What’s up, Po Town readers? I’ve been on a deck testing adventure lately, and it has brought me to the depths of the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online. In my efforts to find the best decks, I’ve subjected myself to trying everything. Now I’ll be 100% honest, the decks in this article aren’t perfected, and I’d go as far as to say they’re rough around the edges if every deck were built like Pikachu & Zekrom-GX (Team Up), the top of the metagame would have way more decks. The decks in this article mainly counter top-tier decks or have quirky concepts within them. If you need any cards to prepare for this event or need Pokemon TCG Online codes, PoTown Store is a great place to pick them up! Let’s check out these decks!

Metal Mewtwo

Mewtwo and Mew GXZacian VBronzong

Mewtwo & Mew-GX (Unified Minds) seem to pop up in most top decks nowadays, but this version seems funky. The strategy is simple, use Perfection to copy available attacks and choose the best attacks for the best scenarios. Most Mewtwo & Mew-GX decks need a way to accelerate Energy, and that’s where this deck shines. You have Metal Saucer (Sword and Shield), Bronzong (Battle Styles), and Zacian V (Sword and Shield) to help you get all of those Metal Energy into play. The other cool aspect of this deck is moving Aurora Energy (Sword and Shield) around with Bronzong to copy many cool attacks. The attackers are super cool too! You have Lucario & Melmetal-GX (Unbroken Bonds) to discard Energy, Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX (Cosmic Eclipse) to draw extra Prize Cards, and a handful of other attackers to finish the game. Most players haven’t given this deck a chance, but I think it might be worth a solid look. Let’s peep my list.

Deck List

Pokémon (19)

Trainers (30)

Energy (11)

2x Crobat V SHF 442x Stealthy Hood UNB 1867x Metal Energy SWSHEnergy 8
1x Incineroar-GX TEU 974x Metal Saucer SSH 1704x Aurora Energy SSH 186
1x Arceus & Dialga & Palkia-GX CEC 2211x Chaotic Swell CEC 187
1x Naganadel-GX UNM 1604x Quick Ball SSH 179
1x Eldegoss V CPA 54x Pokémon Communication TEU 152
2x Dedenne-GX UNB 1951x Air Balloon SSH 156
2x Bronzor TEU 1002x Boss's Orders SHF 58
1x Lucario & Melmetal-GX UNB 1204x Professor's Research SHF 60
1x Mawile-GX UNM 1414x Marnie SSH 169
2x Zacian V PR-SW 184x Switch SSH 183
2x Bronzong PR-SW 91

1x Jirachi-GX UNM 79

2x Mewtwo & Mew-GX PR-SM 191

Mienshao / Altaria


Mienshao (Battle Styles) is a wacky card that hasn’t seen too much play, but I think it could be excellent in our current metagame. Spinning Whip can get powered up by a single Rapid Strike Energy (Battle Styles) and hit your opponent for a decent bit of damage. Well, kind of. 90 damage isn’t a lot, but you do Confuse them and send up whatever you like. In many cases, whatever you like ends up being Altaria (Champions Path) to block your opponent's V / VMAX + GX Pokemon from doing any damage. You can use Octillery (Battle Styles) to search out any missing Rapid Strike piece to keep the combo going. Sure, Boss’s Orders (Shining Fates) might be a bit of an issue, but Altaria can win games independently. I used to play many hit-and-run type decks in past formats, which might be the best version we currently have available. Let’s see what this list looks like.

Deck List

Pokémon (19)

Trainers (34)

Energy (7)

3x Swablu CPA 484x Evolution Incense SSH 1633x Capture Energy RCL 171
3x Altaria CPA 492x Tower of Waters BST 1384x Rapid Strike Energy BST 140
4x Mienfoo BST 761x Ordinary Rod SSH 171
3x Mienshao BST 774x Quick Ball SSH 179
1x Dedenne-GX UNB 1954x Bruno BST 121
1x Mew PR-SM 2153x Boss's Orders SHF 58
2x Remoraid BST 364x Level Ball BST 129
2x Octillery PR-SW 894x Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197

3x Marnie SSH 169

2x U-Turn Board UNM 211

3x Korrina's Focus BST 128


Reshiram and Charizard GXGreen's Exploration

While the combination of Green’s Exploration (Unbroken Bonds) and Reshiram & Charizard-GX (Unbroken Bonds) might not be considered “rogue”, I figured I would include this lesser player concept here. The goal is simple! Power up Reshiram & Charizard-GX quickly with Welder (Unbroken Bonds) or Volcanion (Unbroken Bonds) and start hitting hard! There are a bunch of defensive tricks that you can search out with Green’s Exploration, such as Reset Stamp (Unified Minds) or Fan of Waves (Battle Styles), and that's where this deck holds a lot of its power. GreenZard is simple yet complex, but it certainly is an awesome deck! Let’s check it out.

Deck List

Pokémon (7)

Trainers (39)

Energy (14)

3x Reshiram & Charizard-GX PR-SM 2011x Vitality Band SSH 1854x Heat {R} Energy DAA 174
4x Volcanion PR-SM 1791x Great Potion UNM 19810x Fire Energy SWSH Energy 2

1x Fan of Waves BST 127

1x Cynthia & Caitlin CEC 189

1x Giant Hearth UNM 197

1x Energy Spinner UNB 170

1x Mallow & Lana CEC 198

4x Welder UNB 189

2x Reset Stamp UNM 206

4x Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182

1x Quick Ball SSH 179

2x Big Charm SSH 158

1x Tool Scrapper RCL 168

3x Boss's Orders SHF 58

1x Fire Crystal UNB 173

1x Scoop Up Net RCL 165

2x Power Plant UNB 183

1x Lillie's Poké Doll CEC 197

4x Green's Exploration UNB 175

1x Great Catcher CEC 192

3x Tag Call CEC 206

2x Switch SSH 183

Best of Luck

Whether you’re trying to become the next PTCGO deck innovator or play fun games on the Versus ladder, these decks are a great place to explore for everyone! I’m stoked to continuously test these decks and learn more about the metagame myself! If you need any codes for your own testing or collection, PoTown Store is one of the best places to pick up cards for PTCGO. Happy testing!

About the Writer

Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for PoTownStore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 2005 and creates Pokemon content as his full time career. He creates YouTube content, coaches players to become better in-game, and provides hot takes on his Twitter. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and the 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside of the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokemon events and follow him on Twitter @ZachLesagePTCG.