Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Starmie from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set. Starmie is a Stage 1, water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 90. It has a x2 weakness to grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Starmie has an Ability called Space Beacon that says once per turn, before your attack, you may discard a card from your hand and then move two Basic energy cards from your discard pile into your hand. Besides the Ability, Starmie has one move called Star Freeze, this move does 30 damage for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, plus if you get a heads when flipping a coin, the defending Pokemon is paralyzed.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Starmie is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Staryu into play (I reviewed Staryu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Staryu into Starmie. Starmie does have a BREAK evolution which I'll be reviewing tomorrow that you could use with this line. If you read yesterday's review of Staryu, you'll know that I thought that card was average overall, it could be used on its own as a starter type Pokemon since it could do up to 20 damage for only one energy card, but it was limited in that it only had the one move and couldn't do much later in games. So knowing this about Staryu and looking at this Starmie card, you could either use Staryu in the active Pokemon spot to start the game and then evolve it into Starmie the second turn, or you could use only a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family and use Starmie's Ability from the bench. You could then fill your deck with high energy cost attackers or Pokemon that discard energy when attacking, since Space Beacon can quickly retrieve them from the discard pile. One thing you'll want to note is that Space Beacon retrieves 2 energy cards per turn from the discard pile, but it does not provide any abilities for attaching more than 1 energy card per turn. So overall, if you're building a water type deck or are looking for a unique Ability to get energy cards back in your hand, I would highly recommend taking a look at this line.
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 overall from the XY Evolutions set. This card has a solid HP, good Ability, and average move. Combine that with the average Staryu from this set, and this line, so far, is average overall, and deserves consideration when deck building, both Pokemon in this line are quick on the attack and have solid HP.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Starmie from the XY Evolutions set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Starmie BREAK, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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