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Pojo's Pokémon Card of the Day

 

 Palkia EX  

- Plasma Blast

Date Reviewed:
September 30, 2013

Ratings & Reviews Summary

Modified: 2
Limited: 4

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

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Combos With: See Below

Baby Mario
2010 UK National
Seniors
Champion

Palkia-EX (Plasma Blast) 

Hello and welcome to a full week of reviews here on Pojo’s CotD. We are kicking off today and tomorrow with a look at Palkia EX and Dialga EX: two Pokémon that were poster boys for Generation IV, but had to wait until the tail end of the Black and White era to get themselves on a card. 

Was it worth the wait? Depends on your point of view. If you wanted a top tier card to trade blows with the Darkais and Kyurems of this world, then you will be disappointed. Palkia EX does have a couple of interesting attacks though: Strafe is a punch-and-run style attack that does 50 for three Colourless Energy and switches itself to the Bench. There is some combo potential here if you can find a Pokémon to wall after the switch (something with Safeguard or Silver Mirror?), but the cost-to-damage ratio is not great and neither is the prospect of this card taking four turns to KO an EX. 

Dimension Heal is a lot harder to use. The cost of Grass, Water, and two Colourless Energy is large and quite impractical – worse than that of Black Kyurem EX even, and the pay-off isn’t remotely as good. 80 damage sucks for that kind of investment, and the prospect of healing 20 for each Plasma Energy attached hardly improves the situation: Plasma Energy can be used for a lot better things than this and in a format which favours damage over healing, you would be better off using the offensively-themed Plasma Tornadus EX than try and use a strategy based on keeping this thing alive. 

Even if it is interesting, Palkia EX falls a long way short of being competitive. 

Rating 

Modified: 2 (outclassed by . . . oh, a ton of cards)

Limited: 4 (big EX’s are never bad, but there are better ones in the set) 


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