Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Bastiodon from the Steam Siege Pokemon Card Set. Bastiodon is a Stage 1, metal type Pokemon card, with a HP of 150. It has a x2 weakness to fire type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to psychic type Pokemon, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost. Bastiodon does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Counter Head, for two colorless energy cards this move puts the same amount of damage counters on the defending Pokemon as the amount of damage counters put on Bastiodon from your opponent's attack. Bastiodon's second move is called Fortress of Rage and for four energy cards, two each of metal and colorless, this move does 100 damage, plus 10 more damage for each of your benched Pokemon that have damage counters on them.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Bastiodon is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Shieldon into play (I reviewed Shieldon from this set yesterday) and then evolve Shieldon into Bastiodon. If you read yesterday's review of Shieldon, you'll know that I thought it was a slightly below average Pokemon card overall. Since it was a restored Pokemon, it was harder to get into play to begin with, add in the fact it requires a minimum of two energy cards to attack, and there really isn't that much of a case to play Shieldon on its own. So knowing this about Shieldon and looking at this Bastiodon card, since this card is also slower on the attack and has an extremely high retreat cost, you'll definitely not want to use more than a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family and set the line up on the bench. Bastiodon could benefit either in a deck that has Pokemon with low or free retreat costs, or one that has a powerful move but also does damage to the benched Pokemon, either way, it helps Fortress of Rage do up to 150 damage a turn. So, if you're willing to put 4 energy cards on Bastiodon and have damage on your benched Pokemon, this card is worth a look.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating. In my opinion, this is a below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Steam Siege set. This card does have a solid HP and two decent moves, but this card is slow on the attack and has way too high of a retreat cost. Combined with Shieldon from this set, I would give both cards a 2 out of 5 rating, the same rating each card received individually.
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