Spiral Energy – Chilling Reigns
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2021
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is horrible. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Prepare for some deja vu with this review. We kick off the week by looking at Spiral Energy (SW – Chilling Reign 157/198), the counterpart to yesterday’s Impact Energy. Spiral Energy is a Rapid Strike card, a Special Energy card that can only be manually attached to Rapid Strike Pokémon. If you attach it to a non-Rapid Strike Pokémon by attaching it from some place other than your hand, or evolve a Rapid Strike Pokémon into a non-Rapid Strike Pokémon… nope. There’s a clause stating Spiral Energy will discard itself if it ends up attached to a non-Rapid Strike Pokémon. If I understand the wording correctly, while attached to a Pokémon, Rapid Energy provides one unit of Energy which counts as all types at once. You know, the usual Rainbow Energy trick…
…but there’s a bit more. Rainbow Energy-style cards always come with at least one drawback, and a few come with bonus effects. At least for now, as I don’t know how long we’ll be receiving Rapid Strike Pokémon, being restricted to them is a big drawback, so we get a bonus effect! Spiral Energy cures Paralysis – if the Pokémon was already Paralyzed – and prevents Paralysis while attached. Not game-breaking, but nice. As for the primary benefit, Rapid Strike Pokémon have Rapid Strike Energy to provide two Energy that count as [FF], or [WW], or [FW], so this is especially nice for all the Rapid Strikers that don’t use either (or Colorless) for their attacks. Especially with Octillery (SW – Battle Styles 037/163, 178/163; SW – Black Star Promos SWSH089) to fetch it out, assuming you don’t need its once-per-turn Ability to grab a different Rapid Strike card.
- Standard: 3/5
- Expanded: 3/5
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