Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Nidorino from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card set. Nidorino is a Stage 1, psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 90. It has a x2 weakness to psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two colorless energy card retreat cost. Nidorino does not have an Ability but it does have two moves. The first move that this card has is called Horn Attack, for one psychic energy card this move does 20 damage. Nidorino's second move is called Fury Attack and for three colorless energy cards this move does 30 damage times the number of heads you get when flipping three coins.
Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Nidorino is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Nidoran into play (I reviewed Nidoran from this set yesterday) and then evolve Nidoran into Nidorino. Nidoran does have a Stage 2 evolution in Nidoking, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, that you'll probably want to use with this Pokemon line but since I haven't reviewed that card yet, the strategy below will act like Nidorino is the final evolution in this line. So if you read my review of Nidoran, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall. It did have a solid HP, low retreat cost, and a quick move, but it was limited in that it only had the one move, and that only move was coin flip based, meaning it could do up to 20 damage per turn or do 0 damage per turn. So knowing this about Nidoran and looking at this Nidorino card, this card is similar to Nidoran in that it can attack quickly, but this card can actually do damage every turn with Horn Attack, albeit, 20 damage is not much for a Stage 1 card. The move you'll want to use with Nidorino is Fury Attack, just like Nidoran, you'll want to attach a Trick Coin item card to Nidorino so that you have two chances at flipping the 3 coins when using Fury Attack, giving you the best chance at getting 3 heads and doing 90 damage a turn, plus this move only requires colorless energy cards, meaning you could use a Double Colorless energy card plus 1 more Basic energy card and do up to 90 damage for only two energy cards. With all of this being said, Nidorino goes the same route as Nidoran, although it is solid overall, because it can't do much damage with its first move and its second move is coin flip based, I would pass on using this line, especially with using Nidoking in your deck.
Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. In my opinion this is an average to slightly below average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the XY Evolutions set. This card is pretty solid overall, having an average HP, lower retreat cost, and two solid moves, one quick, and one that can do major damage. But since the main way to do damage with Nidorino is coin flip based, just like Nidoran from this set, I would not recommend using this line in a deck, and together would give the two cards a 2 out of 5 rating.
Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Nidorino from the XY Evolutions set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Nidoran's Stage 2 evolution in Nidoking, which is from this same set. Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!
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