Poison is one of my favorite status conditions — it’s an annoying, constant drain until your opponent dies or switches out. Cosmic Eclipse’s Dragalge makes it ten times worse (literally).
For one psychic energy, Dragalge’s Poison Cultivation reads: “If your opponent’s Active Pokemon is poisoned, put 10 damage counters instead of 1 on that Pokemon between turns.”
It’s important to note that Dragalge’s attack doesn’t poison your opponent, but that won’t be an issue.
Keep your opponent poisoned
This deck will utilize two strategies to ensure your opponent is poisoned.
The first strategy is to use Amoongus and Foongus. Amoongus’ ability allows you to leave your opponent’s active Pokemon asleep and poisoned whenever you play a Pokémon that has the Spore attack from your hand during your turn. And as it turns out, Foongus has Spore.
You can also use Super Scoop Up to replay Foongus when needed (and if you’re running Super Scoop Up, you might as well play a Dedenne-GX or two as well).
The second strategy is simple: use Koga’s Trap. This deck isn’t supporter-heavy, and with Pokegear 3.0, you shouldn’t have a problem using Koga’s Trap when you need it.
You should also play Dust Island. If your opponent tries to switch out, they’ll need to make sure your Dust Island is taken off the field. Otherwise, their new active Pokemon will stay poisoned, which will set up another easy Poison Cultivation.
Find your Pokemon
Grass types have a wonderful search engine with Net Ball. You’ll never have an issue finding a Foongus when you need it. Psychic also has a great search engine, Mysterious Treasure, which will let you find Dragalge and Skrelp.
Pokemon Communication will add an additional layer of search to ensure that you’re able to find any Pokemon in your deck.
Absol from Team-Up will make your opponent’s life absolutely miserable if they’re running Jirachi (or any basic Pokemon for that matter). Retreating is essential for escaping poison, but Absol would make it extremely difficult.
Spell Tag is another good option because, let’s face it, Dragalge doesn’t have a lot of HP and they’re going to die a lot. If you’re running Spell Tag, you might also consider running Lana’s Fishing Rod instead of Brock’s Grit.
##Pokémon – 17
* 4 Foongus UNM 13
* 3 Amoonguss UNM 14
* 2 Dedenne-GX UNB 57
* 4 Skrelp CEC 91
* 4 Dragalge CEC 92
##Trainer Cards – 35
* 4 Cynthia UPR 119
* 3 Pokégear 3.0 UNB 182
* 3 Super Scoop Up SLG 66
* 2 Switch BLW 104
* 4 Koga’s Trap UNB 177
* 3 Professor Elm’s Lecture LOT 188
* 3 Net Ball LOT 187
* 4 Mysterious Treasure FLI 113
* 4 Pokémon Communication TEU 152
* 3 Dust Island UNB 168
* 1 Brock’s Grit TEU 135
* 1 Pal Pad UPR 132
##Energy – 8
* 8 Psychic Energy SMEnergy 5
Total Cards – 60