Posted October 27, 2017 by Solomon in Trading Cards
 
 

Pokemon EX Cards. The Rare Ones!

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Pokemon EX cards are highly sought out by trading card enthusiasts and competitive players and make a great addition to Pokemon starter decks. This specific line of Pokemon Trading Cards has some of the best Pokemon cards in the world. Rare and powerful beasts can be found among them, some of which we will review here.

If you are lucky, maybe, just maybe, you will be able to purchase one of these rare EX cards. They can be hard to find.

Despite their rarity, these cards usually don’t cost much. The rarest of Pokemon EX cards can be found for under 10 bucks. For dedicated collectors, that is nothing.!

If you are just looking to shop for Pokemon EX cards, look no further and follow the link below! To learn more about some of the rarer cards, check our reviews below the button!

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 Best Pokemon EX Cards

Terrakion-EX Full Art Review

General Characteristics

Terrakion-EX Full Art is part of the Dragons Exalted expansion set. It is a fighting-type card, which means it is strong against electric and dark cards (and some colorless cards, such as Chansey). It has a 2x weakness to grass cards, and does resisted damage against any flying Pokemon of any type. It’s max HP is 180, and it features two attacks, Rock Tumble and Pump-up Smash. It’s a basic card, and has a retreat cost of 3 colorless energy. It is numbered 121/124 from the Dragons Exalted card set with illustration done by 5ban Graphics.

Like any other EX card, when knocked out, your opponent claims 2 prize cards.

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Aesthetics

The Terrakion-EX Full Art card, like most other full art cards, looks stunning. It is one of the most beautiful Pokemon EX cards While Terrakion itself is a very basic design, 5ban Graphics, the illustrator of this card, did an excellent job turning a simple design into something stunning. The gold outlines contrast well with the black and blue colors found prominent in Terrakion’s shading. The texture of the holographic film feels great, and while most collectors and players will want to sleeve their rare holographic cards, its worth a little time just to appreciate the flow of the textures.

Speaking of sleeves, this card looks great in black, red and orange matte sleeves. Try them out yourself!

Playability

Terrakion-EX is and will continue to be a very popular card for any fighting based deck. Due to Terrakion-EX’s Pump-up Smash, those that can build decks based around energy acceleration from the hand and getting Terrakion-EX out as soon as possible will find it very easy to demolish Darkrai, Raikou or other dark/electric based decks. As there aren’t many choices when it comes to grass sets to counter it, its weakness won’t affect it in most matches unless a very specific deck is built out specifically to destroy Terrakion-EX play styles.

We’ve seen this card be a good partner with Quad-Bulls style decks, replacing previous variations of Terrakion cards.

Drawbacks

The biggest drawbacks to this card are the obvious 2 prize card knockout that comes with every EX card, and a drawback that could be up in the air for others. Pump-up Smash is an attack that does 90 damage from 3 energy placed on it, however it isn’t as powerful as other attacks we’ve seen on similarly tiered EX cards. It’s second ability to take 2 basic energy cards from your hand can be seen is good, however, it isn’t as powerful as it would be if you could draw from the deck or discard pile. This means you may have to build a deck specifically about getting as many energy cards in your hand as possible, which requires stacking your deck with several item, trainer,or supporter cards – taking up valuable space for cards which you might otherwise want to play.

In any deck, you’ll want to get this card early and play it as soon as possible with it’s second attack. Keep it benched until it’s fully charged, and switch it in when you’ve got the cards to energize any benched Pokemon. While you’ll probably be building a deck around this card that is based on luck of the draw, there are certainly plenty of cards out there that can help you get that draw to come out.

Value

The current value of the full art Terrakion-EX card is anywhere from 15 – 30 dollars depending on quality and purchase location. Although it is not the best Pokemon card in the world, due to its extreme playability, we expects this price to float around this point or possibly go up in price slightly. Because it is a full art card, its price will stay $5-10 above the standard rare holographic non-full art version.

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Overall

Overall, Terrakion-EX is a gorgeous looking card with some great gameplay benefits and minor downsides that require a fair amount of play testing to get down right. However, due to its accelerated energy placement move, it can be a strong card to play in any fighting-based deck and it is for this reason that we highly recommends it. This card would make a great addition to any Pokemon starter deck.

Rayquaza C Lv. X

General Characteristics

The Rayquaza C Lv. X is not technically a Pokemon EX card, but we thought it fits well on this list. This is a level-up of Rayquaza C and a normal type Pokemon with a 2x weakness against other normal type Pokemon. This card has a resistance of 20 against any and all fighting type Pokemon. Because it is a normal Pokemon, Rayquaza C Lv. X is very, very inefficient against ghost types. It has the Poke-Body attack, Dragon Spirit, and a normal attack, Final Blowup. This trading card is numbered 146 out of 147 from the Supreme Victors expansion pack and has 120 max HP.

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Aesthetics

This Rayquaza C Lv. X is not a full art card, but like most modern Pokemon cards, its detailed art escapes the card’s art border. The card actually has two different prints. The first is the Supreme Victors print, but a DP Promotional print was also released. Both designs look very similar, and both are beautiful. Both designs have a beautiful gold border around the art to make it stand out from the rest of the card. The Pokemon itself is brought to life by bright and contrasting colors and great shading work. Because this is a well-known card, many will be quick to recognize it by the artwork alone.

Playability

The reason so many collectors want to get their hands on a Rayquaza C Lv. X is because of the immense amount of damage this card can do. It can wipe out any of the Pokemon EX Cards in a single blow. The attack Final Blowup does 200 damage! Obviously, it is going to be an expensive ability to use. It requires a water, psychic, fighting, and normal energy to be used. In addition, after this ability has been used you are forced to discard all of your energy cards attached to the Rayquaza. This is the only attack this Pokemon has apart from the Poke-Body ability.

This card works best to take out frightening Pokemon with haste.

Drawbacks

Like all other Pokemon EX Cards, this card has a 2 prize card knockout. Other drawbacks include the single costly ability and a weakness against normal type Pokemon.

If you do use this card, your best bet is to play it when your Rayquaza C is on low health and you need some extra power to take out the opponent. I would see this card being used best towards the end game. Be sure that you can collect enough energy to use it’s Final Blowup ability, or you may be in for some trouble.

Value

The value of this card ranges from $13 to $20 depending on the version and quality of the card. As time passes, this price is expected to rise. It would be wise to pick it up sooner than later.

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Overall

Overall, this is a very powerful card that should be used to take out opponents with speed. Its powerful 200 HP attack should be enough to take out most Pokemon.

 

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