August 10, 2011

Card of the Day Review - Flareon (Undaunted 26)

Hey everyone! LuxrayMogul here for another Card of the Day Review! Continuing on my Eeveelution Reviews, today we're going to discuss the Flame Pokémon, Flareon. Let's look at its stats. Flareon is a Fire-type Stage 1 Pokémon that evolves from the Evolution Pokémon, Eevee. It shares the same HP as its evolutionary relative, Vaporeon (Undaunted 41), which is decent for a Stage 1. It has a times two weakness to water, which is average for a Fire-Type, and a pretty average retreat cost of one Colourless energy; not as much as Vaporeon, and not as less as Jolteon (Undaunted 28) either. So, pretty decent so far.

Flareon's energy requirements parallel that of Jolteon and Vaporeon's (the ones from Undaunted). All three of them have two attacks; with the first one requiring one colourless and the second one requiring two of its type energy, and one colourless. I just had to point that out...

For one colourless energy, Flame Tail does 30 damage, which is decent. It isn't as hard-hitting as I'd like it to be, but for one colourless energy it's an average attack.

For FFC you can use Flamethrower, which does 90 damage. That's great, and discarding one energy is also not too bad of an attack, considering that most Fire-types these days require the discarding of energy. (I personally would discard the energy that's used to pay for the colourless, so you don't have to focus on getting fire energy next turn.) Just make sure you have some Energy Returner (Unleashed 74), Fisherman (HGSS 92), or Burned Tower (Undaunted 71) in your deck to make sure you can get those energy you discard back. Typhlosion Prime (HGSS 110) is also helpful in rescuing fire energy from your discard pile.

The artwork is amazing and Flareon is one of my favourite Eeveelutions which add to me liking this card even more, haha. As you can see, like all of the First-Generation Eeveelutions in Undaunted, a Fire Stone is seen in the artwork, which is the method used to evolve Eevee into Flareon. Many other evolutionary items can be seen on other artworks in the HGSS series. See if you can find them all!

I'm giving this card a 4/5 because of its consistent attacks and its easiness to get out into battle. The ratings drop because of the weakness, but ratings are still high because of its ability to work with many cards to get the energy it needs. I think it's a great addition to any fire deck that's needing an extra punch.

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