Diving into Lugia VSTAR


What’s poppin’ Po Town readers? Silver Tempest, Pokemon TCG’s hottest new set, has just dropped on PTCGO and PTCG Live to wreak havoc on the metagame! These sets have added in a handful of playable Pokemon V, Trainers, and Energy to change enough of the game we know to keep it interesting. Have you found your copy of Lugia VSTAR from Silver Tempest yet? I’ve been testing Lugia VSTAR for the upcoming 2022 Latin America International Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I have found it to be one of the best Pokemon online decks available! You can easily use Archeops [Silver Tempest] to power up your Pokemon in play with Special Energy to dominate the board! The biggest question haunting most players is, do you go with a straight-up version of the deck, or do you go all out with tech cards? In this article, I will share my lists for both the strategy for the core deck and a few other useful tidbits of information! If you are looking for any codes to complete these Pokemon TCG decks online, be sure to pick up Pokemon TCG Online codes from the Potown store. They have instant email delivery and a large selection of codes available to choose from. That being said, let’s jump into it!

The Strategy


The strategy of Lugia VSTAR is pretty simple - you wanna get Archeops in the discard pile really quickly to bring back with Lugia VSTAR’s Summoning Star Ability! As soon as you do that, you have access to a huge catalogue of Special Energy from the past few years to attach to your Pokemon in any way you like. In most cases, you wanna use Quick Ball [Sword and Shield] and Ultra Ball [Brilliant Stars] to search out Lugia V [Silver Tempest] and discard Archeops, but feel free to grab a Lumineon V [Brilliant Stars] or Crobat V [Darkness Ablaze] to get setup. Depending on your attackers, you are either going to be powering up Lugia VSTAR or a powerful Basic Pokemon, like Radiant Charizard [Pokemon Go], to attack opposing Pokemon. Some might prefer the consistency of a straight-up Lugia VSTAR deck, and others might be more interested in the options of all the different Pokemon in a toolbox-style deck. In this article, I will share my list for both and explain some of the cards. Let’s check it out!

Lugia VSTAR Deck

Path to the Peak

This version of the deck focuses on just doing the Lugia VSTAR and Archeops with the hopes of being more consistent than other variants of the deck. It does have a Radiant Gardevoir [Lost Origin] that can amplify the damage reduction of V Guard Energy [Silver Tempest] to survive a few blows. Additionally, most Lugia VSTAR decks are going to need an answer against Duraludon VMAX [Evolving Skies] because you might fold to its Ability that blocks damage from Pokemon that have Special Energy attached! In this case, we use Path to the Peak [Chilling Reign] to get around Skyscraper and offer a decent Ability lock against many popular decks. Let’s look at the list:

Pokémon (16)

Trainers (30)

Energy (14)

1x Dunsparce FST 2072x Marnie PR-SW 1214x Capture Energy DAA 201
4x Lugia V SIT 1864x Evolution Incense SSH 1633x Double Turbo Energy ASR 216
3x Archeops PR-SW 2724x Path to the Peak ASR 2134x Powerful {C} Energy DAA 176
1x Crobat V LOR 2374x Ultra Ball BRS 1863x V Guard Energy SIT 215
4x Lugia VSTAR SIT 2113x Choice Belt ASR 211
1x Pumpkaboo EVS 761x Collapsed Stadium LOR 215
1x Radiant Gardevoir LOR 694x Quick Ball SSH 216
1x Lumineon V BRS 1563x Serena SIT 193

1x Boss's Orders LOR 241

4x Professor's Research PR-SW 152

Lugia VSTAR decklist

Lugia VSTAR Toolbox Deck


This version of Lugia VSTAR is still all about using Summoning Star to get back a couple of copies of Archeops from the discard pile, but it also features a handful of powerful Basic attackers to choose from. Amazing Rare Yveltal [Shining Fates] allows you to OHKO any Pokemon, and since it doesn’t do damage, you can even fully OHKO a Duraludon VMAX. Radiant Charizard is a great way to get around V Guard Energy and Radiant Gardevoir to OHKO opposing Lugia VSTAR with a Choice Belt [Brilliant Stars]. Amazing Rare Raikou [Vivid Voltage] offers a type advantage against Lugia VSTAR and Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR[Astral Radiance] decks that can really push you ahead in the Prize race. Pairing any of these attackers with Serena [Silver Tempest] allows you to gust up whatever you want to steal some easy KOs on opposing Pokemon V. So far, this version has been testing better, and I’m excited to try out a few new tech cards heading into LAIC! Let’s check out this list!

Pokémon (17)

Trainers (27)

Energy (16)

4x Lugia V SIT 1862x Marnie PR-SW 1211x Twin Energy RCL 209
3x Archeops PR-SW 2724x Evolution Incense SSH 1632x Capture Energy DAA 201
3x Lugia VSTAR SIT 2113x Choice Belt ASR 2112x Double Turbo Energy ASR 216
1x Crobat V LOR 2374x Ultra Ball BRS 1861x Heat {R} Energy DAA 174
1x Yveltal SHF 461x Collapsed Stadium LOR 2154x Powerful {C} Energy DAA 176
1x Radiant Charizard PGO 114x Professor's Research PR-SW 1524x Aurora Energy SSH 186
1x Raikou VIV 504x Quick Ball SSH 2161x V Guard Energy SIT 215
1x Pumpkaboo EVS 761x Lost Vacuum LOR 2171x Hiding {D} Energy DAA 175
1x Lumineon V BRS 1563x Serena SIT 193
1x Manaphy BRS 411x Boss's Orders LOR 241

Lugia VSTAR toolbox decklist

Tower over the Competition

As you can likely tell from looking at the above lists, Lugia VSTAR is a hot deck coming fresh out of Silver Tempest! I’m sure we will see these decks dominate upcoming Late Night series events, LAIC, and Silver Tempest legal Regionals! I know that I just traded for my playset on PTCGO, and I’m finishing off my playset of these cards in real life! What do you think about these Pokemon online decks? Lemme know what you think and if there are any other unique techs that you have thought about adding to these decks. If you are still missing PTCGO codes to complete these decks, don’t forget about the Potown store. You can get your Pokemon TCG codes delivered to your email right away to start grabbing those Lugia VSTAR instantly! I’m gonna get back to testing, so I’ll catch up with all of you later with another article!

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. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 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.