Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Arcanine from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set. Arcanine is a Stage 1, fire type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130. It has a x2 weakness to water type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Arcanine's Ability is called Burning Road and says that once per turn, if Arcanine was previously on the bench and was moved to the active Pokemon this turn, you may move any number of fire type energy cards attached to your other Pokemon to Arcanine. Besides the Ability, Arcanine has one move called Scorching Breath, for four energy cards, three fire and one colorless, this move does 150 damage, however Arcanine can't attack during its next turn.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Arcanine is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Growlith into play (I reviewed Growlithe from this set yesterday) and then evolve Growlithe into Arcanine. Arcanine does have a BREAK card that is an XY Promo card that I will summarize down below. If you read yesterday's review of Growlithe, you'll know that I thought it was an average Basic Pokemon card overall, it had an above average HP and two moves. Both moves it had were solid, but Growlithe would be best used a few turns into the game since it really does its best damage for two energy cards because for one energy card, it only does 10 damage and retreats. So knowing this about Growlithe and looking at this Arcanine card, if you're building a fire type deck, the way to play this line is to set it up on the bench. You can just set up all of your other fire type Pokemon first, then when putting Arcanine into the active Pokemon spot utilize its Ability to get energy cards on it in that same turn it is put in the active Pokemon spot. By utilizing its Ability, getting 4 energy cards on Arcanine should be fairy easy and you can then do 150 damage every two turns. This is a very powerful move, but this Arcanine card is even better if you use it with the Arcanine BREAK card from the new BREAK Evolution Box, XY180 is the card number of the Arcanine you're looking for, that card has one move that does 80 damage for two energy cards and it allows you to move 2 energy cards from your discard pile to your benched Pokemon. So you can utilize this Arcanine's Ability to get energy on it, and then use the BREAK's move to replace the energy you just took from your benched Pokemon. This is definitely a line you want to use if you're building a fire type deck, this is a line that can do major damage, very quickly, and it also helps your benched Pokemon.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating. In my opinion, this is a very solid Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Evolutions set, it has a well above average HP and a great Ability and move, but the downfall with this card is that it takes energy from your bench and it can only attack every two turns, so if you add in the Arcanine BREAK, this line is amazing overall, and gets a 5 out of 5 rating from me!
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