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Deck Building

How to build standard format decks for the Pokemon Trading Card Game

Basic Concept


You have 3 major parts in your deck

  1.  Card Draw Supporter + Oranguru -> You now have CARDS to play!
  2.  Deck Thinner Items -> You have the RIGHT cards to play
  3.  Pokemon Combo -> This is your deck


Copy Paste Trainer Deck TEMPLATE

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Pastebin Code:

  • Swap Shrine of Punishment with what fits your deck. 3 stadium removal is essential
  • Tapu Lele GX can be swap with Oranguru if you can run on 3 bench space
  • 3rd Guzma should be added if your hungry often for a bench snipe
  • Oranguru 2.0 (Resource Management) should be added if extra recycling is needed
  • 3-4 Poke-Tool are good if your combo desperately needs it
  • Cut Energy Loto and Order Pad if  Trasnalanche Garbodor is in season

Key parts of Trainer Template

Draw Supporters: They give you cards to play

  • 4 Cynthia

  • 4 Lillie

  • 1 Tate and Liza

  • 1 Apricorn Maker - Triggers Oranguru

  • 1 Pal Pad

  • Brock's Dating Puns

Recommended: 11 Total including Order Pad

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Draw Support Pokemon: Bonus Draw / Ultra Ball Combo

Cards: coconut master, banana master, Indecent Yoga Master

1 Tapu Lele GX: Ultra ball becomes any Supporter You want

1-2 Oranguru: Ultra BAll and deck thinners trigger extra cards

Recommended: 1-2


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Energy Cards: Your Pokemon Energies need to attack.

Recommended: 10-12 energy Cards, may depend on your combo

Energy Cards

Energy Bonus: Build Energies On Your Pokemon quickly

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  • Double Colorless Energy
  • Silvally GX
  • Electrode GX
  • Alolan Marowak 2.0 for 1 hit KO Attackers
  • Alolan Raticate for 2 hit KO Attackers
  • Alolan Sandslash cause your a filthy Meowth
  • Wish Baton
  • Exp Share
  • Multi-Switch
  • Energy Switch
  • Mask Royale (Stage 2 only)
  • Beast Ring (Ultra Beast only)
  • Dragonair


  • Gardevoir GX


  • Kiawe Supporter
  • Blaziken
  • Turtonator GX
  • Reshiram GX
  • Alolan Marowak 1.0


  • We need help please.


  • We have discounted attacks. Don't ask about Guzzlord.


  • Zinnia
  • Dragonair
  • Prism Star Latios
  • Prism Star Latias


  • Venusaur
  • Lurantis GX
  • Vikavolt


  • Vikavolt
  • Magnezone


  • Lunala Prism Star
  • Shining Mew
  • Malamar
  • Lunala GX kinda


  • Solgaleo Prism Star
  • Solgaleo GX 1.0
  • Solgaleo GX 2.0
  • Metagross GX
  • Magnezone


  • Aqua Patch
  • Quagsire kinda

Deck tHinner Items: 

  • Drastically affects deck setup speed

  • Get the right card you need in play

  • Makes deck more consistent


  • Ultra Ball
  • Nest Ball
  • Timer Ball
  • Energy Loto
  • Order Pad /Acro Bike
  • Naughty X Ray Glasses

Recommended: The Rest of Your deck


Stadium: Powerful Constant bonus

stadiums are game changing, you cannot allow your opponent to maintain one

  • Field blower (removes it)

  • Shrine Of Punishment

  • Po Town

  • Ultra Space

  • Brooklet Hill

  • Aether Paradise Constipation Relief Area

  • Altar of Moone and Sunne

  • Mt Coronet

  • Shrine of Attractive Young Maidens 

Recommended: 3-4 Cards



Damage Boost or Defensive Trainers

Some Pokemon need help to 1hko.

Some Pokemon need help to survive 2 hits in battle

Non GX Break Points

  • 120 one hits those filthy TRASHALANCHE Garbodors
  • 150 one hits those What The Farfetch dragons in the theme shop. Deck list:
  • 160 one hits those Stage 2 penguins in the theme deck shop. They learned use Shrine. Penguins will rule us all. They took my deck list... 
  • 1210 one hits one abnormally loaded Conkeldurr in expanded that you will never meet

GX Break Points

  • 190 one hits most Basic GX
  • 210 one hits most Stage 1 GX
  • 250 one hits that filthy Meowth of a Stage 2 GX
  • 290 one hits a very loaded Wishiwashi GX that you will meet someday. Lucky Fighting Fury Belt was rotated

Damage Boost:

  • Choice Band 30 vs GX
  • Shrine of Punishment 10 per turn
  • Po Town 20 per evolution
  • Professor Kukui 20 boost
  • Tapu Koko 20 ALL enemies per attack
  • Latios 30 bench poke per attack
  • Decidueye GX 20 each bird your turn
  • Greninja GX 20 than 30 per evolution
  • Necrozma GX 100 all enemy GX
  • Salazzle 30 per evolution, more if enemy doesn't retreat
  • Raichu 100% paralysis from bench
  • Gengar 20 per energy attached
  • Chandelure moves 10 per haunted candlestick your turn
  • Delphox 20 per turn, can wear off
  • Wela Volcano Park keeps burn permanantly
  • Seviper  (Poison Only) 10 more per tick
  • Poison Barb (Everyone!)
  • Lurantis  (Grass Only) 20 boost
  • Altaria (Dragon Only) 20 boost
  • Diancie Prism Star (Fighting only) 20 boost
  • A whole lot of Staryubucks coffee 9000+

Defense Boost:

  • Max Potion + instant Energy bonus or one energy attacks
  • Acerola, same 
  • Body Building Dumbbells 40 hp Stage 1
  • Frying Pan (Steel Only) 30 hp shield
  • Stakataka GX (Ultra Beast Only) 10 hp shield
  • Don't use Potions, Super Potions, and those yummy Malasada

Recommended: Depends on Your combo



Setting up Pokemon in Your deck

4 Easy steps

  • Choose your core Pokemon and use 3 copies of it.
  • Choose your Energy boost
  • Choose side attackers with free or share energy cost
  • Choose damage or HP boost (Trainer or Pokemon Ability)

Most Basic GX are 1hko Decks with a Defined Combo

Combo your basic GX Pokemon with the right energy and damage bonus (Choice Band)

  • Rayquaza GX and Vikavolt 
  • Tapu Bulu GX and Vikavolt
  • Ultra Necrozma GX and Malamar
  • Necrozma GX and Malamar
  • Dusk Mane Necrozma GX and Magnezone
  • Lapras GX and Aqua Patch
  • Buzzwole GX and Beast Ring
  • Drampa GX and Shrine of Punishment
  • White Kyurem GX and Shrine of Punishment
  • Entei GX and Infernape / Wela Volcano
  • Reshiram GX and Infernape / Wela Volcano
  • Guzzlord GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Thunderus GX and Oricario / Electric Power / APCA
  • Zygarde GX and Magcargo
  • Ho oh GX and Kiawe

The rest are for their Ability or niche GX attack. Their low hp make them poor 2 round attackers.

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Many Stage 1 GX are Defense deck

These Stage 1 gx two hit KO and stall with defensive trainers (Body Building Dumbbell, Acerola, Super Scoop Up, Max Potion)

  • Zoroark GX
  • Golispod GX
  • Naganadel GX
  • Lycanroc GX
  • Lucario GX
  • Scizor GX
  • Raticate GX
  • Banette GX
  • Scizor GX and Magnezone
  • Salazzle GX kinda
  • Leafeon GX heals itself
  • Lurantus heals itself
  • Noivern GX And Malamar
  • Altaria GX and Gardevoir GX 
  • Sylveon GX and Gardevoir GX
  • Espeon GX and Malamar (Garbodor questions you)
  • Glaceon GX and Quagsire
  • Umbreon GX was effective replaced by Zoroark GX. Looking for niche

These try to 1 shot you

  • Alolan Muk GX and Salazzle
  • Alolan Ninetales GX and Aqua Patch / DCE
  • Gyarados GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Toxapex GX and Raichu / Seviper
  • All Grass GX and Lurantis + Shrine of Punishment
  • Raichu GX and Electric Power (In November)
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Stage 2 GX have the best stats, but less deck space. The behave like mix of the previous 2. 


These Stage 2 GX won't die and 2 hit KO you

  • Lunala GX and Max Potion
  • Metagross GX and Max Potion
  • Greninja GX and Ninja Disappear No Jutsu
  • Incineroar GX and Magcargo Max Potion
  • Decidueye GX and Stage 1 Stall
  • Primarina GX and Quagsire

These Stage 2 GX  are sad and just 2 hit KO you

  • Kommo-o GX and Alolan Raticate
  • Machamp GX and Alolan Raticate

These Stage 2 will 1 hit KO you

  • Golem GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Blaziken GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Charizard GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Shiftry GX and DCE
  • Vikavolt GX and Vikavolt
  • Lunala GX 2.0 and Malamar
  • Salamance GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Dragonite GX and Alolan Marowak
  • Kingdra GX and Quagsire
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This Stage 2 GX is a filthy Meowth

  • Solgaleo GX Ultimate Combo
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Troubleshooting Your deck

1. You have no Card to Play? Fix Your draw supports

2.You don't have the right cards to play? Fix your deck thinners

3. You flip tails non stop. You need to go make someone happy right now