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Searching Standard: Krabby / Barraskewda Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. With Vivid Voltage releasing later this week, we'll be taking a look at a deck you can try out featuring some cards from our newest expansion. Let's get started by taking a look at the deck.

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Telephoto Scope – Trainer

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

The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 30 more damage to your opponent’s Benched Pokemon V and GX.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

With Krabby SSH 42's Aqua Shower attack, you'll be able to deal 10 damage to each Pokemon your opponent has in play. This damage gets ramped up by an additional 30 points to any Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX your opponent has on their Bench when you have a copy of Telephoto Scope attached to Krabby SSH 42. Being able to spread the damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon is what makes this deck particularly difficult to play against, as a KO can happen to any of your Pokemon, not just your Active Pokemon.



Barraskewda – Water – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Arrokuda

[W] Target Skewer: Choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon. This attack does 20 damage to that Pokemon for each damage counter on it. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

[W][C] Jet Headbutt: 60 damage.

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

Arrokuda – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Swarm: Search your deck for up to 2 Arrokuda and put them on your Bench. Then, shuffle your deck.

[W][C] Peck: 20 damage.

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

Barraskewda is the second part of the one-two punch that you've set up with Krabby SSH 42. Krabby SSH 42 deals a few damage counters to your opponent's Pokemon, then Barraskewda uses its Target Skewer attack to pick off the weak. Target Skewer deals 20 damage for each damage counter already on one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. That means that Krabby SSH 42 needs to deal damage equal to 1/3 of that Pokemon's HP in order for Barraskewda to be able to deliver the Knock Out.

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With Roxie CEC 205, you'll be able to discard up to two non-Pokemon-GX from your hand in order to draw additional cards. Ultimately, you'll want to discard your copies of Koffing CEC 76 and Weezing CEC 77 when you play Roxie CEC 205. This allows you to take advantage of their Blow-Away Bomb Abilities, which will put one damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokemon. Note that there is a full playset of Weezing CEC 77, but only a single copy of Koffing CEC 76. The reason for this split is to minimize our chances of drawing Koffing CEC 76 as our only starting Basic Pokemon, while also allowing for the chance to discard multiple copies of these Pokemon when we play Roxie CEC 205.

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This group of Pokemon are all included for their Abilities. Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability allows us to put a damage counter on any of our opponent's Pokemon when you play Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117 to your Bench. Mimikyu DAA 81's Heal Jamming Ability prevents our opponent from healing any of their Benched Pokemon and ruining our hard work. Phione CEC 57's Whirlpool Suction Ability allows us to switch their Active Pokemon with one from their Bench, enabling you to bring up a Pokemon that doesn't have enough Energy to utilize its attacks effectively.

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Both Dedenne-GX UNB 57 and Crobat V DAA 104 are included for their Abilities that allow you to draw extra cards when you play these Pokemon to your Bench. Dedenne-GX UNB 57 has the Dedechange Ability, which allows you to discard your hand before drawing six new cards. Alternatively, Crobat V DAA 104 has the Dark Asset Ability, which simply draws you cards until your hand size is at six. Both Abilities can be very useful in helping you find the cards you need from your deck.

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Similar to Dedenne-GX UNB 57, Professor's Research SSH 178 offers a means of drawing seven new cards, at the cost of discarding your current hand. It also uses your one Supporter per turn, but this cost can be well worth the additional cards you'll have access to.

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Every deck needs the means of finding the Pokemon needed for maximum efficiency. Both Quick Ball SSH 179 and Pokemon Communication TEU 152 help you do just that. Whether you're looking for a Krabby SSH 42 to get the party started, or a copy of Koffing CEC 76 to discard, Quick Ball SSH 179 can help find any Basic Pokemon. And if an Evolution Pokemon is what you need, trade in a Basic Pokemon with the help of Pokemon Communication TEU 152 for the Evolution of your choice.

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Looking to deal a little extra damage with Galarian Zigzagoon SSH 117's Headbutt Tantrum Ability? If so, then Scoop Up Net RCL 165 can help. Keep in mind that Scoop Up Net RCL 165 can only return a Pokemon to your hand that isn't a Pokemon V or Pokemon-GX, so you can't use it on either Dedenne-GX UNB 57 or Crobat V DAA 104 to draw additional cards.

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Both Boss's Orders RCL 154 and Switch SSH 183 perform a similar function, just on opposite sides of the Pokemon Arena. With Boss's Orders RCL 154, you'll be able to choose which of your opponent's Benched Pokemon to become their Active Pokemon. This can allow you to target a specific Pokemon easier with an attack. Switch SSH 183, on the other hand, exchanges one of your Benched Pokemon with your Active Pokemon. This can allow you to send up a fully powered Pokemon while retreating a Pokemon that's almost Knocked Out.

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If you're looking for a way to get additional uses out of discarding your copies of Koffing CEC 76 and Weezing CEC 77, look no further. Ordinary Rod SSH 171 allows you to shuffle two Pokemon from your discard pile back into your deck. It can also allow you to shuffle a pair of Water Energy 3 back into your deck, in the event that you find yourself running low on Energy.

Wrapping Up

Spread decks can be a lot of fun to play, and it is possible to draw multiple Prize cards as the result of a single attack.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Also, check out my other column, Flash Forward, where we take a look at decks using cards from upcoming releases.

And be sure to join me here again next week as I continue my search for innovative decks in the Pokemon TCG. I'll see you then!

- Mike Likes

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