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Creative Concepts: Turbo Darkbox

Welcome to another edition of Creative Concepts where we show you decks that take a creative combinations of cards to find serious success! It's October which means it's a perfect time to show off decks that feature ghosts and Dark type Pokemon. The deck that most think of when you hear Darkness Type has to be DarkBox. The deck does have two main issues however:

The idea of using some of the amazing Dark Type attackers in the game, especially the Tag Team Pokemon, is still incredibly tempting however. So what if we could try to condense down the deck to have far fewer moving parts, avoid having to rely so heavily on Weavile-GX and throw in a few most dastardly tricks to boot? Here's a Creative Concept for Turbo DarkBox!

Spooky Speedy Setup 

Mismagius UNB 78Beast Ring FLI 102Nanu TEU 150

First, let's look at getting cards in your hand and onto the table fast. Mismagius can do this in fantastic ways. A large majority of cards in this deck are items, so drawing up to 7 cards using Mysterious Message after playing them can really help you out. With Dusk Stone and Mysterious Treasure to get them on the table fast you can get yourself down two prizes in no time!

But wait, isn't that a bad thing? Not with Beast Ring in the deck! This is the main plan for accelerating Energy. There's several different Ultra Beasts in the deck like Pheromosa FLI 11 with its free retreat, Nihilego LOT 106 which is easy to search out, and Guzzlord FLI 80 which is a solid Darkness Type attacker and can be used for other dastardly tricks we'll get to later. 

With one of these out and hopefully a few Beast Ring being played, it's time for the best thing this deck has to offer. Hopefully, you've been searching out your big attackers with Cherish Ball and been discarding them with Mysterious Treasure while you searched. If you play Nanu you now have the ability to bring them out from the Discard Pile ready to attack and fully charged. 

Choose Your Fighter

Greninja & Zoroark-GX UNB 107Mega Sableye & Tyranitar-GX UNM 126Umbreon & Darkrai-GX UNM 125

You have three main Tag Team Pokemon to choose from, but which one do you pick? There's a lot of potential choices here. During testing of this deck, we found that often enough we could get an attacker out with at least five Darkness Energy attached, four from Beast Ring and one from a manual attachment. This leaves up the possibilities for some wild swings, especially if you go second.

  • Unleash Dark Moon-GX on your first turn, knocking out an opposing Tag Team-GX and preventing the opposing player from playing any Trainer Cards
  • Hit the opponent with Greedy Crush as your first attack, that's a massive 210 damage!
  • Spread damage with Black Lance, crippling decks that need to set up several evolving Basic Pokemon
  • Swing for the fences with Dark Pulse and have a solid attacker that can always keep coming

All of this looks incredibly amazing! The only sad part is that you're already down a few prizes. Your opponent still needs to knock out a Tag Team Pokemon and at least one Basic Pokemon to win. But what if we could stop them from taking those prizes altogether? Force them to rack up that damage again?

A Dark Gambit

Guzzlord FLI 80Nanu TEU 150

With Green's Exploration it's not too hard to have a couple cards in hand, ready to help you out, so it's not too tough to have these cards ready in your hand. Let's say the next turn your big Tag Team-GX Pokemon is going down from an attack, forcing you to lose the three prizes it gives up. Sure, Black Market Prism Star can help if they deal damage, but isn't a single prize better than two? You can simply play Nanu, switch into Guzzlord who has less HP, and have the knock out take place losing yourself only a single prize. 

This can be a fantastic play but has to be done very carefully. A backup attacker on the bench is required for this to have any hope of working. Still it keeps you in range for Beast Ring a little bit longer and can stop the opponent from actually securing the win or getting more prize cards early when done right. Use this dark gambit with caution. When it works right it is incredible but if you're not set up properly to prosper from it you'll regret it heavily. 


We hope you enjoyed this spooky Creative Concept! This decklist has plenty of room to play around with adding and subtracting cards to fit your personal play style. If you have ideas on how to improve this deck, start a discussion in the comments below to tell us your ideas. Until next time, stay lit trainers!

Linnea 'LiteralGrill' Capps is a 27-year-old mom and Pokemon fan that loves breaking down games. She loves to talk games and creative decks when she isn't being a smoking hot grill on the internet or off traveling on adventures. Follow her on Twitter for Pokemon TCG news, early looks at deck concepts, and to just say hello!


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