S10b 'Pokémon GO' Set Review!

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The Pokémon GO set has finally been released globally. This set is a collaboration between Pokémon TCG and Pokémon GO where some cards in this set will have a photo-realistic illustration. 

 

This set also includes a fun gimmick where you can find a Ditto mark in some cards where you can peel (yes, literally peel the card) and find a Ditto card. 

 

You can see the full list here:

As always, I will try to review this card from my point of view. 

Let's start with the review. Enjoy!



Pokémon


Bulbasaur

The first Kanto starter in the set is Bulbasaur. Its attack is nothing special but because this is a special set, I think it is worth collecting. You may also want to collect the promotional Bulbasaur too. I won’t rate this card because I think this card will only be the base of evolving it Ivysaur/Venusaur.


Ivysaur

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The same thing applies to Ivysaur. Its first attack is not that great because you will be wasting your turn while you can have Grotle which is way better because it is an ability. Also, if you want to play it, I don’t think you will need this card as most of the time you will be using Rare Candy to skip stage-1 Pokémon. I also won’t rate this card because I think this card value is more on the collecting side rather than the playability side.


Venusaur

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Then we have our first final evolution of the Kanto starter, Venusaur. Its ability is quite similar to Pokémon Catcher. But because it is a stage-2 Pokémon, I don’t think people want to try to use it unless you have a super ‘cheat’ card that can easily make stage-2 Pokémon viable. However, because Venusaur is a Kanto starter, it sure has some collectability value. I will rate it 2.5/5.


Radiant Venusaur

Then we have our first Radiant Pokémon, Radiant Venusaur. Its ability is actually quite good in decks like Hisuian Arcanine or Hisuian Decidueye VSTAR where you draw cards AFTER you attack. But because not many Pokémon can maximize this card. I don’t think this card will be adopted by many decks. But I still think that this card will be played in some decks. I will rate this card 3/5.


Alolan Exeggutor V

Then we have the first Pokémon V in this set, Alolan Exeggutor V. Its first attack is actually quite good because you can accelerate fast enough if you manage to hit heads on your coin flip. With Glimwood Tangle being a block D card, I don’t think that we will see this card long enough unless we get a new coin flip ‘cheat’ card. If we get another card like that, I think that Alolan Exeggutor V will see some play although not that much. 

 

Its attack is also quite good because you can snipe cards like Inteleon line or Dunsparce. But I still think the 30 damage multiplier in the current format is quite low. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Spinarak

I don’t think this card is that good. But you need to watch closely in this card because you may get a Ditto card! I think the Spinarak ‘Ditto’ card is great for collecting without peeling it. However, I won’t rate this card. 


Ariados

The same thing applies to Ariados. Its attack is just not that good because 20 damage is getting nowhere. But I think this card can be quite deadly if you play a special condition deck. It can scale up pretty nicely but because we are in the era of Pokémon V where they have high HP, I don’t think Ariados can compete. I will rate this card 2/5.


Charmander

Next, we have our second Kanto starter, Charmander. As I already said on Bulbasaur, I don’t think this card will impact the game too much other than being the base for Charizard to evolve. But, it will be a great card for collectors and make sure you don’t miss out on the promo card. 


Charmeleon

Then we have Charmeleon. Because it is a stage 1 Pokémon, I don’t think this card will see much play. But you can try to collect this card too as Charmeleon is still a part of the Kanto starter. 


Charizard

One of the most famous cards in Pokémon TCG is none other than Charizard. Its ability is similar to Venusaur’s ‘Jungle Totem’ ability but this time it will be Fire energy. It is a very great ability but because it is a stage 2 Pokémon, I don’t think many standard decks will adopt it. However, its attack is quite great in terms of damage although you need to discard all your energy. Also, Charizard may have some chance in the Gym Leader Challenge format. This card is also great for collecting because you will be having the Pokémon GO stamp. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Radiant Charizard

The next Radiant Pokémon in this set will be Charizard. Yes, this may be one of the chase cards in this set. Its ability is great because you can have Charizard as your late-game finisher with cheap energy. Its attack is also astonishingly great because 250 damage and a Choice Belt can knock any Pokémon VSTAR. But because it is a Fire-type Pokémon, you won’t be hitting many viable Pokémon with weakness. 

 

Then, because it is a Fire-type Pokemon, you can use Magma Basin to attach energy from your discard pile which is very good. You may want to have this card because, besides its collectability, you may find a very good use case with this card because in Japan even Mew VMAX try to play this card. I will rate this card 3.5/5.


Moltres

Next, we have the first legendary bird, Moltres. Its ability is quite good but a 10 damage boost is not quite there. You also have a limited amount of viable basic Fire-type Pokémon which can be a consistent attacker. With 10 damage only, I think you are better off with Galarian Zigzagoon because you can abuse Scoop Up Net to do extra damage. Then, because it is a Fire-type Pokémon, viable Water-type Pokémon like Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR can damage your Pokémon easily with weakness. Its attack is also not that great with only 110 damage but with a high 3 energy as its attack cost. 

 

I will rate this card 2.25/5 until we have a great Fire-type attacker and Water-type dominance has died down.


Numel

Next up we have Numel. You may notice it in some of the unboxing videos and yes, Numel has a chance to be a Ditto card. You definitely need to collect it if you like this gimmick.


Camerupt

Unlike Numel, Camerupt doesn’t have a chance to be a Ditto card. Then looking at the attack, I actually quite like it if only Camerupt is not a Fire-type Pokémon. Its attack cost is reasonable and 50 damage snipe is quite good to combine with Mimikyu VMAX. Yes, it won’t be a tier-1 deck but if you look for a fun spread deck, you may consider it. I also think that in Gym Leader Challenge, Camerupt may also have a chance because the HP cap is lower than the standard format. I will rate it 2.25/5.


Squirtle

The last Kanto starter, Squirtle. Similar to the other starter, I don't think this card is that impactful other than being the base for Blastoise to evolve. But in terms of collectability, I think this card is a great card to collect along with the promo card.


Wartortle

Then we have the stage 1 Pokémon, Wartortle. There's not much to discuss here because stage 1 Pokémon in a stage 2 lineup is usually being forgotten because Rare Candy exists. But because this card is part of the Kanto starter lineup, there's always some collector who tries to collect this card.


Blastoise

Then we have the last final Kanto starter evolution, Blastoise. Its ability is actually great because you can accelerate your energy into your board very easy even though you end your turn. This can be a very great combination with cards that have high attack costs or even Cramorant VMAX for the sake of the coin flip. But because Blastoise is a stage 2 Pokémon, setting it up is quite hard although you can try using the Inteleon engine to set the board. But, I think this card is phenomenal in Gym Leader Challenge format with its raw acceleration power.

 

Its attack is not that great because of its high attack cost and low multiplier. But if you try to play it in the non-V format I think this attack will be quite scary. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Radiant Blastoise

Then we have the next Radiant Pokémon in this set, Radiant Blastoise. Its ability is similar to the 'Quick Shooting' Inteleon but you need to discard Water energy first. The trade-off of getting a Basic Pokémon to do it is quite acceptable but because we still have Radiant Greninja in the format, I think people will choose Radiant Greninja over Radiant Blastoise because, in this format, card draw is very important.

 

Its attack is also not that great where it has a high attack cost and only does 170 damage rather than 250 like Radiant Charizard.

 

So, I will rate it 2.5/5 because I still see some decks may use this card because having free damage is also important.


Slowpoke

Next up we have the Slowbro line. Slowpoke's first attack is not that great while its second attack may be a great attack because you can recycle an Item card from your hand. This can be good for the control deck because it is a basic Pokémon and it only takes 1 energy to use. But other than control decks, I don't see any use case for this card other than for evolving into Slowbro. I will rate it 2.25/5.


Slowbro

Then we have Slowbro. This card may spark some controversy because of its second attack. You can easily 'win' the game if you manage to attack with the second attack. You can easily get an epic comeback by using it and it may be one of the greatest feelings that you ever have in Pokémon TCG. Its attack cost is also fairly manageable because you have Twin Energy and Double Turbo Energy. 

 

I think this card will surely see some play because of how fun this card is. Zoroark deck may also adopt this card into their deck because it is a stage 1 Pokémon. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Magikarp

Then we have Magikarp. You guys may already see the Weekly Japanese tournament Result and to my surprise, Magikarp is winning!

 

Its first attack is actually a good attack where you can search for Magikarp so you can discard them to increase your attack. Then its second attack is the thing that makes Magikarp scary. The highest damage potential that you can do is 250 damage and with Choice Belt, you can easily do 280 damage which can knock any Pokémon VSTAR. This is a very strong card because it is a single prize card and the damage output is just insane. Also, because it's a Magikarp it gets even better. I will rate this card 3.25/5.


Gyarados

Then we have its evolution, Gyarados. Its first attack is very fun to use because you mill your opponent until you win, theoretically. Then its second attack is a powerful attack for a single-prize card. But because its attack cost is high and you need to mill 5 cards of your own, I don't think people will go for the second attack. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Lapras

Then we have Lapras. I don't think people will play this card. Because, if you really want to play Lapras, you can play the Brilliant Stars one because it deals more significant damage and guarantees paralysis rather than flipping a coin. Yes, you need to have a knocked Pokémon the turn before, but because this is a single-prize Pokémon, getting knocked is easier. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Articuno

Next, we have our second Legendary Bird, Articuno. Its ability can be a great booster for Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR. But because you only give a 10 damage boost, I don’t think that you will be using Articuno often. However, there’s no harm in having at least 1 copy just in case. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Wimpod

Then we have another Golisopod line. Wimpod’s ability is actually quite helpful because if you can use Wimpod as a pivot. But because it only applies if the opponent plays a Pokémon V, I don’t think you will see this card often. I’d rather use Castform where its retreat cost is straight none. I think you will see this card if you play Golisopod because you need Wimpod to evolve. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Golisopod

Then we have Golisopod. Its attack is similar to Golisopod-GX but because right now the HP cap is much higher, I don’t think this attack is viable enough to be a game-changer in the current format. But still, it is great to see that Golisopod got the recognition it needs. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Pikachu

The set is not complete without Pikachu in it. We have the Buddy Bolt attack. I think it is not that great because you only deal a small amount of damage while its attack cost is very high for a single-prize card. But still, because it is a Pikachu, you may want to collect it. I will rate this card 2/5.


Pikachu

Then we have the second Pikachu! Its attack is quite high because this is a single-prize Pokémon, but the attack cost is just too high. I don't think the 30 damage to yourself is that impactful because you will likely get knocked every single turn. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Zapdos

Then we have another Legendary Bird, Zapdos. Its ability is similar to the other Legendary Bird where you will be having a 10 damage boost but this time, it is for Lightning-type Pokémon. I think this is a great ability since today's format is filled with Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR whose weakness is Lightning-type. You can also stack it with another Zapdos so I think it is a plus.

 

Then we look at its attack. I don't think people will try to attack with this card because it is too high and there are better Zapdos than this if you want to attack. So far, I think this is the most useful card out of the other Legendary Birds in this set. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Mewtwo V

Then we have the star of this set, the Mewtwo VSTAR line. Let's start with Mewtwo V. Its first attack is so-so because 2 energy is easy to meet and 50 damage is not going anywhere. Then its second attack with 3 energy can deal 160 damage which is not enough for a knockout on Pokémon V. But it can get you a 2-turn knockout on some Pokémon VMAX. Its effect is also quite useful because you can at least save an energy in case you are knocked. However, I think you are just better off evolving it to Mewtwo VSTAR. Oh, I almost forgot that Mewtwo V’s Alternate Art is very cool and definitely a must-have. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Mewtwo VSTAR

Then we move to the VSTAR. Its attack, Psy Purge, can easily deal 270 damage which is very strong because you have Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX or the Lunatone/Solrock engine to back you up. However, sometimes 270 is not enough to knock any viable Pokémon VSTAR because most of their HP is 280 or booster by Big Charm. So, in order to cover that, you can try to use its VSTAR Power. 

 

Its VSTAR Power, Star Raid, can easily deal 120 damage spread to every Pokémon V on your opponent’s board. It can easily help you to set up for the knock-out next turn because with only 2 energy you can easily deal a total of 300 damage and a whopping 490 damage for 3 energy which is more than enough. But I still think the set-up takes quite too long and the risk of Mewtwo VSTAR being taken out in a single turn is quite big because of its HP. But I do like its damage potential and the fact that you can accelerate using Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX or the Lunatone/Solrock engine is very promising. Let’s just see how things go in Worlds 2022. I will rate this card 3.5/5.


Natu

Then we have the Xatu evoline starting with Natu. I think this card is just a filler card in this set. But I’m happy that I see Natu get some love from Pokémon. I won’t rate this card.


Xatu

Now we are coming to Xatu. Its first attack is actually very great because 90 damage snipe to a Pokémon V is a very strong attack and you can do it for a single Psychic energy. You can use this card in the Zoroark box deck in case you need a decent bench sniper. Then its second attack is just so-so where you only deal 50 damage and make your opponent confuse. But I do see some potential where its first attack can greatly threaten your opponent. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Lunatone

Then we have Lunatone. Its first attack is not special because you will waste a turn without damaging any Pokémon. But because you are discarding a card, you can try to discard a Psychic energy where you can use that to make Solrock's ability more effective. 

 

Move to its second attack, this is where things get very interesting. Its attack is similar to Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX where you can potentially hit very big damage to your opponent. But the hard part is that the effect only applies the energy that is attached to the attacking Lunatone. This may be a very tricky part yet a fun process because Lunatone and Solrock deck are gaining some popularity in Japan’s local tournament. You may want to try to play this deck. I will rate this card 3/5.


Sylveon

Then we have Sylveon. I just don’t know why but Pokémon decides not to make a good single-prize eeveelution. Its first attack is quite good if you are playing a control deck. But because Marnie and Judge still exist, I don’t think people will try to play this often although it is a very strong attack. Then its second attack is actually great in terms of damage potential. But why does it needs to be a Dragon-type Pokémon? If it's a Pokémon V or even just a Pokémon VSTAR I will gladly accept it, but instead, Pokémon decides that it is best to give the extra damage to Dragon-type Pokémon. Let’s just hope that it can see some play because we will be having Giratina VSTAR. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Onyx

Then we are moving to the Fighting-type Pokémon. First, we have Onyx. Its first attack cost is just too high for me and its damage is not quite there to knock a Sobble. But, its effect is quite great if you want to play a stall game because you can trap your opponent. Then its second attack has a very big potential because you can easily obliterate your enemy if you have 7 damage counters. But its attack cost is somewhat high and Fighting-type Pokémon don't have that many acceleration methods. So I don't think many people will adopt this card. I will rate it 2.25/5.


Larvitar

Next, we have the first evolution line of Tyranitar, Larvitar. Its attack is just bad because you only deal small damage and you need to flip a coin to have increased damage. I won't rate this card.


Pupitar

Then we have Pupitar. I think its attack is somewhat great because for a single-prize Pokémon and with only 1 energy, you can have a spread attack where its attack cost is one colourless energy so you can combine it with another Pokémon. But because you spread to your Pokémon as well, I think people will try to go for another card rather than risking getting hurt. But I still see some potential in this card because Fresh Water Set can be used to heal your Pokémon. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Solrock

Then we have the Lunatone partner, Solrock. As you guys may already know, Lunatone/Solrock deck has gained some popularity because of its potential. Solrock's ability allows you to attach 1 Psychic energy to Lunatone which is very great because you can pile your energy quicker. Then its second attack is just a filler because most of the time you will be using Lunatone to attack. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Conkeldurr V

Then we have another Pokémon V, Conkeldurr V. Its first attack is quite good if your opponent doesn't knock you out first. Then, its second attack is actually good in terms of damage potential and having a special condition. But because you need to flip a coin, I think many people will look at another card for their deck because they won't be risking a single coin flip to win the game. But still, it is quite refreshing that we have another Conkeldurr. Its Alternate Art also looks cool so I think I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Alolan Rattata

Now, we are entering the Dark-type Pokémon in this set. We got Alolan Rattata here where Alolan Pokémon gets another return. Its first attack is a great attack where you can easily knock a Sobble if you are lucky on your coin flip. You also deal weakness damage to Mew VMAX or Mewtwo VSTAR so it’s another plus. But because this is an evolutionary line, it is better to evolve it to Alolan Raticate who has a better attack. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Alolan Raticate

Alolan Raticate may be one of your decks if you want to have an instant knockout. Its second attack can easily reduce your opponent’s Active Pokemon HP until it becomes 10 where you can easily use Poison or Burn to make sure your opponent is knocked out. However, its attack cost is quite high but because Alolan Raticate is a single-prize Pokémon, you can still use Twin Energy while also bringing Double Turbo Energy. You may want to look at this card and try to find a great combination using this card. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Tyranitar

Then we have Tyranitar. Its first attack is actually a great attack if you have a way to damage all of your Benched Pokémon. But I think the damage scaling will be a bit low because unless your opponent plays a slow spread deck, your Pokémon will likely be knocked in over 2 turns. Then its second attack is quite powerful because you can instantly knock out any Pokémon that is weak to Dark-type. But its attack cost is too high so I don’t think many people will try to use this attack. Because Tyranitar is a Dark-type, it can be very beneficial to you if you face Mew VMAX or Mewtwo VSTAR. However, because Tyranitar is a stage 2 Pokémon, I don’t think many people will try to play this deck because of how hard and long setting up a stage 2 Pokémon. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Steelix

Now we move on to the Metal-type. First off we have Steelix. Its first attack is quite useful because you can make your opponent Paralyzed. But with 3 Colourless and only does 70 damage, I think you will be better off with another Pokémon. Its second attack is also quite high in attack cost which may be hard to achieve in the early game even with Metal Saucer. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Meltan

Then we have our cute little Meltan. Its attack is not that great because it is 2 energy (even though it is colourless) and you need to flip a coin in order to make your opponent paralyzed. I won’t rate this card because I think this card will only be the base for evolving into Melmetal.


Melmetal

Next, we have the evolution, Melmetal. Its first attack is also not that great but 60 can at least get you a Sobble or Dunsparce. Then we go to its second attack which is (in my opinion) bad. Flipping 2 coins for 210 is just too far and you can just do it with another Pokémon without having to flip a coin. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Melmetal V

Then we finally have the long-awaited Melmetal VMAX line. First, we look at Melmetal V. Its first attack is pretty standard where you can accelerate energy from your hand but the damage may be a bit too low in today’s standard. Then its second attack is quite good because you can do a 2-turn knockout to Pokémon VSTAR. But the hard thing with Melmetal V is there’s no colourless in its attack cost which can be very hard to meet even with the help of Metal Saucer. So I will rate this card 2.25/5 where I think that you will be better evolving it to Pokémon VMAX.


Melmetal VMAX

Next, we have its VMAX. The same problem occurs in this Pokémon where all of its attack cost is Metal energy which can be hard to fill even with Metal Saucer. But because Arceus VSTAR is here, things may be a bit better. Also, if you look carefully, you need to have at least 5 energy to hit your maximum damage which can be very risky if you get knocked and don’t have any recycle cards. But still, the damage potential is there because 280 can easily knock any Pokémon VSTAR. So I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Dragonite V

Next, we have our first Dragon-type Pokémon card, Dragonite V. Its first attack is actually quite good if you want to go for disruptive gameplay. But because right now Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR can easily recycle that discarded energy, I don’t think that you will be having that great of a time. Then we have the second attack which is not that great in my opinion because I think you will be better off having the Evolving Skies Dragonite V. The Evolving Skies Dragonite V can easily do 250 damage to your opponent and with Choice Belt, you can easily knock any Pokémon VSTAR. But, if the gameplay you’re looking for is disruptive gameplay, this card will be the way to go. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Dragonite VSTAR

Then we have the VSTAR card. Its attack has exactly the same damage as Evolving Skies Dragonite V but you don’t have to do 20 damage to your own bench. I think this is a great attack in terms of raw power despite that you can’t attack the next turn. 

 

Next, we have its VSTAR Power, Draconic Star. I think this is a very great way to accelerate energy from your deck although you only had to look from the top 12 cards of your deck. If you manage to get at least 4 energy to attach, I think this attack is very worth to invest. But because some decks have a small amount of energy, I don’t think that many decks will try to adopt this card. You are also limited to only Water and Lightning Energy cards so having that type alone is quite hard where you have Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR. This VSTAR Power is also an attack which you will ‘waste’ your turn by only attaching energy to your Pokémon. But still, I think this card still got potential in some decks. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Chansey

Then we go to the Colourless-type Pokémon. The first one we have is Chansey. Its first attack is not that great because you can just bring a Fresh Water Set while healing all your Pokémon. I don't think this card will see much play unless you use it as the base of evolving it to Blissey. I will rate it 2/5.


Blissey  

Then we have its evolution, Blissey. Its HP is one of the first things that got my attention because it has a whopping 200HP which can be a very good number when playing Gym Leader Challenge. Then we look at its first attack. I think it can be a very great attack if you play decks like Hisuian Goodra VSTAR or another tank/wall deck. But because it is an attack, you will be wasting a turn not damaging your opponent. Then, its second attack is not that great because 100 damage for 3 energy is somewhat not that great for me. But its HP is very big so it will be a great way to tank a bit while chipping down your opponent’s HP. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Ditto

Then we have the single prize star of this set, Ditto. Its ability is very good if you play decks like Mad Party or the new Magikarp deck because you can maximize your damage by having all required cards in the discard pile and attack with Ditto. Its HP is also easily searchable by Quick Ball and Level Ball so that's a plus. I highly recommend you have at least 2 copies. Even though you don't play it, I think at some point you will think of adapting this card so there's no harm in having it early. But right now, there's only a limited amount of basic single-prize Pokémon that can be utilised by Ditto. I will rate it 3.25/5.


Eevee

Next, we have Eevee. Its first attack is somewhat good in control decks because you can disrupt your opponent's hand. But because you don't deal any damage and you choose the card randomly, I don't think many people will try to adapt Eevee in their deck. But I do believe that this card will be on the list of people who collect Eevee. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Radiant Eevee

Next, we have the last Radiant Pokémon in this set, Radiant Eevee. Its first attack is quite weird because you need to have different types of Pokemon to maximize your attack where most of the time people will have at maximum 3-4 types unless they play Rainbow Box. You also end your turn while having a chance to get disrupted which can be very annoying to us. I don't think many people will try to adapt to this Radiant Pokémon because you have a better Radiant Pokémon like Greninja or Charizard. But I'm sure in the eyes of Eevee lovers, this card will be their chase card. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Snorlax

Then we have another Snorlax. Its ability is a very good ability if you want to play a stall deck. This can be a very bad threat to your opponent because stalling while milling your opponent is a very effective way right now because some decks heavily rely on item cards. You can use mill cards like the Misfortune Trio but the card will be released in the upcoming Lost Origin set you may want to wait a bit. Its attack is somewhat mid for me because 4 energy to attack is too high to achieve in a short amount of time. Most of the time, people will rely more on its ability to stall so if you guys are interested, Snorlax can be a great Pokémon to play stall gameplan.


Aipom

Then we have the Ambipom line starting with Aipom. The first attack is actually quite fun to play around with because damage prevention is always a great thing to have. But I think people will try to use this Pokémon just to evolve it to Ambipom because what you will see next is a very fun card to play. I will rate this card 2.5/5.


Ambipom

We finally got to Ambipom. Its ability is a very fun ability because you have a chance to be immortal the whole game. This ability combined with its attack will be a very fun thing to see in the game for a while. Its attack can easily accelerate by using Cherrim so you will have a chance to do a very big attack if you manage to flip all heads. In Japan, the Ambipom deck is already winning in some local store tournaments which means that this card's potential is huge. You may want to try to play this card. I will rate this card 3/5.


Slaking V

Next up we have Slaking V. Its ability is very weird because this ability can easily disrupt your momentum when you are ahead of Prize cards. But because it is an ability, you can just use Path to the Peak to deny this ability. Then looking at its attack, it is one of the biggest damage that a Pokémon V can have. You can also use Powerful Energy to attack so you can have higher damage. So far, Arceus VSTAR is a great pair that you can bring to cover up your attack cost. Also, because both Pokémon is a Colourless-type Pokémon, you can easily deploy Dunsparce to cover up your weakness. 


Bidoof

Then we have the God, the Master, the one and only, Bidoof. Yes, you can also get a Ditto mark in Bidoof so you may get a Ditto card. Its attack is not that special but this time, Komiya-san is the artist. If you guys are a fan of Bidoof and Komiya-san, you may want to collect this card. I will rate this card 2/5 just because you can get a Ditto and its illustrated by Tomokazu Komiya.


Bibarel

Next, we have Bibarel. Its ability is very unique because your deck can’t get disrupted by the opponent. But because in the current format we are not having too much threat by the milling deck, I don’t think this Bibarel will see many plays. I also think that the Brilliant Stars Bibarel is still better because you get a very solid draw power from it. But in the future, if Missfortune Trio becomes more popular, I think this Bibarel will see some play. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Pidove

Next, we have the Unfezant line which I believe is not that good. Pidove’s attack is just straight bad in my opinion and there are many other cards that can do better. I won’t rate this card.


Tranquil

Then we have Tranquil. This card is far worse because it is a stage 1 where its attack is similar to a basic Pokémon. Also because this is a stage 1 Pokémon from a stage 2 line, many people will try to skip Tranquil by swapping it with Rare Candy. I won’t rate this card. 


Unfezant

Then we have the final evolutionary line, Unfezant. Its second attack has the potential to be one of the biggest damage for a non-Rule Box Pokémon. But because you need to flip coins in order to maximize your damage, I don’t think many people will try to risk it. Also, Unfezant is a stage 2 Pokémon which can be hard to set up. I will rate this card 2.25/5.  


Supporter


Egg Incubator

We have our first Item cards in this set. I think this is a great card but because you are limited to a Basic Pokémon and you need to flip a coin, things may not go the way you want. I think Quick Ball and Ultra Ball are still better. But once Quick Ball rotates out, I think some people will try to use this 


Rare Candy

Next, we have Rare Candy. It is a great card because you can skip stage 1 Pokémon to evolve. Also, its art is new and this is my favourite. But sadly, stage 2 Pokémon is still struggling to have a stable footing in this format. I will rate this card 2.75/5


Lure Module

Then we have Lure Module. Its effect is quite weird because not only do you get to play the effect, but the opponent too. It may cause a bit of an advantage to your opponent but if you play decks like Mad Party who need s to take out Pokémon quickly, I think you can try this card. Decks like Zoroark may also find a use for this card. I will rate this card 2.75/5.


Candela

Then we have our first leader from the Pokémon GO set, Candela. I think this card is not that good because you only get 2 cards and you only have a 50% chance of having your energy accelerated from your discard pile while it only goes to the benched Pokémon. I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Spark

The same thing goes for Spark. You will only get 2 cards to draw while having only a 50% chance of accelerating energy to your benched Pokémon. So, I will rate this card 2.25/5.


Blanche

The last supporter here is the leader of Team Mystic, Blanche. I think this card is a bit worse than the other cards because it is for Water energy and we already have Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR to do the job. You also have Irida which is way better for using the supporter slot. So I will rate this card 2/5.


PokéStop

This stadium is actually quite great if you want to dig some cards in your deck. It is also a great opening stadium because you can dig for Battle VIP Pass. Some decks in Japan already try to include Pokestop in their deck and you can see some of the gameplay videos that include Pokestop. It seems to be a great stadium but I don’t recommend that all of your stadium cards are Pokestop because I still think that this stadium is just a 1 of. But some decks may require all their stadium to be Pokestop like Darkrai VSTAR so they can get Dark Patch quickly and discard Dark Energy so you can have a similarly Turbo build on Darkrai. Also, the 3 cards discard is acceptable because you have the chance to have all those 3 cards in your hand so instead of it being a discarding stadium it will be a drawing stadium. You definitely need to have this card even though you don’t have any use case for it right now. I will rate this card 3.25/5.


What do you guys think about this set? I do find this set very enjoyable because there are so many things that you can explore. I even like the Lunatone/Solrock deck from this set. Let’s just see what this set can bring to the format because I believe that this is the last set that we can use in Worlds 2022. 

 

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