Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Magneton from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set. Magneton 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. Magneton does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Thunder Wave, for two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, this move does 30 damage, plus it paralyzes the defending Pokemon if a heads is the result when flipping a coin. Magneton's second move is called Self-Destruct and for three energy cards, two colorless and one lightning, this move does 80 damage, however the move also does 80 damage to itself.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Magneton is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Magnemite into play (I reviewed Magnemite from this set yesterday) and then evolve Magnemite into Magneton. If you read yesterday's review of Magnemite, you'll know that I thought it was a poor card overall, even though it had two moves, neither move was that great, and the card had a low HP, making it pretty unusable on its own. Knowing this about Magnemite from this set and taking a look at this Magneton card, this card is almost a direct copy of Magnemite, just increased HP and moves since it is a Stage 1 evolution. So the same thing goes for this card, it has too low of an HP to last long in the active Pokemon spot, it's quicker move, Thunder Wave, has a 50-50 shot of inflicting a special condition when attacking using Thunder Wave, and the main move that this card has essentially knocks out Magneton in the process. So unless you just love this line in general, I would not recommend using either card in a deck. If you do, I would set this line up on the bench, especially since Magnemite can't do any damage without getting knocked out and I would use Thunder Wave on this card most turns when in the active Pokemon spot. Make sure to have plenty of Energy Retrieval trainer cards or an Ability that will move energy cards from your discard pile to your hand, because with Self-Destruct on both Magnemite and Magneton, and low HP on both, you'll be seeing these cards in the discard pile often.
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 XY Evolutions set. Just like Magnemite from yesterday, this card deserves a 1 out of 5 rating, but because it does have two moves, plus a low retreat cost I am saving it from that extremely low rating. However, combined, I would give this Pokemon family from the XY Evolutions set a 1 out of 5 rating, there is really no reason to use this line in a deck.
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