Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kyogre EX -- Dark Explorers Pokemon Card Review

Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Kyogre EX from the Dark Explorers set. This is the another EX card I'll be reviewing from the yet to be released set that is coming out May 9th, 2012. I will be continuing to review more Dark Explorers cards as scans are released. Kyogre EX is a basic, water type Pokemon card with an hp of 170. It has a x2 weakness to electric type Pokemon, no resistance type, and a four colorless energy card retreat cost. Kyogre surprisingly doesn't have an Ability but it does have two moves, the first move is called Smash Turn and for two energy cards, one each of water and colorless, it does 30 damage you this move allows you to switch Kyogre EX from your active Pokemon to your bench, and put one of your benched Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot. Kyogre EX's other move is called Dual Splash which takes three energy cards, two water and one colorless, and does 50 damage to two of your opponent's Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, you'll have to know right off since this is an EX Pokemon card if this card gets knocked out your opponent will get to take two prize cards instead of one, with this in mind, if I were to put this Pokemon into the active Pokemon spot I would only use Dual Splash unless Kyogre needed to be retreated, and instead of wasting four energy cards to retreat Kyogre you can still do 30 damage and retreat Kyogre for free with Smash Turn. I would definitely recommend you putting Kyogre EX in a spread damage type deck so that when you do put Kyogre EX into play, you can do 50 damage to two of your opponent's Pokemon and knock those two Pokemon out in two turns or less. You should be able to use this technique of spreading damage around using Dual Splash for quite some time since Kyogre has 170 hp.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 3 out of 5 rating. For an EX card, especially compared to some EX cards from the Next Destinies set, this EX card is very average, it is surprising Kyogre doesn't have an Ability and I'm surprised Smash Turn is even on this card at all since it is pretty weak. But overall, this card does pack a bunch being able to do 100 damage every turn with Dual Splash and this card can definitely help in any water type deck out there.

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