Thursday, December 21, 2017

Palossand -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Palossand Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Palossand from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Palossand is a Stage 1, Psychic type Pokemon card, with a HP of 130. It has a x2 weakness to Darkness type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to Fighting 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 Sand Tomb, for three Energy cards, one Psychic and two Colorless, this move does 80 damage, plus it makes the defending Pokemon unable to retreat during your opponent's next turn.  This card's second move is called Dust Storm, for four Colorless Energy cards, this move does 100 damage, however, you must discard all cards from both Active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Palossand is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Sandygast into play (I reviewed Sandygast from this set yesterday) and then evolve Sandygast into Palossand.  If you read yesterday's review of Sandygast, you'll know that it was a well below average Basic Pokemon card on its own, mainly because it only had one attack and could only do a maximum of 10 damage when attacking.  Using that card first in the Active Pokemon spot before evolving into Palossand would be fine, since it can attack quickly and it has an above average HP, but unfortunately the difference in attack costs between the two Pokemon mean you're going to have to sit out a turn and not attack.  So ideally, if you do use this line in a deck, it should be set up on the Bench so when it is in the Active Pokemon spot it can attack right away.  With that being said, this card has a very high retreat cost and two high Energy cost moves, meaning it is slow to set up.  The only way I would consider using this card in a deck is if you're using 4 Max Elixir cards, therefore getting tons of Energy on Sandygast on the Bench, then you can attack quicker, also you'll need a way to retrieve the Psychic cards you discard with Dust Storm back into your deck or hand.  Sand Tomb is an above average move, but it is easy to get around not being able to retreat.  So while this card has two somehwhat powerful moves, I don't think I'd use this line in a deck, mainly because it is too slow to set up, and you can only use Dust Storm once before having to set it up again.

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 Burning Shadows set.  Like I stated above, this card does have some positives, like two moves that both do a minimum of 80 damage, plus they affect the defending Pokemon, but because this card is so slow to set up, I wouldn't recommend it.  Combined with Sandygast from this set, I would give this entire line a 2 out of 5 rating, look elsewhere when building a Psychic type deck.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Palossand from the Burning Shadows set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Necrozma GX, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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