Kanto Starters and Evolutions: The Charmander Line

By Jo

It’s orange, lizard-like, and obnoxiously cute! Charmander, the Lizard Pokemon, is the first fire-type in the National Pokedex and is also the Kanto region’s fire-type starter. Charmander is the tallest of all fire-type starters and a fan favorite for its evolutionary line. It also has the longest name of any unevolved Pokemon.

According to its pokedex entries, Charmander’s flame at the tip of its tail makes a slight crackling sound that can only be heard in quiet places. That flame is said to burn in reaction to its emotions; if it’s content its flame wavers, while that flame will burn brightly if it becomes enraged. Its pokédex entries also state that if the Charmander is healthy, it will burn vigorously even when becoming wet. It will die if the flame ever burns out, as the flame is a measure of its life force. Charmander is based off from a salamander, though it also has features of lizards too. Its name most likely comes from the words ‘char’, which means “to burn”, and ‘salamander’, an amphibian found in Japan (which is where the games are made). Charmander may also be inspired by fire-spirits who are said to be able to inhabit the hottest temperatures. Those fire-spirits are often depicted to be lizard-like.
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Deck Review: Charizard (Platinum: Arceus Set)

By The Pidgeot

Hello there again, I am back with another pokemon TCG deck review. This time it is all about Charizard and its poke-body fire formation from the Platinum: Arceus set. Charizard is a card that has never been heard of in any major tournaments, but I think it is worthy of some praise. This card is a great card to build a deck around. If you love fire pokemon this is the deck for you, because the only pokemon you are going to want to put in this deck are fire pokemon. There are just a few supporting pokemon that I can talk about to help out this deck. The reason is because you ONLY want fire pokemon in this deck. On the trainer and supporter card side there are quite a few to help you out.

First of you guys need to know about Charizard and its poke-body “Fire Formation” What Charizard’s “Fire Formation” does is add 10 damage to each of Charizard’s attacks for each fire pokemon on the bench. The Charizard’s poke-body is the reason you only want fire pokemon in this deck. The strategy of this deck is to get as many fire pokemon out on the bench as you can to power up Charizard’s attacks. A full bench of fire pokemon can make Charizard’s first attack “Fire Wing” that only costs one energy to do 30 damage to a whopping 80 damage with a full bench of fire pokemon. Its second attack “Burning Tail” does 80 normally and with a full bench of fire can do 130 damage for two fire energy and a third random energy card; this attack can one just about every pokemon when equipped with an expert belt. To make this deck a lot easier to use, there are only a few pokemon to use and more trainers and supporters to use.
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Pokemon Favorites, Then and Now

By Rika24

Does anyone remember their first favorite Pokemon, and is it still your favorite? I remember that when I first watched it, Pikachu was my favorite. I still like Pikachu, but he’s nowhere near my top 10 favorites anymore. Pikachu was first knocked out of the number one spot by Charmander, then Eevee, then Charizard. As it stands now, Charizard (tied with Charmander), Jolteon, and Ninetales are my top three favorites.

I remember feeling so bad for the Charmander that was abandoned by his trainer, yet he still waited in the rain. I guess it’s the loyalty and cuteness of Charmander that made him my favorite, beating Pikachu for the top spot. Charmander is still to this day my number one favorite starter. When Charmander evolved into Charmeleon I wasn’t too happy because of how he wouldn’t listen to Ash.
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Pokemon EX And Lv. X Cards

By Anonymous

Pokemon Ex and Lv. X cards were the new versions of ultra rares back in the day. EX cards were a fancy way of showing a very strong and rare cards. You used to be able to use EX cards in decks but not anymore.

EX cards were only available in EX sets. Like EX Dragon Frontiers where you can get EX’s like Dragonite, or EX Sandstorm where you can get a Wailord EX. All EX cards have a holographic border and background. An EX card had EX after the name of the card. EX’s weren’t that hard to pull, they are like the ultra rare primes we have today. You can get them in any pack but the ratio of pulling one varied. They aren’t like normal rares you can get in packs they are ultra rares and sometimes can be very expensive depending what and how rare the card is.
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Shining Pokemon Cards

By Anonymous

Shining Pokemon cards are only available in the Neo Destiny and Neo Revelation sets. There are ten shining cards in all. The shinings are Charizard, Tyranitar, Celebi, Gyarados, Magikarp, Noctowl, Steelix, Raichu, Kabutops, and Mewtwo. This set is also very difficult to complete like the gold star set. It is hard to pull them from packs and can get very expensive if you think of buying them. The shining cards are very unique compared to normal holographic pokemon cards. The shining pokemon in the card is not colorized, that specific pokemon is just pure silver holographic but that’s just in the Neo Destiny set. In the Neo Revelation set the shining Gyarados and Magikarp are just shiny looking. They are different colors like Pokemon gold star cards.
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Pokemon Gold Star Cards

By Anonymous

Pokemon gold stars are the card versions of shiny Pokemon. On gold star cards at the end of each card name there will be a gold star; hence the name gold star cards. There are 27 star cards. The star cards are only made of specific Pokemon. The gold stars are of Kyogre, Alakazam, Mewtwo, Mew, Espeon, Entei, Suicune, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Charizard, Umbreon, Raikou, Metagross, Rayquaza, Celebi, Groudon, Jolteon, Flareon, Latias, Latios, Gyarados, Vaporeon, Torchic, Mudkip, and Treeko.

Completing the gold star set is like completing any other TCG set but much more difficult. There is very few people who have completed this set. The gold star Pokemon are just shiny Pokemon converted into cards. Like shiny Pokemon the coloration of the Pokemon is different. There might be a big difference or sometimes you can barely notice the difference. Like Rayquaza gold star the coloration of the Rayquaza is black instead of green. Gold stars are extremely hard to get. They are only available in some sets. Like Pikachu star in Holon Phantoms, or Mew and Charizard star in EX Dragon Frontiers, or Celebi and Alakazam in Ex Crystal Guardians.
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All About Charizard

By Anonymous

What does everybody love about this orange dragon? What’s so special about it? Charizard is one of the most famous starter Pokemon. It is a fire type Pokemon. Charizard’s first evolution is Charmander, Charmander evolves into Charmeleon at level sixteen then into Charizard at level thirty-six. This Pokemon can use flying type abilities as well as dragon ones. It became famous in the anime when Ash evolved his Charmeleon into Charizard in the episode “Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon”, where Charizard saved Ash from the claws of an Aerodactyl. Continue reading “All About Charizard”


Pokemon Deck Boxes For All

By Legendslugia251

Pokemon deck boxes are one of the items merchandise many TCG players in the states love to have and to store their decks in. While in America the past years during the EX series line we got deck boxes for pre-releases but the boxes themselves were not up to the standards of the Japanese ones in the players view. The first few which were Gengar, Zangoose and Blastoise looked alright but after just a few uses some of them started to loose their stickiness on the cover and were very easy to break in the long run.

The last deck box that America was suppose to get was the Latios and Latias one but due to the delay of shipment America never got them in time for the pre-release. Of course all deck boxes go through the wear and tear phrase depending how the player decides to keep them in.
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Dragon type Pokemon

By Leonie Herson

Throughout the Pokemon generations, the variety of dragon and dual-type dragon Pokemon has increased. Starting with the Dratini line, which was pure dragon type; this has expanded to new electric-dragon and fire-dragon types of the fifth generation’s Zekrom and Reshiram.

In addition, the number of dragon type Pokemon found within each generation of games has rapidly increased. In generation one there was only Dratini, with its evolutions Dragonair and Dragonite. Gold, Silver and Crystal had Kingdra: the final evolution of the Horsea line, whereas Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald boasted six new dragon types (not including evolutions). This expanded to a further four new dragons in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum with finally six more in the latest generation of Pokemon Black and White.
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Is It Better To Collect Older Or Newer Pokemon Cards?

By Anonymous

There are many Pokemon card collectors out there. Some mostly collect the older kinds of cards like ones from base set or jungle. Some mostly collect the newer stuff like ones from Heart Gold Soul Silver or HS Triumphant. But there is a constant debate on which cards are better. The older cards or the newer ones? Which one are you for?

I collect Pokemon cards myself and I like both kinds of cards. But some just don’t agree. Base set and the other older sets contain the original 150 Pokemon. Such as Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur. Heart Gold and Soul Silver and the newer sets contain newer kinds of cards like primes, legends, and shinies. But today the older sets are the ones that are more expensive than the newer ones. Packs of base set and such cannot be found at stores anymore, that’s why they are more expensive. But some old school collectors don’t care about the price.
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