Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Swinub from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card set. Swinub is a stage 1, fighting type Pokemon card, with an hp of 100. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Piloswine does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Push Down, for two energy cards, one each of fighting and colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus your opponent must switch their active Pokemon with one of their benched Pokemon. Piloswine's second move is called Gathering Footsteps and for three energy cards, two colorless and one fighting, this move does 30 damage plus 10 more damage for each colorless energy card in your retreat cost of your Swinub, Piloswine, and Mamoswine.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Piloswine is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Swinub into play (I reviewed Swinub from this set yesterday) and then evolve Swinub into Piloswine. Piloswine does have a Stage 2 evolution in Mamoswine, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, 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 Piloswine is the final evolution in this line. So if you read my review of Swinub, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon, it had a good HP and two moves, but the first move could only put the defending Pokemon to sleep, and the second move required three energy cards to attack, making the card slow, plus that move did below average damage. So knowing this about Swinub and looking at this Piloswine card, I think the most advantageous type of deck to use this line in would be a spread attack type deck. You could get Piloswine into the active Pokemon spot and use Push Down several turns getting 30 damage on a bunch of your opponent's Pokemon, then put a card into the active Pokemon spot that does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon or another card that can do 30 or more damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon, at your choosing. I am not a huge fan of Gathering Footsteps, just because you need to use this entire line for the move to do average damage, and it is never good to be stuck with high retreat cost cards in the active Pokemon spot. So outside of a spread attack type deck, I would not use this line of Swinub and Piloswine in a deck.
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 BREAKthrough set. I like that this card has an above average HP and two moves. Push Down is a very good move and that much better in a spread attack deck, and Gathering Footsteps is an average move at best. So together with Swinub from this set, I can give this line a 2 out of 5 rating, it is one to consider, but probably not one that should be used much.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Piloswine from the BREAKthrough set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Piloswine's Stage 2 evolution in Mamoswine, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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