Pokemon Typhlosion, Meganium And Feraligatr Review

By Jack Snell

Hey everyone, hope youre all well, Jack Snell here , and today I bring you part 1 of a review of every Pokemon Prime card in the HGSS-on modified format. Lets get right to it:


Typhlosion Prime: One of the two best Pokemon Prime in the set, Typhlosion rocks in at a respectable 140 HP. The water weakness is negligible right now with only Beartic, Samurott and Suicune Entei Legend seeing competitive play, after Ross Cawthon popularised it at Worlds. The two retreat cost is a little heavy but respectable, given its PokePower Afterburner.

Any Power/Body/Ability that breaks a fundamental rule of the game, energy attachments in this case, is going to be powerful. Afterburner allows you to take a fire energy from the discard pile once during your turn and attach it to one of your Pokemon at the cost of one damage counter. This Power is synergetic with Reshiram, in particular, because the 130 HP beast which is easily searchable via Collector/Comm/Dual Ball, has an attack Outrage dealing 20 damage plus 10 more for each damage counter on it for CC. Afterburner adds damage to increase the power of this attack. Also Blue Flare costing RRC deals 120 damage and instructs you to discard 2 Fire Energy attached to Reshiram. Afterburner allows you to use this attack on consecutive turns, making Reshiphlosion a very popular metagame deck.

Typhlosion also has a very underrated attack of its own, Flare Destroy. For RRC it deals a sub par 70 damage but has the effect of discarding an energy on Typhlosion and also discarding one on the defending Pokemon. For you this is irrelevant because you can just attach another the following turn, or use Afterburner to get it back, but you can discard an opponents Double Colorless Energy that was providing a large amount of their attack cost or a Rescue Energy to prevent their Pokemon returning to their hand when its KOd.

Finally Typhlosion combos with the draw engine Ninetales, whose PokePower allows you to discard a fire energy from your hand and draw three cards. This provides you energy in the discard to Afterburner with Typhlosion.

Overall I give Typhlosion a 9/10 for competitive play Combos with: Ninetales, Reshiram, Lost Remover

Meganium Prime: Atrocious, terrible, dire, pathetic, disappointing, I cannot think of enough adjectives to describe this card. Lets start with the positives, of which there are few. 150 HP makes Meganium Prime a real tank, until you see the dreaded fire weakness, the most popular type in our format right now. The water resistance is a minor bonus but realistically you should never have Meganium Prime active. The two retreat cost is acceptable but the atrocious attack Solarbeam isnt. GGCC for a meagre pathetic 80 damage with no effect is beyond words terrible. To put it in context, Yanmega Prime, a stage 1 deals 70 damage for no energy if you can match hand size with your opponent.The only attraction of Meganium Prime is the PokePower Leaf Trans which allows you to move as many grass energy around your Pokemon as often as you like, look familiar? Yes its base set Venusaur. However when there is an easily searchable, more diverse and splashable energy transferrer, Shaymin UL in the format, Meganium Prime is put to shame. Shaymin has a one time use PokePower Celebration Wind which when you play it from your hand allows you to move ANY type of energy around your Pokemon as you wish. Its a basic Pokemon, so searchable with Collector,Comm, Dual Ball and fits easily into any deck. To run Meganium Prime as a tech youre looking at a minimum of 2-1-2 with 3 Rare Candy and suddenly 8 spaces of your deck are lost to a tech.

Overall I give Meganium Prime a 2/10 and thats being generous Combos with: The binder
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Pokemon Cyndaquil

By Anonymous

All regions must have starter Pokemon, otherwise it would be extremely hard to get a first Pokemon for the new trainers. In the Johto region trainers can get their starters from the Pokemon Professor, Elm. Professor Elm will, much like the other regions, give the new trainers a Pokemon at level five. They can choose a fire type Pokemon, a grass type Pokemon, or a water type Pokemon.

Trainers can only choose one of these to be their first and starter Pokemon. Professor Elm will give a trainer the water type Pokemon Totodile, the grass type Pokemon Chikorita, or the fire type Pokemon Cyndaquil. You choose the fire type Cyndaquil. Cyndaquil can get some attacks at low levels that can help you out, such as Tackle, Ember, and Smokescreen. Tackle is a generic normal type attack. Ember is a weak fire type attack that actually is powerful against low level Pokemon. And Smokescreen is an attack that lower’s the opponents accuracy.

Accuracy, as a term for battle, is the chance of an attack actually hitting the opponent’s Pokemon. If the accuracy is lowered there is a chance of the attack missing, and the Pokemon with the lowered accuracy basically wasn’t able to do anything that turn. Everything is pretty easygoing with Cyndaquil. The biggest problem that you will encounter on the start of your journey is probably the first gym. Don’t be alarmed, the second gym has bug type Pokemon, which Cyndaquil can defeat easily. Anyway the first gym is using Flying type Pokemon.
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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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Johto Starters and Evolutions: The Cyndaquil Line

By Jo

It’s timid, unsure of itself, and a bit strange looking when you first glance at it. Cyndaquil, the Fire Mouse Pokemon, is the Johto region’s fire-type starter. According to its pokedex entries, Cyndaquil like to curl themselves into balls or stay hunched over. When feeling threatened or angry, their backs burst into flame for protection and to intimidate their foes.

Cyndaquil are shy and timid, often hiding and being unaware of their power. As of the fifth generation, Cyndaquil is the only fire-type starter that doesn’t gain another type upon evolution. It is also the only starter whose color scheme is not primarily orange and red (its shiny form, though, is a coppery color). Cyndaquil as well as Chimchar are the only two Pokemon who evolve at level 14, the lowest level a starter Pokemon can evolve at. Cyndaquil is based off from the echidna, which has hedgehog-like quills and a thin mouth like an anteater. Cyndaquil’s name comes from the words ‘cinder’, which means ashes, and ‘quill’.
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Johto Region Pokemon Part 1

By Amanda

Cyndaquil is a fire type, which is also one of the region starter Pokemon.  It’s known as the fire mouse Pokemon, and is known as Hinoarashi in Japan.  It can learn strong movies like flame wheel, and lava plume.  It can evolve into Quilava at level 14 and then Typhlosion at level 36.  In the anima, Ash caught a Cyndaquil in the Johto region, and it evolved into a Quilava in the Sinnoh region.  Quilava is a fire type, which is the evolution of Cyndaquil.  It’s known as the Volcano Pokemon and known as Magumarashi in Japan.  It can learn strong moves like flamethrower and rollout.  When it reaches level 36, it will evolve into Typhlosion, its final stage.  Typhlosion is a fire type and is the final stage of Cyndaquil.  It’s known as the volcano Pokemon, and known as Bakufun in Japan.  It knows strong moves like double- edge and eruption.
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Pokemon Call of Legends Pre-release

By: Brian Hsieh

Prereleases are a fun way to get booster packs and utilize the cards right away via a tournament. Standard stores that hold prereleases allow a person to open six booster packs to create a forty card deck. Players also receive a free gift for entering the prerelease. For the Call of Legends Prerelease, a Snorlax holo was given out along with a deck box. I went to a prerelease in Brooklyn, NY with my friend. I went 3-2 while he went 2-3.

When we arrived, we were given POP IDs during registration. Afterwards, we went upstairs to sit and wait for our booster packs. We were given six Call of Legends booster packs to open. The ratio for this set isn’t as great as previous sets, as my friend and I failed to pull a shiny card, which are the ultra-rares for this set. The main cards I pulled were Feraligatr, Skarmory, and Tyrogue rares. My friend pulled a Gyarados holo and Ampharos rare that he used in his deck. Although these cards aren’t top tier deck cards, they had to suffice when there aren’t that many top tier cards within the set.
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