Thursday, March 2, 2017

Raticate -- Evolutions Pokemon Card Review

Raticate XY Evolutions Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raticate from the XY Evolutions Pokemon Card Set.  Raticate is a Stage 1, colorless type Pokemon card, with a HP of 60. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one colorless energy card retreat cost.  Raticate does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Crunch, for one colorless energy card this move does 10 damage, plus you can discard an energy attached to your opponent's active Pokemon.  Raticate's second move is called Shadowy Bite, for one colorless energy card this move does 60 damage times the number of special energy cards in your opponent's discard pile.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Raticate is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Rattata into play (I reviewed Rattata from this set yesterday) and then evolve Rattata into Raticate.  If you read yesterday's review of Rattata, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall, mainly because of its low HP and the fact it only had one move.  I did like that Rattata could be used in any type deck, it could attack for only one energy card, and its Ability, Mischievous Fang could be very effective if able to be used multiple times.  So knowing this about Rattata from this set and looking at this Raticate card, the first thing you'll want to notice is Raticate's extremely low HP, which in my opinion, really makes this card unusable.  Considering this low HP, and the fact that you're going to need some luck to do more than 10 damage with this card, means you'll either pass on this line entirely, or use it with the Raticate BREAK card from BREAKpoint which is very good, and can do a lot of damage.  So with this Raticate card, you're going to want to use Crunch first to discard a special energy attached to the defending Pokemon, then Shadowy Bite second to do at least 60 damage.  If your opponent isn't using special energy cards in their deck, or aren't using any on their active Pokemon, this Raticate card is worthless.

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.  This card does have some potential when facing a deck full of special energy cards, but outside of that, with such a low HP and moves based on too specific of situations, this card is one that won't be found in many decks.  Individually I gave both Rattata and Raticate 2 out of 5 ratings, the same rating I'm going to give to both cards combined, overall, both Pokemon have way too low of HP to be used very often.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Raticate from the XY Evolutions set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Farfetch'd, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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Lycodrake said...


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Brandon A. said...

I'm going with common. The one I'm thinking of is Dark Raticate from one of the first few sets, if I'm not mistaken.