Hi everyone! It's LuxrayMogul here for another Card of the Day! Today we're going to discuss Celebi Prime, which is card number 92 from HS - Triumphant expansion. Alright, let's get started.
Celebi Prime is a Prime card, which are generally considered the HGSS version of Pokémon Lv. X and Pokémon ex, but without the consequences of the latter two. It is a Grass-Type basic Pokémon and has a measly 60 HP... eh. It has a double weakness to fire. Wait... so 30 damage from a Fire type can knock it out! Ouch. Not impressive... Its one colourless energy retreat cost is average. Let's see if the card text can improve my impression at this moment, haha.
Celebi's Poké-Power, Forest Breath, allows you to attach a grass energy from your hand to any Pokémon, as long as Celebi is your Active Pokémon. This can be useful, allowing you an extra energy attachment that turn. But like mentioned before, Celebi doesn't have very high survivability considering its x2 weakness and its mere 60 HP. Let's see its attack.
Time Circle needs a Grass, Psychic and Colourless Energy to use; it does 30 damage. The text says that during your opponent's next turn, prevent all damage done to Celebi by their Stage 1 or 2 Pokémon. Well, that definitely redeems Celebi's weakness! Sort of. If your opponent was to attack during the turn, they would have to use basic Pokémon... but there are still many powerful Basic Pokémon, so Celebi's survivability is not ideal.
Interviewer's Questions (Unleashed 77) as well as Fisherman (HGSS 92) work well with Celebi Prime to get those extra grass energy to attach. Celebi makes charging up those large Stage 2 grass Pokémon fast - so they are ready for action quicker.
The art is outstanding, as with all the Prime cards, haha!
Ideally, Celebi Prime can be put in your deck for fast charge-up of your grass Pokémon (getting them ready in half the turns required); and it does make a good wall if your opponents are running evolved Pokémon. But it is important to note that it only prevents damage; they can still hit Celebi with Special Conditions. I will rate this card 3/5 for its useful Poké-Power and its relatively good attack. It definitely loses marks for its low HP and its high weakness against fire Pokémon. Celebi Prime is ideal for charging, but probably not very good for attacking.