August 4, 2011

Card of the Day Review - Vaporeon (Undaunted 41)

Hello everyone! LuxrayMogul here for your daily Card Review on PikaCirculator! Today we discuss Vaporeon, card number 41 from HS-Undaunted.

The basics - Vaporeon is a Stage 1 Water-Type Pokémon which evolves from the Evolution Pokémon, Eevee. It has 90 HP, which is average for Stage 1s (actually, Water-Types are known for their high HP). It has a double weakness to Lightning-types, which is average for most water Pokémon. It has no resistance and a double colourless retreat, which is more than I want to pay, but I guess it's considered average.

Vaporeon is a pretty simple card with simple attacks. Its first attack, Spiral Drain, needs one colourless energy and does 20 damage. As well, you get to remove two damage counters from Vaporeon. It's a great game starter because of the healing, but because most Pokémon nowadays do a lot of damage, this attack pretty much useless with the likes of Zekrom, Reshiram, and Blastoise. You should rely on the second attack.

Water-types are known for their damage dealing moves. But for WWC, Dual Splash is only average. It snipes pretty well, by doing 30 damage to any Pokémon on your opponent's side. (Instant kill for any Benched Baby Pokémon!) I guess this is an OK attack considering it's just a Stage 1 Pokémon. It would be great if it did more damage though.

The artwork is amazing. If you look closely, you can see a Water Stone in the picture, which is the method that evolves Eevee into Vaporeon. (Likewise, you can see a Fire Stone on Flareon's art and a Lightning Stone on Jolteon's art, as well as many other stones in other Pokémon cards that evolve with stones).

Overall, I rate this card 4/5 for its average HP and semi-useful sniping attack. It does require a lot more energy that I'd like to pay, and does too little damage (too slow). But overall, it's a useful addition to any water-type deck.

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