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Searching Standard: Probopass / Absol Deck

Hello and welcome to another episode of Searching Standard. This week I have a deck for you that deals damage based on the Retreat Cost of your opponent's Pokemon. Let's get started by taking a look at the decklist.

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For a single Energy, Probopass RCL 131 can use the Gravitational Drop attack. This attack deals a minimal 10 damage, but will deal an additional 30 damage for each Energy in your opponent's Active Pokemon's Retreat Cost. That means that this attack can potentially deal 130 damage each time it is used. But, luckily for us, there are ways to increase a Pokemon's Retreat Cost...

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Absol TEU 88's Dark Ambition Ability is one such way that you'll be able to deal extra damage with Probopass RCL 131's Gravitational Drop attack.  Dark Ambition increases the Retreat Cost of an opponent's Active Pokemon by one additional Energy, as long as that Pokemon is a Basic Pokemon. Keep in mind that if you have multiple copies of Absol TEU 88, each Ability will stack, making it possible to increase an opponent's Active Pokemon's Retreat Cost by three Energy if you have all three copies of Absol TEU 88 on your Bench.

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Since you'll want to evolve Nosepass RCL 96 into Probopass RCL 131 as quickly as possible, you have a few copies of Evolution Incense SSH 163 that you can use. Ditto Prism Star LOT 154 also helps you evolve quickly, thanks to its Almighty Evolution Ability.

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Thanks to Galar Mine RCL 160, you'll be able to deal an additional 60 damage each time you use Probopass RCL 131's Gravitational Drop attack. Galar Mine RCL 160 will also increase your Active Pokemon's Retreat Cost while it's in play, so you can use Scoop Up Net RCL 165 instead of retreating back to your Bench.

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Lucky Egg SSH 167 gives you a way to recharge your hand if the Pokemon it is attached to gets Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack. This can be a great way to set yourself up for victory, as you'll potentially have access to more cards than your opponent has. Card advantage leads to more victories.

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This group of cards helps you find the cards you need from your deck as you need them. You can use Quick Ball SSH 179 and Great Ball SSH 164 to find the Pokemon you need, and Pokegear 3.0 SSH 174 can help you find the Supporters you need.

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Speaking of Supporters... This next grouping of cards is all Supporters that help you draw additional cards. Both Cynthia UPR 119 and Marnie SSH 169 shuffle your current hand back into your deck before allowing you to draw additional cards. This might mean that you draw some of the cards that you just shuffled back in. Professor's Research SSH 178 has you discard your hand in order to draw a new hand of seven cards. Once those cards are discarded, they're gone...

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Luckily, if you discard something that you find out you need later on, this deck has a couple of Ordinary Rod SSH 171s included in it. That way, you'll be able to get back any Pokemon or Energy that has gone to your discard pile.

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When attacking, there will be times that you'll want to attack a Pokemon that's on your opponent's Bench, rather than their Active Pokemon. For those times, you can use Boss's Orders RCL 154. This can be a great way for you to score an easy Knock Out.

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The final non-Energy card in this deck is Tool Scrapper RCL 168. It's a good card to have to use against those decks that utilize Pokemon Tools, but against other decks Tool Scrapper RCL 168 it might be useless. When you need it, you'll be happy it was included in this deck.

Wrapping Up

I'm a fan of decks that play a little differently than normal, so I'm looking forward to trying this deck out. Rebel Clash offers a few cards like that, and I'm sure we'll see more decks utilizing these cards in the upcoming weeks.

What do you think of this deck? Do you have any suggestions for improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below or email me directly at 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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