Courtesy of Feature Writer Fototaxia.
I am a fan of giving relevance to old, unused and ignored cards. The heart of this deck, Empoleon
from XY Breakthrough, is a great example of that. I wasn’t active in the TCG when this card came
out, but from what I’ve searched on the net, it was mainly tried a couple of times with Archie’s
Ace In the Hole engine in Night March or Yveltal ex decks. DarkIntegralGaming also did at least 2
videos on the card; one with Empoleon Break/Oranguru S&M and one with Lapras also from Sun
I looked at the card for a long time, trying to give it a different twist. Its ability, Dignified Fighter, is
very interesting. It boosts ALL of your basic Pokémon’s attack by 20, before applying weakness
and resistance. Empoleon not being a basic Pokémon itself, needs a partner (or many) to take
advantage of this beautiful ability. So after trying many different basics, I found that an amazing
way to play this was taking advantage of your opponent’s Pokémon weaknesses. Literally!
Dignified Fighter boosts your attacks BEFORE applying weakness and resistance, so for example,
if you hit a Lycanroc GX with Cacnea’s Sucker Punch (40 damage) with a choice band (+30) plus
one Empoleon in play (+20) you are doing 40+30+20=90×2 for weakness=180, for only one
rainbow one energy. Isn’t that great? Trust me, it feels great.
Same math for Heatmor, Panchamp and Magearna if your opponent has 2 different types on their
This is my current decklist, tweakable to fit any meta:
##Pokémon - 17
* 1 Oranguru SUM 113
* 1 Dedenne FLI 88
* 1 Pancham FLI 65
* 1 Heatmor BKP 15
* 1 Cacnea CIN 5
* 3 Tapu Koko PR-SM SM30
* 1 Magearna PR-XY XY186
* 1 Mew FCO 29
* 1 Mewtwo EVO 51
* 1 Tapu Lele-GX GRI 60
* 3 Piplup UPR 32
* 2 Empoleon BKT 38
##Trainer Cards - 34
* 4 Rescue Stretcher GRI 130
* 1 Gladion CIN 95
* 4 Professor Sycamore BKP 107
* 2 Nest Ball SUM 123
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 2 Special Charge STS 105
* 3 Guzma BUS 115
* 4 Ultra Ball SUM 135
* 1 Misty's Determination BKP 104
* 4 Choice Band GRI 121
* 3 Rare Candy UL 82
* 1 N NVI 101
* 1 Field Blower GRI 125
##Energy - 9
* 1 Counter Energy CIN 100
* 4 Double Colorless Energy EVO 90
* 4 Rainbow Energy XY 131
The usual game plan is spreading with Koko to put your opponent’s big GX Pokémon in range of
their evil adversary. With two Koko spreads, plus a choice band and one Empoleon in play,
Panchamp’s Act Tough will KO Zoroark GX. For Lycanroc GX, you will need only one Flying Flip
and one Choice Band + Dignified Fighter Cacnea’s Sucker Punch.
Dedenne from Forbidden Light
This card is amazing against dragon Pokémon, namely Rayquaza GX and Ultra Necrozma GX. With a choice band, it one hit KO’s Rayquaza or against Ultra Necrozma you only need one Koko spread or one Dignified Fighter ability in play. Also the first attack can save you in a pinch.
Pancham from Forbidden Light
This is how you hit Zoroarks, Silvallies, or any other fighting weak Pokémon. Worth nothing that it just knocks out Zoruas without any boosts.
Heatmor from BreakPoint
Heatmor hits Golisopod, Leafeon, or Lurantis GX for 140 with only a choice band. If you manage to set up Heat Blast though, it will hit hard, even to not-fire weak Pokémon. I love this card.
Magearna promo XY186
This card I think was originally released as a counter to the Rainbow Road deck. But it demolishes Alolan Ninetales, Gardevoir, Sylveon and Glaceon GX. If they have three types on their bench, Prismatic Wave will do 180 with a choice band to any of these Pokémon. If your opponent has an Octillery, Tapu Lele, and Ralts on their bench, that’s an instant 120 damage. My opponents always
goes like WHAAAAAAT?! HOW DID YOU DO 220 DAMAGE?!
Mew from Fates Collide and Mewtwo from Evolutions
Fighting is so relevant right now that you need two psychic attackers.Mew has many attacks to choose from, and Mewtwo is not only good against Buzzwoles, but also against high energy-cost attackers, like Ho-oh GX.
4 Rescue Stretcher, 4 Choice Band
These 2 are, trainer wise, fundamental to the deck’s strategy. You always want a stretcher to bring
back you Cacnea, Panchamp, Magearna, Mewtwo, or whatever. 4 Choice band is so good to
elevate the attacks number to GX Pokémon’s HP.
1 Gladion, 1 Misty’s Determination
I really like these 2 in the deck. The Gladion is for the rare occasion in which you prize your
designated attacker for the match up. Misty’s Determination is great for connecting the rare candy
in your hand, with the Empoleon in the next 8 cards in your deck. It’s also useful to discard the
Pokémon you don’t need in that match up. It can help you find your DCE, Rainbow, Rescue
The deck has many other potential attackers which you can put in, but I found that the ones that hit
for at least 40 for one energy work better. These are some I have tried, and you can do so. You can
also find your own attackers!
I really love playing this deck. For me, creating our own decks is a great meditation and overall
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and thank you for reading! See you next time.