Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Altaria from the Roaring Skies Pokemon Card Set. This is the second Altaria card I've reviewed from this set. Altaria is a stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to lightning type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to fighting type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. This Altaria card has an Ancient Trait called Evolution that says you may evolve Swablu into Altaria the first turn of the game or as soon as you put Swablu into play. Besides the Ancient Trait, Altaria has an Ability called Clear Humming that says each of your colorless type Pokemon have no weakness. Besides those two things, this card just does have one move called Wing Attack that does 30 damage for two energy cards.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Altaria is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Swablu into play (I reviewed Swablu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Swablu into Altaria, there are actually two Altaria cards from this set and I'll be comparing the two at the end of this paragraph. If you read my review of Swablu, you'll know that I thought it was a very poor Basic Pokemon card, it only had one move that didn't do any damage to the defending Pokemon but was able to heal 20 damage from one of your Pokemon, this move could be replaced by a trainer card, and the card had an extremely low HP of 40 so you're just asking to get knocked out. So knowing this about Swablu and looking at this Altaria card, you could definitely use this card in a deck that includes mainly colorless type Pokemon cards because you could just leave this card on the bench and give all of your Pokemon no weakness. What I really like about this card is that because Swablu is so weak, you can use this cards Ancient Trait to immediately evolve Swablu whenever you put it into play, assuming you have Altaria into your hand. I could definitely see using a 1-1 of this family in a deck, mainly for Altaria's Ability but its move isn't bad either. Compared to the dragon type Altaria I reviewed from this set, I like this card a little better, the other Altaria card required metal and water type energy cards to attack, could do the same amount of damage, and could basically refresh your deck, which would be good in the metagame, but it had a lower HP which I didn't like.
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 Roaring Skies set. There is no complaints for me with this card, it just isn't as overpowering as I would have liked it to be. It has an average HP, a good Ability and Retreat Cost and an average move. Like I said above, if you're building a colorless type deck, this card is a must.
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