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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

 

Alakazam 4 LV X

Rising Rivals

Date Reviewed: 07.02.09

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2.50
Limited: 3.00

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

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Baby Mario
Top 4 UK Nats
Alakazam 4 LV X

Wow, they re-made Base Set Alakazam, only this time just for . . . you guessed it . . . SP Pokémon.

We can skip over Alakazam 4’s not very impressive attack, Mind Shock. [P][P][C] for 50 is nothing special these days. Besides, Alakazam 4’s job is to sit on the bench and help your SP Pokémon to stay in the game for longer by using its Damage Switch PokePower.

There are a number of cards that combine well with Alakazam 4. The obvious one is Poke Turn: simply move damage on to a Pokémon you with to re-use (such as Crobat G), and Poke Turn it back to your hand. It also works well with Palkia G LV X’s Lost Cyclone Power: you move damage on to a used Mesprit or Azelf and send it to the Lost Zone, freeing up a bench space and denying your opponent a prize. Using it with Turtwig GL is another possibility. Turtwig GL’s Overgrow PokeBody allows it to do 30 more damage if it has less than 60 HP remaining. What is more, its Giga Drain attack then lets you remove damage equal to the damage you have just inflicted on your opponent.

The great thing about Damage Switch is that you can use it as often as you like during your turn, making Power Spray useless against it. This really helps the big, powerful SP Pokémon like Dialga and Palkia to survive for longer. There are some drawbacks and limitations with the card, however. Being a LV X means that it isn’t that easy to get out. Firstly, unless you find room in your deck for Level Max, and hit your coin flips, Alakazam 4 needs to be active in order to Level Up. Seeing as it has a Retreat Cost of [C][C], that means you will most likely want to play Switches and/or Warp points rather than waste Energy retreating it to the bench. Secondly, Alakazam 4 is extremely vulnerable to Flygon LV X’s Extreme Attack, which can do 150 damage to it, even when it is on the bench. As Flygon is so popular now, it might even be worth teching a Manectric PL in your deck, just to give it protection.

Rating

Modified: 2.5 (great power, but not easy to get out, and a free prize for Flygon decks)
Limited: 3 (you will have to retreat it by discarding Energy, but it could keep you in the game long enough to win)


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