Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Electrode from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set. Electrode is a Stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost. Electrode has an Ability called Buzzap Thunder that says once per turn, you may Knock Out Electrode and attach it to one of your lightning type Pokemon as a special energy card, counting as 2 lightning energy cards when attached to a Pokemon. Besides the Ability, Electrode has one move called Head Bolt, for three energy cards, two lightning and one colorless, this move does 70 damage.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Electrode is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Voltorb into play (I reviewed Voltorb from this set yesterday) and then evolve Voltorb into Electrode. If you read yesterday's review of Voltorb, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall, it had a solid HP, a low retreat cost, and could attack quickly, but it was limited in that it just had the one attack, and that one attack was based off of a coin flip and only had a 50/50 shot at doing damage. So knowing this about Voltorb and looking at this Electrode card, since the only move that this card has requires three energy cards and Voltorb isn't very good, I could potentially see using a 1-1 line of this Pokemon family in a lightning type deck, setting it up on the bench, using Head Bolt every turn when in the active Pokemon spot, then right before Electrode is going to be knocked out, using its Ability, giving your opponent a prize card and discarding all cards attached to Electrode, but saving Electrode from the discard pile by attaching it to one of your benched Pokemon. This line could work well in decks that have Pokemon which require a lot of energy cards to attack since Electrode could speed up this process.
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. I like the above average move that this card has and the Ability that is really a one time use Ability, but lets you do something useful with Electrode instead of just plain being knocked out. But because this card has a below average HP and Voltorb is below average overall, I would only give these two Pokemon combined a 2 out of 5 rating.
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