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Flash Forward: Butterfree VMAX, Vikavolt V, and Galarian Stunfisk V Decks

Hello and welcome to Flash Forward, the article series that provides you with a sneak peek of some decks that will be Standard legal with the release of the next upcoming set. Since Japan's next expansion, Infinity Zone, releases next Friday, June 5th, this is our last chance to take a look at decks featuring cards from the Explosive Walker expansion. Let's get started with our first deck.

Butterfree VMAX / Rillaboom Deck

The first deck I have for you features Butterfree VMAX. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Butterfree V – Grass – HP190
Basic Pokemon

[G] Dizzying Poison: Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned and Confused.

[G][G][C] Blasting Wind: 130 damage.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Butterfree VMAX – Grass – HP300
VMAX Pokemon (Gigantamax) – Evolves from Butterfree V

[G][G][C] Max Poison Wind: 150 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned and Confused.

When your Pokemon VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 3 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

The main attacker in this deck is Butterfree VMAX. With its Max Poison Wind attack, you'll be able to deal 150 damage in addition to making your opponent's Active Pokemon Poisoned and Confused. While the damage you deal won't usually be enough to Knock Out most opposing Pokemon, the Confusion helps you stay alive long enough to get another attack through for the KO. Your opponent will need to succeed at two coin flips if they want to remove both conditions affecting them, which is pretty unlikely to happen. This deck also relies on accelerating its Energy with Rillaboom SSH 14's Voltage Beat Ability, allowing you to utilize Max Poison Wind the turn you evolve into Butterfree VMAX even if you have no Energy attached to it. Since you are dependent on finding Evolution Pokemon for this deck to run smoothly, there's a couple of copies of Turffield Stadium RCL 170 that you can use to help you find those Evolutions quickly.

Vikavolt V / Golisopod Deck

The next deck I have for you pairs up Vikavolt V with Golisopod. Let's take a look at the deck to see how they work together.

New Card Translations

Vikavolt V – Lightning – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[L][C] Paralyzing Bolt: 50 damage. Your opponent can’t play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn.

[L][L][C] Super Zap Cannon: 190 damage. Discard 2 Energy from this Pokemon.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Wimpod – Grass – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[G] Gnaw and Run: 10 damage. Switch this Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Golisopod – Grass – HP130
Stage 1 – Evolves from Wimpod

[C][C] Adversity Slash: 30+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each of your opponent’s Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX in play.

[G][C][C] Smash Turn: 70 damage. Switch this Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Vikavolt V has an interesting attack called Paralyzing Bolt that deals 50 damage. It also makes it so that your opponent cannot play any Item cards from their hand during their next turn. Since most decks rely on playing some Items to help with finding the Pokemon or Energy they need to run smoothly, you can make it so that your opponent is entirely unable to attack (due to not having enough Energy) or keep their more vulnerable Basic forms in play (rather than being able to Evolve). Golisopod is a great secondary attacker for this deck. With its Adversity Slash attack, you'll deal extra damage depending on the number of Pokemon V and Pokemon-GX your opponent has in play. If they have a full team of Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX, you'll be able to deal a whopping 330 damage. That's enough damage to Knock Out nearly any Pokemon with one attack.

Galarian Stunfisk V / Electrode-GX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week uses some quick Energy acceleration to power up Galarian Stunfisk V's attack. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Galarian Stunfisk V – Metal – HP200
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Metal Skin
This Pokemon’s max HP is increased by 20 for each [M] Energy attached to it.

[C][C] Trap Bite: 60 damage. If this Pokemon is damaged by an attack during your opponent’s next turn, put 12 damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 4

Kabu – Trainer
Supporter

Shuffle your hand into your deck and draw 4 cards. If you only have 1 Pokemon in play, draw 8 cards instead.

You may play ony 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Galarian Stunfisk V has the Trap Bite attack, which will deal 60 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon. Then, if Galarian Stunfisk V is damaged by an attack during your opponent's next turn, you'll be able to put 12 additional damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon. That totals 180 damage, which is good for requiring two Energy. Galarian Stunfisk V also gets an additional 20 HP for each Metal Energy 8 attached to it, which will allow it to stay in the fray longer than usual. Adding to this are numerous Trainer cards that heal your Pokemon. At some point, you'll want to try moving Galarian Stunfisk V back to your Bench so that Electrode-GX CES 48 can become your attacker. With its Crush and Burn GX attack, you can discard Energy from your Pokemon in order to boost the damage as high as you need it to be. It's a great way to finish the game with a huge attack.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully you've enjoyed looking at decks using cards from the Explosive Walker expansion the past few weeks. Next week we'll begin looking at decks using cards from Infinity Zone. Which cards are you most looking forward to playing?

What do you think of these decks? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Leave a comment below and let me know what Pokemon you'd like to see featured in next week's decks. 

And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue showing you innovative decks using cards from upcoming sets. I'll see you then (in the future!).

- Mike Likes

 


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