Thursday, December 14, 2017

Toxicroak -- Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Review

Toxicroak Burning Shadows Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Toxicroak from the Burning Shadows Pokemon Card Set.  Toxicroak 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 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 Poison Jab, for two Energy cards, one each of Psychic and Colorless, this move does 30 damage, and it Poisons the defending Pokemon.  The second move on this card is called Poison Boost, for three Energy cards, two Psychic and one Colorless, this move does 80 damage, plus, if the defending Pokemon is already Poisoned, the attack does 80 more damage, after doing this additional damage, the Special Condition is removed.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Toxicroak is a Stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Croagunk into play (I reviewed Croagunk from this set yesterday) and then evolve Croagunk into Toxicroak.  If you read yesterday's review of Croagunk, you'll know I thought it was a below average card overall, it is a card you don't want to use on its own, but as a way to get to Toxicroak, it is a solid card overall, with two moves, a low retreat cost, and a solid HP.  Looking at this Toxicroak card, you'll want to include this card in a deck if you are inflicting the Poison Special Condition on your opponent's Active Pokemon often, that way you can do 160 damage per turn with Poison Boost.  Ideally, you would try and utilize a Pokemon Ability from the Bench to Poison the defending Pokemon each turn.  Even if you don't use another Pokemon to Poison the defending Pokemon, you can use Poison Jab first and then Poison Boost second, doing 90 damage per turn on average.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 4 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion, this is an above average Stage 1 Pokemon card from the Burning Shadows set.  Specifically in a Psychic type deck, this card can be very good, doing up to 160 damage per turn for only 3 Energy cards, plus it can Poison the defending Pokemon.  Together with Croagunk from this set, I would give both cards a 4 out of 5 rating, these cards certainly have potential.

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

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