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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. 10 Card Draw Supporter -> You now have CARDS to play!

  2. 8-12 Deck Thinner Items -> You have the RIGHT cards to play

  3. 3-4 Main Pokemon + It’s Key Partners-> This is your deck


Copy Paste Trainer Deck TEMPLATE

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Pastebin Code: https://pastebin.com/ipufUkqJ


Key parts of Trainer Template


Draw Supporters: They give you cards to play. Use 10.

  • 4 Cynthia

  • 4 Lillie

  • 1 Tate and Liza

  • 1 Sight Seer

  • 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, Judge Master

  • 1 Tapu Lele GX: Ultra ball or Mysterious treasure Can Save You

  • 1 Oranguru: Ultra BAll and Nest Ball Can Save you

  • 1 Marshadow: Ultra Ball or Mysterious Treasure can save you


  • 2 Zebstrika: Amazing in Basic to Stage 1 Decks

  • 2-4 Zoroark GX: Draws and fights, very meta

  • 1-2 Swampert: Great in Stage 2 Decks

Recommended: 2

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Energy Cards: Your Pokemon Energies need to attack.

Recommended: 10-14 energy Cards, may depend on your combo

Energy Cards

Energy Bonus: You need an Attacker every turn

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Cheat Sheet: https://pastebin.com/zTGer2jx

Neutral:

  • Double Colorless Energy

  • Silvally GX

  • Electrode GX

  • Magcargo GX

  • Alolan Marowak 2.0 for 1 hit KO Attackers

  • Alolan Raticate for 2 hit KO Attackers

  • Alolan Sandslash cause your a filthy Meowth

  • Alolan Dutrio

  • Alolan Persian

  • Wish Baton

  • Exp Share

  • Multi-Switch

  • Energy Switch

  • Dragonair

  • Masked Royale

  • Eneporter

  • Primarina

  • Arceus Prism Star (Water, Thunder, Grass)

  • Naganadel + Energy Switch

  • Mask Royale (Stage 2 only)

  • Beast Ring (Ultra Beast only)

  • Max Elixir (Expanded)

  • Clawitzer (Expanded)

  • Mega Turbo (Expanded)

  • Golduck BREAK (Expanded)

  • Ho-oh (Expanded)

  • Milotic (Expanded)

  • Vivillion (Expanded)

  • Togekiss (Expanded)

Fairy

  • Gardevoir GX

  • Mina Supporter

  • Azumarill

  • Xerneas (Expanded)

  • Aromatisse (Expanded)

Fire

  • Kiawe Supporter

  • Blaziken

  • Turtonator GX

  • Reshiram GX

  • Moltres

  • Alolan Marowak 1.0

  • Typhlosion

  • Delphox Break (Expanded)

  • Emboar (Expanded)

  • Volcanion (Expanded)

Fighting

  • Carbink BREAK (Expanded)

  • Landorus (Expanded)

Dark

  • Dark Patch (Expanded)

  • Hydreigon kinda (Expanded)

  • Yveltal (Expanded)

Dragon

  • Zinnia

  • Dragonair

  • Prism Star Latios

  • Prism Star Latias

  • Reshiram (Expanded)

Grass

  • Venusaur

  • Abomasnow

  • Lurantis GX

  • Vikavolt

  • Virizion

  • Virizion EX (Expanded)

  • Sceptile (Expanded)

Lightning

  • Vikavolt

  • Magnezone

  • Pachirisu

  • Manetric

  • Raikou

  • Zeraora GX

  • Eelectrik (Expanded)

  • Electrode (Expanded)

  • Mega Manetric (Expanded)

Psychic 

  • Lunala Prism Star

  • Shining Mew

  • Malamar

  • Lunala GX kinda

  • Sableye (Expanded)

Steel 

  • Solgaleo Prism Star

  • Registeel

  • Solgaleo GX 1.0

  • Solgaleo GX 2.0

  • Metagross GX

  • Magnezone

  • Brongzor (Expanded)

  • Klinklang (Expanded)

Water

  • Aqua Patch

  • Abomasnow

  • Quagsire kinda

  • Blastoise (Expanded)


Deck tHinner Items: 

  • Drastically affects deck setup speed

  • Get the right card you need in play

  • Makes deck more consistent

Key: 

  • 4 Ultra Ball

  • 4 Nest Ball

  • *4 Order Pad /Acro Bike

  • Timer Ball

  • Energy Loto

  • Naughty X Ray Glasses

Recommended: The Rest of Your deck

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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 

  • Thunder Mountain

  • Heat Factory

Recommended: 3-4 Cards

 

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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

  • 130 one hits those filthy baby Buzzwole

  • 160 one hits those Stage 2 penguins in the theme deck shop. They learned use Shrine. Penguins will rule us all...

  • 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 (BEST)

  • 260 one hits weaker Tag Team GX

  • 300 one hits a Wailord GX. Yeah…

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!)

  • Dhelmise (Steel Only) 20 boost

  • Lurantis (Grass Only) 20 boost

  • Altaria (Dragon Only) 20 boost

  • Diancie Prism Star (Fighting only) 20 boost

  • Electropower (Electric only)

  • Empoleon (Basic Only) 20 boost (Expanded)

  • Machamp (Fighting Only) (Expanded)

  • Strong Energy (Fighting Only) (Expanded)

  • Muscle Band 20 boost (Expanded)

  • Ariados Free Poison (Expanded)

  • Hypnotoxic Laser (Expanded)

  • A whole lot of Staryubucks coffee 9000+

Defense Boost:

  • Max Potion + instant Energy bonus or one energy attacks

  • Acerola, same

  • Super Scoop Up

  • Body Building Dumbbells 40 hp Stage 1

  • Life Forest (Grass Only) 60 hp heal

  • Gardenia (Grass Only) 80 hp heal

  • Frying Pan (Steel Only) 30 hp shield

  • Stakataka GX (Ultra Beast Only) 10 hp shield

  • Fighting Fury Belt (Expanded)

  • Hard Charm (Expanded)

  • Cyclone Scoop Up (Expanded)

  • Don't use Potions, Super Potions, and those yummy Malasada

Recommended: Depends on Your combo

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Setting up Pokemon in Your deck


3 Easy steps

  • Choose your core Pokemon and use 3 copies of it.

  • Find its biggest synergy

  • Choose your Energy boost


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, Reshiram GX and Kiawe

  • Blacephalon GX and Naganadel + Beast Ring

  • Genesect GX and Magnezone

  • Sigilyph GX and Malamar

  • Suicune GX and Quagsire

  • Virizion GX and Venusaur

  • White Kyurem GX and Shrine of Punishment

  • Zeraora GX and Electropower

  • Zekrom GX and Magnezone + Electropower

  • Tapu Koko GX and Naganadel

  • Articuno GX and Naganadel

  • Celesteela GX and Dugtrio

  • Darkrai GX and Koga

  • Dialga GX and Magnezone

  • Entei GX and Infernape

  • Guzzlord GX and Beast Ring

  • Lugia GX and whatever

  • Marshadow GX is for expanded

  • Mewtwo GX and Malamar

  • Mimiku GX and Decidueye or Hydreigon / Giratina

  • Mr Mime GX is for trolling

  • Nihilego GX and Malamar

  • Palkia GX and Quagsire

  • Pheromosa GX and Lurantis

  • Raikou GX is bad

  • Snorlax GX lost Hypno

  • Stakataka GX buffs Naganedel

  • Tapu Fini GX is worst than Alolan Ninetales

  • Tauros GX has too few hp

  • Thunderus GX and Electropower

  • Tornadus GX is good for fighting resistance

  • Wishiwashi GX and Wishiwashi

  • Xeneas GX is for anti bench damage

  • Yveltal GX is for certain Bench damage decks

  • Xurkitree GX is great for its ability

  • Zygarde GX and Magcarg0


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 can suck it

  • Golispod GX and Lurantis

  • Naganadel GX and Stakataka GX

  • Lycanroc GX and Buzzwole GX

  • Lucario GX and Acerola

  • Scizor GX and Magnezone

  • Raticate GX and Max Potion

  • Banette GX and Deck Thinning

  • Scizor GX and Magnezone

  • Salazzle GX is a finisher

  • Leafeon GX and Lurantis

  • Lurantis and Lurantis

  • Noivern GX and Malamar

  • Altaria GX and Altaria

  • 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

  • Palossand GX is expensive

  • Alolan Raticate GX

  • Fairy Ninetales GX is for Setup

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

  • Magcargo GX


Stage 2 GX have the best stats, but Eat deck space. The behave like mix of the previous 2. 

Order Pad, Alolan Ninetales, Meganium, Rare candy and Super Boost Energy

should be Strongly considered 

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

  • Sceptile GX and grass tech

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 wow are you expensive

  • Blaziken GX and Blaziken

  • Charizard GX is sad Pokemon TCG hates him

  • Gardevoir GX and Alolan Ninetales

  • Vikavolt GX and Vikavolt

  • Lunala GX 2.0 and Solgaleo GX 2.0

  • Salamance GX and Alolan Marowak

  • Dragonite GX and Alolan Marowak

  • Kingdra GX and Quagsire

  • Shiftry GX and Zoroark GX / Magcargo

  • Tyranitar GX and Pupitar / Wish Baton

  • Solalgeo GX and Solgaleo GX 2.0

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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