Hey all you card-crazed fans! It's aroramage back
again for a new week of reviewing cards! Today we've got
the mighty Kangaskhan, well-known for her terrifying
Mega Evolution in the video games that have left even
GameFreak stunned at her power! Can Kangaskhan-EX stand
up to her video game counterpart?
Let's start off with some basic facts about
Kangaskhan-EX: she's a 180 HP Colorless Basic weak to
Fighting with a whopping 3-Energy Retreat Cost. That's a
lot of Pokemon to stand up to! But is Kangaskhan-EX up
there with greats like Mewtwo-EX and Yveltal-EX, or does
she fall disappointingly short like Magnezone-EX?
Well most Pokemon-EX are known for their attacks, and
like most Pokemon-EX, Kangaskhan-EX has two of them. The
first is Triple Draw, a 1-Energy non-damaging attack
that lets you draw 3 cards. So basically it's like a
Cheren or Tierno, except instead of costing you a
Supporter each turn, it costs your attack. Maybe useful,
maybe not, but with draw support like Juniper/Sycamore
in the format, is it really necessary to have a giant
behemoth of a card used strictly for drawing cards?
What's left isn't very impressive either: Kindred
Kick, which is reminiscent of Mega-Kangaskhan's Parental
Bond in that it adds about half the damage it deals in a
"second attack". The main differences though are that
it's a 3-Energy strike for 70 damage with a 50% chance
of getting an extra 30 damage. So it's not the greatest
attack in the world, but a solid 70 damage plus
Hypnotoxic Laser and Virbank for 2 turns is enough to KO
most Pokemon (even Pokemon-EX)!
Kangaskhan-EX may not quite live up to her video game
partner, but she does provide the TCG with a relatively
splashable powerhouse. On top of that, you might be able
to wield her Mega Form in order to unleash even more
power (100 + 30X, where you keep getting X heads in a
row and adding damage - an improved Kindred Kick!) upon
your foes! It's a decent card to try out against other
players, casual and tournament alike.
...at least until the fists rise up and strike.
Modified: 2.5/5 (not the greatest EX in the world,
but not the worst either)
Limited: 3.5/5 (the draw power and the hefty strikes
along with the massive HP should let you go far)
Arora Notealus: Mother and daughter bonding...come to
think of it, is the baby always female too?
Next time: Whoa now, this gal's got some legs