Monday, January 30, 2017

Pikachu -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Pikachu Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Pikachu from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Pikachu is a basic, lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Pikachu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Gnaw, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage.  Pikachu's second move is called Thunder Jolt and for two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, this move does 30 damage, however you must flip a coin when using this move, if you get a tails, Pikachu does 10 damage to itself.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Pikachu is a basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Raichu, 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, the main thing you want to look at for determining if you should use a Basic Pokemon card solo in a deck is if it can attack for only one energy card, this card is good in that it can do damage for one energy card, and it can be any energy card since Gnaw requires a colorless energy to attack.  Another thing you want to look at is if the card has a solid HP, for Basic Pokemon, 60 HP is right about average and really the lowest HP you'll want to use in the active Pokemon spot.  Add in the fact that Pikachu has two moves, the second move being able to do 30 damage total, and if you're building a lightning type deck, this is definitely a suitable starter type Pokemon for that deck.  I would encourage some Potion trainer cards or a Trick Coin trainer be used with Pikachu to minimize the amount of damage Pikachu can definitely do to itself with Thunder Jolt.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Raichu, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall from the XY Evolutions set.  Outside of doing damage to itself if you flip a tails when using Thunder Jolt, this card really doesn't have any negatives on it, it is one of the few cards I've reviewed from Evolutions so far to have a resistance, it has a solid HP, and two average to above average moves.  So Pikachu can easily work in most lightning type decks.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Pikachu from the XY Evolutions set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Pikachu's Stage 1 evolution Raichu, 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 --
The English Base Set Pikachu had Pikachu with two different colors of cheeks, what colors were they? 
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7 comments:

Ondřej Borkovec said...

red and yellow cheeks
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq4fFGLb4Wbe8zlU27jsxPw

Jordan Plambeck said...

Red and yellow

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz1NhUcpjF7HQ2weV-nxE1Q

John Tugman said...
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John Tugman said...
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John Tugman said...

Red and yellow cheeks

John Tugman said...

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roronos said...

Red and Yellow cheeks!

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