Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Slowbro -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Slowbro Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slowbro from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Slowbro is a Stage 1, Psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 110. It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Slowbro does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Amnesia, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 20 damage, plus it makes your opponent's Active Pokemon unable to use one of their moves during their next turn, the move is of your choosing.  Facade is the name of the second move on this card, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 50 damage plus 80 more damage if the defending Pokemon is either Burned or Poisoned.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Slowbro is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Slowpoke into play (I reviewed Slowpoke from this set yesterday) and then evolve Slowpoke into Slowbro.  If you read yesterday's review of Slowpoke, you'll know that I thought it was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Although it could do damage when attacking for only one Energy card, its second move was underwhelming, and with a high retreat cost, it couldn't be used as a starter type Pokemon.  Knowing this about Slowpoke, and also knowing Slowking is available in the Burning Shadows set, this card is similar to Slowpoke in that it has two moves, but a very high retreat cost, so if you do use this line in a deck, you're going to want to figure out a way to retreat these Pokemon for free, with either a Trainer or Ability.  Potentially, you could keep Slowbro set up on the Bench, then switch it into the Active Pokemon spot to prevent a powerful Pokemon's attack, like a GX move, or a move on an EX card, other than that, you could switch it back and forth with a card that Burns or Poisons the defending Pokemon so you could do 130 damage a turn every turn with Facade.

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.  Other than having a high HP, this card is average overall.  It does have an above average HP, and two decent moves, one that is more defensive, in Amnesia, and one that can do major damage in Facade.  Together with Slowpoke from this set, I would give the two cards a 3 out of 5 rating, as long as you can retreat these cards for free, they are worth considering when deck building.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Slowpoke -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Slowpoke Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Slowpoke from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Slowpoke is a Basic, Psychic type Pokemon card with a HP of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to Psychic type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Slowpoke does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Headbutt, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 10 damage.  Whimsy Tackle is the name of Slowpoke's second move, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 60 damage, however, you must flip a coin when using this move, if you get a tails, the move does nothing.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Slowpoke is a Basic Pokemon card with two Stage 1 evolution forms in Slowbro and Slowking, you'll more than likely want to use Slowpoke with one or both of these Pokemon.  Slowking is in the Burning Shadows set but there is a Slowbro in Guardians Rising which I'll be reviewing tomorrow.  Taking a look at this Slowking card on its own, it could be used as a starter type Pokemon since it has an above average HP and can attack and do damage for only one Colorless Energy card.  However, with such a high retreat cost, and a second move that is pretty much worthless, there are much better Basic Pokemon to use out there in a Psychic type deck.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Slowbro or Slowking, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card.  This card does have a good HP and can attack quickly, but Whimsy Tackle requires too many Energy cards to use and is based off of a coin flip, and with a high retreat cost, it doesn't make for a very good starter type Pokemon.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tapu Koko GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Tapu Koko GX Guardians Rising
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Tapu Koko GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Tapu Koko GX is a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 170.  This card does not have a weakness or a resistance type, and it has a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Tapu Koko GX's Ability is called Aero Trail, it says that when you move this card from your hand to your Bench, you may move any amount of Lightning type Energy cards from your other Pokemon to Tapu Koko GX, if you do this, you have to switch Tapu Koko GX with your Active Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, this card has one regular move and one GX move.  This card's regular move is called Sky-High Claws, for three Energy cards, two Lightning and one Colorless, this move does 130 damage.  Tapu Thunder GX is the name of this card's GX move, for three Energy cards, two Lightning and one Colorless, this move does 50 damage times the number of Energy cards attached to all of your opponent's Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Tapu Koko card, so you do not need to first play Tapu Koko and then evolve it into Tapu Koko GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  So knowing how a GX card works, this is a pretty great one to use in a Lightning type deck.  Ideally, you would keep this card in your hand until you want to use it in the Active Pokemon spot, you would then utilize its Ability, getting three Energy cards on it right away and putting it in the Active Pokemon spot, therefore allowing you to either do 130 damage with Sky-High Claws, or potentially limitless damage with Tapu Thunder GX.  I would definitely use this card for its GX move, you should easily be to able to knock out the defending Pokemon with its GX move, I think it is worth using just the once in a game.  So, if you're looking for some major power in your deck, plus a speedy card to set up, I would highly recommend this card.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Pokemon GX from the Guardians Rising set.  Other than having a little lower HP than other GX cards this card is pretty good.  Although it can't be used as a starter type Pokemon, with its Ability, especially later in games, this card can become pretty dominant and I would definitely consider using this card in a deck.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Oricorio #46/145 -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Oricorio Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Oricorio from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Oricorio is a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 90.  Oricorio has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Oricorio does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  Feather Dance is the first move that this card has, for one Lightning Energy card this move makes Oricorio's Pom-Pom Punch move have a base damage of 100 instead of 20.  The aforementioned second move is called Pom-Pom Punch, for one Lightning Energy card this move does 20 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Oricorio is a Basic Pokemon card with no evolution forms, you'll only have to use this card in a deck if you want to use Oricorio.  So knowing this, if you're building a Lightning type deck and are looking for a starter type Pokemon to use for your deck, I would highly recommend using this card.  Not only does it do above average damage with Pom-Pom Punch, doing 20 damage per turn for only one Energy card, but if you use Feather Dance first, you can do 60 damage per turn on average or 120 damage every other turn, which should knock out a majority of Basic Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion this is an excellent Basic Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Similar to the first Oricorio card that I reviewed from this set, this card is a great card overall, with no downsides, it has an above average HP, and two great moves.  There aren't many non Pokemon EX or Pokemon GX Pokemon that can do 120 damage for only one Energy card.  So, if you're building a Lightning type deck, I would certainly consider using up to 4 of these cards.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vikavolt GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Vikavolt GX Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Vikavolt GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Vikavolt GX is a Stage 2, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 240.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Vikavolt does not have an Ability, but it has two regular moves and one GX move.  The first move on this card is called Charge Beam, for one Lightning Energy card this move does 50 damage, plus it allows you to attach an Energy card from your discard pile to Vikavolt GX.  Super Zap Cannon is the second move on this card, for four Energy cards, one Lightning and three Colorless, this move does 180 damage, however you must discard 2 Energy from Vikavolt GX after using this move.  The GX move on this card is called Gigatron GX, for four Energy cards, one Lightning and three Colorless, this move does 60 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Vikavolt card, so if you have Charjabug in play, you evolve that Pokemon directly into Vikavolt GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  Since Vikavolt GX is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Grubbin into play and then evolve it into Charjabug before you can evolve Charjabug into Vikavolt GX, both of those Pokemon are from the Sun & Moon Base Set and I've reviewed those cards previously on my blog.  Looking at this GX card by itself, if you're building a spread attack type deck, you could considering using this GX card in your deck to use its Gigatron GX to potentially knock out multiple Benched Pokemon at once.  Other than its GX move, this card is really too slow on the attack and consistently needs Energy attached to it to be too useful in a deck.  If this card was a Basic evolution it would be much better, but when you combine the need for at least 4 Energy cards to consistently do a good amount of damage and the fact you need to evolve twice to get to this card, I would probably look elsewhere.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an average Pokemon GX card from the Guardians Rising set.  This card certainly can do some major damage when attacking, but like I mentioned above, because this is a Stage 2 GX card, two of its moves requires 4 Energy cards when attacking, and one of its moves discards Energy cards each use, although this card is powerful, there are better GX cards to use out there, but again, this card is definitely good for a spread attack type deck.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Heliolisk -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Heliolisk Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Heliolisk from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Heliolisk is a Stage 1, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 100. It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Heliolisk does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Quick Attack, for one Colorless Energy card this move does 20 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when flipping a coin.  Raging Thunder is the name of the second move on this card, for three Energy cards, one Lightning and two Colorless, this move does 120 damage, however the move also does 30 damage to one of your Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Heliolisk is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Helioptile into play (I reviewed Helioptile from this set yesterday) and then evolve Helioptile into Heliolisk.  If you read yesterday's review of Helioptile, you'll know that I thought it was an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Other than being limited by having only one move, the card was solid overall, with an average HP, low retreat cost, and one move that could do damage and inflict a Special Condition.  So knowing this about Helioptile and looking at this Heliolisk card, you could certainly use a 1-1 line of this family, using Helioptile as a starter type Pokemon, then evolving it as soon as possible to do up to 40 damage a turn with Quick Attack.  Raging Thunder is probably a move that I would set up on the Bench, and also make sure to have a Pokemon on your Bench that either has a really high HP, has an Ability to remove damage, or does more damage with more damage on itself, that way you could utilize this move multiple times without harming your own Pokemon too much.

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.  This card really doesn't have any negatives, since it has a high HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, one that attacks quickly and the other that is a little slower but can do major damage.  I would recommend using this line in a Lightning type deck, especially if you can pawn off 30 damage a turn on one of your Benched Pokemon without doing too much harm to it.  Together with Helioptile from this set, which I gave a 3 out of 5 rating, these two cards get a 3 out of 5 rating combined.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Helioptile -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Helioptile Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Helioptile from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Helioptile is a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Helioptile does not have an Ability and it only has one move.  The only move on this card is called Thunder Shock, for one Lightning Energy card this move does 10 damage, 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 Helioptile is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Heliolisk, which I'll be reviewing tomorrow, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, this card could be used as a starter type Pokemon in a Lightning type deck since it can attack for only one Energy card and it can prevent your opponent from attacking, therefore giving you more time to set up your Benched Pokemon.  Unfortunately this card is very limited, so it won't work well later in games.  Because of this fact, I could see maybe using 1 or 2 of these cards in a deck on their own without Heliolisk.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Heliolisk, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Other than being limited by having just one move, this card is very average overall, with a solid HP, low retreat cost, and a quick move that also inflicts a Special Condition.  Although this card won't change any games, it is a decent one to consider when deck building.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Alolan Golem -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Alolan Golem Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alolan Golem from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Alolan Golem is a Stage 2, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 160.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a four Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Electromagnetic Rock Wrecker, for three Energy cards, one Lightning and two Colorless, this move does 80 damage times the number of heads you get when you flip a coin for each Lightning type Energy card attached to Alolan Golem.  This card's second move is called Heavy Slam, for four Energy cards, one Lightning and three Colorless, this move does 200 damage minus 30 damage for each Colorless Energy in your opponent's Active Pokemon's retreat cost.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Alolan Golem is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Alolan Geodude into play and then evolve it into Alolan Graveler before you can evolve Alolan Graveler into Alolan Golem, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both cards were below average overall.  Both cards had solid HP and a couple of moves each, but neither card was worth using, both were slow on the attack when attacking for damage, and neither card had a move that could consistently do above average damage.  This Alolan Golem card is similar to the first two Pokemon in this line, this card has an above average HP and two moves, with some potential to do major damage, but no path to consistently doing a good amount of damage.  Possibly, if you're using 4 Trick Coin Trainer cards in your deck, you could use a 1-1-1 line of this Pokemon family and have a shot at doing 200+ damage with Electromagnetic Rock Wrecker, but I think I would pass entirely on this line.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Like I mentioned above, this card does have a good HP and two moves that have potential to do major damage, but with a high retreat cost, and both moves not guaranteed to do major damage, I would pass on this line altogether.  Overall, I can't give this card anything higher than a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Alolan Graveler -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Alolan Graveler Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alolan Graveler from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card set.  Alolan Graveler is a Stage 1, Lightning type Pokemon card, with a HP of 110.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a four Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Alolan Graveler does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Thunder Punch, for three Energy cards, one Lightning and two Colorless, this move does 50 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when flipping a coin, but if you get a tails when flipping a coin, Alolan Graveler does 20 damage to itself.  This card's second move is called Electrobullet, for four Energy cards, three Lightning and one Colorless, this move does 80 damage, plus it does 20 damage to one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Alolan Graveler is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Alolan Geodude into play (I reviewed Alolan Geodude from this set yesterday) and then evolve Alolan Geodude into Alolan Graveler.  Alolan Geodude does have a Stage 2 evolution in Alolan Golem, 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 Alolan Graveler is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Alolan Geodude, you'll know that I thought it was a well below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  Although it had a solid HP and two moves, neither move was very good and it was very slow to do damage when attacking.  Knowing this about Geodude and looking at this card, the only reason to use this line in a deck is if you're building a spread attack type deck and have plenty of time to set up your Benched Pokemon.  If this is the case for your deck, you could put four Energy cards on Alolan Graveler on the Bench and when in the Active Pokemon spot use Electrobullet every turn.  Thunder Punch on this card does below average damage normally and can even damage Graveler, so it isn't worth using.  Plus, like I mentioned, unless you're building a very specific deck, I would not recommend using this card or line in a deck.

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 Guardians Rising set.  Although this card has a great HP and two moves that both do damage, I am still giving this card a below average rating, it is too slow on the attack, has a high retreat cost, and just isn't worth using in a deck without Alolan Golem.  Together with Alolan Geodude from this set, I would give these two cards a 1 out of 5 rating, I would pass on them.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Alolan Geodude -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Alolan Geodude Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alolan Geodude from the Guardians Rising set.  Alolan Geodude a Basic, Lightning type Pokemon card with a HP of 70.  It has a x2 weakness to Fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Metal type Pokemon, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Alolan Geodude does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Rock Polish, this move makes it so Alolan Geodude has a free retreat cost during its next turn, this move also requires no Energy cards.  This card's second move is called Rollout, for three Energy cards, one Lightning and two Colorless, this move does 40 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Alolan Geodude is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Alolan Graveler, and a Stage 2 evolution in Alolan Golem, which I'll be reviewing the next couple of days, you'll more than likely want to use some of those Pokemon with this card, however, since I have not reviewed any of those cards yet, I will just act like Alolan Geodude does not have any evolution forms and that it will be used on its own.  On its own, this is a poor card to use, since its only move that can do damage requires three Energy cards, and even if you put three Energy cards on this card, 40 damage for three Energy cards is pretty bad.  Also, this card's Rock Polish move doesn't make much sense if you're using this card on its own, as there is no need to use this card in a deck at all if you just plan on retreating it to your Bench.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is a below average Basic Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Like I stated above, although this card does have an above average HP and two moves, it is still very poor overall.  It is slow on the attack, when doing damage is the objective, plus it has a high retreat cost.  This is a card better suited for the Bench, where you can then evolve it there.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mareanie -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Mareanie Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Mareanie from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Mareanie is a Basic, Water type Pokemon card with a HP of 60.  It has a x2 weakness to Grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a one Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Mareanie does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Bail Out, for one Colorless Energy card this move allows you to move a Pokemon from your discard pile back into your hand.  Mareanie's second move is called Rain Splash, for one Water Energy card this move does 10 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Mareanie is a Basic Pokemon card with a Stage 1 evolution in Toxapex GX, which I'll be reviewing in a few weeks since it is a Psychic type Pokemon, you'll more than likely want to use this card with that Pokemon.  However, since I haven't reviewed that card yet, I'll just act as though I plan on using this card without its evolution.  So, on its own, this card could certainly be used as a starter type Pokemon in a deck since it has two moves that both only require one Energy card to use.  Bail Out is a very helpful move that can make it seem like you have more than 4 of a certain Pokemon in your deck.  Rain Splash is a pretty standard move for a card like this, doing 10 damage for one Energy card.  Although this card isn't spectacular, it can be used in a deck on its own.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So in my opinion, on its own, without considering Toxapex GX, this is an average Basic Pokemon card overall.  This card is pretty much average throughout, with an average HP, low retreat cost, and two moves, both quick on the attack, but both doing little.  Although this card is average overall, I would recommend looking elsewhere when building a Water type deck.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wishiwashi GX -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Wishiwashi GX Guardians Rising
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Wishiwashi GX from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Wishiwashi GX is a Basic, Water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 210.  It has a x2 weakness to Lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a three Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Wishiwashi GX does not have an Ability but it does have three moves.  The first move that this card has is called Water Gun, for one Water Energy card this move does 20 damage.  This card's second move is called Torrential Vortex, for five Energy cards, three Water and two Colorless, this move does 120 damage, plus it allows you to discard a Special Energy card attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon.  This card's GX move is called Blue Surge GX, for five Energy cards, three Water and two Colorless, this move does 220 damage, however after using this move you must move all Energy cards attached to this card to your Benched Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, first off, the way a Pokemon GX works is that it is used instead of a regular Wishiwashi card, so you do not need to first play Wishiwashi and then evolve it into Wishiwashi GX.  In play, only one GX move can be used during the entire game, and once a Pokemon GX is knocked out, two prize cards are taken instead of one.  With this specific GX card, you could certainly use this card with Wishiwashi from this set, since the Ability on that card allows you to move a Wishiwashi GX from your hand to replace the regular Wishiwashi in play.  With that being said, unless you're fine on spending a very long time to set up a Pokemon, I would not use either card in a deck.  Ideally you would put this card on your Bench, get five Energy cards on it, then use Blue Surge GX once, moving all Energy cards to your Benched Pokemon, then retreating Wishiwashi GX during your next turn with a Trainer.  Because this card is so slow on the attack, there is no reason to use this card for Water Gun, and really no reason to use more than one of these in a deck at a time.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 2 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a below average GX Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Like I stated above, this card is just too slow on the attack to be used heavily in a deck.  While the GX move on this card is solid, doing major damage, it can really only be used once then you have to not only set up the card again, but you can no longer use the GX move.  So if you're looking for some power for a Water type deck, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Wishiwashi -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Wishiwashi Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Wishiwashi from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Wishiwashi is a Basic, Water type Pokemon card with a HP of 30.  Wishiwashi has a x2 weakness to Lightning type Pokemon, no resistance type, and free retreat cost.  Wishiwashi's Ability is called Schooling, it says once per turn you may switch this Wishiwashi card with a Wishiwashi GX card in your hand, all cards attached to Wishiwashi, damage counters, and Special Conditions are transferred onto the new Pokemon.  Besides the Ability, Wishiwashi just has one move called Sharpshooting, for one Water Energy card this move does 10 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Wishiwashi is a Basic Pokemon card with no evolution forms, you'll only have to use this card in a deck if you want to use Wishiwashi.  With that being said, there is really no reason to use this card in a deck if you aren't already using Wishiwashi GX in your deck, because if you aren't, the Ability on this card is useless, plus, you never want to put a Pokemon with only 30 HP into the Active Pokemon spot for long.  So, if you are using Wishiwashi GX in your deck, you could put this card on your Bench in place of it, then move it to the Active Pokemon if you know you have Wishiwashi GX in your hand, this way, you could potentially prevent your opponent from doing extra damage because you are waiting to use a GX card until the last possible second.  Although Sharpshooting on this card is a solid move, because this card has such a low HP, it still isn't recommended.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 1 out of 5 rating.  So, in my opinion, solely based on its low HP, I am giving this card a below average rating, do not use it.  The only scenario to use this card is with Wishiwashi GX, if you're using this card with that one, I would give it a 3 out of 5 rating, it is still risky using a card with such a low HP in your deck.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Alomomola -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Alomomola Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Alomomola from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Alomomola is a Basic, Water type Pokemon card with a HP of 110.  Alomomola has a x2 weakness to Grass type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Alomomola does not have an Ability, but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Borne Ashore, for one Colorless Energy card this move allows you to move a Basic Pokemon from either player's discard pile to their Bench.  Hydro Splash is this card's second move, for three Energy cards, one Water and two Colorless, this move does 60 damage.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Alomomola is a Basic Pokemon card with no evolution forms, you'll only have to use this card in a deck if you want to use Alomomola.  So knowing this, you may try and want to put one of these cards in many of the decks you're building.  You can just keep this card on the Bench and then use its Borne Ashore move later in games, either to get a Pokemon from your own deck back into play, or, to put a weak, Basic Pokemon of your opponent's back in play.  If you're building a spread attack type deck, Borne Ashore is even better.  Other than this move, Hydro Splash does do average damage for the amount of Energy cards it requires, but there are certainly better moves out there to use.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating.  So, in my opinion, this is an average Basic Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Other than having a somewhat high retreat cost, both moves on this card are at least average, add in a high HP, and this card definitely deserves some consideration when deck building.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Vanilluxe -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Vanilluxe Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Vanilluxe from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Set.  Vanilluxe is a Stage 2, Water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 140.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  This card does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move on this card is called Hail, for one Water Energy card this move does 20 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon.  Frozen Breath is the name of the second move on this card, for three Water Energy cards this move does 80 damage, plus you may Paralyze the defending Pokemon if you choose to discard two Water Energy cards from Vanilluxe.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Vanilluxe is a Stage 2 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Vanillite into play and then evolve it into Vanillish before you can evolve Vanillish into Vanilluxe, both of those Pokemon are from this set and I've reviewed both of them the last two days.  If you've read my reviews of those cards you'll know that I thought both cards were below average overall.  Unfortunately both Pokemon so far have had below average HP and one move each, although both cards have potential to do major damage, neither card is guaranteed to do that much damage when attacking.  So knowing this about the first two Pokemon in this line and looking at Vanilluxe, I would highly recommend evolving this line on the Bench.  I would also recommend using this line in a spread attack deck, you can put Vanilluxe in the Active Pokemon spot when it only has one Energy card on it, and do 20 damage to all of your opponent's Pokemon in play, not only is this a quick move, but the total amount of damage possible with this one move is pretty great.  Frozen Breath also does above average damage, but I would stick to Hail most turns, and I wouldn't recommend discarding Energy cards when attacking either.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is an above average Stage 2 Pokemon card from the Guardians Rising set.  Other than having a somewhat low HP for a Stage 2 Pokemon card, this card is pretty good overall.  It can be used in a mostly Water type deck and do 80 damage per turn, or in a spread attack type deck and do 20 damage to each Pokemon in play.  Unfortunately, because Vanillite and Vanillish from this set aren't that good, I can only give this line a 3 out of 5 combined rating, definitely evolve this line on the Bench.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vanillish -- Guardians Rising Pokemon Card Review

Vanillish Guardians Rising Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Vanillish from the Guardians Rising Pokemon Card set.  Vanillish is a Stage 1, Water type Pokemon card, with a HP of 80.  It has a x2 weakness to Metal type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a two Colorless Energy card retreat cost.  Vanillish does not have an Ability and it only has one move called Ice Shard, for one Water Energy card this move does 30 damage plus 30 more damage if the defending Pokemon is a Fighting type Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Vanillish is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Vanillite into play (I reviewed Vanillite from this set yesterday) and then evolve Vanillite into Vanillish.  Vanillite does have a Stage 2 evolution in Vanilluxe, 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 Vanillish is the final evolution in this line.  So if you read my review of Vanillite, you'll know that I thought that card was a below average Basic Pokemon card overall.  The card was pretty limited in what it could do, having a low HP, and only one move.  The one move the card did have could do up to 30 damage per turn, but it also is based off of coin flips, so the move may end up doing no damage at all.  So knowing this about Vanillite and looking at this Vanillish card, this card is very similar in that it has a below average HP, only move one, and its only move has potential to do major damage but in Vanillish's case, only against Fighting type Pokemon.  Because both cards in this line so far are limited in what they can do and have below average HP, I would recommend either not using this line at all in a deck, or keep the entire line on the Bench until you're able to evolve to Vanilluxe.

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 Guardians Rising set.  Similarly to Vanillite from yesterday, this card is below average overall.  Against Fighting type Pokemon, this card can do 60 damage for one Energy card, which is excellent, but against other Pokemon, this card is just too limited.  Together with Vanillite from this set, I would give the two Pokemon in this line a 1 out of 5 rating, look elsewhere for Pokemon to use in your deck.

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