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Flash Forward: Jellicent, Tapu Bulu, and Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX 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. I'm continuing to look at decks created with cards from Japan's Single Strike Master and Rapid Strike Master expansions, looking for innovation and fun. This week I have a few more decks featuring cards from these new expansions, so let's get started.


Jellicent / Frosmoth Deck

The first deck I have for you utilizes Energy in its discard pile to deal as much damage as possible. Let's take a look at the deck.

New Card Translations

Frillish – Water – HP80
Basic Pokemon

[C] Recover: Discard an Energy attached to this Pokemon, and heal all damage from this Pokemon.

[W] Rain Splash: 10 damage.

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

Jellicent – Water – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Frillish

[W][W] Sink: This attack does 10 damage times the number of [W] Energy in your discard pile.

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

Snom – Water – HP50
Basic Pokemon

[W] Call for Family: Search your deck for a Basic Pokemon and put it onto your bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: None
Retreat: 2

The main attacker in this deck is Jellicent. With its Sink attack, you'll be able to deal 10 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon for each Water Energy 3 in your discard pile. That means you'll often want to play both Dedenne-GX UNB 57 and Professor's Research CPA 62 as a means of discarding your hand, and therefore discarding copies of Water Energy 3 in the process. Two Water Energy 3 will be needed in order to use the Sink attack, so the maximum damage you'll be able to swing for is 260 damage.

In order to set things up, you can use the Call for Family attack of Gossifleur SSH 20 in the early stages of the game to set up your Bench. Not only does this protect you from losing the game by having your lone Pokemon Knocked Out, but it also pulls Basic Pokemon from your deck, making it more likely that you'll draw Water Energy 3. Frosmoth SSH 64's Ice Dance Ability can help set up your team when you find yourself in a position where your Active Pokemon will likely be Knocked Out on your opponent's turn.

This deck certainly looks challenging to play, but is a good choice to use if your local area is plagued by lots of Fire Type decks.


Tapu Bulu / Cherrim Deck

While the previous deck required you to have a lot of Energy in your discard pile, our next deck deals extra damage by discarding Energy. Let's take a look at it.

New Card Translations

Tapu Bulu – Grass – HP130
Basic Pokemon

[G] Push Down: 20 damage. Your opponent switches their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon.

[G][G][C] Nature’s Judgment: 80+ damage. You may discard all Energy attached to this Pokemon. If you do, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

Cherrim – Grass – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Cherubi

Ability: Spring Bloom
As often as you like during your turn, you may attach a [G] Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Pokemon (except Pokemon with a Rule Box).

[G][C][C] Seed Bomb: 70 damage.

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

Cherubi – Grass – HP50
Stage 1 – Evolves from Cherubi

[G] Leafage: 10 damage.

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

Bruno – Trainer
Supporter (Single Strike)

Shuffle your hand into your deck, then draw 4 cards. If any of your Pokemon were Knocked Out during your opponent’s last turn, draw 7 cards instead.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Level Ball – Trainer
Item

Search your deck for a Pokemon with 90 HP or less, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Tapu Bulu's Nature’s Judgment attack deals 80 damage to your opponent's Active Pokemon and requires three Energy to use. You can deal an additional 80 damage by discarding all Energy attached to Tapu Bulu, if you would like. That brings the damage total up to 160 damage. You can also use the Headbutt Tantrum Ability of Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 to deal a little extra damage, setting things up to hit specific numbers for easier Knock Outs. Thanks to Scoop Up Net RCL 165, you'll be able to deal additional damage with this Ability multiple times.

In order to make sure that you're able to power Tapu Bulu up easily, you'll want to use Cherrim's Spring Bloom Ability to attach the three Energy needed for it to use Nature's Judgment. Since there's only 14 Grass Energy 1 in this deck, you could find yourself in a position where Energy is scarce. You can use Energy Retrieval SSH 160 to put Energy back into your hand and Ordinary Rod SSH 171 to shuffle Energy back into your deck. These cards help you use Energy more than once, which can be very important.


Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX Deck

The final deck I have for you this week features Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX. Let's check it out.

New Card Translations

Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX – Fighting – HP330
VMAX Pokemon (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Rapid Strike Urshifu V

[F] Gale Thrust: 30+ damage. If this Pokemon moved from your Bench to the Active Spot this turn, this attack does 120 more damage.

[F][F][C] G-Max Rapid Flow. Discard all Energy from this Pokemon. This attack does 120 damage to 2 of your opponent's Pokemon (Dont apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

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

Rapid Strike Urshifu V – Fighting – HP220
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

[F] Strafe: 30 damage. You may switch this Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

[F][F][C] Hundred Furious Blows: 150 damage.

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

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

Empoleon V – Water – HP210
Basic Pokemon (Rapid Strike)

Ability: Emperor's Eyes
As long as this Pokemon is in the Active Spot, your opponent's Basic Pokemon in play have no Abilities, except for Pokemon with a Rule Box (Pokemon V, Pokemon-GX, etc. have Rule Boxes).

[W][C][C] Swirling Slice: 130 damage. Move an Energy from this Pokemon to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

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

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

Kricketune V – Grass – HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Stage Elation
Once during your turn, you may draw cards until you have 3 cards in your hand. If this Pokemon is in the Active Spot, you may draw cards until you have 4 cards in your hand. You can’t use this Ability if you’ve used another Stage Elation this turn.

[G][C][C] X-Scissor 80+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

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

Octillery – Water – HP110
Stage 1 (Rapid Strike) – Evolves from Remoraid

Ability: Rapid Strike Search
Once during your turn, you may search your deck for a Rapid Strike card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck. You can't use more than 1 Rapid Strike Search Ability each turn.

[W][C][C] Waterfall: 50 damage.

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

Remoraid – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon (Multi Strike)

[W] Water Gun: 10 damage.

[C][C] Razor Fin: 20 damage.

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

Billowing Fan – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Return a Special Energy attached to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon to the bottom of your opponent’s deck.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Escape Rope – Trainer
Item

Each player switches their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon. Your opponent switches first. (If a player does not have a Benched Pokemon, that player doesn’t switch Pokemon.)

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Korrina’s Motivation – Trainer
Supporter (Rapid Strike)

Draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn.

Rapid Strike Scroll: Whirlpool Scroll – Trainer
Item (Rapid Strike)

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokémon Tool to 1 of your Pokémon that doesn’t already have a Pokémon Tool attached.

The Rapid Strike Pokemon this card is attached to can use the attack on this card. (You still need the necessary Energy to use this attack.)

[F][C][C] Whirlpool Dream: This attack does 30 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon.

You may play any number of Item cards during your turn.

Tower of Waters – Trainer
Stadium (Rapid Strike)

The Retreat Cost of each Rapid Strike Pokemon in play is [C][C] less.

This Stadium stays in play when you play it. Discard it if another Stadium comes into play. If a Stadium with the same name is in play, you can’t play this card.

Rapid Strike Energy
Special Energy (Rapid Strike)

This card can only be attached to a Rapid Strike Pokemon.

While this card is attached to a Pokemon, it provides [W] and [F] Energy, but provides only 2 Energy at a time.

(If this card is attached to anything other than a Rapid Strike Pokémon, discard this card.)

The main attacker in this deck will be Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX. It's Gale Thrust attack can be used for a single Energy and will deal a maximum of 150 damage. This damage is dependent on moving Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX from your Bench to your Active Spot on the same turn that you attack with Gale Thrust. While this can be difficult to do, you'll want to strive to make it happen each turn to maximize your damage output. Luckily, there are a few things in this deck that you can use to help out with this.

Switch SSH 183 has been around forever and is an easy way to switch your Active Pokemon with one from your Bench. Escape Rope is similar to Switch SSH 183, except that it affects both players. Air Balloon SSH 156 can also be attached to Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX to reduce its Retreat Cost to zero, allowing it to retreat for free. Finally, you have Tower of Waters, which reduces the Retreat Cost of your Rapid Strike Pokemon by two. Ultimately, if you can set up a situation where you have two copies of Rapid Strike Urshifu VMAX in play, any of these cards will allow you to maximize the damage you'll do when you attack with Gale Thrust.


Wrapping Up

Each of the decks I've presented to you today make me believe that we might be seeing a bit of a decrease in the power creep that we've seen the past few years. Reducing power creep would be a welcome change and would help to allow this game we all love to continue for many years.

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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