Friday, January 29, 2016

Sandshrew -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Sandshrew BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Sandshrew from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Sandshrew is a basic, fighting type Pokemon card with an hp of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Sandshrew does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Double Scratch, for one fighting energy card this move does 10 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip two coins.  Sandrew's second move is called Sand Tomb and for two energy cards, one each of fighting and colorless, does 20 damage, plus it makes the defending Pokemon unable to retreat during their next turn.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Sandshrew is a basic Pokemon card with a stage 1 evolution in Sandslash, 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 definitely be used as a starter type Pokemon since it can attack for one energy card, can do more than 10 damage a turn, and has a low retreat cost and solid HP.  Ideally, you would want to get this card into the active Pokemon spot to start the game and use Double Scratch first, hoping for two heads, then Sand Tomb after that.  Because Double Scratch depends on coin flips, you can either attach a Trick Coin trainer to this card or find a better starter type Pokemon card to use, one that does 10 or 20 damage every single turn for one energy card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Sandslash, this is an average Basic Pokemon card.  My only complaint with this card is that its first move is based off of coin flips, other than that, this card is suited perfectly to be a starter type Pokemon in a fighting type deck, and should be considered when building a fighting type deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Sandshrew from the BREAKthrough set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Sandshrew's stage 1 evolution Sandslash, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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Today's Quiz for a Pokemon TCG Online Code Card --
What was the third English set to include a Sandshrew card?
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Kai Tung Ng said...

The third English expansion to include a Sandshrew card was Gym Heroes.

Kai Tung Ng

Alexander Stumpf said...

Gym Heroes is the third English expansion to include a Sandshrew card, however this card is specifically called "Brock's Sandshrew." If that doesn't count, the second best option is the expansion set called Legendary.

Jetstream Infinity

Saitama Sama said...

The third expansion to include Sandshwrew was Gym Heroes

Saitama Sama

Shanks316 said...

Gym Heroes

Shan Macaraan

Cabal said...

Gym Heroes was the third English set to include a Sandshrew card.