Pokemon Card of the Day #855: Dialga (Diamond & Pearl)
Dialga was the first card of the Diamond & Pearl era of the TCG. Being the first card didn’t necessarily mean it was spectacular, of course, and Dialga really didn’t have much going for it. Weak attacks and an effect that required taking all of Dialga’s Energy off of it to use was just really hard to overcome.
Dialga did have a couple of nice traits in its stats. 90 HP was spectacular for a Basic Pokemon, and it could actually take a hit from quite a few popular cards. The +20 Fire Weakness was a problem when facing Magmortar and Infernape, meaning even Special Metal Energy couldn’t save it against those. On the other hand, a -20 Psychic Resistance was a nice touch and could actually let it survive a second hit from Gardevoir if starting at full health. The retreat cost was 2, so it could get by, but Switch or Warp Point was helpful.
Time Bellow did 10 damage for a Metal Energy and let you draw a card. Not enough damage, and 1 card was rarely worth it with how many better options there were for drawing.
Flash Cannon was at least interesting. 40 damage for 2 Metal and a Colorless Energy was terrible, but the effect had some applications. You could return all Energy cards attached to Dialga to your hand. If you did, you removed the highest Stage Evolution card from the Defending Pokemon and shuffle that card into your opponent’s deck. In a best-case scenario, you could get rid of an important Pokemon for a bit before switching Dialga back out with a Trainer card during the next turn, but it rarely went that way. With ways to get Pokemon out of the deck all over the place, the availability of Broken Time-Space and the increased popularity of Stage 1s as a middle ground to a Stage 2 when that came out, and the heavy cost of taking all Energy off Dialga, there were way too many ways that this could go wrong.
Dialga really wasn’t impressive for something that was supposed to be one of the new generation’s top legends. It had one interesting trick that was very hard to pull off, and Dialga LV.X wasn’t all that great and therefore didn’t give Dialga a ray of hope like it did for some other mediocre cards. There were plenty of good cards in the new group of Pokemon. Dialga just wasn’t one of them.