PokeBeachWelcome to today’s COTD, where I’ll be taking a look at Kingdra Prime from Unleashed. First off, the basics: x2 Lightning Weakness is pretty nasty as Luxray GL Lv.X and Magnezone Prime will hit you for Weakness; no Resistance isn’t necessarily bad, as a lot of cards don’t have one, but it still is disappointing; and a Retreat Cost of C is very manageable. 130 HP should give it some nice durability against anything but Lightning Pokémon. Finally, it’s a Water type Pokémon, meaning you get the slight bonus of hitting Charizard and Donphan for weakness.
Kingdra’s Poké-Power, “Spray Splash,” allows you to put a damage counter on one of your opponent’s Pokémon… each turn! This is a great effect. Getting access to a “Flash Bite” each turn without having to use any Poké-Turns or anything is great. Another bonus is that Spray Splash is stack-able, meaning if you have 2-3 of these guys in play gives you the advantage of 3(!) extra damage per turn, which is a fantastic Power.
So, is Kingdra’s attack on the same level as Spray Splash? “Dragon Steam,” for the low cost of W, will do 60(!) damage. However, the drawback is that, if your opponent has any Fire Pokémon in play, it does only 20 damage instead. This means that you will have trouble against decks like Charizard and BLG.
PokeGymOverall, Kingdra Prime is a very good card with a lot of raw power. However, like almost every card in the format, it has an Achilles heel, which happens to be Fire type decks. Despite being able to hit them for weakness, having your attack power lowered to a pitiful 20 won’t get you very far.
To help make up for this downside as well as to drastically aid your VileGar match up, I strongly recommend playing this card in conjunction with Kingdra LA, which won’t loose any power against Fire Pokémon and will allow you to discard useless trainer cards from your hand.
The most disappointing part about this card, however, is the Lightning Weakness. One of the most popular cards in the game, Luxray GL Lv.X along with a new, very powerful card, Magnezone Prime. Each one can easily OHKO you (Luxray will need a “Flash Bite”).
My Recommendation: I strongly suggest that you try out Kingdra Prime with a 2/2 Kingdra Prime/LA split or in a Kingdra/X deck.
My Rating 3.5/5