Here’s something a bit different: a card that has Energy
requirements that are completely different from the card
Type: Abomasnow is a Water
Pokémon that needs Grass Energy to attack.
Clearly an attempt to reflect the
Pokémon’s Grass/Ice Typing in the video games.
So, useful off-Type attacker for Grass decks, or useless
Sadly, the latter.
Abomasnow has decent HP for
a Stage 1 (120) and a nice Weakness to Metal, but the
attacks are way below par. Razor Leaf demands two Grass
Energy for a mere 40 points of effect-free damage while
Bang Heads adds another Energy to the cost, but still
comes up short by only doing 80. It also has the weird
effect of leaving both Abomasnow
and the Defending Pokémon Confused which will probably
hurt you more than your opponent thanks to that retreat
cost of two.
I suppose Abomasnow is most
likely to feature in decks that run
Virizion EX which will protect him from the
Status Condition, but even so the attack is pretty
underwhelming when you consider the cost and effort of
getting him into play. The card is much more curiosity
Modified: 2 (being strange isn’t enough)
Limited: 2.5 (fairly solid but nothing special)