier -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Escavalier Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Escavalier from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Escavalier is a stage 1, metal type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Escavalier does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Poke Through, for one metal energy card this move does 20 damage, plus you get to discard a random card from your opponent's hand.  Escavalier's second move is called Sprial Rush, this move requires three energy cards to use, one metal and two colorless, and does 60 damage plus 30 more damage for each heads you get when you flip a coin until you get tails.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Escavalier is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Karrablast into play (I reviewed Karrablast from this set a few weeks ago) and then evolve Karrablast into Escavalier.  If you read my review of Karrablast, you'll know that I thought that card was a very solid Basic Pokemon card other than having a low HP, because it could either do 10 damage for one energy card or 20 damage for two.  One thing to note on these two cards is that Karrablast is a grass type card and requires one grass energy card to attack while Escavalier is a metal type Pokemon requiring metal energy.  So if you want to use this line in a deck, you'll probably want to be building a dual type deck of grass and metal or use special energy cards that can act as either type.  This Pokemon line is definitely worth of at least a 1-1 line in a deck, you could use Karrablast right away in the game and then evolve into Escavalier when you get it into your hand, or you could set up this line on the bench and waiting until Escavalier has three energy cards on it before moving it to the active Pokemon spot.  I would recommend using Spiral Rush every single turn, and would even recommend attaching a Trick Coin tool card to this so you have a better shot at doing more than 60 damage a turn.

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 Phantom Forces set.  The only thing I don't like about this card is its retreat cost, which is fairly high.  Other than that, this card has a great HP, and two good moves, one is quick and does not only damage but discards a card from your opponent's hand, the other does major damage for only three energy cards.  So if you're building a grass and metal type deck and are looking for some power, this line is definitely recommended, I would give this line a 3 out of 5 rating overall.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heatran -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Heatran Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Heatran from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Heatran is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 130, it has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Heatran does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Steel Drop, for three energy cards, two colorless and one metal, this move does 40 damage plus 40 more damage if there is a Stadium card in play.  Heatran's second move is called Steam Blast, this move requires four energy cards to use, two each of metal and colorless, and does 130 damage, however you must discard an energy attached to Heatran after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Heatran is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, I would definitely not recommend using more than one of these cards in a deck since they are so slow on the attack.  If you decide to use one of these cards in your deck, set it up on the bench and get at least four energy cards on it.  That way, you can use Steam Blast multiple turns in a row.  I would recommend this card more if you use a Stadium card in your deck, if you do, feel free to use up to two of these cards, since you'd be able to do 80 damage a turn with Steel Drop.  But because this card is so slow on the attack and neither move is that great, I wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Even though this card has a very high HP and two moves that potentially can do a lot of damage, I'm giving this card a below average rating because both moves this card has are extremely slow to use and both moves are not that great in my opinion.  So unless you need a slow, but somewhat powerful card in your deck, I would avoid this card altogether.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dialga EX -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Dialga EX Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Dialga EX and Dialga EX Full Art secret rare from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Dialga EX is a basic, EX, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 180. It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Dialga does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Chrono Wind, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one metal, and does 60 damage, plus if the defending Pokemon is an EX, it can't attack during their next turn.  Dialga's second move is called Full Metal Impact and this move requires four energy cards to use, two each of metal and colorless, and does 150 damage per turn, however after using the move you must discard two metal energy cards attached to Dialga.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Dialga 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.  So knowing this about Dialga EX, I would mainly want to obtain this card, especially the secret rare version to keep in my collection, because ultimately this EX card just isn't that good.  I wouldn't recommend using the card in your deck, but I suppose you could include one in a metal type deck and get at least three energy cards on it on the bench, that way, it may prevent your opponent from wanting to use an EX since you can prevent it from attacking by using Chrono Wind.  You could also try and put 4 or 6 energy cards on Dialga so you could use Full Metal Impact multiple turns and potentially one hit knock out two Pokemon in a row.  If you could figure out a way to quickly reattach the cards you have to discard with this move to Dialga, this card would be much better and make an awesome deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, besides being a really cool looking Full Art card, I wouldn't recommend using this card in a deck and consider it a below average EX Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  Besides having a high HP and being able to do 150 damage per turn, this card is slow on the attack and can only do average damage every turn without having to discard any energy cards.  So if you're building a metal type deck, this card is worth a look, but I wouldn't consider it very long.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Bronzong -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Bronzong Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Bronzong from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Bronzong is a stage 1, metal type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Bronzong's Ability is called Metal Links and allows you once per turn to move a metal energy card from your discard pile to one of your benched Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Bronzong just has one move called Hammer In, this move requires three energy cards to use, two metal and one colorless, and does 60 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Bronzong is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Bronzor into play (I reviewed Bronzor from this set yesterday) and then evolve Bronzor into Bronzong.  If you read yesterday's review of Bronzor, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, mainly because it was severely limited in what it could do only having one move that did 10 damage and a low HP.  So knowing this about Bronzor and looking at this Bronzong card, the only way I would use this card in a deck is if one I was building a metal type deck, and two, I needed a quick way to get energy cards on my benched Pokemon.  If these two cases are true, I would include a 1-1 line of Bronzor and Bronzong in a deck and keep Bronzong on the bench the whole time, utilizing its Ability whenever you can move an energy card from your discard pile to one of your benched Pokemon.  The one move that Bronzong does have is average, so the card could be used in the active Pokemon spot if needed, but I would prefer to utilize this card only for its Ability.

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 Phantom Forces set.  Besides having a very good Ability to use in a metal type deck, this card is average overall, it has an average HP, and an average move, but a fairly high retreat cost and the one move that this card does have is slow to set up.  Together with Bronzor from this set, which I gave a 2 rating, I would give both of these Pokemon a 2 rating, just because they won't be that great unless you're using a majority of metal type Pokemon in your deck.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bronzor -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Bronzor Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Bronzor from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Bronzor is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Bronzor does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Tackle, this move requires one metal energy card and does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Bronzor is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Bronzong, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own I would not use this card in a deck because it is too limited in what it can do, has a low HP, and the only move it does have needs a specific type of energy card to attack.  If you choose to use this card on its own, or to use it with Bronzong, your only strategy when using this card will be to either use Tackle every turn or evolve Bronzor into Bronzong as soon as possible.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Bronzong, this card is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  Like I stated in the strategy section of this post, this card is just very poor overall having a low HP, and one weak move.  So if you're building a metal type deck and looking for Basic Pokemon cards to use in it, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Skarmory -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Skarmory Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Skarmory from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Skarmory is a basic, metal type Pokemon card with an hp of 100, it has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Skarmory does not have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move that this card has is called Slash, for two colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage.  Skarmory's second move is called Iron Wing, for three energy cards, two metal and one colorless, this move does 90 damage, however you must discard a metal energy attached to Skarmory after using this move.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Skarmory is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, this card could work well as a starter type Pokemon early in a game.  You could get two energy cards on it, any type really, then use Slash every turn.  Since it has a pretty high HP, it should give you plenty of time to get your benched Pokemon set up.  If you can't get this card into the active Pokemon spot right away, you could stock up energy cards on this card and then when it is in the active Pokemon spot you could use Iron Wing several turns in a row without having to add energy cards to Skarmory.  Because this card doesn't evolve and neither move it has is beyond average, I would only use one of these cards in a deck if I chose to use it at all.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I do like that this card has an above average HP and two moves.  If Iron Wing could do 90 damage without discarding an energy card, I would like this card a lot better, but because both moves are pretty average, I am giving this card an average rating overall.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Malamar EX -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Malamar EX Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Malamar EX and Malamar EX Full Art from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Malamar EX is a basic, EX, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost.  Malamar's Ability is called Hyper Hypnosis, this ability makes the defending Pokemon go to sleep anytime any energy card is attached to Malamar EX.  Besides the Ability, Malamar just has one move called MAXamar, this move requires two energy cards, one each of darkness and colorless, and does 60 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip a coin for each energy card attached to this Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, because Malamar 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.  So knowing this about Malamar EX, I would really only use one of these cards in a deck since it requires quite a few energy cards to make sure this card does damage.  So I would include one of these in a deck, keep it on the bench for awhile putting the defending Pokemon to sleep each time you attach an energy card to Malamar, I would get 4 energy cards on Malamar before moving it to the active Pokemon spot, I would then attack a Trick Coin tool card to Malamar and use MAXamar, that way you have a good shot of flipping a majority heads.  The main reason I would only use one of these in a deck is because its only move is based on coin flips and this doesn't bode well for a card that gives your opponent two prize cards if it is knocked out.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic, EX Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  This card can definitely pack a punch, that is if you flip several heads.  That is the main reason I'm giving this card an average rating because of this.  Other than that, Malamar's Ability is quite good, and I may even think about using this card just for its Ability if I could find away to move energy cards from Malamar to one of my other Pokemon in play.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Liepard -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Liepard Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Liepard from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Liepard 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.  Liepard does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Gentle Bite, for one darkness energy card this move does 10 damage, plus any damage done by attacks from the defending Pokemon is reduced by 60.  Liepard's second move is called mach Claw, this move requires two darkness energy cards and does 40 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Liepard is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Purrloin into play (I reviewed Purrloin from this set yesterday) and then evolve Purrloin into Liepard.  If you read yesterday's review of Purrloin, you'll know that I thought that card was a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  It had one good move, but it was limited with only having one move and a low HP.  So knowing this about Purrloin and looking at this Liepard card, if you want to give yourself some time to set up your benched Pokemon, it may be a good idea to include a 1-1 line of Purrloin and Liepard in your deck.  You could try and get Purrloin into the active Pokemon spot to start the game, paralyze the defending Pokemon the first turn, evolve Purrloin into Liepard the second, and then use Gentle Bite after that, preventing your opponent from doing any damage at all with their weak, Basic Pokemon.  I wouldn't include more than one each of both Pokemon in this line because neither can do much for damage, but both cards are very good defensively and can give you time to set up your bench, and both have low retreat costs.

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 Phantom Forces set.  Like I said in the strategy section of this post, this card is very good on on the defensive side and has a low retreat cost, but because it can't do major damage I cannot give this card higher than an average rating.  Together with Purrloin from this set, I would give both a 3 out of 5 rating, they both could be used together in a darkness type deck.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Purrloin -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Purrloin Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Purrloin from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Purrloin is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 50.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Purrloin does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Fake Out, for one darkness energy card this move does 10 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, the defending Pokemon is paralyzed.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Purrloin is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Liepard, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own if you're desperate for one more Basic Pokemon to use in your darkness type deck, this card could work well, especially early on in the game.  Despite having a lower HP, this card's only move is quick and not only does damage but could paralyze the defending Pokemon making more time for you to set up your benched Pokemon.  So strategy with this card would be to get it into the active Pokemon spot early and use Fake Out every turn.  Like I mentioned, do not use more than one of these in a deck because this card is quite limited with only one move and a lower HP.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Purrloin, this card is a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  This card could be used in a deck on its own, but because it only has 50 HP, I would recommend looking elsewhere.  If you decide to use this Purrloin card with Liepard, it definitely is a good card to use because it can attack quickly and paralyze your opponent, but on its own, it is just too limited of a card.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spiritomb -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Spiritomb Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Spiritomb from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Spiritomb is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 70, it does not have a weakness or resistance, but it does have a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Spiritomb does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called B Cancel, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage, plus it prevents your opponent from evolving one of their Pokemon during their next turn.  Spiritomb's second move is called Confuse Ray, this move requires two energy cards, one each of darkness and colorless, and does 30 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin it confuses the defending Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Spiritomb is a basic Pokemon with no evolutions, you only have to use this Pokemon in your deck if you want to use this card.  With that being said, I definitely wouldn't use more than one of these in a deck if you choose to use one at all.  If you do choose to use one of these in a deck, you would want to get it into the active Pokemon spot early in the game, that way you could prevent your opponent from setting up their Pokemon by using B Cancel and then preventing your opponent from attacking by using Confuse Ray.  Both moves on this card are pretty quick so it would work well as a starter type Pokemon, I just wish the HP would be a bit higher since it doesn't evolve at all.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I like how this card has two pretty good moves, plus a low retreat cost.  If you're building a darkness type deck, this card is definitely worth consideration, especially to be used as a starter type Pokemon.  So you can't go wrong with using this card in your deck, but I wouldn't use more than one of these.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Mightyena -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Mightyena Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Mightyena from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Mightyena 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.  Mightyena does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Crunch, for two energy cards, one each of darkness and colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin, you get to discard an energy card attached to your opponent's active Pokemon.  Mightyena's second move is called Darkness Fang, for three energy cards, two colorless and one darkness, this move does 80 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Mightyena is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Poochyena into play (I reviewed Poochyena from this set yesterday) and then evolve Poochyena into Mightyena.  If you read yesterday's review of Poochyena, you'll know that I thought that card was a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  It was really pretty good overall with an average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, but it really could only do 10 damage per turn because the second move it had was entirely based on the flip of a coin.  So knowing this about Poochyena and looking at this Mightyena card, if you're building a darkness type deck and need a bit of power in it, this Pokemon family is worth considering.  I wouldn't use more than a 1-1 line of Poochyena and Mightyena and try and get Mightyena into the active Pokemon spot with three energy cards on it as soon as possible in the game.  That way you can do 80 damage a turn and knock out most Basic Pokemon in one move, almost all Pokemon in two moves.  As strong as Darkness Fang is, the one thing you'll have to be careful of later in games is that Mightyena only has 90 HP, so it could get knocked out fairly fast.

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 Phantom Forces set.  There really isn't anything that I dislike about this card, but there just isn't anything on this card that wows me either.  I really like that this card can do 80 damage a turn plus the fact it has two moves.  Pair it with Poochyena from this set, and I would give the two a 3 out of 5 rating, they definitely could be used in a darkness type deck.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Poochyena -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Poochyena Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Poochyena from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Poochyena is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Poochyena does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Bite, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Poochyena's second move is called Lunge, for two energy cards, one each of darkness and colorless, this move does 30 damage, however you must flip a coin when using this move and if you don't get a heads when flipping, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Poochyena is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Mightyena, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own I would not recommend using this card in a deck, the main reason being this card is quite limited in what it can do.  Even though it does have an average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, Bite is the only move you can count on because Lunge is based on a coin flip.  So if you're looking to just include a basic, darkness type Pokemon in your deck, I would look elsewhere, if you have to use this card in your deck, don't use more than 1 and stick to using Bite every turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Mightyena, this card is a slightly below average Basic Pokemon card.  Like I stated above, there are plenty of good things about this card, like the fact it has two moves, and a decent HP, but because this card can really only for sure do 10 damage a turn, I can't give this card an average rating.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Honchkrow -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Honchkrow Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Honchkrow from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Honchkrow is a stage 1, darkness type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Honchkrow does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Hypnoblast, this move requires one darkness energy card and does 20 damage and puts the opponent's active Pokemon to sleep.  Honchkrow's second move is called Nightmare Mambo, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one darkness, and does 60 damage, plus it does 60 more damage if the defending Pokemon is asleep.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Honchkrow is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Murkrow into play (I reviewed Murkrow from this set yesterday) and then evolve Murkrow into Honchkrow.  If you read yesterday's review of Murkrow, you'll know that I thought that card was an average Basic Pokemon card, it could do damage for only one energy card or you could choose to put 3 energy cards on it and do even more damage.  So knowing this about Murkrow and looking at this Honchkrow card, I would definitely recommend using a 1-1 line of Murkrow and Honchkrow in a darkness type deck.  Both of these Pokemon together could get you attacking early in the game and if you get Honchkrow into the active Pokemon spot soon enough, put the defending Pokemon to sleep.  I would definitely try and use Hypnoblast first then Nightmare Mambo second to do 140 damage over two turns, of course if the defending Pokemon only has 120 HP or less, there is no point in using Hypnoblast first unless you don't want that defending Pokemon to attack you.

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 Phantom Forces set.  This card is definitely a great card to use in your deck, it has an above average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves that both work well together, one putting the defending Pokemon to sleep (and doing damage) and the other doing double the damage if the defending Pokemon is asleep.  So together with Murkrow from this set, I would give this line a 4 out of 5 rating, it is definitely worth a long look at using this Pokemon family in a darkness type deck.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Murkrow -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Murkrow Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Murkrow from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Murkrow is a basic, darkness type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Murkrow does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Ambush, this move requires one darkness energy card and does 10 damage plus 10 more damage if you get a heads when you flip a coin.  Murkrow's second move is called Wing Attack, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one darkness and does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Murkrow is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Honchkrow, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own this card could be used as a starter type Pokemon in a deck because it has a good HP and low retreat cost plus two moves, the first requiring only one energy card and doing up to 20 damage per turn.  So if you're building a darkness type deck, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this card for your deck, and I would recommend using up to two of these in a deck getting this card into the active Pokemon spot early in the game and using Ambush every turn.  Unless you're using this card with Honchkrow, I would not put 3 energy cards on this card to do only 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Honchkrow, this card is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  The only thing I don't like about this card is the amount of energy cards and damage Murkrow's Wing Attack can do.  Other than that, this card has a good first move, low retreat cost, and a good HP.  So this card is definitely worth consideration in decks.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gigalith -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Gigalith Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gigalith from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Gigalith is a stage 2, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Gigalith's Ability is called High Density Armor, this ability reduces attacks done to Gigalith by 50 if Gigalith is attacked when it has a full HP and no damage on it.  Besides the Ability, Gigalith just has one move called Overdrive Smash, this move requires four energy cards, three fighting and one colorless, and does 60 damage plus 40 more damage if you use Overdrive Smash two turns in a row.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gigalith is a stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Roggenrola into play and then evolve it into Boldore before you can evolve Boldore into Gigalith, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last couple of days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that both cards weren't above average and combined I gave them a 2 out of 5 rating, both could do a fair amount of damage but both were slow on the attack and had high retreat costs.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at this Gigalith card, if you want a very powerful Pokemon in your deck, this card is definitely worth a look.  Since it is a Stage 2 card, you're going to have to be patient to be able to use this card, I would set up this entire line on the bench since it requires many energy cards to attack, and by moving Gigalith into the active Pokemon spot when it has four energy cards on it, will allow you to use Gigalith's Ability the first time that it is attacked.  Of course, since this card only has one move, you'll just need to use this move turn after turn.  I would try and include some Potion cards in the deck to keep Gigalith's Ability as close to full as possibility to utilize its Ability more.  This card like I said is powerful, but I can't see building a deck around this card, so I wouldn't use more than a 1-1-1 line of this family.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I like how this card has a good Ability that makes the card good defense wise, and the one move it has can basically do 80 damage per turn.  However, when I include this card with the first two Pokemon in this family from the Phantom Forces set, I can only give the line a 3 out of 5 rating at the best.  Overall, the line is slow, can do great attacks, but also have very high retreat costs.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Boldore -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Boldore Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Boldore from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card set.  Boldore is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Boldore does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Core Heal, for one fighting energy card, you can choose to discard a fighting type energy attached to Boldore, if you do, it heals 50 damage from it.  Boldore's second move is called Power Gem, this move requires three fighting type energy cards and does 60 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Boldore is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Roggenrola into play (I reviewed Roggenrola from this set yesterday) and then evolve Roggenrola into Boldore.  Boldore does have a stage 2 evolution in Gigalith that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Boldore is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read yesterday's review of Roggenrola, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, even though the card could do 30 damage a turn and had a good HP, on its own I did not recommend it because it had such a high retreat cost.  So knowing this about Roggenrola and looking at this Boldore card, this card is pretty similar in that it can do a fair amount of damage, but it is slow to attack and requires quite a few energy cards to retreat.  I could see myself potentially using a 1-1 line of Roggenrola and Boldore in a deck, but would still wait to see what Gigalith is like and try and use that Pokemon too.  If you choose to use this line, you can move Roggenrola into the active Pokemon spot immediately and get two energy cards on it and do 20 damage a turn then evolve it into Boldore and do 60 damage turn.  Unless you plan on using Boldore long term in the active Pokemon spot, I probably wouldn't use Power Gem.

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 Phantom Forces set.  This card has an average HP, two decent moves, but a high retreat cost.  Overall this card is average and could easily be used in a deck but I would probably pass on it.  Considering but Roggenrola and Boldore together, I still can't give the two a better than 2 out of 5 rating, hopefully Gigalith tomorrow changes the overall rating of this line.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Roggenrola -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Roggenrola Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Roggenrola from the Phantom Forces set. Roggenrola is a basic, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three colorless energy card retreat cost.  Roggenrola does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Tackle, for two fighting energy cards, this move does 30 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Roggenrola is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Boldore and a stage 2 evolution in Gigalith, which I'll be reviewing the next two days, you'll more than likely want to use those cards with this Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed those cards yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolutions.  So on its own, I would not recommend using this card in a deck because it requires three colorless energy cards to retreat and only one to attack.  However, if you are for sure going to use this card with its evolutions, this card would work perfectly to put into the active Pokemon spot immediately, since as soon as it gets two energy cards on it, it can do above average damage for a Basic Pokemon card like this one and knock out most Basic Pokemon cards with evolutions within 2 moves.  So, by itself, do not use this card in a deck, unless you can figure out a way to retreat this card for free.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I do like that this card has an above average HP, and a good move, but this card is slow on the attack and has an extremely high retreat cost, so using it on its own probably isn't the best thing to do.  But if you end up playing Boldore and Gigalith in a deck, this card will be a solid start to that line.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Gliscor -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Gliscor Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gliscor from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Gliscor is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Gliscor does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Submission Hold, this move requires one fighting energy card and does 20 damage, plus it disables your opponent from attaching an energy card to their active Pokemon during their next turn.  Gliscor's second move is called Poison Jab, this move requires three energy cards, two colorless and one fighting, and does 60 damage.  Plus if you get a heads when you flip a coin the defending Pokemon is poisoned.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gliscor is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Gligar into play (I reviewed Gligar from this set yesterday) and then evolve Gligar into Gliscor.  If you read yesterday's review of Gligar, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card, mainly because the only move one the card was based on a coin flip, thus making the card potentially able to do zero damage every single turn.  So unless you were feeling particularly lucky, I didn't recommend using that card in a deck.  So knowing this about Gligar and looking at this Gliscor card, I definitely wouldn't use more than a 1-1 line of these two Pokemon in a fighting type deck if I would use them at all.  If I did use them, I would evolve Gligar into Gliscor on the bench and then use whichever move I had the necessary energy cards for on Gliscor.  This card may work well in a poison type deck, one that includes fighting and psychic type Pokemon since you can poison the defending Pokemon with Poison Jab.

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 Phantom Forces set.  This card is just solid all around, it has an average HP, low retreat cost, and two average moves.  I do like how both moves this card has do more than just damage to the defending Pokemon, but it still doesn't affect the rating that much.  So overall, if you're building a fighting type deck, this line of Gligar and Gliscor is definitely worth considering, together I would give the cards a 3 out of 5 rating.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Gligar -- Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Review

Gligar Phantom Forces Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Gligar from the Phantom Forces Pokemon Card Set.  Gligar is a basic, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Gligar does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move that this card has is called Rock Cannon, for two colorless energy cards, this move does 20 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip a coin until you get tails.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Gligar is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Gliscor, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own I would not recommend using this card in a deck.  The main reason I say this is because this card is totally dependent on coin flips, so if you get this card all set up with two energy cards, and flip a tails right away, Gligar can do absolutely nothing.  If you do decide to use this card in a deck, I wouldn't use more than one, and I would try my hardest to get a Trick Coin trainer card on this card so you have two chances of at least starting off with a heads when performing Rock Cannon making the move do at least 20 damage a turn.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Gliscor, this card is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Phantom Forces set.  I do like that this card has an average HP, can be used in any type deck, and has the potential to do gobs of damage, however, this card is slow on the attack and like I said earlier in this post, this card may end up doing no damage at all for you.  So I would veer away from this card if at all possible.

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