Top 6 Pokemon Cards: Fossil Expansion
The Pokemon Trading Card Game
Like many kids, I didn't even know how to play the TCG, I just enjoyed collecting and trading the cards. As an adult, I can now appreciate the care players utilize when building their decks, and I still love to scour through cards and find the best of the best.
One of the earliest expansions, Fossil's new cards sculpted the game. In our youth we collected, traded, and fought over them without even knowing how to play simply because we loved Pokemon; today, we'll finally determine which ones actually reign supreme!
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Basic Pokemon can be played from your hand as you like.
Stage 1 Pokemon are evolutions that must be played on a corresponding Basic Pokemon.
Stage 2 Pokemon are further evolutions to be played on corresponding Stage 1 Pokemon.
Gengar creeps in with a measly 80 HP, disappointing for a Stage 2. Luckily, his low Retreat Cost, lack of a weakness, and resistance to Fighting compensate.
- Poke-Power Curse allows you to rearrange damage among your opponent's team as you see fit, even if it knocks them out. This ability combos great with Gengar's move..
- (3 energy) Dark Mind collides for 30 damage, and also inflicts 10 to a Benched foe.
Curse and Dark Mind quickly eradicate foes, and Gengar's absence of a weakness make him difficult to counter.
Raichu benefits from a surprisingly high reservoir of health for a Stage 1, at 90. He's weak to Fighting and has no resistance, but can retreat for only one energy. Check out his powerful attack:
- (4 energy) Gigashock electrifies rivals for 30 damage. It can also chain to up to three Benched Pokemon, shocking them for 10 each, potentially accruing 60 damage!
Raichu works great for players who don't want to rely on coin flips when constructing their decks, instead focusing on health and damage spread.
Articuno swoops into fourth place with 70 HP. Unlike most Basic Pokemon, Articuno lacks a weakness, and resists Fighting, keeping it alive long enough to access its expensive attacks:
- (3 energy) Freeze Dry chills foes for 30 damage, not bad for a Basic. Plus, you have a 50% to Paralyze the Defending Pokemon!
- (4 energy) Blizzard unleashes 50. A coin flip determines whether your or your opponent's Benched creatures will suffer 10 damage.
In short, Articuno knows some intimidating moves for a non-evolving Pokemon, and unlike many Water cards, doesn't take extra pain from Grass or Electric attacks.
Muk oozes in with 70 HP for a Stage 1, and a weakness to Psychic. Check out his fearsome abilities:
- Poke-Power Toxic Gas negates other Poke-Powers, messing with your opponents and disrupting their strategies.
- (3 energy) Sludge nails foes for 30 damage, and grants a 50% chance to Poison them.
Muk's gas and poison whittle down enemies, earning him a spot in many decks.
A Stage 1, Kabutops endures only a few blows with his 60 HP, but enjoys a low Retreat Cost and two solid techniques.
- (2 energy) Sharp Sickle slashes 30, a perfect move while gathering energy for..
- (4 energy) Absorb targets foes for a nice 40. Even better, Kabutops heals damage up to half of what's dealt, removing two damage counters under normal conditions!
A fighter who can attack early while stockpiling for his best move, Kabutops hacked many teams to shreds.
Dragonite cards typically impress, and this one's no exception. 100 HP, no weakness, and a resistance to Fighting (everyone and their cousin's barber resisted Fighting back then) combine with his solid power and attack to form one monstrous Stage 2 Pokemon.
- Poke-Power Step In helpfully allows you to substitute your Active Pokemon with a Benched Dragonite, preventing you from having to pay a Retreat Cost.
- (4 energy) Slam flips two coins, landing 40 with each Heads, dealing between 0 and 80 damage!
A powerful card that accepts any element of energy, Dragonite synchronizes with just about any deck.
Which card do you prefer?
Hopefully today's list highlighted some awesome Pokemon and let old fans revisit classic cards.These guys may not match the strength of modern Pokemon cards, but we can still appreciate the legacy they left and the place they held in our hearts.
Feel free to vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next Pokemon countdown!
Seriously, everyone resisted Fighting in those days! Gyarados, Charizard, Dragonite, hippies, my ex-girlfriend, everybody!