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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Kingdra d

EX Holon Phantoms

 

Date Reviewed: 06.13.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary
Unlimited: 1.68
Modified: 3.00
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.


~
R Pac~
Today's card is Kingdra Delta from Holon Phantoms

This power isn't really going to do much in an environment that doesn't see any delta Pokes being played. The attacks are so so. 30-60 damage is okay for two energies, but are you really going to run Fire energies on a Kingdra line? Heat Blast seems a little over priced for 4 energies - 1 of which is metal :-\. But, the attacks are still solid. Don't have to discard anything - just straight damage. Not horrible I guess, but it's not a spectacular evolution, which means its not going to be played much :-\.

Unlimited Rating 1.5/5

~R Pac~
Zennium66@aol.com
 
Otaku

Skip straight to the scores and summary for a concise overview.

 

Please note that while I denote δ Delta Species Pokémon by adding a δ to the end of their name, but that said symbol is not actually part of their name for gaming purposes to my understanding.  For example, a “Pokémon δ” can Evolve from or into a non-Pokémon δ, so long as no other rules are being broken.  That is, I can Evolve Dratini δ into a Dark Dragonair, plain Dragonair, of the “Dragonair δ”.  I cannot, however, Evolve a Dark Dragonair into a Dragonite δ or a Dragonair δ into a Dark Dragonite.  Also, a card can have δ Delta Species Pokémon and not be from EX Delta Species: it’s on the ones from EX Holon Phantoms and thus likely on all Pokémon δ from here on out.

 

Name: Kingdra δ

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#: 10/110

Type: Fire, Metal

Stage: 2 (Evolves from Seadra)

HP: 110

Weakness: Lightning

Resistance: None

Retreat: CC

Poké-Power: Dragon Curse

Once during your turn (before your attack), if Kingdra is your Active Pokémon, you may put 2 damage counters on 1 of your opponent’s Pokémon with δ on its card.  This power can’t be used if Kingdra is affected by a Special Condition.

Attack#1: (RC) Extra Flame [30+]

If the Defending Pokémon is Pokémon-ex, this attack does 30 damage plus 30 more damage.

Attack#2: (RMCC) Heat Blast [80]

Name: Seadra δ

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#: 52/110

Type: Fire

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Horsea)

HP: 70

Weakness: Lightning

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (CC) Searing Flame [10]

The Defending Pokémon is now Burned.

Attack#2: (RCC) Combustion [40]

Name: Horsea δ

Set: EX Holon Phantoms

Card#: 66/110

Type: Fire

Stage: Basic

HP: 50

Weakness: Lightning

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Ram [10]

Attack#2: (RC) Steady Firebreathing [20]

 

Attributes: Kingdra is a Pokémon δ, in this case having the bizarre change from Water to Fire (and Metal, in this case).  This type combination is good: the advantage of Metal Energy reducing damage is hard to ignore, and Fire Resistance is low while Weakness to Fire is high.

 

As a Stage 2, Kingdra Evolves from Seadra which in turn Evolves from Horsea.  In this set, they are both Pokémon δ and Fire Types.  Neither card is spectacular: Seadra only gets a cost break for Combustion (and Searing Flame, while fair, means they are still trying to price Burn the same as Confusion, Paralysis, and Poison, when it needs to be priced like Sleep).  It isn’t really bad, just not particularly good.  The same for Horsea, who overpays for its second attack a little (it should be CC).  However, the only other Modified legal Horsea/Seadra are Water and don’t really work with this Kingdra (and aren’t that good regardless of the Type difference).

 

Kingdra has a great 110 HP: only 10 more is possible without it being a Pokémon-ex.  This isn’t enough to keep its Lightning Weakness from being a problem, but it is enough to force problem Lightning Pokémon like EX Fire Red/Leaf Green Zapdos ex to at least burn some Energy (or similar effects) to OHKO you.  Depressingly, there is no Resistance which, as always, seems like a bit of a copout unless a card is so powerful that a Resistance would basically render the Resisted Type unplayable.  The Retreat Cost is CC, which is about average: not mathematically, but in you can usually afford to, but it will set you back a few turns.

 

Abilities: Here’s where Kingdra really shines: it has a Poké-Power, which only works while Active.  That Poké-Power, Dragon Curse, lets it place two damage counters on an opposing Pokémon δ if Kingdra is Active, once per turn.  The wording indicates you could use this Poké-Power again if another Pokémon has it, so if you can afford to Retreat or us another card to change out, you could make use of a second Dragon Curse.  Realistically, you’d be doing good to set it up so that you had two Kingdra doing this trick, but its feasible to use up to four Dragon Curse in a turn (just not worth the effort).

 

Extra Flame is a nice opening move as 30 points of damage for (RC) is okay on a Stage 2 Pokémon (it’d be better on lower Stages), and is especially nice since it hits for 60 against Pokémon-ex.  Even with a Double Rainbow Energy, that’d be 50, enough to annoy a lot of Turn 2 lock decks (assuming you can Evolve into Kingdra).  Not great, but far better than a lot of other supporting attacks.

 

The main attack is Heat Blast for (RMCC).  Well, breaking it down you pay for (15 + 15 + 10 + 10 = 50) in terms of raw Energy, but you also have to factor in this is a Stage 2 and the “big” attack (worth another 10 to 20 points) and also the mixed Energy cost (worth another 5 to 10 points), but that still means you are at worst getting what you pay for with respect to this attack.

 

Uses and

Combinations: Right now, the only reason to use this is if Fire Weakness and Pokémon δ are incredibly common in your area.  If that is the case, this thing is killer, basically giving you two attacks (or turbo charging your single one, same difference) a turn.  For this format, I don’t think that is the case.  With the coming format change in September, this card will probably deserve to at least be looked at if not guaranteed a place in many tournaments.  With Fluffy Berry and perhaps a few Switch you should be able to regularly gain an extra four damage counters, and some turns as many as eight.

 

Ratings

 

Unlimited: 1.75/5 – I know of no regularly played Pokémon δ.  That makes this just a big Fire Breather that is a bit more annoying to Pokémon-ex… but still, it’s not worth it.  If you must, you can take the standard “Bench full of Slowking” to make a solid deck out of it, but don’t expect it to win a lot.

 

Modified: 3/5 – For now, it basically can be a solid deck.  Not something to win most tournaments though, unless they are very small, local events and even there it’s questionable.  Come September, you will want to consider this: at the very least, having a deck built around this will be great for testing the resilience of any Pokémon δ based decks you decide to run.

 

Limited: 4/5 – Obviously, it hurts that this needs something to provide Metal Energy to use its big attack, but is Poké-Power and its opening attack should be easy to utilize.  Of course, if the opponent doesn’t have a Pokémon-ex and/or any Pokémon δ, its quite poor.  So why still a four out of five?  Because even though Horsea and Seadra aren’t so great for constructed, I found them quite useful in the Pre-Release I played in, both for my own use and in other player’s decks.

 

Summary

I don’t think this Pokémon’s time as come: like many Pokémon δ, Kingdra seems to be geared for either later sets or a later format.  I don’t recommend using it now, but if you can keep back 2-3 copies, it might be handy in a few months.  I am not scoring for the next format until we get our next set.  It’s an arbitrary decision on my part, but I thought I’d let you know.

 

-Otaku

 

Raichu88 My name is Kingdra
You better have Pokemon Nurse
Cause I’ll hurt your δ Pokemon
With my Dragon Curse


Unlimited: I don’t see δ being played here. And Heat Blast is too Expensive.

Rating : 1/5

Modified: Maybe next format when there’s more δ but even then it’s not that superb.

Rating : 1.5/5

Limited: Could be nice if you get it out but don’t rely to much on it.

Rating: 1.5/5
 


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