Exploring Paldean Fates

What’s poppin’ Po Town readers? Are you hyped for the release of the latest Pokemon TCG set, Scarlet and Violet: Paldean Fates? I know that I have recently gone over the best cards coming out of this set here: [https://www.potownstore.com/top-10-cards-from-paldean-fates-blog], and now I’m going to update some of the top decks in format with new cards from Paldean Fates! Which decks? Charizard ex / Pidgeot ex [Obsidian Flames], Lost Zone Box, Gardevoir ex [Scarlet and Violet], and Chien-Pao ex / Baxcalibur [Paldea Evolved]. All of those decks receive slight to major buffs from Paldean Fates that will allow them to potentially see even more success than they already do. This set is a great way to bling up your decks, pick up a handful of new cards, and explore Paldea! Be sure to pick up some codes from the Potown Storeusing code zlesage5 to save 5% on PTCG Live code cards. That being said, let’s jump into our first deck.

Chien-Pao ex / Baxcalibur Deck


One of the more underrated decks on this list, Chien-Pao ex / Baxcalibur gains the new Frigibax [Paldean Fates], and while that might not sound like a lot, it might make the deck situationally better. With the one card change that I’ve made to the list that 2023 Oceania International Finalist Regan Retzcloff played to Charlotte Regionals, we have more opportunities to draw cards. I’ve effectively replaced the 70 HP Frigibax [Paldea Evolved] with the new Frigibax because I think it's better to draw a card than to do 10 damage. Is this change monumental? Not really, but how many times is the 10 damage going to remain relevant? Chien-Pao ex can already scale damage to whatever it needs, so the 10 damage likely won’t matter at all. If you’re really struggling, drawing a card with the new Frigibax might net you a Rare Candy [Scarlet and Violet] or Irida [Astral Radiance] to advance your game. We still need to play two copies of the 60HP Frigibax so we aren’t a victim of Sableye [Lost Origin], and Regan’s list looks close to perfect, so it does give us a likely perfect Chien-Pao ex / Baxcalibur list to play in our new Paldean Fates format. Our strategy is still gonna remain the same, get out Baxcalibur as quickly as possible, load up Energy on Chien-Pao ex, and OHKO anything in sight! This deck has seen a decent bit of success since the set was released, and there are many new shiny cards to help bling this card throughout the set! Let’s check out the list!

Pokémon (14)

Trainers (38)

Energy (8)

3 Chien-Pao ex PAL 614 Irida ASR 1478 Water Energy 3
2 Frigibax PAL 571 Iono PAL 185
1 Frigibax PAF4 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
2 Bidoof CRZ 1114 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Bibarel BRS 1214 Superior Energy Retrieval PAL 189
2 Baxcalibur PAL 604 Cross Switcher FST 230
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 464 Nest Ball SVI 181
1 Spiritomb PAL 893 Rare Candy SVI 191

2 Super Rod PAL 188

2 Canceling Cologne ASR 136

1 Earthen Vessel PAR 163

1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146

4 PokéStop PGO 68

Chien-Pao ex

Charizard ex / Pidgeot ex Deck

Charizard exPidgeot exCharmeleon-PAF

Charizard ex / Pidgeot ex has largely been the best deck in format since the release ofScarlet and Violet: Paradox Rift, and it might become even better with the release of Paldean Fates. Why? Well, we get the new Charmeleon [Paldean Fates] that allows us to prevent effects of attacks done to it, and that means it can’t be affected by Special Conditions, or Sableye’s Lost Mine. There are a handful of other things that Flare Veil prevents, but it might be relevant at some point. The biggest argument against playing this card is that the Charmeleon [Obsidian Flames] can be advantageous against Mimikyu [Paldea Evolved] that sees play in the Snorlax [Pokemon Go] deck, but that is already a tough matchup. I’d argue that the small benefit of Flare Veil compared to an autoloss matchup should be the reason why we decide to play the new Charmeleon. As an added benefit, the new Charmeleon still has 90HP, which means you can search it out with Level Ball [Battle Styles], and we can easily add it into Caleb Rogerson’s finalist list from Charlotte! Nothing else changes with the Charizard ex deck to accommodate this change, so it's still slapping down Rare Candy, searching anything you want with Pidgeot ex, and wrecking havoc with Charizard ex. After the release of Paldean Fates, I don’t see how this deck isn’t in contention for the best deck still, so let’s check out the list.

Pokémon (18)

Trainers (36)

Energy (6)

2 Charmander MEW 44 Arven OBF 1866 Fire Energy 2
1 Charmander PR-SV 473 Boss's Orders PAL 172
1 Charmander OBF 263 Iono PAL 185
1 Charmeleon PAF1 Professor's Research SVI 189
3 Charizard ex OBF 1254 Rare Candy SVI 191
2 Pidgey MEW 164 Ultra Ball SVI 196
2 Pidgeot ex OBF 1644 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
1 Radiant Charizard CRZ 202 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Rotom V CRZ 452 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
1 Lumineon V BRS 401 Counter Catcher PAR 160
1 Mew CEL 111 Level Ball BST 129
1 Manaphy BRS 411 Switch SVI 194
1 Jirachi PAR 1261 Forest Seal Stone SIT 156

1 Choice Belt PAL 176

1 Technical Machine: Devolution PAR 177

2 Artazon PAL 171

1 Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

Charizard ex

Gardevoir ex Deck

Gardevoir exMoonlit Hill

We are getting into the more impactful cards from Paldean Fates, and arguably the most impactful card from the set, Moonlit Hill [Paldean Fates], allows us to have more gameplay options with Gardevoir ex. This deck works by ramping up Psychic Energy in your discard pile, loading those Energy on a Pokemon to attack with, and then taking splash damage from the ability. Moonlight hill allows us to heal Pokemon, like Gardevoir [Chilling Reign], and Zacian V [Celebrations], so that means you can reach high caps of damage by healing, and then attaching more Energy. Moonlit hill also works as a means to an end to discarding more Psychic Energy in general, which also adds fuel to Psychic Embrace. Did I mention that it also works as a counter to Path to the Peak [Chilling Reign], one of the most played Stadium cards in our format? Gardevoir ex was considered the best deck in format in our early Paradox Rift format, but took a bit of a vacation due to many top decks playing Path to the Peak, so the release of Moonlit Hill could actually bring this to being a top three deck in format. Everything else remains the same strategy wise, like discarding Energy, and accelerating it to your Psychic-type Pokemon, and that gives me great hope for this deck. The base of the list is from Bodhi Robinson’s semi-finalist list from Portland so the success is there, now we just need to see if Moonlit Hill is as impactful as I think it is. Let’s check out this list.

Pokémon (19)

Trainers (29)

Energy (12)

4 Ralts ASR 604 Iono PAL 18510 Psychic Energy 5
1 Kirlia CRE 601 Professor's Research SVI 1892 Reversal Energy PAL 192
1 Kirlia CRE 601 Boss's Orders PAL 172
2 Gardevoir ex SVI 864 Battle VIP Pass FST 225
2 Gardevoir CRE 614 Level Ball BST 129
1 Zacian V CEL 163 Ultra Ball SVI 196
1 Scream Tail PAR 862 Rare Candy SVI 191
1 Cresselia LOR 742 Fog Crystal CRE 140
1 Radiant Greninja ASR 462 Super Rod PAL 188
1 Mew CEL 112 Counter Catcher PAR 160
1 Manaphy BRS 411 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135
1 Jirachi PAR 1261 Collapsed Stadium BRS 137

2 Moonlit Hill PAF

Gardevoir ex deck

Lost Zone Box Deck

SableyeTechnical Machine: Crisis Shot

When it comes to Lost Zone Box decks, you can go in any direction, but you might wanna include Technical Machine: Crisis Shot [Paldean Fates] because of its amazing synergy with Cramorant [Lost Origin]. After loading up your Lost Zone with a few cards by using Comfey, and Colress’s Experiment [Lost Origin], you can slap on a Technical Machine: Crisis Shot on Cramorant to attack for free. Cramorant reduces all of its attacks to zero when you have four in the Lost Zone, so that means you can reduce the cost of the Pokemon Tool to zero as well. You still need to meet the requirement of your opponent only having one Prize Card left to swing for 280 damage, but that might give you the strength to OHKO a Giratina VSTAR [Lost Origin] or a slightly damaged Charizard ex. If worse comes to worse, it can easily be fodder for the Lost Zone itself with a well timed Lost Vacuum [Crown Zenith], and that makes it a worthwhile inclusion to some Lost Zone Box archetypes. The final list(s) may require more testing, but the below list takes Alex Schemanske’s Top 8 list from Charlotte, and gives Sableye + Radiant Charizard [Pokemon Go] a new breath of life post-Paldean Fates. I’m going to experiment with Technical Machine: Crisis Shot in different Lost Zone decks for the next while, so if I find anything better, I’ll be sure to let all of you know! Until then, let’s check out the list.

Pokémon (11)

Trainers (43)

Energy (6)

4 Comfey LOR 794 Colress's Experiment LOR 1553 Psychic Energy 5
2 Sableye LOR 702 Klara CRE 1452 Fire Energy 2
2 Cramorant LOR 502 Raihan CRZ 1401 Double Turbo Energy BRS 151
1 Radiant Charizard CRZ 201 Boss's Orders PAL 172
1 Manaphy BRS 411 Roxanne ASR 150
1 Jirachi PAR 1264 Battle VIP Pass FST 225

4 Switch Cart ASR 154

4 Escape Rope BST 125

2 Nest Ball SVI 181

2 Fog Crystal CRE 140

2 Pokégear 3.0 SVI 186

2 Super Rod PAL 188

2 Counter Catcher PAR 160

2 Lost Vacuum CRZ 135

1 Hisuian Heavy Ball ASR 146

1 Mirage Gate LOR 163

1 Pal Pad SVI 182

2 Technical Machine: Devolution PAR 177

1 Technical Machine: Crisis Shot PAF

2 Artazon PAL 171

1 Beach Court SVI 167

Lost Zone Box Deck

Time to Test

With all of these new decks to try out, you’re going to wanna open Pokemon TCG Live right away, and test them out! Which deck are you gonna test out first? I’m personally a huge Lost Zone Box fan, and Technical Machine: Crisis Shot seems like one of the most impactful new cards, so maybe that will shake up the metagame once this set is released. With these cards being important for competitive play, be sure to pick up some online code cards from the Potown Store using code zlesage5 to save 5%! I know I’m going to be going to test these decks, and maybe even some other different cards, like Espathra ex [Paldean Fates], so stay tuned for even more great Pokemon content on Po Town from me. Until then, have fun testing, and I’ll catch up with you later!

Much love,
Zach Lesage

About the Writer

Zach Lesage is a contributing writer for potownstore.com. As a Toronto local, he has been playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game since 2005, and creates Pokémon content as his full-time career. With multiple prestigious accomplishments in the game, such as the 2020 Players Cup 2 Champion and 2020 Oceania International Championships Finalist, he has proven his success in the game. Outside the game, he travels the world, enjoys the culture of designer streetwear, and is a professionally trained chef. You can catch him at most Pokémon events and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/ZachLesagePTCG.