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I don’t always do Pokemon TCG Finance. I’m not really sure anyone does. But when I do, I choose… Cacturne?
This Cacturne from Sun & Moon Crimson Invasion is the #2 best selling Pokemon card on TCGPlayer. Considering that it has a market price of $0.10 as of November 30, 2017, I probably shouldn’t be that excited about it.
He has two attacks, both of which are pretty nasty. Yes, you have to evolve him from a Cacnea, but waiting a turn to do so is worth the payoff! The first attack requires only a single Grass Energy. It deals a base 30 damage, which isn’t that interesting. BUT if the defending Pokemon has any damage counters already, this attack deals 60 more damage. 90 damage for a single Energy is awesome!
The second attack is pretty brutal, too. It costs two Energy, but only one has to be Grass. It drags out one of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon and deals 40 damage to it, That’s pretty mean.
In a game dominated by EX and GX and whatever-X Pokemon, it’s always nice to see a classic Stage 1 Pokemon that can be competitive. If I had a few extra cents that I needed to complete an order, this would be a guy I’d snatch up for some pennies. Cacturne is a good Pokemon after all.